|It's zipping, the
From: Dark Wind
Subject: Auto-Updating can be a pain
This is partially sparked from the other letters in your
mailbag, so here goes..
I -HATE- games that only have an auto-update feature. I
was at a LAN party a few weeks ago, and we were played Need for Speed 3. That game ONLY
has an auto-update, they don't distribute zipped patches. I had a 'net connection, (it was
my LAN :-)) so I had the update. however, there were 3 people who didn't even have 'net
accounts, and didn't have updated games.
Just how was I supposed to distribute the patch to them?
As much as I tried, I couldn't get it to them, despite my PC being less than 10 feet away
from them. I didn't want the hassle of having to set up MY net access on all their PCs,
and having to throw my modem around into all of their PCs.
Half-Life was similar, but we didn't play much of that
because there's only deathmatch. (Where's the co-op play?)
Hopefully the game companies can see this and start
distributing zipped patches again!
|Yeah, but can you
operate it manually...
Subject: Solutions for Dunkirk (Autoupdating)
Your readers (especially Dunkirk) who dislike
autoupdating will be interested in a program called InCtrl4. In an article in the latest
PC Magazine "Utilities" section, they say this program keeps track of all
changes to the file system and registry, and even keeps snapshots of your system before
the changes so you can compare! People who don't want to pick up the issue should head
over to the URL they give, www.pcmag.com/download.
|In search of the
I guess Halo 4 and Myth Rashkin just aren't dedicated
readers of your service. Otherwise, they would know that both Thief The Dark Project and
TRIBES have been listed numerous times on your page. I've seen information in mailbag,
links to previews, links to reviews, etc.
I suspect the problem is that these two weren't
interested in the games when you had links available. By the time they became interested,
the links were already archived. In other words, they're running behind the curve.
It also appears that these two games haven't undergone
the instant need for bug fixes that many games have...thus, fewer headlines. Amazing
coincidence that a lack of problems and fixes leads to less coverage on the news sites.
Developers should always release games with a few bugs for the extra news coverage.
|I'd worry about
the AntiKungFu after that crack...
Subject: theAntiELVIS is a Thief Pansy
theAntiELVIS sezs: Main Complaint [about Thief]: The
missions shouldn't end when you reach your objective - you should have to get back out
with the goods.
He's obviously a wimp. If he'd pull his butt out of that
"normal" difficulty and into "hard" or "expert" he'd see
that those levels *do* require one to exit with the loot.
|The Quake III
Arena AVI Ate My CapsLock
From: Toby Harcombe
I d/led this (got a cable modem - took 2 min!!). I just
(please excuse the crudeness) came in my pants!!!! IT LOOKS FRIKKIN AMAZING!!!!!!!! CURVED
SURFACES, LIVING ENVIRONMENTS, MIRRORS!!!!! OMG!!!!! WTF ARE THEY DOING AT ID
SOFTWARE?!?!?!? WHAT ALIEN TECHNOLOGY HAVE THEY STOLEN FROM THE US GOVERNMENT?!?!?!?
(CANADA KICKS ASS, eh?)
|Now about that
damn Publisher's Clearing House
From: Adam Gifford
Subject: PVGS legality
The pvgs is probably completely legal, but the more
important issue I think is whether or not it is ethical. I mean, the stated fees &
prizes were $45 to enter and a $500 prize.
at this rate you need 12 people to pay the $45, and I
suspect you would have a lot more(although with this entry fee you might not).
if 100 people joined, that would be $4500 total, of which
4000 I would assume go to the PVGS, while only 500 would be distributed as prize.
I didn't get a chance to read up on this, but the other
possibility is that it is a one time fee of 45, and 500 for the top prize in any of
multiple tournaments. In this case it would seem to be a pyramid type scheme. Every
tournament would need new people to join to finance the winnings for the top players (who
would probably win fairly often).
I personally would have nothing to do with any
competition that had an entry fee of more than $5.
Subject: SHIFT Key
I actually use the shift key for left strafing and since
playing TRIBES I've invented quite a new swearwords to be used at those times when you
just stop moving. They'd better bring out a patch for thing, 'cause apart from that glitch
TRIBES rocks, polkas, waltzes and tangos.
|Obviously a born
From: Cliff Ray
Looking at the option to remove the SHIFT key, I also
have 12 sets of WIN95 keys if anyone wants them.
