Please note that updates before the year 2000 are from the old
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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
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Archived News for August 1999
I've added a new
piccy to the gallery. This one is by 68030 and has a magical twist
Map, map, map
31/08/1999 - 10:30:06 (220.127.116.11)
I've also released
a Quake map! I've made some maps before for Quake, but this is my first
attempt at something half decent (I use that term loosely). So here it
is, phdm1 - Vaguely Interesting available from Fileplanet
for 1-on-1 and 3 to 4 in FFA. Style wise its a mix of Stecki's Peace and
Love Incorporated and Timeless by Laerth. The map does look a bit dark
in software Quake but its not too bad. Heres a couple of screen shots to
keep you amused while you download it.
Now heres something
you're looking at Pingu's excellent map Rediscovered Fantasies. Now, don't
be fooled by those 'other guys' over at PQ. Whatever they may say about
goofy kangeroo jumping gameplay, lemme tell you it rocks. Two hours of
4 player FFA with the bots, and another hour and half with 3 other 'real'
people earns this map the title of 'kick ass.' It looks great, and the
play is quite fun. It has a variety of playing surfaces, strong verticle
element, and fits into a nice small package. Kick ass work Pingu, your
comments were said by Peek
on his site. All I can say is that from the what you've said, it sounds
like you're playing a different map! Can I have a copy? I see Damaul sides
with Peek on this, also saying my comments are goofy. Well not to be outdone,
Frib goes with me on this one. Here is what he said in an irc chat (hope
he doesn't mind me quoting him):
hmm I agree with you on the rf review
just wasn't that much fun
we played it 1on1 and with 3 player ffa
wasn't exactly inspiring
then we played p3a and that was awesome fun
Not to get
into a bitching war with either Pingu or Peek, but I personally do not
think this is Pingu's best work. Whilst some of the architecture is amazing,
the q3a textures are horrible (you all know that I can't stand them in
q3a, so in Quake its just as bad). The layout, as I pointed out in the
review, is disjointed and alot of bouncing about is required. I also didn't
mention that a couple of spots are cramped (YA area for instance) and thats
something I don't like. A guys gotta have room! RF just doesn't get the
juices going like p3a or a2. Agree or disagree, let me know, I'll put up
some whackass poll chart thingy if I get enough emails.
Doh! My apologies
to Iikka for spelling your name incorrectly in yesterdays update. Thanks
go to Vigilante for pointing that out to me.
26/08/1999 - 10:29:05 (18.104.22.168)
To the cries of
"Do some reviews, you lazy ass" from Shambler and Co, I deliver this mixed
bag of 6 Quake reviews.
25/08/1999 - 10:28:10 (22.214.171.124)
Well its all
change here at MPQ when it comes to Quake 2 reviews. My evil plan to banish
them for good has not quite worked though. The situation for Quake 2 reviews
stands as follows. I was originally going to bin them altogether, and I
may still do so. Monsto however came up with a suggestion which may involve
some new reviewers for Quake 2 maps. Now this is being discussed at the
moment. If it works out the Quake 2 reviews will continue, otherwise I
will stop doing them here.
Whilst on the
subject of Quake 2, Rush has now gone over to Inspection
to do Quake 2 reviews. So expect an in-depth review of Pain Elemental in
the next week or so.
Now I'm somewhat
busy in the next week and a bit. I have a job interview, an exam to resit
and some software to write for a deadline so I'm going to occupied with
all that. Once thats over though, I'm going to sort out this damn site.
Its become a big mess and I'm going to try and sort things out. I might
even go about doing a bit of face lift and improve how things look.
not much is going on. I must however mention that Odd
has opened a page for his
Quake maps. So make sure you pop over and take a look at those. SmallPileofGibs
has released a Quake 2 SP map called Small
Pile of Gibs.(2,076Kb).
Its meant to be pretty amazing, and it should be, its taken ages to make.
These prefectionists =).
has released a couple of Quake 2 maps. IKDM7
- An Angular Atrium.(178Kb)
- Return of the Elder God.(860Kb).
The first is a compact duel map which is pretty good. Personally I think
the coloured lighting is a bit OTT but other than that its cool. The gel
lava effect is also worth mentioning. IKDM8 on the other hand, is a huge
map which is meant for 16 to 24 peeps. I do like Ikka's comment next to
map : "I don't know if there are enough Quake2
players left in the world to make use for this map, though" Hehe.
I think I can disagree, with amount of new Quake 2 maps coming out there
is easily enough people still out there. Anyway, I had ago with some Eraser
bots and its not bad. There isn't much detail though. Its also very grey
looking. There is a very interesting piece of architecture though, its
very similar to the huge pulsating tree I've seen
in the Q3A screen shots.
Its good to
see the Shambler
is keeping the old SP site going. I mean, I'd be devastated if I saw his
email signature go under 10 lines =P.
Dammit. I had
something really good to moan about and I've forgotten what it was. That
Rush has popped
by with a Quake 2 review of Pain Elemental.
Looks like he likes it.
