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December 22, 1999
(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.
I think this says it
November 11, 1999
November 3, 1999
Subject: "Q3 Arena drug"
"Id might as well have
Are boxes a waste?
Music CD's, Playstation
Games, Dreamcast Games all now come just as jewel boxes with the manual
as the insert. When will PC/MAC games follow suit? I'm not a tree hugging
freak, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize how much paper/cardboard
is being wasted with these boxes. I personally keep my box around for
about 2 weeks, then recycle it. They are more of an annoyance and get
in the way than anything else. It sure would be nice to see publishers
go this route. The only box I still have is my original quake1 and that's
because it didn't come in a box, but a nice tri-fold paper case. More
of this!!!! Less waste!!
I may annoy a few people
by saying this, but I really like game boxes. I grew up playing Infocom
games (which I still think are some of the best games ever made) and
those games came in elaborately designed boxes that were crammed with
all kinds of great junk. Most boxes these days are pretty bland, and
could probably be gotten rid of altogether, but you have to admit that
the Quake III Arena tin box ruled (and so did the Dragon Edition of
In the end, the real reason
for game boxes is that jewel cases aren't really well suited to PC titles,
since A) they're really easy to steal, and B) PC games often have manuals
the size of novels (take a look at any Sid Meier game for proof).
What's next? Quake III
- Die Hitler, Die?
Subject: Q3A - Back to Wolfenstein 3D
As you may remember, all
the objects in Wolfenstein 3D were actually 2D
objects. As you moved around an object, it appeared to rotate with you.
In Q3A, there is an object
that does the same thing. In the map Q3Tourney6,
take a good look at the red dot used to activate the crusher. It appears
that Id has returned to their roots.
Uh...a banner ad review?
OK, I understand banner
ads. I don't mind banner ads. I HATE BAD
Putting aside the whole
"banner that looks like a window so you click on it" cheap
trick, the about.com surveys that your advertising host runs are AMAZINGLY
There is the "Are MP's
the future of music?" question, missing a key number, and there's
the question about "Pokeman," containing what some would say
is a pretty serious typo. Who makes these things, and why haven't they
been shot? Oops, violent thought. Must be from all that quake.
And why does the infamous
blackspace at the bottom of the news page now have a NUMBER? What does
it mean? Who put it there? If I collect them all, do I win a prize?
Ignore the number at the
bottom. Its digits are meaningless. You will forget you ever saw them.
Don't make me hurt you.
Subject: quake 1 source released!
This has got to be the most
exciting news I've heard in awhile. The Doom
source release last year was pretty exciting, since I thought people
add level-over-level capabilities to Doom (but it never happened) but
recent release is verry exciting. I remember playing quake1 when I first
my p2 computer, slightly over two years ago, I played quake1 religiously
every night, I even had dreams of rocket jumping and grenade bombing
players on the internet.. I've seen some of the stuff that people have
done with the quakec mods, I cannot wait to see what people do with
the complete source.
someone could add new graphic
options, like lens flares (hehe), I only wish
I had some 'leet mad coding skills so I could exploit this! So I've
www.doomworld.com who's going
to be the person to open www.quake1world.com
I have a few guesses...
Subject: Q3A addon pack?
Hey i don't know if this
was already suggested or what but is ID planning to make an addon pack
for q3 that has converted maps of all the levels in previous Quake games?
If you would, please put this on your site to see if we can get them
to do it. Thanks alot.
It's not completely impossible,
but it is extremely unlikely that anyone at id will convert old
maps to Q3A. Remakes from fans are inevitable, but id has always said
that they prefer to move on with each project.
The question of the ages.
Subject: What do you do????
A question that haunts all
the minds of Blue readers across the world.
Mr Blue, Do you have a job
and if so, what is it???
During the day, Blue is
a mild-mannered reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper...but at
night, he dons his costume and prowls the city in his Blue Mobile.
Yes. Yes it is.
Subject: I know you are busy... but
But I have one question.
I am a female gamer and
have been playing Quake since the beginning of NetQuake. I moved (quite
happily) onto Q2 and remained a faithful addict. I didn't play Q3Test
because of problems I heard about. Now, I am at a crossroads. I don't
want to dump $ on a game that doesn't play well, or have an enjoyment
I haven't heard a positive
thing about Q3 since it's release. I have only heard about problems,
and the lacking quality in the game. I have tried to read different
sites, get a general opinion from msg boards, but to no avail - everything
I want to know a general
opinion if Quake3 is worth buying, and if so why.. I just got UT and
so far, I am greatly impressed. Any comparisons? or insight you can
offer would be much appreciated.
Thanks so much.
Well, simply put - of
course it's worth getting. Whenever a major new release comes about,
everyone focuses on the negatives. Heck, I may insult the Ultima IX
to death because of its bugs, but that's still worth getting as well.
Oh yeah...those other games.
Subject: cant you
cant you guys talk about
anything else the Q3? Its not like its the best game ever. UT is much
better (dont get my wrong it isnt the wurst game either).
This, ladies and gentlemen,
is the other side effect of a new game release. The few weeks surrounding
the release of any major new title are filled with relentless news.
When UT was released, people wanted to know why we didn't print more
Quake III Arena news. And of course, the answer is simple: we print
all the news - just after a major release, there's bound to be more
news about that game.
Hey, who knows...in a
month or so we could be getting mails wanting to know why we only talk
about Daikatana, Messiah and Soldier of Fortune. :)
id names revealed.
Subject: ID Nicknames
The other day I jumped online
to play a little Quake III Arena. Well I connected up to one of ID's
servers and some dude named Mr. Elusive was kicking everyones ass.
Anyway, a couple of days
later I found out that Mr. Elusive was none other than ID's very own
Jan Paul. I felt quite honored to have played with one of the creators.
So I got to thinking, the
next time I get on an ID server it would be nice to know if I was playing
against any of the creators. So here is my challenge to Blue's News:
Think you guys could find out all of the "handles" of all
of the ID guys and post them on the site?
I also jumped on a server
called "(ID)Donna's world" or something like that. There was
only one female player on at that time, I can only speculate that it
was Donna Jackson.
I play through a 56K connection
(DSL isn't available in my area) and was wondering if when the ID guys
play, they are playing through a LAN connection to the same server that
we connect slow on.
Now I am a damn good player
but Mr. Elusive just seemed move WAY to fast to be playing on a slow
connection. At the end of most matches he had 20 frags when the second
place player only had 12.
It kinda makes you think,
skill will win you the match but when you are playing against seasoned
veterens who have been playing deathmatch since the days of Doom, you've
gotta have one hell of a good connection to win by that big of a lead.
Just my two cents,
Oh, sure why not. I can't
name them all off the top of my head...but I can give you a few:
John Cash = Hellrot
Dave Kirsch = Zoid
Christian Antkow = Disruptor
Graeme Devine = Zaphod
John Carmack = Carmack
Just a quick warning -
chances are if you see them online, it's someone else using their nick
(especially on IRC, where appearances are extremely rare).
Actually, I think he's
Subject: Sorry Im dumb
this is self explanatory.
If you post that I am dumb in your news,
that would be amazing.
I'm amazed we don't get
more requests like this. :)
Frans, Frans, the mystery
Subject: Just For The Record
I may have missed an update
that explains this, but who is Frans? I have been seeing his byline
next to updates for awhile, and the best guess i can come up with is
Kevin Nealon in an overstuffed grey sweatsuit flexing his muscles over
the keyboard while gazing lovingly at his desktop image of Arnold as
Frans is Frans de Vries,
who joined our staff a little while back. He's a news animal. :)
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