Please note that updates before the year 2000 are from the old
site and have been entered on the site purely for entertainment value.
They've been put in exactly as they were on the old site
(except for screen shots) so any listed site links are probably wrong
and some of the colours will look plain awful. You have been warned :)
Archived News for May 1999
No Quake reviews
this weekend. I'm taking a little break this weekend if you don't mind
=). I've add this page to the site, basically
its how I go about reviewing maps. Also, I may have some Quake 2 stuff
up soon though. I've changed the news ticker to a different one. Some people
have had problems with it and this one seems a little more reliable.
29/05/1999 - 09:30:36 (22.214.171.124)
certainly been some wacky goings on this weekend. What with XLProdigy closing
his site and effectively leaving the mapping scene and Zan spamming
the Qboard and making a mess. If you're going to take a peek at the Qboard
just be prepared to encounter a shed load of bitchy comments. Looks like
everyones in a strop this week. Must be something in the water...
the weird theme, we have this
moron who has covered his computer in mineral oil then used some cooling
apparatus to keep his machine at -40 C. So that when he overclocks it doesn't
get hot. I've had an unusually large amount of wack emails this week. One
was from a guy asking about maps but gave the impression he was trying
to hit on me, you're weird! Then there was the normal 1 per week
Quake 2 review request... anyone know Polish?
The PQ peeps
have had some interesting things up this week. The first thing is a Doom
2000 article (nabbed this link from Pingu)
by Fragmaster which to me looks like a load of old bollocks, but hey what
do I know. The second
thing is about the changing of the content editor. Reason I looked
at it is because the pictures are pretty funny.
has updated with a monster update giving comments on all thats new and
what Taskmaster (the guy who started MPQ) is upto? Well go read this
interview he did for BarrysWorld. Can some enlighten me as to whats
happening with BarrysWolrd? The last thing I heard was that they were closing
The ever friendly
put this ickle message up on his site, "Paul
over at the always friendly MPQ has started multi-reviews."
Thank you Wrath, no point in being a grumpy bastard is there =P.
article on John
Carmack and John Romero article on MSNBC.
I forgot to
mention I got my bleem!
key cd earlier in the week. Was it worth the $40 (US) and 4 weeks of waiting.
Erm... at the moment no. The 3D hardware support is abysmal. I have my
system setup as it requires. Latest D3D drivers for both my TNT and Voodoo2.
The V2 gives a really bad picture, well actually I wouldn't call it a picture,
just green and yellow dots. The TNT does look cool but runs extremely slow
and the graphics flicker so much its enough to give you a fit. The sound
is jerky as well, as are the movies. I wouldn't mind so much if it wasn't
for the fact I've had to ball up some Windows settings to "try" to get
to work. For example, turning off the Read-ahead on the cd drive. Now it
runs extremely slow for anything but bleem! I'm hoping with future versions
things will improve drastically. I'd ask for a refund but its not worth
all the hassle.
Heres two new
Author Interviews. Thank you to Renegade and Junior for taking part.
You may have noticed the news ticker just above this update. It gives details
on the latest news here and by clicking on it, it will take you to the
actual article mentioned. Tell
me what you think of it.
New Featured Author Interview
26/05/1999 - 09:29:43 (126.96.36.199)
else has mentioned it I will to. John Carmack has changed the splash damage
for the rockets. Wahoo! Heres the snippet from his .plan
rocket damage radius from 120 to 150 units
I was messing
around with the
Dialectizer and put in the bit on my chat with
the wall. See if you can make sense of it =).
Now ah's once
agin a-gonna explain sumpin. Deja vu ennyone? ah's *hopin'* this
hyar will be th' final time ah have t'do this. I've menshuned this hyar
quite a few times an' it is clearly menshuned on th' submit levels page.
ARE NOT ACCEPTING REVIEW REQUESTS FOR Quake 2 FOR THE TIME BEING.
t'further explain, this hyar means at th' moment we does not be hankerin'
review requests fo' Quake 2 send in, as enny fool kin plainly see. Not
in enny shape o' fo'm, dawgone it. Thet said eff'n yo' kin getcher houn'dog
t'talk th' requess to us, then thet'd be right fine. Ennyway, th' last
bit means eventually we will be acceppin' agin an' ah will put a fuggin'
trimenjus notice up in bright neon writin' t'say so. Ok. Shet mah mouth!..
unnerstood, cuss it all t' tarnation... acshully ah bet this hyar wall
behind mah computer unnerstan's better than some of yo' varmints, yo' knows
whut, I'll ax it...
