Like the Mailbag, I have recently been debating the value of this introductory paragraph. While normally it would serve to introduce the column and its contents, PQ in Review has been a staple of PlanetQuake for six months now, and thus I feel an introduction is no longer needed. If any readers would like to take me to task on this, feel free to electronically mail me. And now, without any further adieu, here, ladies and gentlemen, is PQ in Review.
Yes, yes, every few weeks I feel the need to test my vocabulary. Bear with me. I mean, it's not like PQ is the New Yorker, right? Whatever, here's the week's news. The big poop-disturber this week was Juan Golbez's rebuttal to Schnapple's editorial of last week. "Q3A = SDK? I Hope Not" stirs quite the large amount of poo, essentially blasting id for not having made Q3A a "full game". Essential reading here, folks. Next we had the ever-so-fun PQ Poll, which asks the important questions about porno titles, powerups, and very bad things. Also included are the results from the last Poll, with witty commentary by the GSI/PQ crew! Mynx dispensed more of her motherly advice in this week's Dear Mynx, consoling guys who've been caught, guys who play as chicks, and giving us an Embarrassment Spotlight that is just way too funny. Our monkey chained to a computer, Lee'Mon, graced us with an interesting article this week. "Mods 101" is touted as "Your Guide To Modification Creation". Lee'Mon goes through every step (well, almost every step) needed in planning a mod. This is a must read for anyone interested in mod development, and even those developing mods currently. Now we get to my favorite part of the news. The part with me in it! Yes, I faithfully delivered yet another edition of the beloved PQ Mailbag, printing letters on Juan Golbez's rebuttal, Duck Hunt 2K, and a bunch of other random blatherings. But it's okay, Hellchick and I save the piece by writing whatever we felt like at the time. Wrapping up this week, we have the Mailbag's sister publication, the TechMailbag! Watch as Love2Play prints techie letters that I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole! The TechMailbag is an excellent source of tips on maximizing your hardware, coming straight from the readers themselves! Wh00t!
As always, we had some downright excellent site launches this week. Fragistics has an open source statistics program for Q3A. The Quake Demo Drive-In is the home of DEMentED2, a demo editor for Q2. AZ Development Team is working on a couple mods for Q3A, one of which is Equilibrium, a teamplay mod. Vexar's Map Center has (surprise) maps for Q3A!
This Thursday, GSI employees will be in for a real treat. No, they're not getting taken out for ice cream. The treat is Pappy R! That's right, our beloved news pimp will show up in Costa Mesa for the very first time, and proceed to obliterate Hellchick on a LAN. Also, we're shooting at a Friday Frag on the 10th; our game servers are currently being upgraded, so when they come back, we'll be even better at kicking ass. Lee'Mon, the keyboard-wielding monkey, graces us with yet another editorial this Monday; should be good. Oh yeah, and yours truly turns 17 on the 9th. :)
Question of the Damned
Our QotD this week was actually a reader-submitted question, but I seem to have deleted the e-mail that it came from. Oh well, it's not like you get a prize or anything. This week's question is: "What games do you play, other than Quake?"
Been playing a LOT of different games lately. Everquest, Soldier of Fortune, and I've gotten into Counterstrike for Half-Life, which is lots of fun. And contrary to what Joost will tell you, I'm NOT addicted to EQ, I swear it!
OK, this is where I have to admit to playing non-Quake games huh? I play Half-Life and Op For with a bit of TFC online very rarely. I also play Nerf Arena Blast with my little girl. I own UT but...
[blinks] There's games beyond Quake? More importantly, there's life beyond Quake? Seriously, though, I've been brushing up on tournament fighters lately, particulaly Tekken 3, which looks fantastic with Bleem! on my computer. As of this moment, I'm reinstalling Worms Armageddon... I'm on my third CD, having worn out the other two from overuse. However, I suspect that has more to do with the over-rigorous CD protection than my zealous playing...
None, really. I tired of The Sims fairly quickly. That game is just too complicated for an inbred Ozark hick such as I. I've been forced into playing the UT demo with my friend; he's been playing it for a while, yet I still beat the pants off him. Oh, and Hellchick has to learn to quit playing games with my heart.
Remember, if you want to submit a Question of the Damned, just e-mail me!
Spyke's Profound Thought
I'm actually going to get profound this week, so brace yo'se'f. I've been doing a lot of reading lately, and I'm wondering something. What are some good cyberpunk-ish books to check out? I want to get more into science-fiction-type stuff, but not too far. I've heard good things about Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, and Neuromancer by William Gibson. Any suggestions from our more literate readers would be much appreciated. Someone should write a book on Quake. No, not like those Doom novels.. I mean like an actual book about the community. That would be damn cool.