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Scott Miller's Origin of the Species
August 19th 2002, 15:06 CEST by m0nty

Scott Miller of 3D Realms now has a column on the site of the International Game Developers Association, in which he holds forth on subjects like how original games are superior to licensed properties. I hardly need say more for the rabid fanboi hordes to descend on PlanetCrap in an orgy of violence and depravity.

The August edition of this august journal was in a Q&A format, with the asker being an IGDA member named Raphael van Lierop. The questions covered the relationship between gaming and other media, movies in particular, and how cross-pollination of concepts and storylines might stifle creativity.

A: I don't see lack of original content as too big a problem. The game industry will always have original games and the movie industry original movies, and the hits from each industry will have a good chance of crossing over to other entertainment industries.

I'm sure I don't need to go through all the nuances of 3DR-is-just-an-IP-thieves-guild this, or Scott's-a-marketing-ignoramus that. In fact, Scott is not actually wrong about anything in his column, but I guess there's no pleasing some people. As an example, here is what Geekgirl had to say on the subject:

By the way, speaking of Scotty, did you know he’s got his own column now on some sight? Its called “Miller time”. Once again the boys at 3-D Realms manage to avoid coming up with something original and ripped off more popular culture.

Do we really need to get the inside scoop on the game business from some guy that can’t even ship a game? I think not, but I don’t run the world. At least not yet.

What do you need questions for? FIGHT!
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#50 by HiredGoons
2002-08-19 23:29:59
Ergo

Thanks for help, but no dice.  I've tried all the configurations listed there, but thank you for giving it a shot.

CheesyPoof

I'm not sure.  Right now, it seems like more of an issue with Musicmatch Jukebox since that is the only app giving me this headache.

Fugazi

Back at ya.
#51 by LPMiller
2002-08-19 23:50:16
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
hmm, I use musicmatch, and I don't have your problem with my logitechs.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#52 by HiredGoons
2002-08-19 23:57:59
LPMiller

Yah, and since my google-fu is exceptionally anemic I'm convinced I'm the only one suffering this problem too.  

Musicmatch tech support was limited to the the predictable "check to make sure your cables are connected."

It looks like I'll be converting to Winamp or perhaps there is some other great mp3 player/organizer that I don't know about?
#53 by Your Friend
2002-08-20 00:09:03
I like Windows Media Player!
#54 by Fallon
2002-08-20 00:16:53
http://www.fagnews.com
Don't use Musicmatch.

Simple.

"Computer games don't affect kids. I mean, if Pac-Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive music!" - Kristian Wilson of Nintendo, Inc. - 1989
#55 by deadlock
2002-08-20 00:17:36
http://www.deadlocked.org/
It's official: Your Friend is retarded.

smells like fish, tastes like chicken!
#56 by Your Friend
2002-08-20 00:48:57
Windows Media Player is a fine media player.
#57 by yotsuya
2002-08-20 01:10:58
You know, I just thumbed through the latest issue of PC Gamer and realized 2 things:

1) There are ads for a lot more crappy games than I thought could ever exist

and

2) Besides DX2, the only games I am looking forward to in 2003 come from Monolith.

Arizona Diamondbacks 2001 World Series Champions
"It's all about positioning! So assume the position!" JMCDaveL
#58 by bago
2002-08-20 01:17:47
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
WMP8 might be less of a travesty than WMP7 was, but it's still pretty bad.

iamelectro
#59 by bago
2002-08-20 01:18:11
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
hresult? what's that?

iamelectro
#60 by m0nty
2002-08-20 01:26:14
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
I'm glad this topic was voted in. It gave me a good deal of enjoyment. Thank you, Supermorn!
#61 by Bailey
2002-08-20 01:27:49
I wish my roommate would stop dousing himself in mint aftershave every damn morning. He smells like trident gum, and so does the whole house.

Alcohol is clearly involved here.
#62 by Warren Marshall
2002-08-20 01:30:01
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
You know, I just thumbed through the latest issue of PC Gamer and realized 2 things:

1) There are ads for a lot more crappy games than I thought could ever exist

and

2) Besides DX2, the only games I am looking forward to in 2003 come from Monolith.

Hey, this is nothing new.  I have stacks of old Commodore magazines here and if you flip through them, the amount of crap being advertised is staggering.

"It's pretty common for pussies, dumbasses, and their families to blame their problems on vague influences like the media and society. The truth is, fuck you."
#63 by George Broussard
2002-08-20 01:32:47
georgeb@3drealms.com
m0nty,

I'm glad this topic was voted in. It gave me a good deal of enjoyment. Thank you, Supermorn!


It's just too bad the topic has no point?  This is like some of the lame topics Andy used to throw up.
#64 by Matthew Gallant
2002-08-20 01:37:50
http://www.truemeaningoflife.com
You know, I just thumbed through the latest issue of PC Gamer


Poor thumb.