Hey wall, kin ah ax yo' a quesshun?
Wall : Sho'nuff
thin', fire away.
Ok, whut does th' phrase "We is not acceppin' review requests fo' Quake
2 fo' th' time bein'" mean t'yo'?
Wall : Wal
ah reckon it means thet at th' moment yo' doesn't be hankerin' enny requests
in whilst yo' git th' backlog cleared, cuss it all t' tarnation. Once thets
done though yo' will be acceppin' them, dawgone it. Thet right?
Spot on, as enny fool kin plainly see.
Wall : ah
also reckon thet eff'n yo' did git enny, yo'd jest bin them, dawgone it.
See whut yo'
varmints haf done t'me, yo've driven me *MAD*. ah's talkin' t'inanimate
objecks now... lock me up now... Oh an' one further thin', ah bet yo' type
of varmints haf other problems, like wif corntrollin' yer bodily funckshuns.
ah recommend yo' read this
hyar page sevahal times, it c'd save yo' a whole lot of mess.
Here are 3
new Quake reviews of Mr
Fribbles latest Quake maps, as reviewed by that loveable penguin, Pingu.
Christian has also done 2 Quake 2 reviews for
your reading pleasure.
Frib and The Penguin Attack
25/05/1999 - 09:29:02 (188.8.131.52)
came up with this
link in a IRC chat. Its an amazing piece of ASCII art of the Linux
Just a mention
for a new section we're running on the site. Its called "Your
Reviews" and it lets you write your own reviews which will then be
put up here on the site. For more details read the Your
24/05/1999 - 09:28:16 (184.108.40.206)
(Now if anyone
thinks I've just shamelessly ripped this idea of the qboard then you'd
be right, so there =P).
Okay Dokay. Heres
some Quake and Quake 2
reviews. I would have had more but its a case of broken download links
again. I've given the links page a quick cleaning.
Also here is the running order for the Featured Author articles :
More knackered links fixed
23/05/1999 - 09:24:37 (220.127.116.11)
I'd like suggestions
for more authors, if you have any ideas then please do email
I am once again going to explain something. Deja vu anyone? I am *hoping*
this will be the final time I have to do this. I've mentioned this quite
a few times and it is clearly mentioned on the submit levels page. WE
ARE NOT ACCEPTING REVIEW REQUESTS FOR Quake 2 FOR THE TIME BEING. Now
to further explain, this means at the moment we do not want review requests
for Quake 2 send in. Not in any shape or form. That said if you can get
your dog to talk the request to us, then that would be cool. Anyway, the
last bit means eventually we will be accepting again and I will put a fugging
big notice up in bright neon writing to say so. Ok... understood... actually
I bet this wall behind my computer understands better than some of you
people, you know what, I'll ask it...
Paul : Hey
wall, can I ask you a question?
Wall : Sure
thing, fire away.
Paul : Ok,
what does the phrase "We are not accepting review requests for Quake 2
for the time being" mean to you?
Wall : Well
I think it means that at the moment you don't want any requests in whilst
you get the backlog cleared. Once thats done though you will be accepting
them. That right?
Paul : Spot
Wall : I also
think that if you did get any, you'd just bin them.
Paul : Yeap.
See what you
people have done to me, you've driven me *MAD*. I'm talking to inanimate
objects now... lock me up now... Oh and one further thing, I bet you type
of people have other problems, like with controlling your bodily functions.
I recommend you read this
page several times, it could save you a whole lot of mess.
=). Some sad news. Yesterday marks the end of an era in map reviews. Ramshackle
has now closed. Very little is explained as to what bought about this,
other than the well used "its time to move on" phrase. The site will be
sorely missed for its unique style of reviews. I thought things were just
getting going again there since the site had its new look. Not to be though.
Good luck to Jeff and Ramshackle crew on whatever they do next.
Now I've also
heard that Deathmaps which was run by Dohnut has closed. I'm hoping we're
aren't going to see a sudden collapse in review type sites. Whilst we do
a lot of reviews here its not really of the indepth type. Now I was trying
to get something similar going here but my efforts has been stopped by
the people involved disappearing. If anyone is interested in doing such
a thing here then drop
me a line so we can discuss it further. I would like to make clear
that MPQ isn't going anywhere, I intent on being around so I can review
Quake 3 Arena maps =).
is well and truly back. Not only did he release two maps earlier in the
week but he has released a third map, Maelstrom
(305Kb), and has done the biggest update on
his site that I've ever seen.
has changed the look on his site, again! If you like orange then you're
in for a treat here.
