Computers are Fun!
My apologies, as this is a lot later than it should be. I really hate computers sometimes. But I love them, because they bring me por.. um.. Quake! Yeah, that's it. So here we are again with the universally-heralded PlanetQuake Mailbag. We've got a bunch of assorted stuff for you today, as Lee'Mon spent his sweet time on writing his editorial. Just kidding.. don't hurt me. Okay, wonderful computer, don't crash on me now.
Hellchick Goes To The Cinema
Thanks again & I look forward to your reply (& next article with
Not completely an article, our fearless leader Hellchick
whipped out an interesting article, part one of two, if I'm
not mistaken, on Quake
as Cinema. We've only recieved one letter on this so far,
but it's a celebrity one, and I've been ordered to include
it, so check it out.
From: David M. Mertz
Subject: Quake Movies!
I loved the article on Quake movie making, especially the mention of
Ranger Gone Bad. The Ranger Clan INVENTED game engine movie making with
the release of "Diary of a Camper" and produced some of the best Quake
movies. These original Quake movie works can be found in the files
section at www.clan-rangers.com.
These guys deserve a lot of credit, and its amazing to watch those films
thinking what limited tools and resources they had, mostly notepad and
hex editors :)
Programs like Keygrip, Demented, etc.. were created because of these
early works of game engine cinema and its amazing to see it develop into
what is now known as machinima.
I look forward to reading your further articles.
David M. Mertz
And then get ready for our next film, Hardly Workin', as we take
Quake moviemaking into the world of professional entertainment.
( I have a background in television, knowing what producers look
I must say, I've always been interested in these little Quake films, but never really checked any out. Perhaps I should. I do realize the value of KeyGrip, though. I downloaded that program a long time ago and never really figured it out, but I see the value it has to some people. Watching recammed PGL final matches is damn cool. Let's hope that something like this for Q3A comes along very soon, m'kay?
From: Paul Marino
Take a gander when you have the chance: http://www.illclan.com
Subject: Quake Noir: The Game as Cinema
Great article! I'm glad to see that we're being recognized
by the community.
Just one additional tidbit: Our Quake movie, Apartment Huntin',
has appeared in the larger Internet realm, having been a featured
short on Wired's Animation Express website: http://hotwired.lycos.com/animation/collection/ill_clan/huntin/
We've had numerous downloads (I'm not sure of the exact number
but it was well into the thousands) & is, to my knowledge, the only
Quake movie that has been officially sanctioned by id for distribution.
MTV has also expressed interest in our filmmaking as a result of AH
being on Wired.
Sweetness! It's good to see that id is helping out the community, and that the community is actually getting some recognition from mainstream media, rather than just some vixen working at a company that rhymes with "Rye on Corn". Not that I'm dissing that particular vixen, I'll be stealing that magazine. Do I sense a new area on FilePlanet and subsequently PlanetQuake for Quake movies? Why yes, yes I do.
Hellchick: Why not? I've already put up my really
lame recammed demos of me
dying over and over again in Action Quake 2 and me
and my clanmates running around half-naked and shooting people.
Wow, I get to plug ArenaSpy in more places now. Anyways, a couple of our readers have had some issues with the Great Mod Known As ArenaSpy, so I'm going to attempt to clear them up. But don't go thinking I'm tech support here, people; I'm not.
From: Joseph Schnurr
Subject: arena spy.
hey guys great overlay its pretty sweet. anywaz just wanted to throw a
couple things about the program i found out about ur way and see if i'm just
an idiot or there is actually a small issue.
i undated my q3a with the point release and then threw on arenaspy (btw i
just waxed the hd so its also a fresh baked copy of q3. anywaz i install
the arenaspy and everything works as planed except i can't log inot the
servers.. first it says checking cdkey auth.( yeah i checked my typing and
after i reinstalled without arena spy it worked good) and then i tried a few
other servers and it just kicked me back to the console. i'm assuming thats
because the server dorks didn't throw on the point release right? anywaz on
a side note after i get thrown back the the console i have the old browser
for ingame selection...did i just get a crappy dl of the arena spy or is
that a small issue that still lurks around in 1.0? anywaz any insite or
info would be greatly appriciated.
ps keep up the great job!
Hrm. Well you've got the point release, so I can't berate you for that. I do
know that there are a few issues with getting thrown back
to the main menu and having the original multiplayer menu
pop up again; remember that ArenaSpy is freeware.. I can only
assume that an update will be coming out that'll fix this,
but again, I'm not sure. Only crt knows for sure!
Hellchick: crt knows the meaning of life. Also, what
you did last summer.
From: William Maupin
Subject: ARENA SPY NOT FOR Q3
It is inaccurate to say ArenaSpy is for QuakeIII.
It is ArenaSpy for Win32 QuakeIII.
ID goes to the trouble to make QuakeIII cross platform while the fools at
GameSpy create this self-serving add-on for the PC only. Oh yeah; I guess I
should thank you for not making it cross-platform.
