Normally I don't post any of the fan-mail we get at PlanetQuake, but this was just too cool for words.
From : Ian Reid
Subject : ta
Just a note to record appreciation. This is a great site. I've loved
all this stuff since Doom, and your site makes me love it more.
Prof. I.C. Reid
Department of Psychiatry
Ninewells Hospital and Medical School
So, what's so special about that? Well, Ninewells Hospital in
Dundee is where I was born! Obviously not in the Department
of Psychiatry (or at least I hope not), but still... How cool
Well, I thought it was even if you don't. Anyway, on with our
regularly programmed schedule...
Another sack of mail about Quake II v3.19 and Zoid arrived on my desktop this week...
From : Dominator
Subject : Zoid
Zoid; the game legend we know as Zoid will be arriving near my home town
very shortly, and the first thing i plan do is..
shake his hand?-Nadda
pray and go humble on him?-Not this happy quaker
punch him-most definetly
let me explain;
i feel that all these major "pains in the butt" bugs and annoying happenings in q2
gameplay online..is because of the Jerk so called Game God Zoid..the guy is an
idoit, he screwed up everything with q2..well thats all
From : R.P.G.
Subject : Response to Karrde
This is in reponse to Karrde's message in the 9/26/98 mailbag, entitled "Crying about
Q2 Patches." He said, "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."
Do you REALLY think that 3.15 was an improvement? Or 3.17, 3.18 (beta), or even
3.19? Granted, 3.17, 3.18 and 3.19 were improvements upon 3.15, but were any
of these improvements upon the point release? No. Not at all. I'd downgrade to the
point release if I could find it, and servers were running it.
Face it, these patches aren't improvements, they're not upgrades, they're just a new
number with more features we don't want and need (i.e. air control variable). They're
ruining their own game, while my $50 is turning to shit.
On the other hand...
From : Robert A. Seace
Subject : Zoid, Q2 patches, whiners, etc...
I agree completely with Kardde's message in your last Mailbag... I don't
understand at all why so many people are whining so damned much about
the Q2 patches... Would you seriously rather that id just ignored all the bugs,
and said to hell with all the gamers playing it, and just stopped making any
No, of course, people would RATHER that the game was perfect right from
the beginning, and that id had magically been able to somehow predict
EXACTLY what everyone wanted right from the start, so it never needs to
change at all...
But, people need to realize that this is reality, and shit like that doesn't happen...
All software has bugs, and no software is perfect from the start... The difference
with id is that THEY try to actually FIX those bugs, and change the software
to make it better... How ANYONE can have a problem with that, I just don't
Also, what REALLY pisses me off is to see people giving Zoid a hard time...
I mean, Christ, this guy has done more for the Quake/Quake2 community than
most people; certainly FAR more than these imputant, whining fucks writing in
to complain about him...
He created CTF, arguably the best Quake/Quake2 mod in existence... He was
largely responsible for much of QuakeWorld, arguably the best form of multi-player
Internet Quake... He's responsible for all the various Unix ports, without which there
would be FAR few servers for these whining putzes to play on...
And, from everything I've ever heard him say, he seems like a damn fine person...
So, it really takes a LOT of fucking nerve for some witless little prick to insult him
and call him incompetent... It boggles the mind... I, for one, think Zoid is doing a
The ONLY complaint I have is the fact that the DLL source hasn't been released
in so damned long... It really needs to be, and soon... But, I hardly think that's
From : Thanos
Subject : Q2 patches and Zoid
I'll keep this short and hopefully sweet. I can put up with everyone
"debating" about all the patches being released for Q2, but I am DAMN
sick of people badmouting Zoid. Memories are short, apparantly. This is
the man that perfected that little thing called QuakeWorld, and brought
us CTF2. I think with that kind of record, he's allowed to mess up now
Personally I was happy with v3.14, and didn't see any need for autodownload,
chasecams, air acceleration variables etc. And as far as I know the only bugs
that have been fixed in the last couple of patches are the ones introduced by
v3.15 and v3.17...
Anyway, all hail to id for continuing to support Quake II, but sometimes
I just wish they'd fix the few remaining bugs and call it a day instead of
adding in funky new features that create even more bugs. :-)
Oh, and while we're talking about Zoid, happy anniversary to him - his
original Threewave CTF recently celebrated it's second year. I don't know
about you, but I'm looking forward to CTFing into the new millenium...