2, Issue 2
November 15, 1999
the Mouth of Madness:
back! We survived our relaunch, which I suppose is a good thing.
I had my doubts there. Those of you who attended the IRC launch
party, I'm sure can understand why I say that.
got some exciting stuff this week for you: first and foremost
is the long-awaited relaunch of Birth of a Gamer, with our new
columnist Heather Haselkorn. Not only is she a gaming novice,
she's a die-hard Mac user (don't worry, she'll have access to
PCs to try out non-Mac games). Birth of a Gamer was one of our
most controversial columns last year (and on this site, that's
a major accomplishment) so be sure to check it out in its new
incarnation when it runs tomorrow.
this week is Pocket Full o' Love, a spin-off column from our Put
a Little Love in Your Pocket cover story. The story, which
chronicled the wild and wacky world of handheld gaming, proved
so popular (not to mention fun for me to research and write) that
we've instituted a bi-weekly handheld gaming column. Because of
the relative simplicity of most handheld games, the column will
look at several games per issue. It'll be a load of fun, so be
sure to check it out.
not enough new stuff for you, we're also kicking off our new online
competitive gaming column, Game, Set, Match. Written by Stephanie
"Bobbi" Bergman, my fabulous sister, this will look
at the emerging world of gaming leagues. Look for it in even numbered
issues starting this Wednesday.
loony news, in case you haven't noticed yet, there's a little
icon in the upper right hand corner that wasn't there last week.
That's our new "Print Me!" icon. Click that, and you'll
be whisked off to a special, no-graphics version of the article,
which is ideal for printing. This has been one of our most requested
features since last year, and I'm very pleased to be able to offer
it now. The cool thing about the script, is that it'll take the
whole article, no matter how many pages it is, and create a printable
version of it. This is all thanks to Richard "Bagpuss"
Smith, the evil genius behind Webdog,
and our resident code monkey.
the new design, we got a lot of great feedback, with a lot of
positive comments. The only real negative comment we received
was about our decision to use non-underlined links (or actually,
hovering instead of regular underlines). For those of you who
aren't into this (truth be told, I really dig it) go into your
browser's preferences and disable Cascading Style Sheets support.
It's easily done in Netscape, and I know it's possible in Internet
Explorer, but I'm not entirely sure how (there's too many damn
options in that preferences screen).
I should probably point out that the redesign was not exactly
made for Netscape. Obviously I'm not asking people to switch browsers
- the site works just fine in Netscape, but it doesn't look the
way it was designed to look. If you want the full effect, switch
to Internet Explorer or Opera. Now, before you think that I've
flipped, and the site has all kinds of ActiveX and Java, sit back
down. We make extensive use of tables, and Netscape has never
handled them quite right. The end result, is that you won't see
the top and bottom tables the way they were intended to in Netscape.
It's no crisis, and hopefully they'll fix the problem (finally)
with Netscape 5 when it's released.
by the time this goes live, the Quake III: Arena demo should be
so no doubt you're off playing the heck out of it. So
I won't keep you (or myself) any longer
enjoy this week's
edition of loonygames, and next week I'll be back with my Playstation
Jason "loonyboi" Bergman is the editor in chief here