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    PQ | Features | Mailbag | July 20, 2001
   

PQ Mailbag

Whazzah?

Ash: It's been a little while since the last PQ Mailbag, and that's given me time to build up some pretty good feedback for you today. Mainly we're going to be tackling some general questions, and then some fun email that came into the feedback mailbox.

Help Me Or ELSE!

I find it pretty amazing (and humorous) how many emails come in that are not only asking for help, but are downright hostile! As if being pissy really makes me want to answer a question (that probably isn't really feedback anyway, heh heh). Anyway, here's a few of the "less happy" feedback questions.

From: Brenda
Subject: bullshit

ive been playing the demo version of quake 3 on the internet for a while now, and the forum in which everyone goes to put their servers up on is down right fucken bullshit. if you cant put a forum up that works dont put the fucken game on the internet. try it sometime. ill be amazed if you can get a list of servers.

Is anyone else wondering what the hell Brenda here is talking about? I suppose she's confused us for the people that made the game? Or perhaps she thinks that the servers are all listed on a forum here? I have no idea. However, I would suggest not only buying the game instead of playing the demo, that you cruise over to GameSpy3D.com or GameSpyArcade.com and pick up one of our elite server browsers. (We do make those, not games.)

From: Bigumz
Subject: Bid for Power

Okay!!!! I have emailed six people trying to find out if we need Quake 3 Arena to play BFP. Now hopefully you are the kind of person who is nice enough to help me, and I hope you are because I am really PISSED OFF!!!! Now, do we need Q3A to play BFP??? It's not a problem I have and can just go out and buy it!!!! Do we download it off the internet, or can we buy it??? I have Star Trek Voyager Elite Force which is powered by the Quake 3 Arena engine, could we play it on that?? And you do know they are coming out with a phase 2 taking place in the Cell Saga!!!

Bigumz

I can't even figure out why Bigumz here is so pissed off, but it's pretty simple. Just on a whim, I went over to the Bid for Power site, and clicked on FAQ (that's frequently asked questions, of course), and low and behold, the first eleven words of the first answer to the first question is: Bid For Power is a total conversion for Quake III.... That's a yes, you definitely need to own Quake 3: Arena to play any Quake 3 modification, total conversion or not. And no, Star Trek Voyager doesn't cut it, that's a completely different game that purchased the Quake 3: Engine to build into their own game.

Of course, that last one wasn't really that hostile, but I'm going to have to go ahead and cut off this "Help Me or ELSE" section off right here. The rest of the hostile email just didn't make it past the advisory board.

Nice People Rule!

Well, since I made a big deal out of the hostile email I got into the feedback@planetquake.com mailbox, I figured I should make a big deal out of the nice email too. These people asked nicely, and so I'm going to answer them. (Seems simple, doesn't it? heh heh)

From: RAILMAN5000
Subject: Quake con

Uh, iv always wanted to goto quake con since ages ago but i live in New Zealandand iv never really looked into it untill now and i really wanna go but i dont think i know enough about it. does it cost much aside from the air ticked and the hotel room?.

Ok, this guy wasn't particularly nice. But I love QuakeCon, so it makes it anyway. =) However, to set the stage a little bit for this email, it did come on a black background using the black "impact" font. So after I determined that there was in fact text to this message, I had a chance to reply. (If you're having trouble picturing it, take a look!)

Now for the happy opportunity to talk about QuakeCon! There aren't a lot of costs for people that want to attend QuakeCon. Like you mentioned, you have to get yourself to Mesquite, TX where the event is taking place; you will need to find yourself a place to stay for the time you're there; and finally you'll need to pay for your food and other consumables.

The event itself is completely free. That's right free. The entire event is kind of like a party that id Software throws (with the help of the awesome QuakeCon organization) to give a little back to the gamers that love id games. It's a beautiful thing. So if you have any other questions, be sure to head over to QuakeCon.org to read up on more info, visit the QuakeCon forums, #quakecon on irc.enterthegame.com, or even right here at PlanetQuake.

From: Mark
Subject: ra3 question

Hi there,

I've been under the impression that i can play ra3 against the computer fighting mods...not on line...i.e. for practising.

What files do i need for this and how do i configure things?

Regards

Mark

Well Mark, I'm pretty sure that I remember that being one of the original goals of crt's when he announced the Rocket Arena 3 project, but I think that bot support was dropped somewhere along the line. As far as I know, there are no bots that work with Rocket Arena 3, and I don't believe that's a planned feature for the final release of Rocket Arena 3 coming soon.

Next: More questions! (There's a surprise)


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