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and ravings from the co-webmaster of GameSurge. Written over a span of a
year, these articles come from the original shivaSite, to Ancient Nation,
to finally GameSurge. From the site diary of the very first month of shivaSite,
to the controversial "The Truth" articles, to the latest articles,
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a wide range of topics. You may not agree with them, but that's why it's called
Our latest editorial:
- Generation X and Pinball -
By Agent 86
" Being a member of "Generation-X" myself - I'm 20 - its rather heart
wrenching to be a member of a group that is considered partly responsible
for "killing" something I enjoy - pinball. All over the news you hear things
rumblings of how pinball is dying off, how kids have lost interest, how its
a game for the older generation but after this past Friday I can't help but
start to question all of that."
- Netcode Rebuttal
- by Mannon
" The new netcode uses Lag Compensation. Lag Compensation (not "control")
is not client side prediction of hits. Hits and kills are not awarded this
way. The server still retains authority. (Thus the references to Diablo are
also erroneous.) What happens is that the sound effects, weapon animation,
ammo depletion, bullet hole decals, ect... are handled by the client. Blood
can also be switched to client side prediction, but defaults to server control.
All of these are essentially cosmetic. As are all the other client side implementations.
Those are all just sideshows compared to the main event, though... Lag Compensation."
- GameSpy Arcade - by Sim
" GameSpy has released it's latest creation. No, it's not another
Planet, it's GameSpy Arcade. This beta version is a user friendly program
that "matches people with each other and the PC games they want to play. It
supports everything from the hardcore action classics -- like Quake or Half-Life
-- to classic, board, sports, or strategy games." It's a big program that
not only includes server hookups (as in GameSpy3D), but also tons of chat
rooms, instant messaging, and a mini web browser to boot."
- Diablo Revealed
- Raven has written exclusively for GameSurge a article on the features that
were missing from the Blizzard game Diablo. Entitled "Diablo Revealed, this
opus, spanning 15 pages of text and special screenshots, details the missing
quests, some of the graphic elements missing from the final release of the
game, and offers proof that Diablo was going to be a very different game than
what was actually released. Diablo was the only Blizzard game to be released
on time, but maybe they should have worked on it a bit more.
- Netcode Crack and Debacle.
- by Crepidus [WT]
"Valve made a very bold move with their latest implementation of netcode
for half-life 184.108.40.206. This is a giant step backwards with respect to
technological trends. What a debacle, and here is why: *I've tested both as
a modem and DSL client. The hit scoring and position prediction are weighted
towards the highest common denominator of ping, leaving a Low Ping client
with a completely unrealistic experience.* In an attempt to reduce lag and
even the playing field for Clients with High Pings, Valve simply “Castrated”
the playability of Low Ping Clients."
- Editorials - Our viewers opinions,
and where they stand on issues, both gaming and non-gaming.
- shivaSite - The personal
section of the Webmaster. Warning: Not for the faint of heart.
- Rants and Ravings - Two AN staff
members do a weekly column about games, and other things...
- Zero Hour - Staff member Zero's own
column. We are still not sure what he is talking about...
- Rants and Raves Week
- by Zero and Id - Rant - "Nowadays, when I first walk into the
arcades, all I see is a bunch of morons jumping up and down on some
dance-pad like there's no tomorrow."
and Raves Week Two
- by Zero and Id - Rant - "So let's review what just happened.
The PS2 came out; Zero has had a horrible week, and giant robots beating
the hell outta each other is cool."
- Rants and Raves Week
- by Zero and Id - Rant - "My friend gave me his copy of Shogo:
Mobile Armor Division for fifteen bucks. It looked good so I took it
off his hands. After opening it up, I was set to spend about thirty
minutes playing the game, but I was sucked into a vortex and three hours
- Rants and Raves Week
- by Zero and Id - Rant - "Personally, after spending a good amount
of time with my Playstation this week, I've noticed something that I
felt wasn't so obvious before. The Playstation truly is showing its
- Psychological Warfare
- by Zero - Editorial - "Like it or not, humans are not the same
as computers. We cannot think as fast, or move as fast. But we are not
without our own strengths as well."
- Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
2 - The Quake of Skating Games?
- by MystikaL - Editorial - "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater was one of
the top selling games of 1999 when it came to consoles. The game is
not only still in the top 10 since it's release in September of 1999,
but was ranked 1st during October and December."
- The Ultimate Battle:
TF2 vs Quake 3 vs UT
- Opinion - "These three games are prooving themselves to be heralds to
a new age in First Person Shooters.
