More on the Ratpad
Mousepad slippage is the bane of gamers everywhere, but with
the Ratpad it is literally a thing of the past. Underneath
the pad are eight rubber feet that securely hold the pad down
on your desk. Bottom line is, this pad is NOT going ANYWHERE.
It's actually quite difficult to move it across the desk at
all without picking it up, and I've found that the keyboard
will ride up the mousepad instead of vice versa. No matter
what amount of ridiculous mouse thrashing you do, the Ratpad
will stand it's post better than anything else I've seen.
Ahh the part we've all been waiting for, all this is great
but how much does the Ratpad actually help gaming performance?
The answer is, QUITE a bit. Just using it around the desktop,
it took me a few minutes to get used to it's smoothness and
precision. The first game I loaded up was Tribes, which demands
a great deal of accuracy for shooting small targets, as well
as wide sweeping movements. In both these tasks the Ratpad
performed wonderfully. My shots were much more accurate, and
due to it's greatly increased sensitivity, I could perform
180's effortlessly. The pad performs just as well in Quake
3, my rail shots were more dead on then usual, and making
quick tight turns in cramped hallways is much easier. It will
take a little while to get used to the increased sensitivity
the Ratpad gives you, and some of you might even need to turn
your mouse sensitivity down a bit, but after a little while
you'll be playing better than ever. Not once during an entire
afternoon of arduous playtesting (har har), did I ever run
off the mousepad, and for once I didn't have to keep picking
up and moving the mouse every couple minutes. The Ratpad stayed
firmly in place and kept itself pristinely clean. I couldn't
believe I was using the same mouse, compared to my generic
cloth pad, the Ratpad breathed new life into my battle scarred
list of the Ratpad's features goes on and on. It is fully
compatible with optical mice, and actually would be a pretty
good idea because of it's very low friction against the mouse
feet. Also, gaming is not it's only function, this pad also
works very well for graphic's art stuff as my brother found
out, and works well for real time strategy due to it's accuracy
and sensitivity. It's only real detriment could be it's size.
While it's size is really a great feature for gamers, it can
also be a difficult problem for those of you with limited
desk space. I would definately advice measuring out enough
space before ordering one if you aren't sure. Also, if you
don't quite have the space or are one of those people who
like having their entire hand on the mousepad, you can always
rotate it on it's side and frag away.
for those of you who are skeptical that a mousepad can make
much of a difference in your gaming, THINK AGAIN! Not only
is a good mousepad essential for proper gaming, it's every
bit as important of an investment as your mouse is! And if
you ask me, whether you're a casual gamer, a hard core competitor,
a photoshop freak, or just a computer user who wants a quality
product that will dominate with it's coolness, the absolute
hands down best overall mousepad (and handy-dandy replacement
kitchen utensil) is the Ratpad. It owns me completely, and
soon it'll own you too. >evil laughter, gong sound<
I can say is Amen Brotha Spoon! He left nothing out that I
would say other than that I have had serious 0wNaGe on Quake
III Arena since using this mousing surface. It improved my
game by giving me a smoother, faster controllable area. And
I no longer fall off of my mousing surface in my mad rage
profound gratitude to Kyle
Bennet of Ratpadz
for allowing us to test and write about his product.
with the MailBag!!!
Null Skin Error in Quake 2
I'm hoping you can help me - or direct me to a site that has
the info. I've been playing Q2 Multiplayer, well since it
first came out. About 2 months ago I started getting Null
Skin Errors when I play. Sometimes it's just an annoying stream
of messages - other times it shuts the game off completely.
This happens in Lithuim II servers, Xatrix servers - all servers
that I play on at least. I get a picture of some gold and
black skin that I don't even seem to have in skins file. When
I've asked, the other players list a whole bunch of skins
- so I don't think it is just one. I have a PII 333, 56K modem
and am using a Voodoo3 2000 card. I don't know if something
got changed in one of my files - or I have a bunch of bad
skins or what.
help would be appreciated.
seems to happen a lot to people. And the fix makes us all
feel silly. You need to look in your C:\Quake2\baseq2\players
folder. Make sure there are no loose files in that folder.
ONLY folders within that folder. Any erroneous files floating
around will render the skins in the players folder virtually
Mouse Look Q3A
way to activate mouse look in Q3A so the mouse does not perpetually
look around while in motion?
you need to have the Point
Release installed. With the Point Release came the ability
to turn off free look. Go into the Q3A menu, Setup>Controls>Look
and turn free look off.