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January 12, 2000
(occasionally) edited for spelling errors , and may contain profanity.
This section contains normal correspondence as well as letters submitted
to the MailBag.
by Jason "loonyboi" Bergman.
November 11, 1999
November 3, 1999
Subject: fun irony about latest post
dunno if this counts as
newsworthy, but I thought it was nicely ironic that the three games
mentioned in the Wired Vaporware article (Diablo II, Daikatana, and
DNF) are also in the top ten highest numbers of preorders list from
Gamestop, as listed in this Avault article (http://www.avault.com/news/displaynews.asp?story=132000-115647
ya gotta page down a bit). This backs up what your comment about Unreal.
Once again proving the fact
that any game journalist that uses that phrase 'vaporware' in an article
deserves a friendly boot in the eye.
Bruce 'Gwog' Ladewig
A frustrated Q3A player.
Give up. Fighting Xaero
on Hardcore is a waste of yer time and will lead you to no great triumph.
The only way to beat him is for him to allow you to. In other words,
if you play too well, he will just compensate by railing you to kingdom
come over and over no matter what you are doing. Its not a matter of
skill, its a matter of ishty programming. Twice I have had him down
4-0 before being railed to death 10 times on 20 shots. Its a dumbass
way to program AI and its a waste of yer time trying to beat it (you
should be doing news updates anyway!). Just turn the difficulty to Hurt
Me Plenty and show him whoz boss. (It only took me 3 tries to beat him
with a perfect on that setting, winning 10 to -2.)
Gotta love Carmack's
Subject: Carmack and MacWorld - Interesting Detail
I watched the entire Steve
Jobs keynote speech, and I though I might point out a very interesting
fact. Jobs said Carmack offered to POSTPONE HIS WEDDING in order to
appear in person at MacWorld. Steve said that would not be necessary
and said a video would be just fine.
I beginning to wonder if
Carmack bleeds in rainbow colors.... :)
-- Paul Lipps
You know, I watched it
too, and I'm starting to wonder if he doesn't bleed bondi blue. :)
Guess we should read
Subject: modem login
Yes, knew about removing
'log into network'. Found the info from a link on a little known site
called Bluesnews ages ago. (You should read it sometime its brilliant)
An anonymous letter
Subject: Re: Amen Cancelled
I used to work at Cavedog
myself and I can tell you that WAY more than a few people left cavedog.
When I was there, everything was great.. everyone was excited about
all the new games we had coming up... (other than just Amen) We were
all a real team..everyone knew and liked each other.. anyway, after
a while things got out of hand.. management pressed for a closer release
date and Greg (lead designer) pushed for more time so that he could
fit in everything that he wanted to. Then all of a sudden one of the
main programmers (Jason King) left and development slowed.
To make it short, I can tell
you that I know of at least six people (only one of which was included
in the "layoffs" a few weeks ago) who have all left and are
currently working for such companies as Valve and Electronic Arts. Cavedog
didn't want to cancel Amen but when only 4 people are left from the
original team it makes it very difficult to finish. Everyone was pissed
when they broke up the team and EVERYONE started looking for another
job.. it was no longer fun... Anyway, thought I'd send you some info.
I am pretty pissed myself to see that they have canned the whole thing
but I guess I saw it coming. Btw, if you use this in a post, please
don't mention my name, I don't want my friends to get in trouble.
oh and PS you probably already
know but Half-Life 2 *is* a reailty and the guys that left Cavedog for
Valve are working on it!
More on Q1 cheating.
Subject: Quake (1) cheating
One of the letters in the
mailbag (whining about cheating in Q1) mentioned being able to mess
with Quake's source code so cheaters can add a light source to every
player. Obviously some people don't realize that it's nothing new. Quake's
dynamic light sources (like you see on rockets and lavaballs) are simply
flags in the model itself. You could do this is ANY version of Quake
from the start. Open the player model in your favorite editor, change
one flag, and save it.
Instant glowing player model,
and it'll have a smoke trail too. Edit the wall texture names to make
Quake think they're water brushes, set r_novis to 1, and you can see
right through them. Sure, the code release allows more sophisticated
cheating with less work, but people have ALWAYS been able to cheat at
this game. From auto-aiming bots/proxies, to editing the models, skins,
and maps... the game was never completely fair to begin with. People
should stop worrying about the source release and just worry about the
Low ping whining.
