Here is a big
batch of freshly baked Quake reviews for you
to enjoy. Vigilante writes one of the reviews and it shouldn't be too hard
to spot which one =). (Thanks Vig!) There are some really good maps in
there as well as some maps that I didn't expect to be good.
I noticed this
interesting update on Peej
'n' Fribs last weekend.
I've already copped some criticism from a certain ungrateful bastard who
shall go unnamed, to the effect that I should post more news. Well what
the hell am I to do if there's nothing to post!!? Before you complain,
how about you go search for some news, and send it in to us, eh?
Frib you just
can't win. Now you know what its like to be on the end of it ;).
Pingu has released
I'm downloading it now. Comments later.
is now nicely settled at PQ with a funky new site. It took Kable ages to
get that design done. He kept changing it all the time. Also Kable said
you should be using the font arial, size -1 on your news updates because
otherwises its using the browser default which in this case is crappy Times
Scumbag Roman. Anyway he has some new screenies up on his site. I am extremely
glad we'll see the Special Edition of xl1dm4 because I had a rough beta
of it and the Quake 3/Kingpin texture set is so much better. The new map
that he is working on also looks pretty cool.
I think we
can also expect a flood of new maps in the next few days. Bal
has said he *may* (that guy loves to keep us waitng) be releasing
two new maps, or maybe he was joking? Then there is Mr
Excessus with exdm5 in the works.
there are some weird things going on at id. Brandon James, mapper, has
left. Heres what he said on the Giga-a-board.
Why did I
leave id Software? I'm not going to answer that. However, I will say that
I really needed time to get by myself, to pick up the hobbies (music, gaming,
etc) that I had put aside for far too long. As for any other reasons, I
will not talk about or answer those now or in the future.
The guys gotta
work though (well he probably doesn't have to since he's most likely loaded),
so it will be interesting as to where it turns up at.
then said this on the board.
Why did he
go? I don't know. That was his personal decision. But he wasn't fired or
anything even close to that. Let's make that clear. Frankly, we were all
pretty stunned by both his decision to leave and the timing of the decision.
I didn't find out until the following Monday. Brandon has a lot of varied
talents and I wish him well in whatever he chooses to do in the future.
How will this affect Quake 3? Brandon James's incomplete maps and other
responsibilities will be divided up between us. It does mean a bigger work
load for the rest of us, but that's what we get paid to do.
will be delayed a little. I do find it very odd why he left at this time
almost when the game is almost completed. He is kinda shitting on the people
I see that
has changed the colours on his page. Now it looks like someone has sneezed
all over it. Funky bright green links just look ugly.
has had an influx of newbies. A couple of daft threads and messages have
been posted but things will most likely calm down.
I got an email
earlier on in the week from head guy at the Choas mod. I downloaded it
a while back but haven't got round to playing it yet. Actually I have a
stack of Quake 2 mods that I haven't installed yet. Anyway by the magic
of the clip board here is the email, in its entirey, void of spelilng mistakes
Hi News Peoples!,
We have got
alot going on over here at Chaotic Dreams! As you may know, Major, our
new coder, has debugged and optomozed our mod already. He and Spa feel
that ver2 of Chaos should be out in 6 to 8 weeks. I will give you the lowdown
on our new version closer to its release date, but for now, there are a
couple of recent events that I'd like to announce.
is a whole new site design. Spa did an awesome job on it too. The artwork
is top notch. We also have several new features on our site.
We have expanded our online help/stategy guides
A voting poll will be in place soon
We have a live server page where you can jump on a server from.
We have had our 200,000th hit as well
Myself and BeelzeBubba have been accepted on the Chaotic Dreams team
the Chaotic Dreams site...
like to announce a new official Chaos mappack. The raYgunn team made it
for us and they rock! Even got a kickass CTF map in there too.
We have a Chaos
clan competition coming up on July 17th. If you mention this competition
please direct people to the Clan TnT website as they are the ones hosting
the competition. http://members.tripod.com/clan_tnt
by the way, is desperately lookin for someone to host them and get em off
it for now, but with all the new energy being poured into this project,
you will hear from us again, I assure you. Thank you in advance for any
coverage you provide.
Frag in Peace,
I saw the Matrix
earlier on in the week and its good movie. The special effects are amazing
and I thought the Agent Orange guy was brilliant. His accent was just stupid!
Also its only 7 days til Star Wars arrives on the sliver screen here in
the UK. The local cinema has 30+ showings of in on the first two days of
I've also had
chance to play some other computer games instead of Quake! First up are
a couple of Playstation games which are Driver and V-Rally 2. Both are
driving games (not that the titles don;t give them away).
Driver is set
in the 70's with the big funky American cars which handle like huge bricks.
The idea behind the game is pretty good. Doing bank jobs, ramming shop
fronts etc.. Unfortunately the game engine stinks! The draw ahead is rubbish
and pop-up is a regular occurance. Then you have the problem when you play
at night in the rain, the game slows to a crawl! So avoid it!
V-Rally 2 is
alot better. It has all of this years rally cars, so you are able to smash
up the new Ford Focus! Wahoo! The handling is much better than the first
V-Rally game, but instead of being twitchy its very happy to slide the
back end out. It feels very sluggish. Other than though its excellent,
lots of tracks and cars to crash.
I also have
couple of PC games to mention. They are Dungeon Keeper 2 and Descent 3.
DK2 looks superb and is much improved over the original. It doesn't really
offer anything new but its just done better that much better. Descent 3
is good as well. The engine has such clear and crisp graphics and the level
of details is top notch. The new outdoor sections really add to the game.
Unfortunately I still get confused as hell when playing since the machine
you're controlling have full movement on all axis. It also is one of those
games that give me a really bad headache after playing it. All the previous
Descent games did that. Maybe its because I'm required to think a little
All of this
makes me worry a little. Out of the 4 games mentioned 3 are sequels which
just consist of better execution of same idea with a little expansion.
Driver is fairly original but they have just screwed it up by having a
crap engine for it!