For all those
tweak monkeys out there you'll probably want to see this
page, its a tweak guide for the q3test which is aimed at Voodoo3 owners.
Most of the stuff on the list though isn't V3 only, so anyone can use the
I spotted on
Friday that Unreal is now a year old. Like hooray and stuff. It still sucks
in deathmatch but at least it a little less buggy now.
Quake 2 reviews from Monsto and 9 Quake reviews
by Pingu. I've also uploaded 3 new Featured Author Interviews
by Fat Controller, Tyrann
and Wrath. If you're wondering where
the side bar link to the Featured Author stuff has gone to, its now under
Look at the source for this update, its nbsp hell
20/05/1999 - 09:23:47 (18.104.22.168)
I've also edited
the "unedited" chat log about the q3test.
Mr Shambler "sir" asked for the irreverent bits to be removed (ie. where
he spoke about beetles =p). I've also added another irc
chat log. This one is not meant to be intelligent, just funny.
has released not one but two Quake maps! Wahoo! They are efdm9: Tangerine
Dream (347Kb) and
Both are very original looking and
probably play just as well as they look, not that I know yet since I've
not played them. My fav out the two as far as style is concerned is efdm9
due its more industrial type look. I'm not a big fan of the Hexen 2 style
which is used in efdm10.
In Johnny's Maps Folder??" contest is now closed. The answers
are now available and i was kicking myself at some of them. Like for example
map 41, Argonaut
(370Kb). In the final scores I dropped another
place down to 5th. Biggus did jump up the charts to knock us all down one.
Oh well. I really wanted one of those Quake action figures =). Anyway I'd
just like to thank Johnny for running the contest. I really enjoyed scratching
my head working out those map names. I don't think we'll see Johnny running
a similar contest for Quake 2 though...
Duel Challenge is also finished and Skorpion was kind enough to email
me the results, which are below.
closed Wednesday, May 19,1999 at 12:00 hrs (eastern time)
Mr. Stone 89 frags
place: [Smash]-Flash 72 frags
64 frags (tied)
64 frags (tied)
Touffi 47 frags
Who3v3r 42 frags
22 frags (tied)
Rushking 22 frags
NightOne 10 frags
YellowBelly -4 frags
has redesigned his site again =). Its extremely cool and I agree with Peej
that "I just go to mess about with the scrolly thing". Go on try it, you
know you want to...
Heres a site
you just *HAVE* to visit! Its a Quake clan site for the Green
Nuns of the Revolution. Go to the site and run the Shockwave intro.
Its bloody brilliant!!! It had me in stitches.
opened this week. Why is what I ask? It covers the news which Redwood,
Scary and Blue (and co) already cover. I thing maybe they've gone a little
too far with this one.
Heres a new batch
of 7 Quake reviews and 2 Quake
2 reviews from Agent Orange. Also there are two new Featured
Author Interviews by Pingu and Aardappel and a new
rant about the q3test. I should, hopefully, be doing some more Featured
A bit of both
16/05/1999 - 09:22:37 (22.214.171.124)
Now I'm going
to make this as clear as possible. We are not accepting Quake 2 reviews.
I have no idea as to when we will resume accepting Quake 2 reviews. I'd
like to give a date but its unfair not only on the reviewers since it puts
pressure on them but also on you because its most likely the date I would
give would be incorrect and you'd all be annoyed. You will know when we
are accepting reviews because I will personally email each and everyone
one of you that visits the site. Well... ok, I won't email but just keep
popping by the site to check.
I've been messing
about with the index file for the IE version of the
site. You'll probably notice now that its more adjustable and better to
read. I finally got around to adding a contact page
for the site. If you want to know what we do here and want to email us
individually then thats the page to go read.
Peej has an
article up on his site about his first
impressions of the q3test. Interesting read. Also Jerkoff has released
a Quake map called Shroud
2: Anxiety (332Kb).
It a verison of a map called Shroud of the Fallen which is now decorated
in Quake 3 Arena textures.
of the q3test on whole is that its pretty good. I found it very easy to
get going. Its not as slow paced as Quake 2 but not as fast as Quake. I'm
just hoping id aren't trying to create some kind of Quake/Quake 2 mix.
