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    PQ | Features | Mailbag | December 22, 2002
   

PQ Mailbag

Man, it's been a hell of a journey getting this latest mailbag to you, the faithful PQ readers. What with the rampaging army of Elvis clones in an alternate timeline, the alien abductions, and other assorted perks of being PQ staff it's lucky we survived to bring it to you at all. Nevertheless, our trials and tribulations did nothing to teach us compassion or patience or lessen our overwhelming egos. After a month in stasis, the PQ Mailbag has returned. We rule.

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Question of the [indeterminate time period] - rocket launcher or railgun?


From: Izaak Mirro
Subject: Rocket

I like to camp and railgun, but for maximum gaming goodness, nothing beats a rocket. Espically a rocket that frags another w/splash damage! Woo Hoo! (got my first frag in DOOM, way back in 1995, two players with one shot).

and no, Saving Private Ryan was *not* cartoonlike, you know better than that Dire Hamster (but you are the god of the PQ mailbag so you're still cool)

--Lyta79

a.k.a. Izaak "sold my soul for student loans" Mirro

Dire Hamster: Saving Private Ryan wasn't cartoonish? Well, then, I guess they're going to have to cancel that line of action figures. I was really looking forward to the one with the arm that falls off. And, of course, the one with the intestines hanging out that says "mommy" when you pull the cord on its back.

a madman: I had a couple of those action figures with the arms that fell off, but back then it was just the "kung-fu grip" malfunctioning.


From: raptorE
Subject: Mailbag Question of the Week

Hey,

I would have to say that the rail is my preferred weapon. It's technically a sniper gun, but you can still use it up close. That's not to say I don't like sniping. There's something great about blasting the bad guy before he knows your there. I'd like to point out that sniping is NOT camping, in which you hide in a spot that is likely to be passed by weak players trying to get a good power-up.

Sniping is just taking a high-powered gun back to a safe distance from your enemy and sitting there, ready to kill anything that moves, not just the easy ones.

Anyway, good question for the week. Later.

I are deeply apologize for any disturbings this mail cause you. -raptorE

Dire Hamster: You know the think I really don't like about the railgun isn't the gun itself, so much as the ridiculous ammount of jump pads in the game. I don't know what the hell was up with the Vadrigar that they felt that this was the best mode of conveyance. Clearly OSHA regulations were not high on their list of concerns.

a madman: I think OSHA has a big enough problem when you forget to include 34" railings on a catwalk. Imagine what they'd do if they learned you had pools of lava in your office and encouraged your employees to shoot one another with shotguns.

Dire Hamster: Basically, all you can do after hitting one of those things is say to yourself, "gee, I really hope I'm able to touch the ground again." But, of course, you never are. Which means if you have to take a jump pad to get there, it might as well not exist.

You kind of also have to wonder if they use these jumppads in their architecture regularly. I can imagine that could be a problem. You're just walking along on the sidewalk, and you slip, and - Holy Shit! - you get thrown into the next block.

Or, for that matter that matter, any time some careless Vadrigar decides to dump their catbox out the window instead of taking it to the curb, and it lands in the wrong spot would some poor slob a quarter of a mile away end up "flavor blasted?" No wonder they seem to be such an ill-tempered lot.

a madman: No, it only works on living things. It doesn't bounce grenades around, and your dead body can collapse in a heap on it.

Dire Hamster: How do you know? It works on TankJr.

a madman: No, no. That's like the Terminator... they encase him in flesh so he can be sent back in time.

Or use a jumppad, in this case.

Speaking of which, couldn't Kyle Reese have, like, swallowed the pieces of a plasma rifle, or shoved them up his ass, or something, so he could have a decent weapon back in the past?

Dire Hamster: You know, I think the obvious answer to your question is probably because it would hurt. A lot. It does bring up interesting questions, though. Like how far would he have to shove it up his ass? Could he just shove it in an inch or two, or would he have to shove it all the way? For that matter, why didn't the terminator just bring a gun encased in flesh?

a madman: Well, the Terminator didn't really need a guy to kick anyone's ass. But Kyle sure could have used one.

Dire Hamster: Yeah, but it would have been just great to see Arnie walking around shooting people with a gun shaped like a leg. But anyway, what about Bones? How does he use a jumppad?

a madman: Magic.


From: "Phoenix"
Subject: Rockets vs. Rails

Rockets, hands down. I prefer a good rocket launcher most of the time. What could be more fun than blasting someone into chunky kibble? That's not to say I don't mind getting in a great shot with the railgun, but the railgun has kind of forced the balance of deathmatch to favor the low pingers to an absurd degree. I know the whole mentality of "it takes skill to rail". I disagree with that, it takes skill and luck to rail good with high ping, but for a low pinger it's mostly point+click+kill. Some degree of skill is involved, yes, but there's more to Quake than the railgun. Rockets on the other hand take some time to get there, so there's a chance of missing, and a good chance of doing at least SOME damage even if you do miss. The rocket launcher is a weapon that high and low pinger alike can use to take out the other guy with, it has pyrotechnic flash, and has been around ever since Doom. The railgun was only added to the Quake series since Quake 2. Quake 1 still has a huge cult following, and so does Doom. The deathmatch in both games is not centered around "who can rail the best" because there IS no railgun. Quake 1 is all about the rocket launcher, and Doom is pure adrenaline no matter what weapon you use. Getting railed repeatedly only because the other guy is an LPB can take the fun out of any match. The worst thing I hate while playing a game, besides lagging out with the Quad, is getting someone down to 2 health with a well-placed rocket or shotgun blast only to get 100 points of point+click damage from a "|_33T" twitch player who otherwise couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with another gun. O_o

-- Phoenix

a madman: You know, the thing about describing the railgun as a "point and click" weapon is that it makes it sound like you're using an Excel spreadsheet. Not that I don't think violence would improve Excel, of course.

Dire Hamster: A drag and drop weapon would probably be more fun anyway.

a madman: Well, it beats playing deathmatch via a TTY interface.

: You are in a room with a pentagram on the floor and skulls decorating the walls. Doors lead to the north and sound, and a pit leads downward.
You see a rocket launcher here.
There is a skeleton holding a railgun.

>get rocket launcher

:You grab the rocket launcher.
The skeleton shoots at you and misses.

>shoot skeleton

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