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    PlanetQuake | The PQ Poll | 03/22/00

The PQ Poll: March 22, 2000
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Have you ever played the N64 version of Quake 2? (submitted by Gloveberg)

Answer Votes
Hell no. Consoles be damned, I say!
When the modem craps out- Hey, think of it as "Quake Lite" (Quake with gamepads...*shudder*)
I would but I have yet to figure out how to install all these Q2 mods I burned onto a CD so it would be playable.
A couple of times. My backwoods hick cousin came down and really wanted me to play this "awesome new game" he had.
Hell yes - I love Quake so much I'll buy/play anything that remotely deals with The Big Q. I'd even play one of those godawful TIGER LCD handheld games if they slapped a Quake sticker on it.

Spyke: Consoles suck. Well, for first person shooters they do. I totally agree with shaithis, keyboard and mouse are required.
Fragmaster: N64 sucks.
Lee'Mon: Not until they hard-wire my Intellimouse Explorer to a console.
Pappy-R: No Mouse, No flick Rail shots, No Pappy! It's like a law, but different.
Hellchick: Never played it, but I'll probably check out the Dreamcast port of Q3A.
shaithis: Until such time as someone makes a controller that decently simulates a mouse and a keyboard (the Madcatz one is close... but it's backwards), there's no way in hell I'll play an FPS on a console.
Tetsuo: Dude - you made me gag on my pork chop. NEVER me ask that again.

Do you think q3a should have had area specific damage? (submitted by Mat Malarski)

Answer Votes
No! That's what mods like Action Quake are for.
Maybe just triple damage for a head shot.
Only if it was an option you could turn off.
Yes! I want recognition of my mad sniping skills!

Fragmaster: No, I think it should have non-area specific damage though so no matter how bad you missed somebody you still hit them anyway. And when you hit somebody, you missed. Then I'd be good.
Lee'Mon: I think it turns the game into a crap shoot, as Carmack once put it. Although, from what I see, our UT counterparts seem to enjoy the occasional CrotchShot or two...
Pappy-R: Groin shots, 'nough said.
Hellchick: One of the reasons for video games like Q3A is so that we can escape realism for a while. If you want realistic damage, play Action Quake 2. Otherwise, enjoy the escapist thrill of playing in a world limited only by the developers' imaginations. Thank you, this has been a public service announcement by Hellchick.
shaithis: Who cares? If you're living for more than five seconds, you're not playing Excessive, and if you're not playing Excessive, you're just wasting time. :)
Tetsuo: Ya! The people who want all this realistic junk are wack. I think if a rocket blew up next to me I'd die - or what - like one or two bullets from a machine gun - now THAT would be realistic - or heck, I don't even own a gun so I guess I shouldn't have a gun in Q3 either...
Spyke: No no no and perhaps, hrm.. no. Q3A is action-packed, and area specific damage just makes playing more frustrating. Did I mention I hate Action Quake?

Have you ever tried making your own Quake 1/2/3 mod?

Answer Votes
Of course: I've made and released a mod that's enjoyed by hundreds of Quake players everywhere, because I am a programming monkey!
I tried once, but it didn't really get off the ground.
I would, but I don't know where to start.
Nah, I leave that to people who know how.

Spyke: Naw, I've pored through all the source code though, looking for dirty comments. Unfortunately, Romero isn't at id anymore, so there aren't any.
Fragmaster: I worked on a couple of Quake mods that actually got released and a couple of Half-Life mods, one of which got released, but I don't have the skillz to do one all by myself. It takes a lot of dedication and dirty schemes.
Lee'Mon: Blast Chamber. You know it, you love it, you want the Q3A version. ;^)
Pappy-R: I can't compete with Mr. Pants, so why bother.
Hellchick: Never tried making my own mod, only because I didn't have the tools, and all my programming skillz needed to be funneled into my work. But now, await my mad mod skillz0rz, biatches! Or something.
shaithis: I've made textures and skins for mods. I left coding behind with Qbasic tho.
Tetsuo: I made about 50 Doom2 DM levels - I wonder if you can still download those from AOL...

