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Wednesday, October 13, 1999

Grapple Commentary

Essobie has a commentary up on PlanetQuake called CTF != The Grappling Hook. In it, he gives some compelling reasons for id not to include the grapple in Q3A's CTF. Definitely worth a read.

Mark Rein on Q3A vs. UT

In the Gamesmania UT interview, Epic's Mark Rein made one of the first sane comments I've heard about the whole Q3A vs. UT argument. Some people with too much time on their hands insist on arguing the merits of one or the other until they are blue in the face. Here's what Mark had to say:
I think they're both great games and both titles will make valuable contributions to any action gamers' library. Look at your video tape or DVD library. If you're into buying action movies and two great ones came out in the same year you probably bought both. We think it's similar with games.
I'll never understand why people who like one game feel the need to bash another similar game. Insecurity? Insanity? Not enough fresh fruit in their diet? If you like a game, play it. If not, don't. Is that so hard?

Justin Frankel .plan update

Justin Frankel, lead programmer of Winamp, updated his .plan yesterday with some interesting stuff on the new version of Winamp, and some interesting observations on things that he put into Winamp because of the market, not because he thought they were good or useful.

Tuesday, October 12, 1999

More With Thresh and the GeForce DDR

Thresh updated his GeForce DDR pre/review with Q3Test benchmarks on a Celeron 300A. The DDR version doesn't add much on a Celeron 300A system at 640x480 and 800x600, but it really does at 1024x768, especially in high quality mode. There the DDR version will give you 55.4 fps instead of 44.2 with the regular version (a 25% speedup). By way of comparison, a TNT2 Ultra in the same system gives you 29.8 fps.

In most of the timedemos, a GeForce-based card will give a Celeron 300a system a whopping 50% fps increase over a TNT2 Ultra. The only exception is in Q3Test's "fastest" mode, where most of the video options are turned off anyway. There the gains are much more modest. Guess I know what my next video card will be :)

The Master comments: And since I'm one of the poor saps with a Celeron 300A that ISN'T overclocked, I'll DEFINITELY look at one of these someday :-/

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