Subject: Pinky Support Group
I can't say I wish to be in the pinky support group, but
I think it should be well known that there are a lot of +mlook people out here who need
Ever since Quake I -must- hold down the right mouse
button (used to be for mlook)
Perhaps you'll start a revolution for people who can't
break old doom/quake habits.
|I should've seen
this one coming
From: Craig Wessel
Subject: Pinky Debate
Blue, if you're stuck having to hold down shift with your
pinky, no WONDER you can't beat Romero ;)
From: Mr. White
Subject: Mailbag response to the literal-minded
Counter to the intuition of one of your readers, it is
possible to boil a pot of coffee with a hot sewing needle. Granted, it's not easy. First,
the pot and needle must represent a perfectly closed system, or the pot will dissipate its
heat faster than the needle can supply it. Also, the needle must continually supply energy
to the system, or you will simply end up with a cold needle. However, if you can make
these provisions, a 500 degree sewing needle will boil coffee quite well.
I write this to reiterate the theoretical legitimacy of
Chris Simpson's concern with the Rage 128 chip--that, placed inside a computer, it would
boil water. Of course, Sol Rujeedawa is probably still right to say "it's simply not
gonna happen--" one, because Chris's computer is not a perfectly self-contained
system, and two, because of the more basic and undercutting fact that it is not filled
with water--but certainly not because it is unthinkable to boil coffee with a sewing
needle. On theoretical grounds at least, Chris' observation still stands.
|Yeah, but what
From: Bruce Geryk
Subject: Kind of irrelevant...
...but I thought I'd send a correction regarding this
From: Rob "Hobbes" Walsh Subject: Freezing skin
I'd like to make a correction. Skin does NOT freeze in 15
seconds at minus forty. Gimme a break. I recently went skiing in Montana and the wind
chill made it minus sixty at the top of the mountain - I skied the whole day with my
unhappy nose sticking out of my bundle o' clothes. Not to mention parts of my cheeks... So
anyway, skin doesn't freeze in 15 seconds
Mr. Walsh is misinformed. If the wind chill were, say, -5 C, but the temperature were
above freezing, water would not freeze. If you put a thermometer out in these conditions,
it would register the actual temp and not the wind chill. "Wind chill" is a term
that refers to how wind contributes to the body's physiological perception of the
temperature, in the form of cold receptors. For example, if you touch your face in
different places with a piece of ice, you will get different perceptions of cold,
depending on the density of cold receptors on that part of your face. I don't know how
wind chill is calculated (ask a meteorologist) but wind isn't going to change the _actual_
temperature, which is simply a measure of molecular motion.
Sorry for the irrelevant nature of this message, but flip
comments about science always annoy me.
University of Illinois School of Medicine and Department of Biochemistry University of
Illinois of Urbana-Champaign
Subject: JazzBone doesn't get it
That blank space is there for us, man! Sure Blue could
fill it up and completely urbanize his site - but he left that empty space so our mice
would have an area in which they can run, play, and generally gambol. That space is like
Central Park, an oasis of calm in a sea of nerve-wracking game tension. Sometimes I just
skip down there for a little rest when all the hardware comparisons and demo announcements
get to be TOO MUCH AND I JUST WANT TO TAKE A GUN AND....
Well, you get my point. Personally, I'd like to thank
Blue for NOT filling that spot with yet another pimp sign for Loonygames or JediKnight.Net
(has anyone ever actually used that link?), or some advertising banner that is only
designed to put money in his pocket. Or, worse, yet another video card story. Papa Blue's
taking care of us game Smurfs, watching out for our cramped little psyches by providing a
little open space in which to mentally recreate.
Thanks, man. We all appreciate it. And hopefully that's
the last word on that damned empty space.
Oh, and personally, OOTB is the FIRST place I go to on
the page. I vote for putting it at the top. Besides, it's the only place we get word of
Mrs. Blue, who I have heard is sort of a cross between Xena and Zsa Zsa, and it doesn't
get much better than that. I mean, they could both slap my ass around and make me like it.
From: David Chase
Subject: Blank space
We've all patiently watched as the blank space at the
bottom of the page has grown. We've wondered what the reason was, but trusting you
implicitly we figured it was for a good cause.
However in the past couple months I've seen the problem
mentioned at least twice in the Mailbag with no retort whatsoever from you. What is up? We
all notice the new space yet you cavalierly (sp?) act as if nothing strange is afoot.
What is the space for? Is it a conspiracy? Is it a
landing pad for aliens? The truth is out there, Blue. Help us find it...
PS - if you refuse to respond to this message we will
brand you as an alien and drown you.
|Whew... I thought
you meant the browser cookies
From: Michael Work
Subject: About those cookies...
My brother just got home from class, which means nothing
to you, except for the fact that he brought home two boxes of Girl Scout cookies: one box
of Thin Mints, and one box of Samoas. Just to let you know that I'm on your side, I'm
going to eat these here Thin Mints, and I ain't touchin' those tainted-by-coconut Samoas.
Oh yeah, and keep up the good work! (You must get so
tired of hearing that. And you must get tired also of people saying that you must get so
tired of hearing that. And so on.)