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    PlanetQuake | The PQ Poll | 03/08/00
   

The PQ Poll: March 8, 2000
Got poll questions you think we should use? Email them to poll@planetquake.com!



How big is your Q3A directory? (submitted by Jon)

Answer Votes
Percentage
 
Under 500 MB. Basically just the core game.
670
40.7%
500 MB - 1 GB. I like add-ons!
695
42.2%
1-2 GB. I really like add-ons.
101
6.1%
My Quake III Arena stuff has its own partition.
179
10.8%

Fragmaster: It's bigger than a breadbox, but smaller than a donkey.
Fargo: I'm afraid to look at my Quake 3 directory. My whole hard drive is a mess. I think I still have the Quake II demo on there...
Hellchick: Strangely enough, mine falls into the 600 MB range. Mostly because I clean it out every so often in order to keep it from getting as big as Marlon Brando.
shaithis: Pretty small, actually. After all, there are no client downloads for Excessive. :)

Spyke: 734 meg, baby.. I'm addicted to downloading the freshest maps every day from LvL. I love LvL. If I could kiss it, I would.


Who would you like to have done the Q3A soundtrack if it wasn't Sonic Mayhem? (submitted by Zephro)

Answer Votes
Percentage
 
Metallica: nothing like fragging to super-heavy-metal chock full of biblical references and pained posturing. It makes it all seem so...significant.
531
32.4%
Pink Floyd: then Quake 3 could have been one big, profound and confusing life-changing experience of a game. They could have supplied a ganja pipe in the Limited Edition box.
126
7.6%
Skinny Puppy: old-school industrial where the pain sounds in the game would be hard to differentiate from the digitally-altered screaming of the lead singer.
140
8.5%
Britney Spears: look, she's not just another manufactured pop act with a surgically enhanced body. She's a manufactured pop act with a GREAT surgically enhanced body.
148
9%
None of the above, and Hellchick has my full support in dealing with anyone who thinks Britney Spears has musical talent. With extreme prejudice.
693
42.3%

Hellchick: I think I'd like to have Tom Jones sing a soundtrack for a Quake game. C'mon, don't tell me you don't want to hear "What's Up, Pussycat?" and other Vegas gold hits while you're fragging.
shaithis: I am the last of a dying breed: He who turns off all music while playing games because it makes it harder to hear the sound effects.
Fragmaster: The Grim Reaperz! Or Vanilla Ice with M.C. Hammer.
Fargo: "When I was a child I had a fever My hands felt just like two balloons. Now I've got that feeling once again I can't explain you would not understand This is not how I am. I have become ... comfortably fragged."

Spyke: Skinny Puppy! I love Skinny Puppy more than life itself. That's what the world needs. More good Canadian industrial music.


Have you ever competed in a Quake 1, 2, or 3 tournament? ("tournament" meaning that it had some sponsorship and offered some sort of prize, not "tournament" as in a LAN with a few of your friends and the prize was a 3-day old piece of pizza.)

Answer Votes
Percentage
 
Yes, Quake 1
48
2.9%
Yes, Quake 2
148
9%
Yes, Quake III Arena
66
4%
Yes, more than one of them!
145
8.9%
No, I just like to play for fun.
943
57.8%
What?! They hold tournaments for this game?! Where do I sign up?
279
17.1%

Fragmaster: Nope. I've managed to avoid them so far, somehow. Besides, I wouldn't want to hurt anyone's feelings.
Fargo: I was the second place Quake I player in all of Manhattan. Well, okay, of the eight people that showed up to play at the one tourney I ever entered. That camping bitch beat me and my whole career is based off of overcompensating for that humilation.
Hellchick: Sure have. I was in the first Female Frag Fest '99 for Quake 2. But I'd like to compete in some larger tournaments, if I can get crt, Dipper, and other great players here to whip me into shape.
shaithis: I took second in an in-house Half-Life tournament and won 30 bucks, but that doesn't appear to count. For the record, Frags took first place.

