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    PQ | Features | Mailbag | October 10, 1998
   

From : Samurai JAMMA
Subject : drunken monkeys

Looks like one (or maybe two, I guess) of your drunken monkeys escaped and went to 3dfx's site. You need to keep those guys on a leash.

Scary but true... Two of our funky drunken monkeys, staggering home from a particular drunken late night binge, were captured on camera and used in 3Dfx's latest marketing campaign.

Check it out -




Fine Whine

Guess what? My comment in last week's mailbag to "save the rest of your whines for recyclebin@planetquake.com" brought in a complaint all of it's own...


From : Helmethead
Subject : u and the mailbag, oh and camping etc

U chose to post one fucking message from all the shit u received about camping etc. coz u are "sick of it" the mailbag isn't about u asshole it's about ppl reading what other ppl want to say, and I'm getting "sick of" you're fucking choosing what to post it's got nothing to fucking do with u.

FYI - I am editor of this mailbag, so yes it is my job to choose what to post. If I posted everything we got at feedback@planetquake.com and mailbag@planetquake.com the mailbag would be ten times longer than it already is, and mostly filled with unintelligible drivel and questions about where to find q2dm1.bsp, and how to kill Shub...

This thread about campers, whiners, BFG use and the rest of it has been dragging on for several weeks now and I decided it was time to kill it. If you're not happy, carry on the discussion on a newsgroup where there's nobody "fucking choosing what to post"...


Get a (Half) Life

The warezing of the Half-Life OEM version keeps on bringing in the mail...


From : ****
Subject : DAY ONE

this is what sucks that i cant get a hold of the oem day one Half life if you know where i can get it please let me know

Um .. anyway...


From : Zac Levine
Subject : Shogo demo

I believe that the overall winner in all this hubub about the Half-Life OEM is Monolith and their game Shogo.

Because Valve and Sierra released Half-Life as a bundle only, it left only one "must have" download, Shogo. Now lets be frank, if Half-Life was released as a public demo around the time of the Shogo demo, it would have beaten the snot out of it (still DL the Shogo demo, it's awsome).

Half-Life is way, way, way more anticipated than Shogo and I think that this might actually affect some of Half-Lifes potential buyers. Well, what's in the past is in the past so DL the Shogo demo and the Half-Life OEM, if you can find it.




From : Ronald Edwards
Subject : Demos

I liked your article on demos and pirating. I put myself firmly in your type 3 of people who want to see what they're getting before they spend their money on a game.

This is especially true now with so many dozens of first person shooters coming out in the near future. I will buy maybe 2 or 3 of them at most so I want to be sure I get the best ones and the ones I'll still want to play months after their release.

I feel burned by Unreal which I bought only to discover that its multiplayer mode is unplayable. 4 months later the multiplayer still isn't where it needs to be. I'm not going to be an unpaid beta tester for game companies any longer. If they aren't going to prove to me with a demo that their technology has staying power, they aren't going to get my money.

The only exception to this would be Q3 because id has a track record of fixing the problems in the initial versions of their games




From : Bullviper
Subject : OEM Whining

Just wanted to throw my 2 cents in about all the Half-Life happenings lately.

I've been an active member of the Half-Life web "community" (if you can call it that) for about 3 months now, when I joined up with the staff at Half-Life Haven, though I followed previews/screenshots/etc for a long time before that.

I've seen just about everything as far as screenshots, read just about everything as far as previews go, I even got a copy of the OEM demo legally in the mail last week (yes, legally, same as Bakshra from contaminated.net. No, I'm not warezing it for any of you punks out there).

I have seen through your Community Rant section, the forums on the HL fan sites, and in your MailBag that the "community" is pretty much divided over this issue.

I think that a few common sense principles speak for themselves. First of all, warez are completely illegal. Sierra and Valve did not intend for you to get this if they did not send it to you on a CD. You broke the law, you stole it, you're wrong.

Second, you cheated the hardware manufacturers. I don't really know, but I'm guessing that Sierra and/or Valve got a little cash in this deal from Diamond, Guillemot, and ThrustMaster (and whoever signed on to carry the OEM with their hardware). I would imagine they're furious.

A demo of one of the most highly anticipated games of 1998 would be a great draw for a new Banshee board, one of the better looking 3D accelerators out there. But now, that incentive is gone, since a good number of people already GOT the demo... therefore defeating the hardware people's purpose.

Look, just quit asking where the demo is (and no I won't tell you, Half Life Haven does not support warez) and wait and pay your money for the full game. And if you warezed it... shame. Go buy a Banshee board and say your sorry.. good boy.

I'd just like to point out that Bullviper is right - warezing the Half-Life OEM version is illegal however you justify it. And yes, warezing it is bad for the hardware companies that have it bundled with their products.

On the other hand, I can understand why people have warez'd it. Valve should have released a free public demo of the game. Who knows, maybe they still will do... Fingers crossed.

And no - I don't have the OEM version, and don't know where you can warez it from, and wouldn't tell you even if I did.


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