Here I am, sick as a dog, sitting at home typing this up while our Fearless Leader Hellchick goes galavanting across the United States, schmoozing with game developers and seeing things she can't tell us about. How do you like them apples? I don't. Lee'Mon, Pappy R and I are planning a coup. Oh, wait.. I really shouldn't have said that. Now she'll know; she probably knows about the whoopie cushion we set up on her chair, too. Dammit.
The big news this week, which will probably bring even bigger news next week (if we've all been good), is that, yes, Hellchick went to id, again. Yes, she's checking out Quake 3: Team Arena, and she's probably checking out the new Doom game as well, but don't expect to hear anything about it, other than "it was cool". My friends, these are the unenlightened times in which we live. Perhaps she can fill us in on Graeme Devine's hair care tips. Anyways, on to the PQ news. Our editorial this week was courtesy of resident writing monkey Lee'Mon, and was alliteratively titled "The Flames of Fandom". In the aforementioned editorial, Lee talks about how people, when they don't like a mod, are inclined to bash it, rather than leave it alone, and how this troubles the rest of the community. This week included a repeat of last week's PQ Poll, as Hellchick was away and the rest of us have no idea how it works. With Mynx still taking care of QuakeBaby v2.0, yet another guest host was recruited, and this one is my favorite out of all of them. id Software's Christian "Disruptor" Antkow answers all the sick e-mail meant for a mother of two in the one, the only, Dear Xian! Lee'Mon busted out with the second chapter of Generations, the critically acclaimed story (provided you readers qualify as critics) that takes place in the Q3A universe. There's many more chapters to come, so keep salivating! Of course, yours truly kicked it up several notches with the second PQ Mailbag of the new, ass-kicking era. Watch as Lee'Mon and I respond to feedback on his editorial, I answer questions in the Leftover Gibs section, respond to some incoherent e-mail, and tell one unfortunate reader to STFU! And last but never least, Love2Play painstakingly created the latest TechMailbag, answering all the important technical questions that I couldn't possibly wrap my mind around. Yaay!
Well, now that Hellchick's returned from Texas, all of us, and all of you get to torture her for the oh-so-juicy inside scoop on exactly what she did at Ritual, Rogue, and id! I'll be all done school next week, so expect a "Spyke vs. The World" contest; we'll also be running the "Design Hellchick's Lair" contest, urging you people to create levels! Of course, chapter three of Generations is coming up next week, as well. Add that to all the regular features and wackiness, and we've got one exuberant (couldn't find a better adjective) week right here at the Big Fuzzy!
Question of the Damned
Now I'm pretty sure we did this a while ago (I'm too lazy to check), but there have been so many exciting developments since then, that I just have to ask, one more time: "What's your favorite mod thus far for Q3A?"
Favorite mod for Q3A thus far: I'd have to say Holy Wars. I know it's only an alpha, but I love it. I'm looking forward to Urban Terror, though. I'm still waiting for the Hellchick mod, in which you get to play the role of the PQ Site Director, and maneuver your way through a work day at my desk. Thrilling, for sure!
Well I mostly play Team DM, but recently I've been getting a major kick out of Alliance CTF. Monster Radio Rules!
That one where there's the new levels, and there's that cool weapon thing and the lights are.. well.. you know, right? With the thingy? Of course! That one rules!
I'd say it's a tie between Excessive Overkill and Generations Arena. Sure, GenArena isn't out yet, but I'm one of the lucky ones that's had the opportunity to play it, and it's looking fan-bloody-tastic!
Remember, if you want to submit a Question of the Damned, just e-mail me!
Spyke's Profound Thought
Holy crud, does TargetQuake for Q3A kick royal booty or what? This is the most innovative mod I've seen in a long time. It needs more levels, however. I've been playing a lot of user-made levels in the past couple days, as school is pretty much over for me. The EADM pack recieved mixed emotions from me. All of the work is very professional, as would be expected, but some of the levels are mediocre; there are a few fantastic ones though, that I'd like to see being played on servers soon. Amazing new textures, as well. Who knows, maybe throughout the summer I'll include a weekly level review in PQ in Review! We can only hope..