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April 11,1999 -- Previous Mailbag
Letters are edited for
spelling errors only. Commentary by Jason "loonyboi"
From: Jonathan Forster
Subject: Re: Is Sin the most under-rated game of all time?
It's not just Half-Life that's responsible
for Sin's poor performance, nor is their appalling attempt to push it out the door before
HL either (which is enough to make me wait till it gets into the bargain bin before I buy
it). Thief is out there too. Now while Thief's 3D definitely lacks and it's only single
player, that SP game runs _rings_ around HL, and HL kicks ass IMHO -- I hope they ignore
the requests for multiplayer personally, the SP game is _awesome_. No bugs either, the
1.33 patch addresses a few minor issues, none of which I ever noticed the first time I
played it through. And talk about replayability, the difference between the hardness
levels is extraordinary, almost a new game for each setting -- and man, you betta be good
to play that puppy on Expert.
Stop looking at me!
Subject: Blue eye on lower left corner
Dude, please take that blue eye image on the
page's lower left corner away, it kinda' creeps me out! I used to visit your page like 2-3
times a day, but when I see that thing it really bothers me, I can't explain, maybe it's
the way it moves every once in a while, distracts me from the text I'm trying to read.
And don't tell me I need help 'cause no one's
getting all psychotic over it... at least not yet. =)
Dan 'Neurobasher' Gomes
Quick! Somebody call
From: Joe Kennebec
Subject: Team Fortress Classic - record?
Last night, I could see ~480 servers and
~3500 people playing TFC. Isn't that some kind of record? If not, it sure is impressive.
That is pretty impressive, although I'm
fairly sure that Quake 1 is still the record holder...anyone out there know the exact
figures on QuakeWorld in its peak?
Subject: all male frag fest
dont get this wrong i am happy for a all girl
im sorry woman frag fest but what would happen if blue had a man only party i bet we would
hee something about that
Aren't all regular
tournaments all male frag fests? :)
Ironic, isn't it?
From: Joe Kennedy
Subject: Irony and Allanis Morrisette
Heh heeeee! Got a grin by way of "Out of the Blue" today. Nice to know it's not
just me that has a problem with Allanis Morrisette's perception of irony.
Although I really dig the song, it's pretty
clear to me she's clueless on the subject. "...Like rain on your wedding day,"
"A traffic jam when your already late." Those things aren't ironic in the
*least* bit. Frustrating maybe, but irony???
I think not.
A very funny Irish comedian on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (I *love* that show BTW) did
a funny bit about her saying, "a traffic jam? Noooo that's not irony. Now, if yer a
city planner on the wee to a meetin' where yere to be discussin' ways to fix the traffic
problem, and yere stuck inna jam that prevents ye from makin' the meetin' and fixin' the
problem...... Now THAT's irony."
He goes on to say that the real irony here is
that, "We've got a girl here's written a song aboot irony who's absolutely no idea
what irony is in the first place!!" Very funny stuff.
Thanks for a wonderful web page. I have it
with coffee *every* morning. It really is my morning paper. :-) And welcome to Jasonian!
-Malcontent (Joe Kennedy)
"Jasonian"? I'll assume you mean me. Thanks, dude. :)
A public message for
From: Joel Blackwell
Subject: A call out to GT
Hi, I'm not sure if you accept this kind of
thing, but it'd be greatly appreciated if you could place what's below on your site. With
the innability to get your message across to publishers these days, we've decided to try a
different method. Just let me know if you can't for any reason. Thanks :) I've placed the
URLs for the sites in brackets... not sure if that makes things easier or harder for you,
A call out to GT.
It doesn't take a genius to realise that Blood 2 wasn't the box office hit many thought it
might be, however, the Blood community being as strong as it is, many projects have begun
using the promising game as a solid base. Gods 2 (www.gods2.com)
and Blood 2 Resurrection (surf.to/b2r) for example, are
both two such projects that are looking to break the mould of standard gaming projects,
yet without the Blood 2 tools, the further development of such projects can not continue.
The purpose behind my speaking out as such, is that after months of patient waiting, GT
Interactive still have not authorised the release of the tools. Blood fans have sat and
watched as various patches for Blood 2 have been authorised and released, yet the tools
still left without comment. One might even think GT Interactive have forgotten about
requests to release the tools and placed the current issue on the backburner.
