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Vol. 2, Issue 4
December 3, 1999

The MailBag

Issue 2.4

Comments by Stephanie "Bobbi" Bergman

Pretty butterflies.

Subject: Heathers Myth 2 blasphemy

" I kind of wish I could have just left him there and gone on, but alas, you just can't do that. The map is pretty and there are plenty of falling leaves and butterflies and stuff, so I can't complain too much"

Pretty? Falling leaves? BUTTERFLIES?! Myth2 is about evil undead armies, savage butchering demons, exploding bodies, flying limbs, grisly war and overwhelming odds.

Butterflies. Thats just greeeeaaaaaat. How am I ever going to play one of my favorite games again? Its been ruined. Ruined I say!

Keep her away from Quake 3 please.

All of which, need I point out, she mentions, at some point or another, in her column.

Ok..and allow me to ruin Quake 3 for you. Well, first off, Skippy Quake is just too cute for words. And then Quake 3 guy, he’s just so tough looking...a girl could swoon. Now, the sounds are just so sweet, like you don’t really want to kill each other, you just want to be friends, but there are these funny little guns in your hands, so you dance around killing each other instead! It’s so poetic, really...

EA or EAX?

Subject: recent sound article

I noticed something while reading the most recent 3D sound article:


The author made this comment: "(EAX stands for Environmental Audio. What the

X is for is anyone's guess. Probably means the same as the GTX letters you get on cars)." I had an SBLive once, and I remember just from reading documentation and stuff that EAX is Environmental Audio Extensions, and EAX and "Environmental Audio" are not the same thing.

I'm sure that was really helpful, now go yell at that guy or something. =]

-=/ DinK

Hmmm. I tried to find my SB Live documentation, but it’s probably in the same place as my gun set user manual I desperately need. I always thought EAX stood for Environmental Audio, but what do I know. :)

It’s those rabid Sega-haters again!

From: Keith "Draft" Cyphers
Subject: PS2 Games all Suck???!!!


What? Are you absolutely insane? Look, you may not like Tekken much, but the other 99.9 percent of the universe views it as the single greatest 3D fighter ever created (all around, it's probably SFA 3.) So, even though you may not consider TTT a killer app, most do, and I guarantee it will sell a hell of a lot of Playstation 2's come launch day.

Your Good Friend,

Keith "Draft" Cyphers

BTW- I'm not some crazy anti-Sega person either. I plan on buying a DC as soon as finances aren't so tight. It's just, well, damn, have you seen the pictures of TTT? Have you played it in the arcades? It's bliss I tell you, pure 3D bliss.

I didn’t know there were crazy anti-Sega people. I mean...its SEGA. Land of Sonic. Speaking of, not being a fighting game kinda girl, pickings on the Dreamcast have been awful slim so far.

And I only have one word to say about the Playstation 2.


Rad's Turn!

Subject: See, now that's just asking for it.

Sweet merciful christ. I sincerely hope that Sen. Lieberman and his merry band don't catch wind of this one.

Consider that the entire gaming press is arguing that it's a parent's responsibility to restrict their kids' access to violent material, as opposed to governments banning "violent" media outright. It's a good argument, and it's the one I agree with. But now you get this guy bragging (in one of the most widely read online gaming magazines, no less) about how he has his 3-year-old son playing Quake II. Doesn't this completely undermine the gaming industry's position?

3 years old? Hell, developmental psychologists are still divided on whether kids should be watching TV at that age. But teaching them to play PC games designed for people aged 18 and up? Radpipe's just asking for it.


I don't advocate a blanket restriction on games with violent material. I do think parents need to watch their kids closely to see how they react to them, and how they behave after having played them. Show me a homicidal kid who blames computer games for who he is, and I'll show you a kid who had problems long before he started playing the games. But I guess it's far easier to use blanket restrictions. But whatever the case, ignorant parents just don't care. Their kids will play whatever they feel like.

Yeah I've thought a lot about this issue, but I didn't want to get into it in my column. I just wanted to talk about the joys of playing with your kids, and this "next generation gamer" thingy.

And, for the record, my Zachary is a loving, caring, little boy. He has no trouble at all separating the gaming world from his own :)

Take care



- Stephanie "Bobbi" Bergman needs to come up with better taglines.


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