Update: I was unfortunately not aware of Shamus Young's severe criticism of Fallout 3 available here to link in the original piece and I regret that. It dovetails rather nicely with what I've written and it's much better executed than my piece. I strongly recommend anyone...
From: "Ashton Whinery"
Subject: WTC BOMBED!
what do you think of the world trade center and petagon
being bombed? feel scared? concerned? what will happen
next is what america is probably thinking.
what about you guys?
We received a lot of mail
from readers curious about our opinions regarding the recent tragedies,
and we decided to just try to answer them all in one fell swoop.
Personal beliefs regarding
retaliation, thoughts on war, ideas concerning safety and the sancticty
of life and our general perceptions about where to go from here vary
from staff member to staff member. But suffice to say that we all share
one mind when we mourn for those in need.
We find the events horrific
and saddening. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with those who were
lost or injured and their friends and families. There is simply no way
to make sense of what happened.
And we hope to remind our
fellow Americans that, in tense times such as these, awareness and unity
is what is most needed, not hatred and misguided animosity.
From: "Adrien Baumann"
how much sleep do you guys get?
S-l-e-e-p? What the heck
Oh, you mean that thing we
do when we're not playing Counterstrike? Well, we all have different
sleeping patterns. Brian, for instance, sleeps with his EYES OPEN. That,
by the way, is not a lie. He's like a ninja or a fish or something.
5th & Maybe Most Important Step!
Subject: 5th Step To Be A Gamer?
Yes there is in fact a 5th step to being a gamer.
5. Obtaining money. Being a gamer can be an expensive
lifestyle, so you will need a way of sustaining it. Be
it begging it off of a family member, getting an actual
job (like flipping burgers at your local fast food place
[Note: This may have extra benifits, they sometimes allow
you to eat some of that greasy food, it will help in
gaining your "roundness" already mentioned.]), or robbing
your local bank. You must feed your hunger for new games
(or video cards, sound cards, whole new systems..at least
when being a PC gamer).
Good point. Without money,
it's tough to get games. And without games, it's tough to be a gamer.
True, working at a fast-food
joint kills two birds with one greasy stone. We also recommend working
at a movie rental place that also carries games or a cheeseball mega
PC chain like CompUSA for discounts on gear. However, please avoid game
retail places like EB or Babbage's. You want to become a gamer,
not a condescending, misinformed weenie. Hehe.
Please don't start with the hate mail, you big, lovable dorks.
Peace In The Middle East?
From: on-Member Account
Subject: The Mighty Air Force...
You guys rock. That's all I'm gonna say. I've been
in Air Force basic training and when I get out all this
happens. I just wanted to say that the condolences that
you gave on the first page were very touching. Keep on
rocking and if I get deployed, we'll blow something up
AB Weber, Joseph H.
At ease Cadet,
Good luck, soldier! But please
don't blow anything up in our name. We have enough enemies
as it is.
The Truth Hurts.
From: "Ryan Thompson"
Hi.. I read a lot of reviews on your site about 3D cards.
I have noticed that the main component for playing games
is not your 3D card but your memory. Yes.. i own a
ATI Rage 128 32 mb card. I recently upgraded my ram from
64 to 320 mb. Quake 3 , Unreal Tournament, Deus Ex etc.
run absolutely perfectly with my card, i tested all games
on a Geforce 3 and the performance was absolutely the same!
I know theres a huge difference in these two but what is
going on? there is no game difference too.. everything
looks same... you may think these games are old but i
tested on Operation Flashpoint. Iam tottaly confused. If
this outdated card is running well with games just by
upgrading the RAM why do people buy Geforce 3 cards when
nothing great comes out on the screen?
Hey there Ryan,
The ATI Rage 128 card is
pretty basic. Higher end (usually meaning more expensive) cards have
many more features that current games take advantage of. Your card has
no full-scene anti-aliasing, no bump-mapping, no 4x AGP, no T&L and
it's has an incredibly slow RAMDAC.
There are a multitude of
components that can affect your gaming experience. Increased RAM certainly
has its merits, but other aspects of your PC do as well. A PIII 800
with 320 MB RAM will run MUCH better than with only 64 MB RAM, true,
but a P120 with 320 MB RAM will run MUCH worse than a PIII 700 with
64 MB RAM. Got it?
The memory is simply helping
the card process info. All you're really improving are framerates, not
necessarily visual quality.
Still, game beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you think your
ATI card stacks up to a GeForce 3, then you're set. However, most of
us do notice differences between older cards and newer cards regardless
of RAM. Additionally, some games run better with certain cards, such
as Max Payne.
The Rage will do you just
fine if you don't want the latest (or even last year's) features. But
if you do want more functionality, you may want to look into a purchasing
a Matrox or an early GeForce board.
All this info and more can
be found at ATI's website.