It could end up being a real mess. There are some things that I'm not to
keen on, but everyone's a critic right =). The rockets could be a little
more beefy. At the moment they seem a little light and fluffy (if you can
call a rocket that) like rice crispies. Its just I feel at times I could
walk up to an opponent and cause more damage by farting on them.
My weekly look
at the Omicron
Duel Challenge shows some interesting things have happened. Apparently
Quanchi who had a score of 112 has been disqualified. I emailed Skorpion
to find out exactly what he'd done. Apparently he broke practically every
rule in book from changing his movement speed to fiddling with the demo
file. Oh well. Now this means Rum is now at the top of scoreboard with
107 and that Danimal is in second with 91. Theres just one week left and
there are a load of people who haven't submitted demos yet. I'm wondering
how the final scores will come out.
In Johnny's Maps Folder??" contest is now coming to a close. I've now
dropped down to 4th since Bal and Notorious Ray have jumped ahead of me.
Oh well. I'm looking forward to seeing all the map names once the contest
has finished because I'd really like to get hold of some of them.
has now merged with Stomped.
So he now helps provide the news for the Stomped site. What is weird, is
that apparently he's doing this full-time. Does this mean he's left his
full-time job and now gets paid to help run a news site? Geesh easy life...
Theres a good
interview with John
Carmack about 3D accelerators on GameCentre... sorry GameCenter. On
the subject of 3D accelerators Brian
Hook has posted some q3test benchmarks earlier on in the week which
are worth looking at.
the final build of bleem!
is now available for download. My question is "Where the f**k is my bleem!
I broke my
intellimouse yesterday. I was having problems with it. It would just refuse
to move left or right and the only movement I got out of it was up and
down. I tried to sort it out but got a tad annoying and smashed it. Oops!
Now I'm back to using the crappy mouse I got with my computer. Doh!
Heres a couple
of Quake 2 reviews.
Shortest Update Ever
12/05/1999 - 09:21:03 (126.96.36.199)
I've fixed the
download link for Kaffe
& Kaka 2.0. I also fixed the link to the Top 10 Reviews in IE version
of the site. Thanks Tyrann.
Sticky back plastic
10/05/1999 - 09:20:23 (188.8.131.52)
major problems id will be releasing the Q3ATest. About bloody time =).
The final two
sets of pictures for the "What's
In Johnny's Maps Folder??" contest are now up. As of this update I'm
in 2nd with 120, but we're all expecting BiGGuS to beat everyone and take
the number one spot.
09/05/1999 - 09:19:37 (184.108.40.206)
added some bits to a couple of reviews, namely A2
: Return to Atlantis and Curved Stone.
Just some things I meant to put in but forgot =).
I've also added
a Top 10 reviews section to the site.
If you're new to the site or have not been coming here very long then this
will probably interest you. If you're an author you can see where your
map is and be all smug if its in there.
new Quake reviews and 2 Quake reviews.
The plans for
the webboard are coming along nicely. We're running some tests to see how
quickly we can break it. I'm unsure as to when it'll go live but I'll keep
I've also fixed
a load of download links in the Quake reviews and archives. Thanks go to
Doug Burmeister for pointing out those broken links, didn't know they're
were so many!!! Heres list of those I've fixed and not fixed. If anyone
knows what the correct links for the unfixed ones are, please do email
I can't believe I've not mentioned yet. Its a guess the map contest called
In Johnny's Maps Folder??" There are a hundred different Quake maps
from which you have to guess the bsp name. Yours truly isn't doing too
badly, I'm 3rd. I'm a bit annoyed since I recognise at least 5 more maps
but just can't remember or find their names!
Heres an interesting
Quake map you might want to check out. Its been given the short title of
- The Not-so-long Yard (quake1 conversion of a q3 map) (402Kb).
Kinda sums it up. All the textures have been ported and from the screenshots
I've seen of the original it looks pretty faithful.
A new version
for Quake 2 is now out. Its now at v2.60. If thats your bag then go download
something weird has happened at Quakeintosh.
The reason I mention it is because I was going get one of Juniors maps
but found the site no longer exists. Junior, if you're out there please
do tell me and tell me where your site is =).
Duel Challenge continues. The top spot has now been taken by Quanchi
with a whooping score of 112! Danimal seems to have jumped up the the scoreboard
as well, he is currently in third with a score of 92.
