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    PQ | Features | Mailbag | September 26, 1998
   

From : ****
Subject : Does anyone still play, or at least write MODs for Quake 1? Does anyone CARE?!?!

*SNIPPETY SNIP SNIP*

Oh well, maybe I'm just a moron who needs to learn how to manage his money a little better and stop wasting your time.

Yup, it's another action packed Mailbag!


Patched

This week we're laying off the LSD... But a big thank you to everyone who took the time to mail in and confirm the rather psychedelic Quake II bugs that we'd been hearing about.

Having read through all your mail I contacted Zoid at id earlier this week to report the bugs, and just heard back from him yesterday. Apparently id are aware of the problems and working on a new patch to fix them. No word on a release date, but Zoid said "we are trying to get it out asap".

So if you're being stalked by walls, seeing pipes embedded in people's backs, or getting psychedelic visuals, fear not - the bad trip is almost over...

Here a few more of the mails we've received about the latest patch -


From : Brett Rodgers
Subject : Give me the bugs damnit!

I am sick of all these bug fixes that everybody keeps putting out. Especially when most of them fix bugs caused from the previous release.

I am getting tired of download a new verion of every game I own every time I log onto the net, and frankly I believe most people are.

I would much rather deal with having the game crash every time I rocket-jump out of water while typing cl_forwardspeed 3.14159... than modifying filters to weed out non-upgraded servers just to play once in a while. The only legit reason I can find for a patch is for serious cheating (Like the old TF attacking ghost/observer bug) or fatal errors, not this body-surfing bug that had to be fixed for 3.19

"Call it a feature and be done with it, it's the American way."




From : R.P.G.
Subject : SPQ2 air control

Ya know, in 3.19, there's still air control in single player mode, and, when jumping off of the highest edge of a slanted surface while running forward, you still jump much higher then by jumping normally.

What is it with Zoid and screwing up? It's like they're attracted to each other... What's this, third patch with air control (not counting the beta, mind you), and he still hasn't gotten it right? Why does id continue to allow him to do this? OK, so everyone but Zoid is working on Q3, so what?? Hire someone! There's tons of competent programmers out there! And they're probably much more in touch with the community, too!

*SNIP*

All I want is Quake 2 to be what it once was...back at the point release, when we were all happy...no air control variable, no air control in single player, we all had good pings, no graphical glitches, etc, etc.

[Zoid - "That's pretty false. The air acceleration is the same it was in pre-3.15 patches. I get reports of weird stuff all the time. "3.19 seems more laggy." Well, there wasn't any networking changes between 3.17 and 3.19, so I have to wonder what they are complaining about. "]


From : Karrde
Subject : Crying about Q2 Patches

Alright. I've had enough.

People are constantly complaining about the frequency of the patches coming out for Q2. What they fail to see is the fact that Id is actually going beyond just making a game and being content with it. They are IMPROVING on something that you've already payed for.

If they remove a bug here and there, hey, that's cool....but these releases are mostly to implement new features. People don't cry about having to upgrade Netscape or ICQ...why?

Because most of the time there is an improvement in the program that they would like to get. The only problem with Id releasing a patch every 2 months is that they are making the previous patch obsolete...ie, not compatible with the new version. Not releasing the source for each new .dll is also starting to take it's toll on the community.

The fact that the game is still being improved on though makes it hard for me to understand why people are crying about it.


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