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    PQ | Features | Mailbag | November 10th, 2000
   

PQ Mailbag

Everybody Was BFG Fighting...

Lee'Mon: Yes, another week of Mailbag goodness. Last week was an excellent week for Demonwench's Third Page, but you guys compensate this week. With the exception of a truckload of BFG mail, there wasn't much to go on.

Demonwench: Awww... Wazza matta, you guys? I KNOW you frootloops are out there for me. Give in to the moronic side. Come to me...come to the wondermusness of Demonwench...I'll find you a gooooood home.

Lee'Mon: Run. Run quickly. Don't look back, lest you face...

The Big Fragging Gun!

Lee'Mon: The BFG10K, BFG9000 and Q3A BFG. What's your preferred flavor? Or, is the minty green fragging freshness not for you?

From: R3DFIV3
Subject: Raving the Big [FRAG]ing (use the real name dammit) Gun !!!!

Hello,

Not too long ago, there was a question in the poll about the BFG and the winner answer said it all: the BFG is a WEAPON and it's purpose is to be USED !!!

If people don't have enough skill to either listen for the Green Ball of Death (Q2) and get out of harm's way, or get your own BFG after 5 seconds (Q3), then you don't have enough skills to deathmatch against most average players. That means get offline and practice against bots (Eraserbot for Q2, skirmish in DM14 for Q3) and quit annoying people! I don't care if it's Q2 or Q3, a BFG wielder can be done in with a shower of rockets any day of the week. Have any of you ever fired a Quaded Chaingun in Q2? That's A LOT more dangerous than a BFG. Same thing with a Plasma Gun, Quad or no Quad.

The only bad thing about a BFG (any version) is the fact that there's only so much ammo. Mmmmmm, unlimited ammo for BFG..arglrgrlgrlgrlglll..... :)

Lee'Mon: Don't be misled. Although the above was the most widely held opinion, we got everything from BFG9000-only lovers, to BFG10K-only lovers, to those that only use the Q3A BFG, to those that hate each and every incarnation. Perhaps they just don't like green...

From: Cork
Subject: bfg

Cork here. How you all been? Dead with a rail slug I'm hoping, and hopefully it was me that pinged you. I love the pinger, that's what all my friends call it. I love it to a fault. I don't even know how many times I die just because I refuse to bring out the lightning gun, or rocket launcher in close combat. Doesn't really matter, all it takes is one time where I get off two rails and end your life, even though you were using one of the other llama guns. And keeping up on damage and frag scores when all you are using is the rail, that is satisfaction, and a damn good indication of your skill. Of course, most people don't see the rocket launcher as a llama gun (it is actually the only other gun I will use most of the time). Most people like the lightning gun as well (I hate the damn thing, too easy to finish you off, no satisfaction involved).

But what about the BFG? In Q3, I just think of it as a rail gun with splash damage. The shots travel really fast, not at the speed of light, but fast all the same. Set up in a sniper spot, use the zoom function, and it becomes the same thing only you don't need a DIRECT hit to kill in two. Ill use it, if I'm on a server that has it, cause it is a bit of fun for a while. But sooner than later Im off for some rocket arena, and a little pinging.

In Q2 it was a bit more fun I think. The slower shots meant that you had to time when you pulled that trigger, not just point and squeeze. And how many times were you running around, trying like hell to finish off one or two fools, only to see a big green ball of death come sneakin through a door and take you all out. "SH%$! That motherfu@#%$r just took all my frags! And the bastard killed me too!" Just had to like it. But here again, there was a pinger, and pingin is what it's all about.

Yea, the BFG in all its forms is a fun gun. It will do mass damage in no time, and you can take out all the competition quick as you wana be. All in all I'm glad its there. But give me a rail, a bit of room to move and a wall to dodge behind, and Ill face the BFG no questions asked, no whining involved.

Peace out, till I see you in my sights,

Cork

From: Hellfist
Subject: BFG

Everybody has a right to wear sun-screen. Or use the BFG. I forget how it goes...

If its in the level it is fair game for anybody who can get to it. Me? I can't stand the durn thing. I refuse to use it under all circumstances. That gives me the right to bitch and moan in letters like this.

I will concede that a certain amount of skill is required to operate it effectively, and...(dare I say it) it does offer a certain level of instant gratification when you're able to liquefy an arena full of "Quake Gods" before being taken apart by a torrent of missiles and rail slugs. A skilled fighter with good aim can use it at medium to long ranges to pull off MANY kills before the ol' brute runs dry. The BFG should be considered an effective part of a strategy in the game.

If you're new to Quake3, grab it. Use it. Get a feel for how it works and a healthy appreciation for its power (this will help you survive in the future when somebody is pointing it at you) then MOVE THE F**K ON!! A REAL man/woman/whatever will become just as deadly with the other weapons.

Truly great players are the ones that can still dominate in any given arena with any combination of weapons.

From: jafo
Subject: BFG rants-n-raves

Hy all,

Just thought I'd stop by and put my 2 cents in. I thing the Q3A BFG is a llama's weapon. It dosen't take much skill to use it. You select it, press the fire button, and run. Instant frag. The BFG for Q2 was like the railgun for Q3A. It was something that demanded to be mastered. I have had the painfull exprience of being on the wrong end of both weapons. When you got splattered by a skilled Q2BFG shot, its something you can laugh about. Then you hope back in to the the chaos and return the favor. When you get nailed by some(lacking proper word), who's carpet bombing the whole area. You tend to invent new words. At times it seems to take the fun out of the game. I do agree with most of you "mobile targets" that if you really don't like it you can always find a different server. Having fun is always the main issue. I would like to say that Q3ABFG mod in Excessive Overkill is what "I" think the BFG should have been.

From: Robert
Subject: BFG - Rants & Raves

Personally, I don't use the BFG unless someone else starts using it. And I only complain if I get killed 10 times in a row by a BFG whore but other then that, HORRAY FOR THE BFG! On another note, I hope id software never gets rid of the BFG. It's like THE gun of guns and you can recognise it anywhere. It's like Super Mario to the Nintendo community, how could you not know what it is?

Lee'Mon: Sorry most of the emails share the same opinion, but some of the most radical opinions were also longer than all of these combined. Personally, I loved the first two BFGs. The BFG10K, however, needs to take a paternity test, because the new BFG isn't his child. It mixes the best qualities of the RL, PG, and Rail, and to be sure, makes kills far easier. Personally, I only use it to insult my friends. I agree with the emails above: Go ahead and use it for a few kills, but move on.

Demonwench: What is the BFG? It's a gun. A big happy gun. So, if someone uses it, don't get mad. That's why that gun was created. To KILL!!! DESTROY!! You don't like it? Go somewhere else or figure out a way to take out the git with the BFG. You use it? Happy shooting. Y'all can't change the gun one way or other so accept it and move on. Boy, you guys are long winded on this topic...could you possibly say any more on this topic?

Lee'Mon: Don't ask.

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