Week of: 08/27/99
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
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...
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.