MailBag - October 7, 2001
MailBag - October 7, 2001
October 6, 2001
by Stephen "Blue" Heaslip
Mail is checked for spelling but not for grammar. Send mail for the mailbag
by addressing it to email@example.com.
|Rant of the Week
Seems like every 'gone gold' report on Blue's recently has been
followed up a week later with either a 2-45 meg patch or an outright
apology from the game makers for a botched release.
Just scanning the headlines, it's crazy. A Real War patch a only days
after release. The botched PoR installer. The woes with the AO patches.
The complete unplayability of Operation Flashpoint Multiplayer (which
I've experienced firsthand). Corrupt installers for Shogun Mongol
It all definitely makes you appreciate the QA of the companies that
get it right, and more importantly the companies that release widespread
public demos BEFORE shipping the game.
While it's nice that these companies are patching their games as
quickly as possible, it seems like all these woes could be solved by
releasing a public demo or beta a week or 2 before going gold. Stupid
errors like the PoR installer, which can slip by QA easily enough, can't
stand up to the scrutiny of several thousand unique installs.
Personally, in light of recent launch debacles, I doubt I'll be
buying a recently released game any time soon. It seems silly to have to
adopt the 'wait for Service Pack 2' mentality for games as well as
Operating Systems, but recent events definitely show what a virtue
patience can be.
Indeed, patience is a virtue. Except of course
when playing whack-a-mole. But there will always be early adopters...
...Case in point
Hi.. I would like to know if on Nov 15 I would have any sort of
chance to purchase an x-box at my local Wal-mart?... Do u think its
possible or should I just wait for a while after launch date?.......
Thank you for your time.
You got me Adam. I never pre-order and have
walked in on some supposedly scarce buys on launch day. Then again, I
don't even know if these are even planned, err, supposed to be scarce or
|Pertinent, poignant, or at least not so suckful.
Thank god for Hudson the Wonder Dog, because now Blue no longer has
to come up with a few pertinent, poignant, or at least interesting
sentences for Out Of The Blue.
I think you are over-rating Out of the Blue
prior to the wonder dog's joining the Blue clan. :)
I don't know about you but I personally don't have the enthusiasm to
be playing games since 9/11. Is it just us old farts or simply the
people I know or is it everyone that feels this way?
|And another thing...
And while we're at it, it's bye bye from AMD. ISTR Cyrix becoming a
non-factor in the CPU game shortly after switching to PR
"performance rated" bullshit for their CPUs. Not only that,
they've clearly sold their soul to Microsoft, a god damned Athlon XP of
all things. And it's PR rated. Guess the next CPU is gonna be an Intel
one -- that's of course after the 1.4GHz Athlon TBird for $99 gets here
that I just couldn't resist, the fastest last "real" CPU AMD
ever made I suppose.
Maybe it's my memory that's failing here...
first there's a guy who implies that at one point Out of the Blue's were
"pertinent, poignant, or interesting," and now you're saying
that at one point Cyrix was a factor in the CPU world? :)
|Searching for "search!"
fix your search engine.. how could you have that disabled..
It wasn't disabled by choice really, it was causing the server to choke
and needed fixing. Now it's enabled again, fixing it seems to have killed
part of its functionality (it seems to be about as reliable as handwriting
recognition was on Apple's Newton).
I am honw with playing game in the internet how doing send to me
You're that dude named "Player" that
keeps shooting teammates with the flamethrower in the Return to Castle
Wolfenstein Multiplayer Test, right? Seems like you're doing great so
|That would ROCK!!!!!!!!
As always, the logos are the work of Walter
"2" Costinak of 2 Design,
and while we've had a DOOM II logo, a classic DOOM logo is certainly not
out of the question. Not to mention, of course, that it would ROCK!!!!!!!!
Hey nice work on all of the Bluesnews logos you've been slappin' up
on his site. RIGHTON!! You should do a DooM one from the original DooM.
That would ROCK!!!!!!!! Well keep up the good work.
|It's not HPB, it's HPW!
Wassup! Yo Blue I just gotta say one thing before I get started.. I've
been a fan of your site.. well since it STARTED, damn that's been along
time. Anyway I would say I'm gonna rant but I'm not.. Y'all notice how
many servers are out there that don't allow 200+ pings (HPBs nowadays)
to play on them? What's up with that?? I know some people like Blue are
lucky enough to have a fast connection.. Most of us normal gamers.. web
masters, etc don't have the money to burn on a cable, DSL, ADSL, T1 etc.
I am trying to get a faster connection (56k now.) But until everyone
gets a good fast connection LET THEM PLAY ANYWAY, ill take on anyone
whether their ping is 1/10th of mine. Ok so I did rant a little.. couldn't
help it.. Cya Later Guys
BLUE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|And then there's that damn dog...
Hi, my name is Monica Marrero. Blue's Clues is very popular for young
children, like about five and older. People love the show and whatever
you do they will still love your show. What I like to know is, why
Blue's Clues was made? If you need any questions about me, give me a
e-mail. E-mail me at my mom's address: ******@yahoo.com.
Love your friend Monica
Thanks Monica... keep on watching.
Love, your friend Blue :)