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    PQ | Features | Mailbag | June 18, 1999
   

Generations

After one of the coolest mods, Generations, announced it had to shut down after some disputes with id, readers wrote in with their input:

From : Ian Ashcroft
Subject :
Generations

I am very saddened to see this mod go. It was by far the least original, but the one of the most fun and anticipated mods of the last year or so. I know I have followed its development somewhat religeously, however now I learn it has been terminated. Despite what it may say on the site I suspect the Generations Team had little choice but to cancel the mod or get it foxed, oh I suppose they could have re-written most of it... Yeah that was really going to happen. I feel iD has left the realms of small, nice gamer friendly company is rocketing towards complete arsehole standards, much like Microsoft is know, unfortunately for iD, imho, they are also not top of the heap anymore, and if they are their grip is hardly secure.

iD should step back and look at where they are, do they really see themselves as being one step ahead of the pack as they so grandley claimed they were when Q1 was release?

I still think id is a step ahead of the pack. When Quake was released though, id was about 20 steps ahead of the pack.

From : Daniel Hiester
Subject : Generations...

I honestly don't think that id is to blame for the whole mess regarding the Generations mod. Let's take one fact into consideration, though: id may not have foxed the project, but they foxed what the project was about. They foxed the idea that B.J., DoomGuy, and QuakeGuy could all duke it out w/ the Quake 2 guy. Without that idea, there is no Generations, nor would any other "edited" mod truly be what Generations was supposed to be. This does invariably suck, especially in a time when the community seems to get angry with id whenever it has to do something that they don't agree with. An example of this would be the recent incident with the Q3Test EULA. However, I knew by the night I had read the news that Generations was dead that it was not id's "fault" for this tragedy. (Seriously, Generations v.98 was the best thing I'd ever played!) I realized that if anyone is to blame, it is the world at large, for being so damn legalistic.

I think what the majority of people are angry about is that Generations was given id's "thumbs up" before they started work on it, and months and months later, when it neared completion, was suddenly under attack by id.

From : RX C.
Subject : Lee'Mon Interview

I was as pissed as the next guy to learn that Generations was to be no more. But right away I saw how easy it was to paint id Software and the publishers (Activision and GT Interactive) as money-grubbing corporate parasites, who didn't give a flying f*ck about the playing (and paying) public. Upon reading Lee'Mon's explanation on the Generations' web-site, however, I realized that ambiguity on both sides had brought this situation to pass.

What were the team's choices? Lee spells them out. Of course there was a third choice -- continue development and release the final, intended version. I.e., ignore id's recommendations, and proceed as planned. Would id or its publishers sue the Generations' team? I doubt it, considering the HUGE public backlash they would likely encounter. Did the team do the right thing by pulling the plug? Certainly. Someone with less maturity might have decided to continue, if only in defiance. But it would likely have led to considerable unpleasantness (even if the legal issues didn't resurface).

I agree, the Generations team needs to be commended for their response / reaction to this whole situation.

John Romero's Fashion Salon

John Romero dropped in to write Dear Mynx's column a couple weeks ago. Besides offering advice to the various sexual deviants that write in, he also gave a lengthy series of tips to keep your hair clean and shiny (which would take about two hours for a normal human to do).

From : Mike9000
Subject : that Dear Romero thing

Any respect I might have had left for John Romero is now gone after reading his hair care tips. Seriously, what kind of computer guy spends that much time on his hair, even the long haired freaks! I think the secret's out now as to why Daikantana is taking forever to release. That punk is spending all of his time with that hair of his. He could speed production by like 20% if he shaved his head!! Btw, those people that write in to that column are for the most part complete freaks.

Ya think?

From : Simon Cullen
Subject : John Romero's Hair Habits

Hmmmmm, John Romero can write 500 words on how he washes his hair... Is it just me, or is something wrong with that.. maybe he is trying to impress all the chicks out there, maybe its because he has nothing else to do (on having left id) and so spends copious amounts of time doing his hair.. how come he knows the website for hair products...

Yeah, everybody knows the only way to impress the chicks is to write a hair column on Dear Mynx... the chicks must be pouring into ION Storm now.


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