17/08/1999 - 10:27:21 (126.96.36.199)
I've also sorted
out the Shambler contest, so without further ado here are the results:
has been given his 20 groats as first prize and has bought a shed load
of sweeties, which he won't share =(. Now I'd like to open it up as a gallery
of Shambler art. You send in a picture and it gets added! I'll be adding
some funky photos of the Shambler later on in the week.
Controller has released this extremely cool looking piece, The
Ministry of Love. Expect a review soon.
things have got off to a good start at Multiplayer
Daikatana. It's now been officially announced on PDKT. I'm interested
to see what response it gets.
emailed me saying the counter was fixed. Correct it has been, I asked for
them to reset it you see =). Thanks to GSN peeps for that. All two seconds
of a job.
What a busy Sunday
I've had. I think you can probably excuse me though for being a day late
though with the 2 Quake reviews and the new
Featured Author Interview of guf. (Thanks guf!)
You see I've just added a review of p3a - Domination by Pingu to Inspection
and I've just opened a new site on Planet
Daikatana called, surprisingly, Multiplayer
15/08/1999 - 10:26:56 (188.8.131.52)
has been a little tight I haven't had time to sort out the Shambler pictures.
I will though. I'll announce the winner later on in the week. Also I uploaded
the corrected crapdm01 review. Had to rewrite it since I managed to really
ball things up.
has recently released an SP Quake map called Moonlight
Assault. Pretty good. Its maybe a little to bland in some spots but
other than that it looks very good. It also took me a few goes at finishing
the map because it does get a little choatic.
I was in irc
the otherday when Peej popped in. He asked where he could get the Daikatana
demo from and I obilgied by dishing out some links. Unfortunately due to
them being fileplanet ones they're about 3 lines long. So after I'd done
this, Zan "the voice of reason" dropped in with this:
I wanted to type that too!
I am, on occasion,
Dangerous is really beginning to bug me, and bug is the word. I'm now in
the second country on the fourth mission. The problem is the damn game
keeps bombing out on me. I've checked for help and patches and what not
but there is nothing. I already have the 1.1 patch and that seems to do
Here is some news
which people may not like. Due to the huge amount of Quake 2 maps coming
in we have devised a new system of reviewing. Now we don't want to turn
away any map we get so heres how it will work. Maps of a quality of grade
C- and above will get the normal review style. Maps of a quality below
C- will get a short mini review consisting of 1 paragraph and no screen
shots. If you have any comments on that then direct them this
13/08/1999 - 10:26:11 (184.108.40.206)
I should have
a couple of top maps reviewed by tomorrow night and a new featured author
interview! And I'll sort out the crapdm01 review since I messed it up!
Okay dokay here
is a Quake 2 review from Rush and 8
Quake reviews from meself. Its mostly a bunch of average maps with
the odd exception being ProdigyXL's
12/08/1999 - 10:25:44 (220.127.116.11)
I would like
to say a big congratulations to Pingu
on getting a job at Rebellion.
For those pondering as to who they are they made Alien vs Predator and
Rainbow 6. Speaking of AvP, the official
AvP site has opened. It looks like a joint venture between Rebellion,
Fox and Stomped. Anyway, I'm really looking forward to seeing the maps
he creates there on whatever projects he works on. Well done and good luck,
yah swine =).
Send them in. Please! Pretty please?
like the counter is b0rked. Its been set back to zero which is a bit of
pisser. I'll go shout at someone and get it sorted out.
Over at Peej'n'Fribs,.Frib
has pointed out an interesting article
on camping. Frib makes his opinion on it very clear, basically stating
the author is talking out of his arse. I totally agree with him on this.
Camping is not on. I think someone should create a mod which if a player
camps for too long it wheel clamps to the spot and removes all player control,
then alerts all other players of their whereabouts via sirens and text.
Yeah... Clamp-a-fugging-camper. What a good idea!
There is an
excellent article on 3D Action Planet (shock, horror! 3DAP with original
site content) about John
Carmacks lecture at the QuakeCon 99. Very interesting reading.
I see madness
has taken over the Qboard. The thread of interest is Maps
I made. Absolutely brillaint. I've refrained from entering my comments
on it just because its become a bollocks fest now. Another, more sensible,
thread worth mentioning is 'Mapping'
history set up by Peekaboom.
Seems to have switched towards Doom editing at moment. Which was something
I really loved doing. Maybe I should have another go at making a Quake
I have a love,
hate relationship with Real Jukebox. On the one hand its good that I can
just waste nearly 2 and a half Gigs worth of space by recording some of
my CD collection onto the computer so I can easily listen to it without
messing about and swapping CD's. The annoying thing is when Windows decides
to do some swap file caching or when I load up a program I get Rapmaster
Fugwit stuttering from it. Its also annoying when listening to a mix CD,
when it gets to the end of track you have a pause whilst it loads up the
next track. The idea of a mix CD is for music to seamlessly blend together.
I thought it
was about time I started to tidy things up on my computer. So I moved the
2 months of emails (1000+) in my inbox to the correct areas only to get
30 more in today. I dunno. I also decided to sort out my download dir.
