Hola, mis amigos. The mail has done a fairly good job of accumulating here in the past two weeks, so this time there's going to be a special, tech-support-free version of the mailbag. This week it's nothing but the cream of the crop. With me once more is the inimitable Dire Hamster, ready to tear through the letters like a chainsaw tears through piñatas. Let's get this show on the road!
There were a few letters about the Rants 'n Raves feature on the community that didn't quite make the deadline for inclusion for the past mailbag, but they got another chance this week.
Subject: Where has our community gone?
I do not express an opinion on many things, but this rant -n- raves struck home, and, the following is my personal opinion. If the gaming community at large does not take a "zero tolerance" stance on racism, we will by and large become known for being racists as a whole because WE permit it, we "let it ride".
a madman: Hmm. Zero tolerance. So it's facists or racists. Decisions, decisions...
Dire Hamster: I've seen a lot of questionable things said online, but I really think of the last time I saw a racist remark. Homophobia, mysogyny, and outright stupidity were out in full force, of course. Those I see pretty much every time I get online.
What I think is needed is some kind of global ranking system for blacklisting people who get banned too often. Keep count of the number of times someone has been voted off a server. That way servers could automatically ban people who have been voted off of too many servers. The real problem would be keeping people from hacking or just deleting their profile.
a madman: No, the way I see it the real problem is finding a host for it and keeping track of specific players. IP addresses can change, and so can nicknames. About the only way to do it would be to have a global logon system. You could track it through CD keys instead, but that's not nearly as certain a method of player tracking. Thus you need a centralized server, privacy issues are raised, and people are bound to complain. Is it worth it to keep the servers civilized?
Dire Hamster: I think so.
a madman: Can't say I disagree. So, we'll open this one up to the public. Write in and tell us what you think of this system. Is it worth it to increase player accountability and reduce cheating?
Subject: Our community Rant'N'Rave
After reading the article, it kind of made me wonder about the channel I am an op in. I've been an op in there for 5 years now, and after reading the article it made me think about how the channel has changed. I myself have made a few racist and sexual preference remarks to people in the past, but now I just sit and watch the channel, as other people do it every day. Very right, not acceptable! I began banning people straight away, and within minutes, I had hate comments coming left right and center to me. Policing IRC etc should be maintained, but there are always those people who just don't give a because they are too busy looking at their ratings etc ...
If admins of forums/irc/servers can realise what is so wrong with the comments that are made, you might lose all the pottymouths, but on the flip side, all the people who don't use these mediums, will begin to use them (again) because the people who make the remarks are gone. All it takes is one person to start, and the rest will follow, just like sheep ... :D
a madman: Eh, if you lose three jerks for every decent member you gain because of your improved reputation, I'd call it a fair trade. Remember that it helps to have rules actually written down and posted somewhere, though. It really cuts back on the whiners who complain that the rules are arbitrary. Plus, it gives them something to read while they're waiting for their ban to be lifted.
Dire Hamster: The point is that you have to draw the line somewhere. Freedom of speech never meant people should have to listen to your stupidity. If you went to McDonald's and started spouting that kind of , guess what would happen? They'd boot your ass out. So why do people expect to get away with it online?
a madman: Hmm. Two ""s on the first page, and we're just getting warmed up. I can already tell this is going to be one hell of a mailbag.
Subject: cheats and stupidity
Jeez guys, i been waitin for the lid to blow for a long time and i'm excited that it finally did. I run a small server and i "wish" i could automatically boot players who use slurs and racial remarks. I get tired of people who taunt others over a "game"!!! I'm pretty new to running a server so if you have some tips that might help me govern my server, spit em out, i'm all ears. I usually monitor my server closely and "will" kick an anoying player or one i believe is using cheats. I havent followed the community closely so i have no idea what the cheats are for the new point release(1.31)but if you guys do, tune me up. Dekard, my server is yours(my poor 4 client FFA) any time you want it, and i'll make sure you have a pleasant stay as long as i'm at the console and if i'm not, kick every asshole that comes along and send me the ip's and they wont be back again.
a madman: Man, I "wish" some of these people would "use" quotes in a more "comprehensible" "manner."
Dire Hamster: I thought you were being too hard on him until I got to "will." What does that mean? Does it mean he won't?
a madman: I think it means he'll just think really hard about kicking them. But anyway, there's some handy tips (as well as stupidly obvious advice) to be found at the Q3 server setup guide, and you could probably find some handy tips at GameAdmins if you can wade through all the CS crap.
Dire Hamster: Sorry, but that's about the best we can do for you.
a madman: The best we can do without making an actual effort, anyway. Good luck and enjoy your admin-ing. Adminning? Administering? Whatever.
Dire Hamster: I think the word you're looking for is "administrating."
a madman: I think what I'm looking for is the next letter.
Question of the Week
To refresh your memory, the question was "Which are you looking forward to more, Quake 4 or Doom 3?" First, though, there was a brief stopover for the previous mailbag's question.
well, the larger, completely different mods do seem to be more popular, but if you get a well made simple twist, like instagib, it can provide hours of insane fun for the whole family. er,, yeah. just becuase a mod takes up a lot of your disk space, doesnt mean it is better. *scoffs at ra3* i think the kind of mod i enjoy most fits into the class that is somewhat bigger than the 'simple twist on DM' but not really big, just different enough to maybe need its own maps. Im interested to know what kind of mods that freak 'RaptorE' likes, and you, , the other madman.
Thanks yall, ~Ravyn
a madman: *ahem* The "other" madman? WTF? I'll try to ignore the slight, though, and just say that I like three basic classes of mods: Team Fortress and its clones, mods that make no effort to add realism to the game, and mods that I've made. Oh, and then there's Hunt's "Save the Universe" mode, which is in a category of its own. I'm pretty easy to please, though. A few new guns to play with (no "kill everyone on the level when you pull the trigger" weapons though, please) or a few new game modes will keep me entertained for an hour or two.
Dire Hamster: I've always been a fan of SP, personally. So for me in Q3, it's all about The Dark Conjunction. When I do go online, it's usually for some TFA. Oh, and Zerstorer is still about the creepiest mod ever. Nehahra had a lot of great stuff, but the cinematics made up for it.
a madman: I'll stop you before you get lynched by rabid Q1/Nehahra fans. I can't say I cared much for the long closeups of wobbling models either, but I agree that Q1 was all about the SP mod scene. Sure, there were a few other mods here and there that caught on, like, say, CTF, but I never had as much fun in that or RA in Q1 as I had going through new maps.
Next: More opinions, more madness!