This is a request from every Blood 2 fan to
release the tools, so that many projects can be continued. Without such support, GT
Interactive are simply signing the life of Blood 2 and its community away...
Subject: Requiem for Sleeper of the Year!
This game has all the elements that Half-Life
has and way more. You guys should really check this game out. 3DO has the most original
and fun to play game since Wolfenstein and Doom. Atmosphere is down right horifying.
I haven't seen the full
game yet, but from what I saw at the CPL event last month, I can honestly say that Requiem
has the best death messages i've ever seen. As for the rest of the game, I have no idea
Oy with the HERCs...
From: James Ell
Subject: Correction to Item in Mailbag
Herc is short for HERCULEAN. That is an
acroynm for (/me whips out the Starsiege Compendium)....
Humaniform-Emulation Roboticized Combat Unit with Leg-Articulated Navigation.
Datumplane::Starsiege - www.datumplane.com
Does that make John
Cook an Oompa Loompa?
From: Pete Kracht
Subject: Robin Walker or Willy Wonka!!!
HAHAAHAH, I had to tell you about this as
soon as I read the ozTF interview with Robin Walker. As I was reading it I realized it is
exactly in the same manner Willy Wonka talked when he was describing the flavored
wallpaper in the movie. It is freaking hilarious and I highly recommend that you go read
it again with this in mind.
Cheers, and keep up the good work.
We are the music makers, and we are the
dreamers of dreams.
An empassioned plea
From: Nolan Bailey
Can you please post something positive about Daikatana...? and cover it with some of your
I've really become frustrated how you never
seem to post anything about this game... when you do post about the company or the game...
it is usually a link to a slam article... or some sort of negative press.
I'm not saying they aren't having problems...
but, it seems like you're always there kicking them while they are down with your
coverage... by your lack of coverage... and negative press.
Please give Daikatana some good, fair,
unbiased, and positive press... perhaps read Daikatana news.... or their site...this is
probably going to be a good game from John Romero... give it some positive press,
Please consider these suggestions and observations...
Figures a guy named
Conan would figure it out...
From: Conan Ford
Subject: blank space
Hey! I've uncovered your little plot. HTML
tags! The humanity!
It's true...those are indeed the tags. But
it's what's between them that's special.
Subject: Future Mouse Design
Here's what I think will be the Ultimate
future mouse design, at least I hope so! I cut and pasted this, I hope it formats
correctly. If you have the time please tell me what you think of it!
The Ultimate mouse
Mouse pad with a crystal clear glass/or plastic covering over a really fine grid (many
lines very close together and very thin.) Mouse rolls over with ball rollers and uses a
laser (with a glass covering) to detect vertical/horizontal movement.
Vertical/Horizontal lines differentiated
either by color, tone, or both. Can detect ultra slow to ultra fast movement with extreme
precision using a very high refresh rate. No worries about having proper friction like
current mice that uses a ball to spin rollers and the roller speed is sensed. Maintenance
as simple as tissue and windex, and making sure the rollers roll smoothly.
I used a "laser mouse" back in
the 80's on my Apple IIC, and I can honestly say that it was a total waste of money. That
hard-metal mousepad annoyed the bejesus out of me, too. :)
The genius that is
Subject: Quake Arena and Y2K
I heard that Quake Arena will be fully
optimized and will patch any computer with Y2K incompatability issues. I also heard that
John Carmack has written an application that will solve the Y2K crisis, but it will only
be bundled with Quake III/Arena...is this true?
I heard that Carmack had cured cancer,
world hunger, and solved the crisis in Kosovo, but they ran out of room in the box.
Does ATI know about
Subject: rage 128
rage 128=coffie cup warmer,tost maker, hot
HEY! It's the truely first multi use video
I can see it now. PLAY QUAKE AND BAKE BREAD
AT THE SAME TIME!
for that hungry gamer who does not have time
to gib their friends and make a snack!
Kinda brings new meaning to the name,
"all-in-wonder" doesn't it? :)
The final word on
the blank space...
Subject: Mailbag: Empty space
Don't y'all know that's where you anchor your
Beware the blue waves!
I tried to come up with something witty to
put here...but I think it speaks for itself.