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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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This Is A Post About Rocket Arena 3

Games and Gaming, Retrospectives

I have a deep and abiding love for Rocket Arena 3. I believe that after all these years, it remains the pinnacle of pure, unadulterated deathmatch play, stripping away everything extraneous to get to the equisite, zen-like, blood-soaked core. The perfect meld of simplicity and depth, strategy and reflex, skill and ballistics. And, my love for Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 in recent times notwithstanding, RA3 remains the sweet stratospheric Everest of my long, long computer gaming career.
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