"Is the internet making people less intelligent?"
"You mean like how video cameras cause thrown objects to hit men in the crotch?"
#65 by Greg
2002-08-20 01:54:59
This is like some of the lame topics Andy used to throw up.

m0nty's progression towards becoming the next Andy is moving along quite smoothly.

Who is driving car?! Oh my god, bear is driving car! How can that be?
#66 by CheesyPoof
2002-08-20 02:07:21
Yea, of PC Gamers top ten games of 2003 only DX2 was interesting, but how they could leave Doom 3 off the list is beyond me since id had that huge ass banner at E3 saying "Arriving 2003" (or something to that effect).
#67 by Charles
2002-08-20 02:12:51
www.bluh.org
People automatically assume that games will be later than expected.

"'Halo 2' is a lot like 'Halo', only it's 'Halo' on fire, going 130 miles per hour through a hospital zone, being chased by helicopters and ninjas," explained Jason Jones, the head of Bungie Studios, "and the ninjas are all on fire, too."
#68 by Your Friend
2002-08-20 02:24:38

People automatically assume that games will be later than expected.


That's weird!!  I wonder why!
#69 by yotsuya
2002-08-20 02:48:22
Seriously, I'm already selling stuff on eBay to earn $$$ for NOLF2 and Tron 2.0. Fpr the rest of 2002, it will only be UT2003.

BTW, Warren, will you autograph my copy?

Arizona Diamondbacks 2001 World Series Champions
"It's all about positioning! So assume the position!" JMCDaveL
#70 by Warren Marshall
2002-08-20 03:14:37
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
BTW, Warren, will you autograph my copy?

Do I have to sign my name?

"It's pretty common for pussies, dumbasses, and their families to blame their problems on vague influences like the media and society. The truth is, fuck you."
#71 by Your Friend
2002-08-20 03:27:55
Games don't cost very much.
#72 by Matt Perkins
2002-08-20 03:32:44
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
More to the point, why read PC Gamer?  It's horrible, filled with ads and junk reviews...  color me confused.

This post made sense in my head.
#73 by Rambar
2002-08-20 03:45:25
Hey if you want annoying ads, and poor reviews there's plenty of sites on the internet just giving the shit away.

--
Rambar
#74 by yotsuya
2002-08-20 04:29:29
I read PC Gamer strictly for the entertainment value. The reviews of the bad games are interesting, to say the least. You should see their review of Matt Perkins XXX!

Arizona Diamondbacks 2001 World Series Champions
"It's all about positioning! So assume the position!" JMCDaveL
#75 by Matt Perkins
2002-08-20 04:50:14
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
yotsuya

They gave Matt Perkins XXX a 92%.

This post made sense in my head.
#76 by BobJustBob
2002-08-20 05:16:53
I'm posting drunk! Woo!

Speaking of XXX, Dave Mirra XXX no longer features Dave Mirra. Is it too late for Matt Perkins to remove his name?  Only time will tell.

So there.
#77 by HiredGoons
2002-08-20 05:27:40
I haven't solved my problem, but did find an acceptable workaround.

The Winamp plugin Ejukebox is a good substitute for my playing/organizing needs.

Thank you to those who helped, as well as to those that refrained from stabbing
#78 by Matt Perkins
2002-08-20 05:29:03
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Remove my name hell, I'm thinking of adding it at the end too.  Matt Perkins XXX Matt Perkins

This post made sense in my head.
#79 by "CrowdPleazr"
2002-08-20 05:33:58
Going back in time, and I'm certainly missing a few.

GeekGirl = Chella = HappyCow = SparrowSlain = Sherlynn (irl)

She is a piece of work.  Southern USA trailer girl - blond and cute. Histrionic. Sociopathic.  No shit.  She pisses off dozens of people with each nick, cools off for a month and comes back with a new one.  It's a pattern she's been repeating for years.  That Sparrowslain name was her Heretic2 nick.  Ask any 1998 era Raven employee (esp Ken) about Sparrowslain to get a complementary chuckle.  Throughout her name changes, she is constant in her bad spelling, her abusive writing and her ignorance.  It is sad.
#80 by jafd
2002-08-20 05:44:40
That's it. We need a topic about the nude skins in UT!!

#81 by Bailey
2002-08-20 05:54:03
I'm debating Chella's claimed "cute" factor.

Alcohol is clearly involved here.
#82 by Terata
2002-08-20 05:56:30
Oh wow, she was Sparrowslain?  Haha.

I remember running into an EQ character with that name while I was still working at Raven... I almost panicked.
#83 by Foodbunny
2002-08-20 05:59:10
foodbunny@attbi.com http://www.foodbunny.com
I seem to go through the same cycle of changing my name to escape people every few years, but it has less to do with me harassing people and more to do with them harassing me.