They are no longer the mindless *bam bam you're dead* type single
player matches with dim-witted AI.
These are big, ass-kicking, multiplayer games which will go where
no other FPS has gone before, featuring challenging bots, loads of gameplay,
and polygons by the bucketful."
- The Truth about Koreans and
the Starcraft Ladder
- by Daklown - Opinion - "In my experience, the rating of my opponent
has played more of a role in whether someone d/ced on me than their
ethnicity. Simply put, whether Korean or Amercian or whatever... You're
more likely to get d/ced on by a lower rated person than a higher rated
- Starcraft II- Can Blizzard
- by the gibb - Opinion - "With labor day weekends' announcement
of Warcraft III, Starcraft news sites and message boards were clogged
with messages in the couple of days before the announcement, when, on
the Blizzard site, it said "The World will Change 9.5.99. Many said
it would be Starcraft II, and why not?"
- Shoot 'em up games-
do they really cause violence?
- by the gibb - Opinion - "We all remember it, the horrific incident
where two students took the lives of 15, including themselves on that
bloody day in Littleton, Colorado. To make it ironic, it occurred on
April 20th, Adolf Hitler's birthday."
- The Tycoons
- by MystikaL - Editorial - "Tycoon, a wealthy and powerful business
person. Whether it is a Railroad Tycoon, Roller coaster Tycoon, or Wall
Street Tycoon, the developers of the Tycoon series of games have always
been on top, proving to be Tycoons themselves."
- Patch Work Games
- by Facsimile - Opinion - "Patching is a trend that is becoming
more and more prevalent. Is it for better or worse? No one is really
- Overclocking and
Supercooling, is it all worth it?
- by UnderwearNinja - Editorial - "Overclocking. Now when I say
that, I'm not talking about wearing two watches or having an extra alarm
in your room. Nor am I talking about setting your clock ahead 10 minutes
to try and fool yourself into always thinking you're a little bit late.
What I'm talking about is when the human desire to get more than what
you paid for, overrides the risk involved in getting it."
- Online Gaming Today:
- by Langlier - Editorial - "Online gaming today is at its peaks
and also at its lows. Today we can have the most realistic experience
and interaction amongst our friends and people we barely know."
- LAN Parties: The Real Way
to Play Games
- Editorial - "Usually when playing, you have a ping under 70,
as oppose to net connections where you have around 200-400 ping. This
is how games should be played. With silky-smooth connections."
- Status of the
- by Bill Gilson - Editorial - "Every January, the President of
the United States makes a State of the Union address, bragging how good
our nation is compared to 30 years ago, and expressing his opinions
on, well, the state of the union. In this editorial, I will address
the state of the gaming industry."
- The Future of the
- by Brett "MystikaL" Guarnieri - Opinion - "Now that the third
addition to the Quake series has been released, where will id software
go next? I am sure that Roman Numerals on id's Quake logo will looked
fux0red, so what will they do?"
- Clans and Guilds
- by Langlier - Opinion - " Are guilds beneficial? Yes if they
remember that we need a majority of non-guilded people and that guilds
serve a purpose."
- Carriers- and effects
of the patches since 1.00
- by Falcon (with help by shiva) - StarCraft Game Help - "Soon
after the release of 1.05 for SC/BW many people cried imbalance over
the changes to carriers."
- Imbalance in BW
- by Cerberus - Editorial - "Imbalance. People have been arguing
about it for a long time. Everyone wants it balanced a certain way,
some dont like that way."
- Buy! Buy! Buy!
- by UnderwareNinja - Editorial - "Then I wanted to play alien
vs. predator. Well my Banshee worked ok on my 233 Pentium, but I soon
felt inadequate around the computers around me. My computer seemed feeble.
I had to have more."
- An Analyzation of Battle.net
- by the gibb - Editorial - "This editorial is going to be a little
different. Instead of ranting on about one part of Bnet, I'm going to
analyze the whole kit n' kaboodle."
- AD&D and Baldurs
- by Terry "DysoN" Martin - Editorial - "Those AD&D fanatics
who ever played BioWare’s AD&D based game entitled Baldur’s Gate, for
a fact, know that it’s not entirely based on the AD&D rules."
- AD&D and Baldurs
Gate - Second Opinion
- by Terry "DysoN" Martin - Editorial - "Note:
the purpose of this editorial is to attempt to answer most of
questions regarding the previous editorial, AD&D and Baldur’s Gate."
- Violence in Games
- Article - "As the violence continues to grow, so will the attention
of the ESRB's involvement of rating systems, rules, and regulations
with the publications, production, and other uses for and with games."