Theres an excellent
article about the Mac version of the Q3ATest up on Thresh's FiringSquad.
Well worth reading. Its only 20 pages long!!!
The Win32 version
of Q3ATest *should* (fingers crossed) be out on Sunday night. I've
been keeping track of .plan update the id guys have been doing and it looks
like the 3D card to have is the RivaTNT. See this .plan
update by Brian Hook to get the full picture. 3Dfx
have just released some drivers which are compatitable with the Test.
have a wicked sense of humour. I found the correct use
for an iMac. I couldn't agree more! Also this is cool looking site,
Contains loads of computer art.
just finished 3 Quake 2 reviews. Looks like they're
pretty good maps.
Quake 2 Reviews + Excellent Quake maps
06/05/1999 - 09:18:32 (220.127.116.11)
A couple of
excellent Quake maps have just been released. Peej's Strafin6
- Quake Addiction (180Kb)
and Pingu's Return
to Atlantis (363Kb).
Expect a review of Pingu's map, along with those other 5 I promised this
a new site called FilePlanet.
This site contains over 9000 files for loads of different games. If you
ever need a patch you'll know where to get it from! Now why the hell wasn't
this site done earlier?
I finally got
hold of the KingPin demo of the cover disk for PC Zone. Wow! Very impressive.
Its looks unbelievable. I like the way all the swearing is bleeped out,
but if you put captions on you can read the swearing. Doh!
Thanks go to
Robert Baeuml for letting me know that the Linux version of the Q3A Test
does work on SuSe Linux.
Heres a batch
of 6 Quake reviews for yah. Should have another
5 up later this week. Cauterizer has also come up with a couple of Quake
02/05/1999 - 09:17:14 (18.104.22.168)
will no doubt know that the Linux version of the Quake 3 Arena test is
out. I'm just wondering as to which versions/brands of Linux the test can
run on. I heard that Redhat and SuSe can't run it.
has moved from his Uni site over to the good old Planet Quake network.
Nifty looking site. Theres also a link on Pingu's site to a guide on DHTML.
Pretty impressive stuff.
site back to good old Geocities (didn't we all start there?). I'll
leave it to him to explain why. The main reason I mention his site though
is because he's got some screenies up on some maps he's working on and
its fugging cool stuff.
Not much has
happened this week on the mapping front this week. Frib
is working on a map and Peej
is beta testing Strafin6 (yes I nabbed that news from Pingu's site =P).
I've heard Headshot
has plans for a second incarnation of the Qboard. I don't know whats planned
but its meant to pretty good.
is really heating up in the Omicron
Duel Challenge. The top spot is taken by someone called Rum with an
unbelievable score of 107 to 0 (0 being the bots score)! Watching the demo
just makes me dizzy.
I also I had
a look at this site
earlier on it in the week. Its full of tips and info about Quake. I fell
across it after the guy who ran it dropped some comments on not liking
the look of the site, he didn't actually mention he ran the aforementioned
site but a bit of detective work on my part digged that link up. Actually
hes the first people to complain in about the 40k thats visited since I
changed the look, so thats not too bad =P.
The 224 patch
for Unreal has finally been released! Maybe its release has something to
do with what Blue
said. Is the patch worth 7Mb download... no it isn't. Its crashing
more than 220 did, which is impressive.
q3atest, there is another game that I can't wait to get my hands on. Its
Black and White by LionHead Studios. Everytime I see a new article on it,
it just looks better and better. If you're interested have a read of this
article on the game over at Next Generation Online.
I was given
link earlier today. Its called the WebCrawler SearchVoyeur. Basically
you can see what people are searching for on WebCrawler. Some of stuff
is unbelievable! There were a load of I want models name nude piccys,
but some people do searchs for URL's. They put in an entire URL and search
for it! Wierd people! Heres a list of some of the non-rude ones (well other
than the last one) that made me laugh :
site that made me crack up laughing when I saw it. Y2K
for Women. Yes you read that correctly, a site that explains the Y2K
problem... for Women. I've got nothing against it, but its all very patronising
and assumes the reader to be stupid... ah... erm... I'll stop while I'm
ahead on this one. Sent flames here...
whats the best
way to fold towels
history of the
what is good remedy
for swollen feet
do you have for presents for my mother
The order I
sent for a copy of bleem!
(Playstation emulator for the PC) has been accepted so I should be getting
hold of that pretty soon. It costs just over $40's which isn't too bad.
It works out at about 25 quid.