Which Q3 team mods would you like to see developed the most? (submitteed by Kenneth Widmer)

Answer Votes
CTF variants - Sniper Arena, Team Fortress, whatever. I wanna deliver the
package for points!
Domination variants - You see, baby. It's a control thing...
Deathmatch variants - The hell with points. I just wanna tally up the frags for my team.
Something way different - Lavaball or Qpong, anyone?
Forget teams - I'm anti-social and have been banned from teamplay games after fragging everyone on my team.

Spyke: Something completely original, unlike my most evil counterpart Lee'Mon. (Wait till this week's Gauntlet)
Fragmaster: Q3F is looking pretty sweet, but I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to see QPong ported over. Best Q2 mod ever, I think.
Lee'Mon: I WANT MY TEAM FORTRESS!!! [clears throat] Excuse me. I'm just a bit upset that I didn't get the press release of Q3Fortress. On the other hand, QPong rocked. I'd love to see that for Q3A. However, I'd rather Team RxN do it and do it right, rather than a lame-ass port. [waves] Hi Lifer!
Pappy-R: Domination is one of my faves, but I still can't find the "whip me I've been naughty" powerup.
Hellchick: Teamplay is great, but I'm really, really, REALLY antisocial in a video game and prefer to blast the hell out of everything that moves. So I'd like to see some DM variants.
shaithis: Team Fortress is still the best mod made for any game, ever (yes, better than Half Life's Counter "wait for forty five minutes after your die" Strike). I'd love to see a good version of it done for Q3. Hopefully, Q3F will provide that.
Tetsuo: A new CTF called Capture The Female - you have to go over and get the other team's female, then bring her back over to your team's female - whoa - wait - this could get good...

What's the highest frag count you've ever gotten?

Answer Votes
Between 50 and 100. I play on those marathon servers!
Between 40 and 50. My name is ALWAYS at the top of the player list.
Between 25 and 40. I can hold my own in a game!
Between 10 and 25. Okay, so I need some practice.
Less than 10. I should be pilloried in the courtyard of q3dm1.
More than 100. I tried to win the Beatdown 2000 frags contest.

Spyke: Something like 500 or so, at Fragapalooza. I was in second-place for about half an hour.
Fragmaster: I've played to 1000 in Doom before. Well, only once because my eyes were killing me after that.
Lee'Mon: One hundred? Pfft. Have you already forgotten that I Layeth the Smacketh Down(tm)?
Pappy-R: 2.3 gajillion! C'mon, it could be a number...
Hellchick: 1000 frags, when I tried to make it to 2000 in the Beatdown contest. After I passed 1000, though, I'd been playing for three hours nonstop, and I was having beginning to have hallucinations, like Carmack dressed in full Scottish regalia next to my computer. So I stopped.
shaithis: I've played to well past 200 on many a TF server, and that's without including "cap frags". I've never gone for 1000.
Tetsuo: A little over 700 - but that was old school Quake1 over a modem. I was going for 666 (got the screenshot!), but passed out soon after.

Which of these classic precursors to Quake do you still play?

Answer Votes
DOOM -- the great, the one, the only.
Castle Wolfenstein -- SPION!
Commander Keen -- when I say "old school", I REALLY mean it.
I don't play any of them. Why would I want to play something that's not even 3D accelerated?!
I play them all! I live in the past so much that I even wear plaid bellbottoms.

Spyke: Dude, this is an insult to my intelligence. Everyone who's anyone knows that Commander Keen is my one and only true love.
Fragmaster: I play them all, because I'm stupid that way.
Lee'Mon: I'm OLD old school... I play Romero's guitar from high school.
Pappy-R: DooM just rocks my boat. Never got the rush from Wolf, but from DooM on up just kicks it.
Hellchick: I LOVE Wolfenstein, so I still play that occasionally. I only played DOOM on the Sun stations at the university, since that's all we had on there.
shaithis: I bust out doom once in awhile, usually to play around with one of the new incarnations of it (zDoom, GLDoom, etc). It's still a fun game. Also, "Army of Darkness" for Doom was one of the best conversions I've ever played.
Tetsuo: I still have Wolf/Doom/Doom2 on my system to be fired up occasionally - it's like drinking water so you remember how good beer is !!!


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 and sharpening the spikes on the top of his cubicle. You think we're kidding.
Fragmaster also used to run PQ, and now manages 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.
Tetsuo is the guy behind the curtain -- he's one of GameSpy's original tech guys that does programming stuff beyond the capacity of mere mortals.


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