All righty, time to step into the danger zone. First off, you're right. Absolutely right, it's not for Q3A, it's for Win32 Q3A. Perhaps we should have noted this. But, your next paragraph is where you get into trouble, sir. id chose to make Q3A cross platform. They'll make a lot of money off it. ArenaSpy is unsupported freeware. We don't even support the platform it's for, much less others. Plus, it's a DLL mod. It's a royal pain to do stuff like that for Linux and Mac right now. So there.
Bigotry in Quake
Wow. That's all I can say right now about this next letter, which brings up a damn good issue. Just read it.
From: Reavus Dar
Subject: Bigotry in Online Gaming
Dear Spyke et al,
I am a fairly recent reader to the mailbag, but a long time fan to Quake and
Planetquake. I enjoy seeing all the morons that contribute to the mailbag
put in their place, and I expect I may join them some day. My topic is
serious and I have a truly deep desire to express my feelings on the subject
because I feel that there is not nearly enough talk about it.
Homophobia is not a strong enough word, but hate is too strong. Every
evening that I spend gaming, whether it be on QuakeIII, Half-Life and the
like, I am inundated with this sickening and immature anti-gay sentiment. It
seems to me that some people don't consider it a good game unless they can
call someone's camping "gay" or ridicule a "fag" for his success at killing
half the opposing team. I am constantly frustrated at this attitude, but so
far I've found that speaking out against it only makes people angry and
defensive. I try to tell people that I think it's completely unacceptable to
call someone a faggot or to imply that being gay means you're a failure, but
they just insult me.
Some turn to me and call me a fag, others say "Why do you care?", yet others
endeavour to slaughter me, and some argue until they are blue in the face
(fingers?). The most common excuse I hear is that "it's not right". Well,
isn't that nice. Who decides right and wrong? Who are they to say that how
or who someone loves is wrong? So long as the people involved are mature and
caring with each other, what could be wrong with that? Often people call me
a fag, and don't let up. They keep saying infantile things like: "What are
you going to do, slap me fag?". All I can say is that it gets tiring. I try
to explain that gay men and women are people with valid feelings and don't
deserve to be treated as the targets of such cruel treatment.
I have not yet encountered any openly gay community in the Quake and online
communities, likely because there are relatively few people involved. I just
feel that this whole infantile attitude has got to stop. I realise that most
engaging in these sorts of insults are young teenagers that "don't know
better", but that's no excuse, and I just can't keep quiet about it; every
time I let it go, some kid isn't told that he's hurting someone. Gay people
aren't figments of someone's imagination, they aren't guys that hang out in
gay bars wearing pink spandex, or ugly women who wear leather and have names
like "Butch". They are in every community, they are a part of us as a whole
race. You interact with them everyday, they aren't an alien force, they are
your neighbours, classmates, associates and teachers. They are just like
you, with a small, nearly infinitessimal difference. Why is there so much
contempt? I know part of the answer, and you're not going to like it.
Read the Bible, read the Koran, check your state/federal laws. They all
discriminate against gays. However, do not for a second try and tell me that
such discrimination proves that it's wrong to be gay, because until the
1960's there was a hell of a lot of anti-black legislation in the books in
America, and since Europeans met the Africans, they've been using the Bible
to "prove" how evil being black is. If I connected to a game and started
calling people spics, niggers, wops, and kikes I guarantee you someone would
kick me, but as it stands I guess everybody thinks it's okay to look the
other way when fags are insulted. I'd like all of those bigots I've spoken
to to take a moment, and think about what it must feel like to love, and
have everyone tell you its wrong. To have your parents shun you, to have
hormonally challenged punks bash you, to have the law against you, and to
put up with little peons online inslult your identity - and all the while
being afraid to speak out, because you know no one will support you unless
they are in the same boat.
So why am I writing this? I'm doing it because I've had enough of all this.
I want to see something done. If there is a movement out there, it's not
doing nearly well enough because I've never heard of it. So I want everybody
of like mind to show their support. Speak out, let people know that they are
hurting someone, that they are degrading someone. Do not let it pass without
a fight, challenge bigotry. I'd like to get something more prominent and
organised started. Something that people can post on their sites, or include
in their online aliases - anything will do, as long as it is done. And
finally, please remember: gay rights are HUMAN rights.
Could PQ help? Does PQ care? Am I wasting my time?
P.S. if you do choose to post this up on the mailbag (and I encourage you to
do so) please DO include my e-mail address. I realise that MANY will respond
negatively, but how else am I going to respond at all?
First off, to answer the question you asked, PQ can help, and PQ does care, and you're not wasting your time. Unfortunately, Quake attracts younger people, and I'm not stereotyping the young, but in most cases, it's the younger members of the community who resort to infantile remarks such as "faggot". This I regard as the quintessential junior high insult. Calling someone a "fag" just because they can do something better than you is just plain stupid. However, there are a lot of people who do it just in jest, because they realize making themselves look stupid is funny. I could say "just turn the other cheek", but I realize it's hard to. And it's also hard to just tell the people who are doing this to just stop, because realistically, you can't make them. So what can we do? I'd like to invite readers to give us their viewpoints. Just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org!
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