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    PQ | Features | Mailbag | Oct 22, 1999
   

PQ Mailbag
Week of: 10/22/99

FPS Wars

A lot of you responded to last week's editorial, "The Woes of Being a Multi-Gamer" by Rozzer, which addressed the subject of some gamers' zealous loyalty to one game or another, and the subsequent pitting of one game's community against another. Here's how some of you responded:

From: Armed Hourglass
Subject: The Woes, the Woes...

How true! Forsyth hit it on the mark! I remember a time when I hated Quake, and loved the Duke. But now, as I realize it for the ump-teenth time, that Quake is better. True, Duke had better single player, but Quake was mindblowing. Better graphics, better sound, better engine, the works. Now I am torn between Half-Life, a great single AND multiplayer game, and Quake II. Half-Life is the best game I have played for a while, while QII is pretty much stinking up the shelf like something from Stephen King's "The Stand." I welcome this riff in the world of gaming, and hope that more games will come my way. Preferably sooner than later.



From: ShanMan
Subject: Which game Rulz?

And considering that all the games are becoming more and more alike? That in 4 years the only difference between Quake 6, Unreal Tournament 3, Half-Life 4, Diakatana 1 (finally), and Doom2k v.003 will be the shape of the weapons, and color of the player's skin? "Which game Rulz?" What's the difference? It's already heading in that direction now...



From: Paul Santa Cruz
Subject: The Woes Of Being A Multi-Gamer

I totally agree with Rozzer. I buy them all and play them all (I still need to finish a few games, in fact!). I'm probably one of the few individuals left waiting eagerly for Daikatana!



From: Neotic
Subject: OMG So True

I loved when Rozzer stated about HL/TFC and its infinite wisdom of strategic fights (Yeah Right!?). I still have to believe that Tribes has mastered this area. HL/TFC is el33t in lag, bad gameplay (multiplayer), and ganky models.



From: Rob Bailey
Subject: F.P.S. Wars

I agree one hundred percent!! Loyalty to a company or a game is fine unless it is blind loyalty!! Each person finds different ways of being entertained with a variety of different games! To me, I equate the flame wars between two particular games is no different than the stupid 'My Voodoo is better/worse than your Nvidia" come on people. Play your game on your favorite piece of hardware and be happy. No need to flame a person for his or her choices in gaming!



From: Suzanne Rieter
Subject: The Woes Of Being A Multi-Gamer

You really hit the nail on the head. On any given night, I'll play a little Quake II, a little Unreal, Maybe some Half-life. They can argue all they want, but, let's face it. Those games are more alike then different. The reason that the Unreal Tournament Demo is so awesome, and you can bet Quake III Arena will be awesome in it's own right, is because of the competition between the two games. I am fortunate enough to be able to afford a lot of games. This is my hobby. Some people buy fine wine, expensive cars, baseball cards, what have you. I buy games and computer equipment to play those games. And while we're on the subject, is there a better game of its genre than Tekken (1, 2, or 3, you pick). But God forbid I mention a console game on a computer game site. Get over yourselves, people. Games are meant to be fun.



Still Coming to Grips with the Grapple

Seems that there is still quite a heated controversy going on surrounding the issue of id Software's decision to leave the grappling hook out of the Q3Arena's stock CTF maps. Since some of you still insist on fanning the flames...here's more fuel for the fire:

From: Lokust
Subject: grapple rebuttle

I don't see the point in Andrew's rebuttle. He bashes Essobie for not being objective on an issue that is clearly subjective. In case Andrew didn't notice, Essobie's article was an editorial. An editorial is defined as 'an article published as an expression of the views of the editor' or 'an article stating opinions or giving perspectives.'

You can't fault someone for giving their opinions in an editorial, and especially not for speaking of things based on personal taste, when Andrew's article reeked heavily of matters of personal taste (the power shield rant).



From: Moona
Subject:Rebuttal to CTF != The Grappling Hook

First of all, "A=A does not necessarily mean B=B" has NOTHING to do with Rand. That is really just an _Intro to Logic 101_ statement. Having read everything Rand ever published AND having been involved actively with the IOS and Objectivist clubs, I can state quite comfortably that Andrew has NO IDEA what he is talking about. He sounds like someone made him read Rand for a class last week and now he's all excited about getting to try and reference it.

Also, _no where_ in his article did I see him state ANY GOOD REASON for the hook. All Andrew did was attempt to tear down Essobie's solid argurment, and he didn't even do a good job of that. Being a grapplemonkey, I doubt he even gave any thought to the question of why the hook _should be_ in CTF when he wrote his rebuttal. If he had, he'd realize that there is NO REASON, as Zoid obviously has.


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