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    PlanetQuake | Features | Rants N' Raves | Tweaks
   

Tweaks
Should Quake 3 be played without any of the eye candy?
  — by Pappy-R and the PQ Elves

Now just when I think I have him down pat, he surprises me yet again. he wasn't going the way I thought, and he didn't actually lose any good guy points in the process. I guess it's up to Spyke to knock some butt in the dirt and stir the emotional soup. C'mon Spyke roll me a seven!

Man, I remember the first time I saw whacked out video settings like that.. it was at the first LAN party I went to, and my friend and I were astounded that so many people did this. I, for one, could never get used to it; it was so freakin' ugly. I don't just play the games for gameplay, but I require at least SOME amount of eye candy. Video tweakage is lame. I only crank texture detail down because I have a lame system, not because I need extra visibility of more FPS. Vertex lighting is for dweebs. And that's all on the record. :)

  — Spyke

Boola boola! One straight up for the reader rant! Oh this is more fun than I'd hoped for. Now we'll see what Ash has to add and if you noticed he is last, that's because he was late with his reply. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Now after brief bitch break on my part, here's Ash's reply to the rant.

Well, I'm not sure what exactly Mystiq was wanting to say, but I will admit that I'm one of the people that play Quake with everything visually appealing turned off. It's kind of strange in a way, because ever other game I play with everything turned all the way up. However, I don't play Quake for the visual effects, or the optical stimulant... I play solely for the fantastic fun and gameplay that is there. With forcemodels and graphics down, an average game of Quake for me could be Battle of the Mudpeople, but I sure have a darn good time blowing people to bits. Well, not bits really, since I have blood and gibs turned off, but you know what I mean.

I figure it's configurable so anyone who plays can get what they want from the game. I just want lightning fast action, and I get that without a bunch of "pretties" to slow me down. When I'm checking out new maps, models, and skins... I crank it all the way back up. In fact, it's awesome how that works, because every time I turn everything back up... it looks like a whole new game, and I fall in love with the technology all over again. Mmmm, I love Quake.

  — Ash

Oh man...I'm very disappointed. It's again up to me to even the road and explain the rules of the world to the world itself. Without anymore blabber, here's my take on the issue at hand.

To address Mystiq's angle, there's really a need to look at why they adjustments are there for us all to use and they weren't in Quake 1 or Doom or Wolf. First off...Quake 1 or earlier games for the most part was not OpenGL so video settings were non existent until the OpenGL Quake 1 stuff. Even then so few players had the hardware to run it, it was far from an issue. The reason the settings exist and are changeable by players is simply due to hardware differences in the PC community. have you ever tried running Quake III on a low end machine, man it's sad at best. I have a P200 right now with a TNT that will run the game with everything off and grab a monster 16 FPS, but that's hardly playing to me. I'd much rather spank it on my PIII 800. Even there I adjust the video settings so that I get the famed "125 FPS" consistently. Now I don't crank things down like some of the pros do, and even as far as some I've seen first hand, but I do have them down a bit for frame rates.

There's also the connection speed that Love2Play brought out and certain settings help here as well. I am using the v1.17 version for comparison BTW. Now that we know there are valid reasons for the settings to exist, where would a "line" be drawn to decide how far down a player could have his settings? I think it's all personal preference and up to the player to take game settings where they want if they are indeed adjustable settings.

If it's there in everyone's face, and came with the game out of the box, it ain't cheatin'. Let's just play baby!

  — Pappy-R

That's it y'all, another one in the archives except for your thoughts. Yeah we wanna know what you think on the issue so hit the Feedback bag with your best shot. Got an issue that's just burning you up inside? Give it to me by way of Rants n'Raves and we'll see if we can't throw it around the virtual room.


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