Subject: internet play
4 days ago i was playin
cstrike when a 30 pinger on the other team ran into our base, leapt
gaily about the room and killed every single person on my team in about
10 seconds -- and none of us could hit him. i havent played since. i'm
through pretending that strategy or tactics have anything to do with
these ping games. i'm so disgusted that now i just wanna respawn camp
in aq2 deathmatch until i can buy a highspeed connection. can you imagine
connection speed being such a huge advantage in online RTS games like
starcraft? nobody would play.
recently my clan had a lan
party where we got to play with an online opponent that had been causing
us a great deal of discomfort with his 40 ping connection. he had even
boasted online that he was better than anyone in our clan. well it looked
pretty silly in lan play when he would just run headlong into our base
at the beginning of every round - jumping up and down with weapons ablazing.
he was thus the first one killed every round, and trailed our least-skilled
member in frags. yet his clq rating from exactly that strategy in online
play puts him in the TOP ONE PERCENT OF ALL PLAYERS WORLDWIDE. is it
your intention that this be the case? if so, would you please add a
rocket launcher and a BFG? that would probably make the game more "realistic"
don't you think?
Anyone know about this?
Subject: Quake source, take your pick
I heard a rumor a little
while ago that there was a transformers patch in the works for Shogo.
I just heard it from a friend, and as for any factual basis, I have
yet to find one. Have you all heard anything about this or is it probably
just B.S.? Thanks
I don't know if it exists,
but it sure would be cool to see. :)
Our token letter from theAntiELVIS...
Subject: DEATH TO THE PRETENDERS!
Just played several hours
of Quake 3 and TFC - and I KILLED THEM!
Why? Because I'm a programmer!
Because I KNOW the algo-rythm! I know the patterns! Doesn't matter WHAT
game they want to play - I slaughter them all!
And do I get recognition?
NO! Because I won't join their clans or their leagues! I am the Lone
Wolf! I am theAntiELVIS! I am superior! I can jump five feet in the
air, do a 180, and KILL them! I do not strafe! I do not rock jump! I
don't do any of that fancy Low Ping Bastard crap! I am theAntiELVIS!
HA HA HA HA HA!
Death to the pretenders!
I am the Champion of the Internet! And no one will ever know because
I won't lower myself to playing the ladders! I am the free spirit who
cannot be touched! I am the tie-dyed Grateful Dead Hippie bastard they
all hate - because I WIN!
I am theAntiELVIS! A name
to be feared and respected! A 56k HURRICANE that cannot be denied!
Bring-on your cable modems
and your T1's! I will kill them all! I am theAntiELVIS! I cannot be
defeated! I am GOD-LIKE!
Or I'm drunk. Take your
I think i'll go with that
The subject says it all.
Subject: the website colors suck goat balls... change it...
Yes, the smiley is real.
Subject: Smiley Face on the flak shells in UT
The picture you reported
on may have been a fake, but it is easy to see the
smiley face for yourself.
Pick a level with deep water
in it (I used CTF November). Sit midway and
fire the flak cannon straight up. As the shell falls back to the bottom
will be able to glimpse the smiley face once the shell is below you.
Does this mean my Cyberman
2 is useless?
Subject: Quake III Arena news...
Not sure if you folks know
this or not yet...
I just got off the phone
with Activision Support for Quake III Arena and they have indicated
to me that there is no Advanced Joystick Support in the game.
Imagine, a state of the
art 3D Game without support for 3D Game Controllers!
I don't know about all
3D controllers, but you can enable support for the SpaceOrb 360 by snagging
the support files from Birdman's
Relax! It's out!
Subject: So when is the Mac version going to be released?
What the freak!
So when is the Mac version
going to be released? Are you waiting till next Christmas?
There are always possibilities.....
Not that we have anything
to do with it, but it's out. Enjoy. :)
Subject: Unreal Tournament 3dfx V3000 Bundle Arrives
Just in time for the 20th
century--the Unreal Tournament promo finally arrived from GT Interactive
I would have gotten mine,
but I forgot to send it in. Oh well. ;)
Hey! You can come out
of the bunkers now!
John H. Story
Subject: Orson Welles would be proud.......
Imagine how Orson Welles
(grhs), is in his grave clapping in awe and in honor, of those who painted
a much larger "invasion" paranoia, for much longer ( years
), and got away with it. Of course I am refering to the Y2K non-event.
They also got away with literally billions of dollars. Orson had to
make an apology. Go figure............ Hopefully the perps will crawl
back under their rock and stay there.............
Someone should take a poll
of the number of systems modified for the event vs the number not modified
and the number of problems. I have 3 non-modified 2-4 year old hardware
PC's with no problems whatsoever. I suggest that that is the norm.
( aka John Story )
I think people are overlooking
the miracle performed by programmers across the country. Believe it
or not, we really did need to spend 100 billion in this country to avoid
a major disaster.
The best of the number
Subject: The true meaning of the number at the bottom of the
I've figured it out!
It's the consecutive amount
of days Blue has gone without sleeping ;)
Obviously, the number is
how many seconds since Quake2 went gold. Next.
