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Mar 12

Ok, this really pisses me off:

Date: Wed, 12 Mar 1997 13:32:43 +0100
From: "%Peter Lawrenz" <>
X-Mailer: Mozilla 3.01 (Win95; I)
Subject: Re: E3/Ferrari Event PRESS RELEASE

Will Bryant wrote:


> John Carmack, the co-founder of id Software and creator of the game QUAKE,
> will give away one of his four Ferraris as the grand prize: a red 1987
> Ferrari 328 GTS with a Norwood Autocraft turbo conversion. According to
> Carmack, donating the Ferrari is his way of giving something back to the
> game enthusiasts that have brought him success. "I bought my first Ferrari
> after the success of Wolfenstein-3D," said Carmack. "DOOM and QUAKE have
> bought three more. Four Ferraris is too many for me. Rather than sell off
> one of them or stick it in a warehouse, I'm going to give it back to the
> gamers that brought it to me in the first place. The king of this QUAKE
> deathmatch is going to get a really cool crown."
> "This is the biggest, hottest tournament ever for PC gamers, and we
> encourage all QUAKE players to give it their best shot," said Wade

> Tournament Registration and Contact Information
> QUAKE players who want to participate in the tournament can register online
> at, anytime between March 24 and May 2,
> 1997. Participation is limited to US residents 18 years of age and older,
> other rules are posted on the Website.


the two above statements contradict each other. How many ferraries would you have been able to buy if the sales of your games were limited to U.S. only ? It seems to me that you don't value your oversea customers at all and invite them to pirate future ID software products.

I paid for Doom I, Doom II and Quake and since this press release I am not really sure if I should spend any more money on ID software.

There are other companies that might value their customers for real.

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AAAAARRRRGGGHHHH!!! I have gotten a few of these "you suck cuz I can't win your car" type of messages.

I'm giving the car away over the objections of my lawyer and my girlfriend just because I think it will be a cool and memorable thing to do. I want it to be as fair as possible, but I just don't have the time to spare to try and manage it myself. In any case, it wouldn't be fair to everyone no matter what we did. Sure, it would be great if we could fly the 10,000 interested people to a football stadium and have thousands of simultanious double ellimination bouts, but it just isn't going to happen.

I pushed against the "us citizans" clause, asking if it would be reasonable to bring a couple people from europe or austrailia, or even just allow some people that covered their own expenses, but aparently we would have to deal with the local laws in each country that an entrant comes from, which just wouldn't be reasonable for us. Even dealing with canada (as we have found out recently with Christian) can be a big pain in the ass.

Its just a fact of life that locality is an issue. We can't treat the entire world the same. Go convince another company that "might value their customers for real" to give you a ferrari.