It's Father's Day! That means.. um.. not a whole helluva lot as far as Quake is concerned, but our own Pappy R is a father (hence his nick), so we'll send a nice loud Happy Father's Day in his direction, as well as any other dads employed by GameSpy Industries, and of course all of you fathers out there. But enough of that; it's time to get your collective groove on, daddies-o, and get down with PQ in Review!
Pappy R kicked the week off by stirring the poo in a major way, with his editorial "Pro Mode: A Return to Quakeworld?", where he went into great detail about how he believes that the Challenge Pro Mode mod is trying to be another QuakeWorld, and how that shouldn't happen. This resulted in a lot of feedback, some of which was printed in this week's PQ Mailbag; some was positive, some was negative, and some was incoherent. Also in the Mailbag this week was the debut of the Leftover Gibs section, and a whole page of STFUs! We shone the spotlight on T.E.C. this week, as Hellchick took a look at all the details of this awesome Q3A mod! The PQ Poll returned again this week, asking the questions that demand to be asked, about such important subjects as overclocking, grappling hooks, and John Carmack versus John Romero in a Mexican wrestling match. Of course, the GSI/PQ crew makes their feelings on the previous week's results known in a way only they can. In a repeat of last week's episode, as Mynx is still on maternity leave, we presented you (again) with Dear Graeme! Yes, watch everyone's favorite game designer to go work answering the sick questions that are normally answered by a mother of two. This week, we had the first installment of Lee'Mon's "Generations" story, which involves the Q3A universe. It's getting rave reviews already, and is a great entertaining read! The latest From the Hardcore Side sees Pappy finish up his interview with The Stickmen, getting all the details on their win/loss record, their team strategies, and how good the QIL treats them. In this week's TechTips, Love2Play focuses on dragging every last single player fanatic into the multiplayer world, with a detailed guide on how to get started playing online!
Next week, Hellchick goes to Dallas to visit id Software and still can't tell us anything! There are some interesting new editorials in the pipe. We'll be taking a very special look at the Annihilation mod. Part 2 of "Generations" by Lee'Mon will be going up. The last week of June, look for a "Spyke vs. The World" contest. Add that to all the regular features, and there's some cool stuff coming up here at the Big Fuzzy!
Question of the Damned
Well, there were some reader submissions this week, but a couple of them weren't really that good, and one was a repeat, so once again I'm forced to wrack my brain to come up with my own, and here it is: "What's the coolest looking upcoming game using the Q3 engine?"
[Editor's Note: To refresh your memory, games announced using the Q3 engine include Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force, American McGee's Alice, Heavy Metal: FAKK 2, The World Is Not Enough, and Return to Castle Wolfenstein.]
Alice - hands down, 'nuff said. This game is looking very sweet, and it's really unique. I can't wait til it comes out.
Wolfenstein! Can't wait, gotta play! Yeah I'm just into that title for alot of reasons including play style. The other titles to use the engine look cool as well. They're just not what get's my blood up.
Let's see, Rocket Arena, QuakeRally, Generations...
I think he means games with an actual production budget. My Mountain Dew expense vouchers nonwithstanding.
Oh, THOSE games. Well, I try to remember what all's out there, but I can never get past Heavy Metal: FAKK2. Julie Strain rocks my world!
Mmm, Julie Strain... never been a better application of curved surfaces in an FPS game yet. Oh, and the game's looking pretty sweet, too.
Alice for sure. That former no-good Germany McGee has actually assembled a great group of talented game developers, and judging from preliminary screenshots, the game is very visually impressive. I don't doubt that the storyline will be the most disturbing thing to come along in a long time; I salivate with anticipation.
Remember, if you want to submit a Question of the Damned, just e-mail me!
Spyke's Profound Thought
So I went and saw Shaft on Saturday afternoon; not a bad flick, but it didn't live up to the hype. Perhaps I should see the original Shaft movies first. Samuel L. Jackson was better in Pulp Fiction. As for gaming goes, I've been playing a lot of wrestling games emulated on Super Nintendo. Of course, I own them all. Oh yes, I also picked up the Deus Ex demo, but haven't had a chance to play it yet. I'm too scared it'll run comparably to Wheel of Time on my system (read: not well at all). I still can't wait for Anachronox!