Subject: Number at bottom of News Page
I haven't read all of the
suggestions about what the number at the bottom of the news page is,
but is it a counter/timer that increments the number of seconds (since
some event)? The last refresh I did said the number was 66209187. That
would be 11/27/97, at about 4:33 pm. I didn't see any mention of anything
major happening that day. It looks like each time I refresh the news
page, it increases by a few. So is this anything even close to the truth?
Subject: Number on Blue's News
That number that's way at
the bottom of the main page...do you have a CGI linked into the Q3:A
master server, reporting how many people have played Q3:A? You know,
when you connect to a server, and it says at the bottom of the screen
"Welcome Player #53,223,343" or whatever...is that the number?
No, but that would be
really cool. :)
Subject: Mysterious Number
To be honest, until I read
the mailbag this week I didn't even notice the number, guess I'm not
a thorough enough reader. But, I think I have figured it out. I believe
the number to be the amount of seconds that Blue's News has been operational.
Follow me on these calculations that I'm performing now: 66193908 was
the number at 1:44 January 3, 2000
66193908 / 60 = 1103231.8
1103231.8 / 60 = 18387.196
18387.196 / 24 = 766.13316
766.13316 / 30 = 25.537772
25.536662 / 12 = 2.1281476
Judging by your website's
claim to be "serving the online gaming community for over a third
of a decade" this number of 2.128 seems a little low to be the
number of years that Blues News has been running. Perhaps if you take
into account time when the server wasn't operational, and going through
upgrades and spring forward/fall back changes and other time sensitive
issues, could this number actually be the number of seconds that Blue's
News has been operational?
What do I win? If it is
money I'd like it in small unmarked canadian bills (yes, I know they
are funny money but it's my currency of choice). If it is computer stuff
how bout a new mobo and processor (AMD K6-2 300 just isn't cutting mustard
anymore) :) If I'm wrong, which quite possibly has been known to happen
on occasion, well than atleast I gave it my best shot. My other original
theory was that it was randomly generating ICQ numbers but testing that
theory proved it wasn't the case ;)
Subject: Number at the bottom of the page...
From what I have discerned...
It is counting the seconds...
The seconds since Nov 28
1997 at around 9:00 AM EST.
The funny thing is that
I can't seem to find anything important that happened that day.
Quake II went gold a few
days later, and the day before was Thanksgiving.
Subject: those funky little digits
Well, perhaps the "counter"
is the least original idea in the traditional webpage sense. However
those little numbers are counting... and its counting in seconds no
less. Or so it appears. _And_ if that is true... Well, the current count
is at 66191509. So, after a few calculations, much deliberation, advil,
and several days later, I came up with the following date range (hey
i'm no -exact- scientist, heck, I'm not even a scientist!).
Todays Date: 00.01.03
minus days from counter:
Long Time Ago Date: 97.11.28
or around there.. say 97.11 - 98.01
However, those calculations
could be completely off. When I first thought of this, I thought maybe
it was the number of seconds from when bluesnews.com came online...
But if I recal correctly that was June 1st 1996.
Well, once again you still got everyone stumped, but I thought I'd toss
this one to the wolves. Hrm... maybe the number of seconds since you
took the old "traditional counter" offline? Hmm, number of
seconds since Quake2 was released?
No, no the number of seconds
it has been since Blue started his Out of the Blue posts! heh, thats
got to be it :P He changed from "etc" to "Out of the
Blue" on Friday January 9th 1998.
Ok cough it up. I won. :P
Subject: The little number at the bottom is obviously....
....how late Daikatana is.
The current length of Romero's
hair. In centimeters.
The amount of money the
site made today from advertising. In Yen.
Size of Hilary Clinton's
cervix when fully dilated. In feet.
The number of tries it takes
to hit someone with the Railgun at 56k
The number of Ion Storm
designers it takes to screw in a light bulb. If you want to include
Tom Hall, multiply by three.
The number of times Blue
has written the word "Sorry" in OOTB
The number of times Levelord
has belched since birth
The next winning "Power
The precise RGB value for
the color of loon's shorts (jeez man, change those things)
The reading on the odometer
of the Bluemobile
The size of Disruptor's
pecker in microns (which is still pretty impressive)
Bill Gate's net profit for
The number of letters I've
written that didn't make it into the Mailbag
He jokes, but it really
could be that many letters. :)
And my personal favorite...
Subject: The counter at the bottom of your pages
Is that the number of tenths
of a second that you have gone without a cigarette Loony?
Just a guess, based it working
out to 76 days give or take a few hours today. When I looked up that
day's news(Oct 19,1999), Blue mentioned that you had quit smoking that
Okay, so nobody got it
right, but boy were these clever. Keep trying...maybe the answer lies
in elementary chaos theory...
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