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    PQ | Features | Mailbag | December 5, 1998
   

PatchBay

The "Final" version of Quake II (3.20) was released this week, almost exactly a year after the game's original release. Here's a few patch-related mails we've had -


From : David Shaw
Subject : Perspective

Okay, everyone. FIRMLY plant your tongue in your cheek...

I find it funny, after reading John Cash's .plan update about having to wait 10+ days for a cable he could have purchased at Radio Shack, how upset he is.

I mean, c'mon, Mr. Cash... we had to wait over 1 full year for the final (working) version of Quake II.

I'm sure we all really feel your pain.


And on a less intellectual level...


From : [censored]
Subject : Patchess

STOP WITH THE NEW PATCHES QUAKE2 IS THE BEST GAME ALL READY TO MANEY DOWNLOADS TO GET peoplke arnt going to play on the net if you keep making us get these patches!!!!!! Ps:only bring out texture files SMALL ONES

Um .. ok. Finally, on a brighter note -


From : J L Abbott
Subject : Sin Patch on CD?

I've been keeping up with your site for quite some time now, and have taken to reading most of the 'rants' (per se) that have been posted.

The one that really grabbed me by the nads and got my attention was the one denouncing the gaming industry ass a hole (get it?) for putting out such buggy software and getting all patch happy.

Couldn't agree more... Was just bitching to a friend today about it (again), and lo and behold, what do i see when I get home and hit planetsin?

Omigosh! Could it be?

Activision sending out (FOR FREE!) the Sin 1.01 patch on CD, to all stateside residents. No shit. This is currently the most proactive decision I've seen by ANY distributor to help relieve gamers of the all night downloads to get updated patches. (I have a 256K DSL, so it's not a prob. for me, but just the same)

I'm sure you've probably heard about this already, but if you have not, you can check it out here

While this is most obviously a PR stunt versus really giving a shit about the community, it's quite refreshing to finally see someone have the balls to step up to the plate and provide TOP NOTCH support of their product!

The Sin patch is now available on CD in Europe as well, so head by their site to find out more if you don't have the patience for the 18Mb download or want a handy backup copy...


Tin Soldiers

"Two little boys had two little toys, each had a wooden horse..." Oops, sorry, wrong song.

Anyways, this week's editorial "One Tin Soldier" brought in a couple of mails...


From : Douglas Ratcliff
Subject : One Tin Soildier

I'm torn on the issue. I think part of what keeps me playing Quake Classic SP levels is the genericness of Quake Classic. Not only is the Quake guy a sort of cosmic everyman, but the game itself is kind of generic with its mix of fantasy and science fiction themes.

But then, sometimes, i'm playing a game like Quake 2, or Unreal and just see something spectacular that warrents of Duke Nukem "Holy shit!" Or come out on top of a deadly well scripted battle and could use a "Die! You bastard!"

Sure, I could say it myself, but that wouldn't surpise me.

On the third hand, i never enjoyed playing Duke add-ons where the authors reused DukeSpeak(tm). Like the start of the Gate TC where they reused the "I'm not afraid of no Quake" line or Duke it out in D.C. where you walk up to the podium and Duke reuses the "Looks like i've got the com" from the secret Star Trek area in Duke 3D.

If i were giving advice to developers, I could only say "Don't pay too much attention to my opinion. No one ever really knows what will work." Or, if i were in the mood for brevity, I would say "Surprise me."


From : Nick Bensema
Subject : editorial gave me a dumb idea.

How about a "name the Quake guy" contest?

It couldn't be any dumber than the "Name the Jackalope" contest they had on that show with Dave Coulier that followed America's Funniest Home Videos. The Jackalope was this jackrabbit-antelope puppet thing that was in a bunch of cheesy short films, and the winning entry was "Jack Ching Bada-Bing" if that's any indication to how less stupid this idea is than one that made it on national broadcast TV.

I haven't thought of a name for the Quake Guy yet, myself, I must admit. The beard makes him a bit too gruff to be one of those action-hero sort of names like Dirk, Brent, or... (cough) Duke. I know it would have to be Celtic or old Anglo-Saxon. Something like Quinn McBeowulf.

Quinn McBeowulf? Whatever...


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