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    PlanetQuake | Features | Rants N' Raves | The Quake Community
   

The Quake Community
Are we losing the quality community we used to enjoy?
  — by Pappy-R and the The Big Fuzzy Rowdies

When it's Rants n'Raves time around here ya know that it's time to let it all hang out. You get to and we get to in an all out opinion fest. Let the games begin.

This time we have a community aimed comment from DarkAngel_V1 on what the Quake community has grown to since it has indeed grown to be a monster. Now let's see if it's a friendly monster or something that needs attitude adjustment.

The Quake community has changed form what it used to be. I remember when Quake1 started getting big, you could find games anywhere. Now that Quake3 is the here it has become almost impossible to find games where people are not cheating, or setting game conditions to their style of game play. Nobody likes to lose but it is part of the game.

Not to long ago you could get online and play for hours with good people, and never changes servers. Think about how many times you complained that there was a waiting line to get in to a good game. What happened to those days, now itís lie, cheat, steal, and be dishonest. If this trend continues, Quakeís online community will fade away. I for one would like to see things change. For example places like www.teamplay.net are a good idea, but the players are responsible for every thing. We have to find a server, go try find an official if there is a problem, we have to make sure the match winner is reported (and will most likely have to argue over the results). Most players donít have their entire weekend to devote to a single game.

It is hard to believe that we have fallen so far from grace. How long will it be before we find our way again? What must we do to make playing Quake what it once was? I am not pointing my finger at anyone, I just want to open peoples eyes to what we are losing. I hope everyone will think about the privilege of online gaming before they lose it. Finally I remind you of this, there are few games worth playing alone.

Thank you Planet Quake for giving us a place to rant & rave.

Thank you for your time and for reading my rant.

  — DarkAngel_V1

Not so much a rant as it is a plea, a reminder of what we were and have become. Now let's hear from our crew of misfits who have shunned the regular world in favour of the virtual. First up is a newcomer to the RnR, but not a newcomer to the gaming scene. Ladies and gentlemen I give you the "Princess of Pineapples" herself... Hellchick.

A lot of people complain about cheaters in Quake III. Maybe I'm blind, but I can only recall one game I've played (and I've played a lot of them) in which I thought someone was cheating, and I couldn't prove it. It seems to me that a lot of people use the cheating excuse when they're simply beaten by someone with a lower ping and better rail skills. I'm not calling our buddy Dark_AngelV1 here a liar; I'm just saying that a lot of people think someone's cheating when the more likely explanation is that they're simply good with the rail and lucky enough to have a high ping connection.

Surprisingly, I've almost always had good experiences when playing on public servers. Only a couple of times have I been harrassed because of my nick-obvious gender. Otherwise, I generally see a lot of good behaviour in Quake III -- certainly more than I saw in Quake 2. I think it's because the community has matured.

Dark_Angel, don't throw in the towel just yet on our community; maybe we just need more people to remember old-fashioned gaming etiquette.

  — Hellchick

Well put HC, but if you can't cause more of a stir with your comments you'll be removed from the feature in the future. Ok...I'm just kidding, but it is nice to get a jab in on your boss once in a while. This topic is tempting my reply with every word I type here so I'll just quickly pass the torch to Ash and I don't even have anything to tease Ash about this week. (bummer)

I don't believe the community has completely gone down the toliet, as this rant seems to infer, but there definately has been some changes. Cheating, while not necessarily more rampant than before, is more of an established fact that everyone has in the back of their minds. Even if someone is just that much better than you (and there are some that good), it's only human nature to wonder if they're cheating. The community of players has gotten much bigger, and with those bigger crowds you by requirement get more uninformed players that don't know the age old rules of Ettiquite in the Q-munity (how long has it been since you've seen that in a sentance). Most mod teams aren't in it for the fun anymore, but instead are in it for the glory, respect, and "professionalism". But there are two sides to every coin, and for every person out there cheating, or demanding the respect of a software developer for making a mod, there's someone that's still playing just for the fun of it after all these years, and there's another player that's just learning the wonderment of online gaming with Quake for the first time.

I still play almost all of my Quake (usually RA3) on just a select few servers, and my clanmates and I are on good terms with tons of gamers on those servers. The community has definitely changed, but it's not all for the worst, it's just different.

  — Ash

I'm biting my tongue here again. Man this is just a sore spot topic for me so I best just let Love2Play do her thang. I just thought I should lay out a reminder that as this feature has gotten very popular, it was indeed Love2Play who brought forth this idea. She was also gracious enough to let me pull it together and present it to you all weekly. Thanks again L2P!

Next up, more PQ opinions, including Pappy himself...


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