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Sunday, December 5, 1999

Q3A Cheat Codes

I'm in the process of collecting cheat codes for Quake III Arena (not that you'd want to USE that sort of thing or anything). But if a friend (yeah, that's it!) wants to use some cheats, he can find them here under our Tips and Tricks section.

.Plans fixed again

Well, I did some research into why our plan tracker wasn't updating, and it turns out Webdog hasn't been updating their static .plan tracker files, so I went a different route (the same one used to pull the news site updates) and that's working, so everything in plan tracker land should be good now. Crossing my fingers . . .

UT Patch Tomorrow?

Unreal Universe got wind of a new patch for Unreal Tournament, possibly coming out tomorrow. A whole slew of things are fixed and improved (including the D3D detection stuff). Check out yesterday's news on their site for all the changes. Thanks Blue.

Zoid .plan update

Dave "Zoid" Kirsch updated his .plan with information on downloading the newly posted Linux Q3A dedicated server (which I will be trying out once I've got my Linux machine together). Here's the .plan:
A linux dedicated server binary is now available at:

This allows server operators to run a Linux Quake3 Server (full version).

The full linux demo should be out in a few days. It'll include the new Loki installer.


/// Zoid.

Saturday, December 4, 1999

Off-Topic Rant: Pete Rose

OK, I'm REALLY COMPLETELY sick of Pete Rose now. He's been in the spotlight more recently in his renewed attempts to be reinstated by baseball. Every time he opens his mouth, he is more irritating than the time before. He is utterly unconvincing and completely unbelievable. Check out Ray Ratto's article on about him. I like this quote a lot:
In short, we wish here for him [Rose] to be banned until the end of the universe just for making us sick to death of the sight and sound of him . . . He has worn down many people's ability to resist him, but the fact remains that he is trying to get into the Hall of Fame based solely on his ability to make people beg for relief from his presence.
Personally, I'd like to see MLB Commish Bud Selig reinstate him, just so he could ban him again. The really sad thing is that a lot of people are buying his line of crap. Go back to QVC, Pete, maybe someone will buy it there.

Communicator 5 Delayed

CNet is reporting that Netscape Communicator 5 will be delayed two months, much to no one's surprise. A December beta release date was very optimistic and has been pushed back to February. Netscape is losing market share left and right, but I'd rather have them wait to release a decent product than to release it early and have it be a bug-fest. I will do anything to avoid IE. I HATE having a stinking web browser bring down my whole system!

Thanks Slashdot for the scoop.

Pondering the Imponderable

Redwood posted in his review of Q3A (see this news item for more detail) that he thought the full version was 1-3% slower than the DemoTest. Well, using the exact same settings as I did in the DemoTest, the (non-Test) Demo actually gave me about an extra fps in DEMO001. Go figure.

I still haven't gotten the cross-hair health thingy to work. I changed my crosshair to the Test crosshair, and typed cg_crosshairhealth 1 at the console, but it doesn't work. Any thoughts? Please, email me!

"Hidden" Q3ADemo Skin

Oops! Forgot to post this this morning. Someone emailed Blue with the news that there is another skin in Q3ADemo for Sarge. You can't pick it from the "Player" menu, but you can use it by pulling down the console and typing "/model sarge/krusade" (without the quotes). Very cool, if I do say so myself.


Well, it's been a surprisingly slow news day. Which is probably a good thing, since A.T. has been away from his machine today :-)

I've seen a couple issues on the Q3Servers maillist indicating problems with CD-Key checking with the retail Q3A, which doesn't surprise me.

I've begun to research database solutions for The Haus/Linux, and have been VERY pleased by what I'm seeing in mySQL. Excellent free software. And available for NT for a price as well!

Tier 6 and 7 .TGAs

Blue has posted the orginal .TGA files for the Quake III Arena tier 6 and 7 opponent shots that he posted the other day.

Graeme Devine .plan Update

id's Graeme Devine updated his .plan with a solution for Q3ADemo users who get booted back to the main menu when thye try to connect to a server.
Why do I get booted back to the main menu?

It's because you've got a 1.11 client and you're trying to join a 1.09 (demo test) pure server.

Since the protocol # is exactly the same, you see all the 1.09 servers in the browser, but when you try and join the game you get booted because you aren't "pure".

We'll switch off support for 1.09 listings in the browser once 1.11 demo is out for the Mac and Linux. Meanwhile there's not much I can do since I can't tell from the client side if you're a 1.09 or 1.11 client asking for list of available servers.
Until then, download this Gamespy tab for Q3ADemo, or this one for the full version of Q3A. Then you can use Gamespy to filter out the servers you can't connect to.

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