Spyke: Nope, never competed in a tourney, although I did go to Fragapalooza, where I could have easily participated. But it's all about the fun, baby.


Do you think it is cheating for a player to create a skin to match the terrain so it would be harder to spot him/her? (submitted by Kaban)

Answer Votes
Percentage
 
Hell yeah! If I find someone doing that, I'll make sure the terrain matches the inside of their head.
760
46.7%
No, because it makes the game a little more challenging.
313
19.2%
I don't really have an opinion on it, since I've never seen anyone do that.
475
29.2%
Cheating? I do it myself!
76
4.6%

Hellchick: Someone brought up a good point: camouflage is an acceptable military tactic. It just makes it a more challenging game.
shaithis: It's a joke anyway. Let's be realistic... between shadowing, lack of available cover, and huge texture variety, you're never going to have a skin that lets you "blend in" to anything.
Fragmaster: I wear carpet clothing so that I can blend into my surroundings in real-life. Just part of the reason I'm so fly.
Fargo: Well, you can always just delete their skin from the directoy. Don't tell Hellchick, but I've replaced her skin with an enormous white blob and a giant red target in the center. Shh!
Spyke: My system is such that I have to turn down texture detail until it is nothing but one big mass of solid brown. I can't distinguish anything. Except rockets. Those are a flaming mass of reddish-brown. I see them a lot.


What did you think of the maps that shipped with Q3:A? (submitted by Zephro)

Answer Votes
Percentage
 
They are temples to the art of deathmatching, perfect in every way.
213
13.1%
They weren't bad, but they were a little formulaic - all corridors and arenas. They should have tried something more innovative.
464
28.5%
There's a good mixture of traditional DM maps and a few experimental ones, such as the Space Platform levels.
598
36.8%
I really don't like them. I hope the user-made maps can stretch the engine a bit.
139
8.5%
They aren't intricate enough; I liked all the little tricks you could perform on the Quake 2 maps with strafe jumping and so on.
209
12.8%

Fragmaster: I think they were all levels for a first person shooter.
Fargo: They were okay, I thought the jump-pads-in-space levels got kinda repetitive.
Hellchick: I think they're pretty nice. I thought the space maps as a concept were pretty unique. However, I was really hoping to see the "Inside Carmack's House" map.
shaithis: As far as id maps go, they're pretty good. The fan community has all of the really good quake mappers tho.
Spyke: Good maps, all around. Q3A has really introduced a whole different style of map-making.. I miss the old Q2 style though. :)


Do you download add-ons to the game, such as maps, models, skins, and mods?

Answer Votes
Percentage
 
I download maps - I hate jumping on a server and not having the right map!
207
12.8%
I download skins - seeing the default Grunt gets old.
8
0.4%
I download models - Polycount is a temple of model goodness!
725
44.8%
I download some of these but not all of these
511
31.6%
Nah, it just clogs up the ol' harddrive.
166
10.2%

Hellchick: I download 'em all! But I'm more inclined to download mods more than anything.
shaithis: Very rarely. I like playing a new map occasionally. I force all of my models/skins to "sarge" though, so there's not a lot of point in downloading new ones.
Fragmaster: I download screenshots and feed them to my dog.
Fargo: I love having a ton of player models all over the place. Polycount, rah!
Spyke: Maps, and maps only. I have to force models so they're the only things of use to me.

 


Who are these people anyway?

Hellchick is the PQ Site Director, or at least has convinced her friends that she is.
Pappy-R is PQ's News Jockey and Part-time Table Dancer.
Spyke does the PQ in Review, the PQ Mailbag, and your girlfriend.
Lee'Mon writes articles and editorials for PQ, which means he's really into finding things to complain about.
shaithis is a former PQ Site Director who now spends his days running GameSpy.com and sharpening the spikes on the top of his cubicle. You think we're kidding.
Fragmaster also used to run PQ, and now manages ClassicGaming.com and the console section of the GameSpy network. He also enjoys the occasional potted tuna.
Fargo has been around since the beginning of PQ. He's been known to camp everything, including the poll.

 


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