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How To Play Quake 1 Like It’s 2011 (not 1999)

Features, Games and Gaming, Retrospectives

Seeing this recent post on RPS got me in the mood to do some singleplayer QuakeOneing. Just thinking about it gave me a shiver of anticipation, and I could hear the shotgun pow-tch-chk, the hiss and growl and roar and the clank-wobbleboom of grenades. That was it: the itch needed scratching. As soon as I got home from work, I got to re-installing.

But if you’re anything like me, you like a little modern gloss on the old warwagon. Leave the gameplay mechanics alone, but the shiny? I like the shiny!
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May the Mods be With You, a List of Star Wars Mods (Part 3)

Features, Games and Gaming, Retrospectives

In parts one and two we covered FPS and RTS Star Wars mods, respectively. Now it’s time for us to turn our attention to anything that doesn’t fit in those first two categories. There turns out to be not that much. Most games with modding tools are for those first two genres. Luckily, it turns out I missed a few mods in the first two parts, so I’ll include those here as well. Continue reading

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Has John Carmack Joined The Dark Side (In There) Or Lost The Plot (On That)? Part I

Features, Games and Gaming

John Carmack is, perhaps, the nearest thing to a demigod the gaming world can claim to have. Half man, half deity, touched by the hand of the eternal, wandering the earth, solving really hard math problems, Sisyphean, DOOMed forever like Leonardo (or any of the other ninja turtles) to eternally strive for a goal that can never be reached — to capture reality.

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Quake Live Has A Bad Idea

Games and Gaming, News

Quake Live is out of beta, and to ‘celebrate’, id software has rolled out two subscription plans to try and suck some money out of people still keen to play a 10-year old game. It’s a little bit ludicrous, I reckon. You can read on for some discussion of why I think so, beyond my usual crankiness and inveterate cheapness, and also for the details on the new subscriptions that will supplement the ‘Standard’ free version, which has been the only version until now. I might end up swearing a little bit, so there’s that to look forward to.

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