I got a bit of shock when I saw its was nearing the 900Mb. Thats in the
5 months since I got this new computer. Not bad though, works out as 180Mb
a month! Its all these damn Quake maps that do it.
regarding error in review.
09/08/1999 - 10:25:16 (18.104.22.168)
We at Multiplayer
would like to inform you,
the general public, the ugly
general public, of a mistake in the Quake 2 review of Imminent Demise originally
aired on 08/08/99. Mr Rush, the reviewer, of the aforementioned map f**ked
up and said there were problems with the teleporters in the map when indeed
there are none. Zero. Zip. Jack all. Please do accept our most humblest
of apologies on this matter and we hope to do it again, erm... sorry, we
hope not to do this again =).
Here are 5
Quake 2 reviews. Looks like a good bunch of maps. No Quake reviews
this weekend because I'm busy with work and other stuff.
08/08/1999 - 10:24:05 (22.214.171.124)
there wasn't a 250,000 visitor to the site. Oh well.
keep those Shambler pictures coming in.
One week later
and back to the Fileplanet check:
Downloads : 1498.
Up 91! Holy
$%£^. I is completely baffled.
There is an
interview with Paul Steed on PlanetQuake.
written an extremely good article on old
Quake maps. I've got most of them, that probably explains why my Quake
map folder is 400Mb+ =). 5 years of Quake maps!
Pingu is writing
on the making of his SP Half-Life map. Its interesting the process gone
through when making a map.
I now have
Hidden and Dangerous. What a fuggin hard game. I can't even finish the
first mission. It might help though if I read the manual on how to play
instead of running in Quake style guns ablazing. Then there is Midtown
Madness. I've not had the chance to play it since Kable is hogging the
CD for it but it looks really cool. Kind of a mix of Driver and Carmaggedon.
I saw Austin
Powers 2 earlier in the week. Now that is one funny film, half of the
gags are from the first film, but that didn't stop me from laughing. Storywise
its completely supid and is full of holes but its not about that. Well
worth watching if you liked the first one, or just find the word Shagadelic
In a bid to kill
me, Rush has done 2 more Quake 2 reviews!
Spank you again Rush
03/08/1999 - 10:23:39 (126.96.36.199)
coming up to the 250K visitor mark. Make sure you check the counter
to see what number you get. If you get 250,000 then save a picture of it
as proof and I'll put your name in lights on the site, for what its worth
=). (Yes I have cut and pasted this from yesterday, it hasn't been up
long enough for people to read!!)
"Draw the Shambler" contest is still going. I've had a few in and they
are seriously funny. Here are the rules for those who missed it first time
1. Draw a
picture of what you think the Shambler
looks like in Real Life
3. JPG format.
4. Email it
Here are two
new Quake 2 review by Rush. Contrasting maps, one is really good and
the other is really, really, really bad.
02/08/1999 - 10:22:56 (188.8.131.52)
New month, clean
slate. For old news check the Archives. Now
here are 7 Quake reviews, well almost ;), and
4 Quake 2 reviews, from Cauterizer, Rush and
Wheres me washboard?
01/08/1999 - 10:21:37 (184.108.40.206)
has opened his own author site. Gonzo's Graveyard is its name and the screen
shots of Warfare 3 look very tasty. I'm looking forward to playing it.
has re-designed his site... again! Back in is the Quake 3 player. I love
the logo. Very cool. Shambler getting shot gunned =). I also like the way
he has connected it up to PeejnFrib
so that he gets the headlines of the latest news there. Speaking of PnF,
I see ProdigyXL
now adds news there... looks like they'll have to rename the site.
Downloads : 1407.
You know thats
just not funny. I mean how! Why? /me explodes.
Bad news on
the review archive front. I had all the map names in a program which with
the click of a button files out a new alphabetically sorted index, unfortunately
I've lost the program and the database which had all stuff stored in. Dammit!
Back to the drawing board.
.plan update is interesting, if completely unrelated.
So, I've played
a few games against humans--time to play the world!
a parody of the Kasparov vs. the World site, which is at:
with me playing
the world! This is the chess game for "the rest of us":
Well, if you're
gonna suck, why not suck in public? :)
The site has
a brief description of the rules of chess, so even if you don't know chess,
you can learn. Or you can vote like sheep for one of the moves the
analysts suggest. Woo hoo!
are all characters from the Bricks in Anachronox. It's all in good
fun, and it should be interesting to see how the game goes.
My chess skills
are pretty crappy, but I've sent in my vote for the next move.
Its good to
see John Carmack is regularly updating his .plan file again. The most recent
ones have been of updates to q3a, but its insteresting to see whats happening
mouse with one that works now. I'd be using the one which came with my
puter which was ok, but had a decidedly cheap feel to it. Now I'm back
with the good Intellimouse. For a change I thought I'd try out the USB
version it, its certainly moves alot faster than a normal mouse.
Also got Ronin
on DVD. Cool film. I'd not watched it properly on video but had heard about
the extremely cool car chase in the film. What is good about DVD edition
is the directors commentary of the film. I watched the car chase scenes
with it on and he would tell you loads of cool facts about why he'd done
this, that and the other.