- by Langlier - Article - "I think people need to relive their
gaming roots every so often. Sure with games like Quake 3 the
old classics just don't add up anymore. Who wants to go drop 15
bucks on an old p.o.s. game anyway?"
- Surviving the Competition
- - Various tips
by people who have been through the trenchs.
- Violence: Are Computer
Games to Blame
- - "When horrors
like the Columbine High massacre erupt, the instinctive human tendency
is to seek reasons for the madness. If it was an honest desire to understand
the true causes and prevent such tragedies, at least some ray of good
would emerge from the dark void of wanton evil."
- Multi-Player Gaming
and Ultima Online
- - "I'm sure that
Origin would argue that maintaining a service as huge as this, with
a data base holding all the users characters throughout the world costs
money to maintain. I understand such a production doesn't come without
expenses, but I don't see Blizzard asking for more money after the customers
initial game purchase."
- How to buy Video Games
- - "I almost
never buy any games that are real bombs, and that the few times I have
bought crappy games was because I made my purchases impulsively and
without my usual regiment of research before hand."
- A Visit with Harry Williams
- - Recollections
of a visit with Pinball pioneer and Williams Electronics Founder, Harry
- un dead
- by - HonestJon - Opinion - "Well, with more and more info about
the Nintendo Dophin and Song Playstation2 leaking along nicely, and
Sega's Dreamcast making a big bang, this is the best time as ever to
consider throwing away your closest and most trusted pal for the last
2 or 3 years and get another young new sexy toy."
- by Gordoni Valducci - Short Story - "Lenny and Ralph sat at the
mess-table, discussing the day’s events. “Damn cannon training is a
bitch man, I swear Lenny, they better give me my damn tank soon so I
can get into the damn field instead of this damn training, dammit!”.
“Yeah I knows what ya mean Ralph, as soon as my Vulture training is
done I wanna get the fuck outa this damn camp, and I don’t care how
big and advanced it is, it blows!”."
- Be my Dog
- by Butterball - Rant -
"Not that this is gaming related, but Isn't it funny how some people
are so sensitive to the funniest things?. For example, lets take sexism.
Some people may even think the beauty of birth is sexism since the man
gets to give off billions of sperms and the women only gives off one
- Big Breasts and Little Brains
- by Lollirot - Rant - "I'm
sure that many of you have seen the movie "Forrest Gump" and are familiar
with the line, "You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes...,"
well, in this case, we can tell a lot about a person by their writing.
If someone has to resort to watching a video game's characters instead
of a real female, they are truly pathetic."
- Long Way Down
- by HonestJon - Editorial
- "Say someone had too much free time, liked video games, and they
know a thing or two about computers. So he (or she? hahahah) put up
a page about a game. Simple. Now and then people dropped in... lots
of updates in the first few weeks... peeps continue to come. There are
some hits, but not alot."
- Show Me the Goods
- by Butterball - Rant -
"I bet Lara Croft in Tombraider had at least some effect on how
the game became such a success. I've been a gamer most my life, and
I can be sure that most teenage gamers want a good lookin babe on the
cover of any game."
- The New Phase
- by Butterball - Editorial
- " However if the Dreamcast is to survive in Japan, it better
have a bunch of damn good RPG's. The Dreamcast having polygon rocking
power should be expected to have kick ass graphics, high quality FMV,
long stories, and great game play right?"
- 3 Minute Crush
- by HonestJon - Rant/Story
- Unique blend of a Life story and How an old game has such SPARK for
a little while.
- Wake Up and Smell The Coffee!!!!
- by Id - Editorial - Hey,
if you want to see a pretty good explanation of why often people don't
consider Nintendo #1 with N64, then you should read this awesome rant
on his view.
- It's Blowing Me Away
- by HonestJon - Rant - "RPG's
are for losers. No really? Especially those extra long and boring ones
that just keep on repeating and repeating. Walk, battle, talk; walk,
battle, talk; more walk, more battle, more talk. Wow. It's blowing me
away just thinking about it. The whole concept of RPG's is so exciting."
- Alive and Kicking
- by HonestJon - Editorial/Rant
- More of an editorial, but partially a rant, on how the state of gaming,
really seems to be lacking something.
- Internet Idiots
- by Lollirot - Rant - Addresses
the general male attitude toward women on the internet.
- Grow Up
- by Lollirot - Editorial - Written
by a female gamer about the disrespect females get.
- by Lollirot - Editorial - The
Response to the attention getting GROW UP!!!.
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