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    PQ | Features | Mailbag | Aug 27, 1999
   

PQ Mailbag
Week of: 08/27/99

Headhuntin'

In response to Monsto's article regarding intellectual property and mods:

From : Lacutis of Borg
Subject : Feedback: HH in the mod scene

As someone who works with Mods and the generally akward and sometimes confusing "politics" of them. I have to say that he was right on some points. If *he* doesnt mind if someone uses the concept for his mod, or the mod is only similair but not a direct plaigarism, then thats fine. But what about the mod makers who plan on porting, and upgrading, and so on to their mod?

Is it fair for someone else to just get started and outright copy something that is thought up, tested, and created over a generally long period of time? Not really.

So Basically, I suppose its up to the mod makers, and not for the copiers to presume on something they may not know at the time..

  Nah, it's definitely not ok, but it happens all the time. I could list the number of "copycat" mods that have come out around the same time as another mod, leading to many flame wars and nasty email exchanges. It's not a cool thing to do, but it's really an unpunishable offense, as you can't do anything judically to make them stop.

All about da Age?

In response to the age vs. maturity article by Dissonance:

From : X-ViRGE
Subject : Does Age equal Maturity?

I certainly wish I had written an article like that back when I was 11 and starting out with all this stuff. I'm 15 now, and some people still treat me like a baby just because I'm not old enough to drink alchohol or drive a car. Of course, most people just "assume" I'm 20-something until they ask me, so I generally don't tell people my age unless they ask directly. That way, I'm treated as "normal" at least until they ask my age..

From : freako
Subject : Younger Quakers

I am writing this in response to your editorial about the younger quakers in the quake world. I am a 14 year old who has been playin since he was 12, and in the way I play I have been giving nothin but respect from other players and my clanmates.However sometimes I come across people who insult me because of my age or r very surprised when they find out that im only 14 and only a "kid". I very much agree with Dissonance in every part of the editorial. I too have noticed how people insult other quakers by using there age as a insult implying that because u r young means u r stupid and immature. In playing in a clan I have seen many other ppl who were much more immature than I was and I later learned that they were in there 20's. They fought over everything b4 our matched started like how long it should be, and what we should play up 2 and when we disagreed they insulted us. I just think that the editorial was well written and served a good point in the community, I hope all the adults who insult people cause of there age read this start to give us little people more respect because on the whole I think we earned it.

From : Steve Gale
Subject : Age=maturity?

Sounds to me like Dissonance is the exception that proves the rule. From my experience, as a general rule younger Quake players are more likely to whine, complain, and smack talk more than older players. Obviously this is a generalization, but for the most part it is true. Here is the way it plays for me, if you act like an immature 13 year old then you are an immature thirteen year old, and if you act like a mature 40 year old then you are a mature 40 year old. I don't care how old you really are, just how old you act. Dissonance seems to have his act together. Unfortunately a lot of people don't, and in a society that likes to categorize everything, those people will be categorized as immature children. So, I guess what I am trying to say is, if you don't want to be called a "f*cking prepubescent (insert age between 10 and 15 here) year old", then don't act like one.

From : John Canady
Subject : Feedback

I'd just like to commend Dissonance on his great article about maturity and age not being hand in hand. I myself am only a year older than he is, (meaning I'm 14 if you're too lazy to do the math.) Anyway, I've felt the exact same way he does, and it's time we take a stand toward this kind of abuse. Quakers judging other Quakers by their age alone simply doesn't matter. I was on one server, where some older Quakers were trash-talking a little 10yr old down. The 10yr old (called himself Praetorian. Ever seen "The Net"?) then proceeded to wipe the floor with all of us, singlehandeldy. Just goes to show you something. The appaling part is that after "Praetorian" had just owned everyone, one of the older guys, who apparently was the Server Op, kicked him. Then they all laughed about how he was using a bot. This is when I left the server..

Gibs and jibs?

Mommy, make the bad man stop!:

From : Razor
Subject : A nice tidbit of info

Hopefully this will end the argument of the proper pronounciation for the word 'gib' (which I think should be said like it looks, with a friggin 'G' not 'J' sound...) After looking through The Oxford Universal Dictionary (has many terms, including those from Old English/Teutonic times...dating back to the 1500s) and I found entries for the word gib (and other noted variants of it; gyb, gibb, gibber, etc.) and although it doesn't have a definition that makes sense for the word 'gib' there are others that do. For instace there is a definition for the word 'gibber' (which is written to be pronounced with a hard G, like in 'good'.) which states "one who disembowels", which would lead to the conclusion that 'gib' means someone's bowels (innards/guts). There is also another variant of gib that makes sense, the word giblet (again pronounced with a hard G sound) has as it's first definition only one word "Entrails". So based on these facts, I believe that now everyone should sit down and shut the f*ck up about the whole damn argument....the word is pronounced how it looks, GIB, with a G (gib), not a J sound (jib)...!!

NOOOOOOOO! STOP! Please, for the love of God... let's give up the eternal debate of gibs vs. jibs! It will just end in bloodshed and hurt feelings and itching and scratching... no!

  Cranky Steve!

Cranky Steve launched his site this week, where he mercilessly tears apart crappy Quake 2 maps.

From : Fingers
Subject : Cranky Steve

Now that's my kind of level review site; maybe there's hope for PQ after all... ...now let's see how long it takes till someone complains about it and it's taken down.

Cranky Steve told me he hasn't gotten a single complaint since he's launched. Except for some people in the Action Quake mapping community, who claimed his review of "Bank Job" wasn't mean enough.


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