Come back!  You're not a freak, you're just stupid!
#84 by Warren Marshall
2002-08-20 06:07:46
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
A female harassed on the internet?  The hell you say!?

"It's pretty common for pussies, dumbasses, and their families to blame their problems on vague influences like the media and society. The truth is, fuck you."
#85 by LPMiller
2002-08-20 06:07:48
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
I already said I'd stop doing that.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#86 by Bailey
2002-08-20 06:09:32
I never got a chance to start before it became unfashionable.

Alcohol is clearly involved here.
#87 by Matthew Gallant
2002-08-20 06:12:40
http://www.truemeaningoflife.com
Considering how thoroughly unlikeable Chella is, and how much m0nty loves her anyway, I really fear for any girl's safety, especially one as cute and sweet as Foodbunny.

"Is the internet making people less intelligent?"
"You mean like how video cameras cause thrown objects to hit men in the crotch?"
#88 by m0nty
2002-08-20 06:27:27
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
OK, so the topic doesn't have much of a point. Just like most other PlanetCrap topics, especially after the first 50 posts or so.

I was expecting you guys to fall over yourselves to be the first in line to criticise Scott Miller, but I guess I neutralised that by equating that position with agreeing with Chella. Crappers' hatred of GeekGirl is obviously stronger than their hatred of Scott Miller.

The moral of the last two topics: just because your job title says Journalist, doesn't mean you're acting like a journalist all the time. And vice versa.
#89 by Gabe
2002-08-20 06:28:05
http://www.dartpublishing.com
one as cute and sweet as Foodbunny

Unless you drop a bomb on her!
#90 by Post-It
2002-08-20 06:57:44
keithlee@speakeasy.net
Terata,

Do you guys really think there is a large enough market of wireless users, who are gamers, & who like MMOGs that it's worth your time to try and make your MMOG wireless-compatible? Seems like a waste of effort IMO.

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#91 by Terata
2002-08-20 07:14:21
Supporting it won't be that much trouble, particularly since our server technology is very generalized and we're intent on capitalizing on that wherever possible.  If we can let you manage your in-game store through your cell phone or whatever while you're on vacation, that seems pretty cool to me, and it gives players a whole new level of involvement if they want to take advantage of it.  That's just an example of course, until everything's up and running I can't say exactly what we'll have.

Given that the key to keeping subscribers in these types of games is quite clearly giving players as much personal investment and involvement as possible, some extra expense for features like this seems logical to me.  It'll pay off in the long run.
#92 by Foodbunny
2002-08-20 07:33:11
foodbunny@attbi.com http://www.foodbunny.com
Hey, drop all the bombs you want on me if you're on the opposing side :P

Come back!  You're not a freak, you're just stupid!
#93 by Bailey
2002-08-20 08:25:00
Terata

Given that the key to keeping subscribers in these types of games is quite clearly giving players as much personal investment and involvement as possible, some extra expense for features like this seems logical to me.  It'll pay off in the long run.

Hrm... you do realize you're evil, right? Making a conscious effort to create a nation of catass-reeking obsessive compulsives, tsk tsk.

Alcohol is clearly involved here.
#94 by Charles
2002-08-20 08:39:04
www.bluh.org
Isn't that grounds for some kind of lawsuit?  Who's in for preordering, playing till one of us dies, then having a class action lawsuit?

"'Halo 2' is a lot like 'Halo', only it's 'Halo' on fire, going 130 miles per hour through a hospital zone, being chased by helicopters and ninjas," explained Jason Jones, the head of Bungie Studios, "and the ninjas are all on fire, too."
#95 by Terata
2002-08-20 08:54:41
Hey, you've got the Baileytron, I've got my own methods.
#96 by Your Friend
2002-08-20 11:03:00
Wireless-device gaming in the US is the biggest crock of shit.  In fact, its the new WAP.
Nobody wants it but the industry keeps pushing it anyway because they love to waste money.
#97 by Matt Davis
2002-08-20 11:31:21
http://looroll.com
They don't love to waste money, they're desperate to find those killer apps, if you're going to rant on here, rant with the real facts.

This week it's pants free friday!
#98 by deadlock
2002-08-20 11:53:28
http://www.deadlocked.org/
Your Friend:
In fact, its the new WAP.

I use WAP. It's handy for when I'm waiting around for people to contact me on-site etc. I can just login and read the news, see what position of the day is on Kamasutra and erm... check my bank balance. The main reason that WAP never really took off was the fact that it was billed as the internet in your palm, which it patently isn't. If it had just been marketed as a great way to read the news, check your bank balance, horoscopes and whatever, people would probably be more interested. As it is they just go 'the internet. on a pissy little screen.' And then you discover that you can't actually visit any old site...

smells like fish, tastes like chicken!
#99 by jafd
2002-08-20 12:02:19
Okay, 100 posts, and no linkage to the infamous Chella porn .jpgs.

Just plain disappointed.

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