TAKING IT ONE GAME AT A TIME

“Live in your world. Fight in Sony’s,” is the message to Presi dent Bush from Mikel Reparaz. The 24-year-old copy editor and videogame reviewer for the Marin Independent Journal in Novato, Calif., is unnerved by the president’s stance on Iraq and has responded by organizing a grassroots Internet fund raising campaign called, simply, “Buy Bush a PlayStation 2.”

“As I sat pondering the president’s motives one day, it suddenly dawned on me that it is entirely likely our commander in chief has never played a single videogame in his life,” Reparaz writes on his site (www.evilninja.net/buybush.htm). ” ‘Of course!’ I exclaimed, startling my girlfriend, who was driving at the time. ‘Without the cathar sis that videogames provide, Bush has no way of fulfilling his militaristic fantasies other than actually fighting wars.’ … It is up to us, America, and so I propose the following: We must pool our funds and buy Bush a PlayStation 2.”

Once he accumulates enough money, Reparaz plans to send a new PS2 console to the White House, along with the SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs game, “a military-themed title suited to the president’s apparent tastes.”

Popular offbeat-news clear inghouse Fark.com posted a link to Reparaz’s site late last week, boosting donations but making its host a bit paranoid. “Even someone from the House of Represen tatives has seen the site. Now I’ll probably go to jail,” he wrote Friday on his daily blog.