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Deathstalker666

aka Sparky the Shambler

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  • I live in Massachusetts, New England, USA
  • I was born on April 24
  • My occupation is Shooting stuff in numerous old school FPS
  • I am Male
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  • Yeah, a little early because I don't know if I'll be available over the next few days with all the family celebrations, visitors, eating & drinking, and other holiday-ish stuff.

    So, I got you something... something that was missing but is an important part of what we do and where we are. It's up to you to decide when and how you'll enjoy this fairly rare piece of history.

    Without further ado... THE PRESENT!

    P.S. Don't forget to read the card!

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    • Oh wow, you weren't kidding indeed. This has been something we have been needing for quite a long time. Not sure how you found this, but I am glad you did. Thank you for an awesome present :P

      It will serve in handy when I am done tackling all this evil flight sim stuff. Might take a bit, but something to definitely look forward to.

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    • Glad you liked it. It was hard to be patient and wait until the right moment to reveal this ;)

      I was lucky. You might even say that I blundered into it. Looks like I have learned something from you. Indeed, this is a pretty valuable thing for a Quake Wiki, especially from a historical perspective.

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    • Agreed entirely, I would argue this is one of the most important pieces missing from the puzzle.

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  • May I change the ammo type for the Quake 4 Blaster from Batteries to Cells due to the Blaster's image showing the symbol for Cells from Quake III on the weapon select? Or should I just leave it as it is for simplicity's sake?

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  • I posted Quake Champions versions of the skins, why are they gone!?

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    • Well, did you do the Closed Beta Test for Quake Champions or no do you have to buy the game from the Steam Store?

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    • I don't use Steam and could care less about the Beta because I seem to rarely touch games past 1996.

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  • Which weapon from Q1 is your favorite? My favorite is the Super Nailgun.

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  • Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me, I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed.

    Ogre

    Well, their chainsaws are pretty sharp.

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    • Jesus, the fact that I just imagined all this. Gave me a good laugh.

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    • Glad you could appreciate it :P

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  • I want to add a bit of trivia to the Q1 Enforcer's article, saying that the weapon they hold could be a Quake 1 version of the Hyperblaster, with a link to the Q2 Hyperblaster. So I came to ask if that would be okay with you.

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    • I appreciate you asking, though I disagree with the addition of this trivia. Skepticism has been a problem on the Wikia, people love to draw conclusions and put deeper meaning to things (I am of the belief that if you look hard enough, anything can be connected to anything. Shrek is an Ogre, which was popularized by Quake, and thus perhaps put it in their mind), resulting in a lot of connections that simply may not exist. I would prefer such connections to be backed by an interview or something else of factual information, rather than basing it off conjecture, as we try to be a location that focuses on the facts as opposed to speculation.

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    • Ah, okay. Thanks for the heads-up. You have a nice day!

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    • Any time, thanks for asking so it can be explained. You as well :)

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  • Welcome to Mounting Floppy Images 101 - enjoy this amazing training course.

    Before you begin

    • Make sure the image files are not read-only. DOSBox hates that and can't mount them. Uncheck the attribute, if it is present.
    • Make sure you know the file extension of the image(s) - the most common ones are .IMA and .IMG, though you might encounter others occasionally.

    If we assume your image is called EXAMPLE1.IMG and is located on D:, this is the mounting command:

     imgmount a D:\EXAMPLE1.IMG -t floppy
    

    This will mount it as drive A:, which is the classic drive letter for floppy drives in the 1990's (along with B:, if there was more than one drive).

    But some games come on multiple volumes. How do you handle that? There are two methods:

    Method 1: Dumping - The easier method. Just create an empty folder somewhere on your DBox "hard drive". Then mount the first floppy image and copy all of its contents to the empty folder. Then mount the second floppy and do the same (copy contents to the same folder)... continue until you have copied (dumped) the contents of all images to the folder in question. Then just run the installer - most of them should detect that all necessary files are present and thus won't ask you to "Please insert Disk #2". This method works for X-wing and TIE Fighter.

    However, it doesn't work with all games - some of them absolutely require you to switch disks (e.g. the original installer for Spear of Destiny), even if you have dumped everything to the folder. Then we use this:

    Method 2: Switching - This method is closer to the genuine installation process from the 1990's. Here, you have to mount all images on the SAME drive letter. Assuming we have 4 images files, the command is:

     imgmount a D:\EXAMPLE1.IMG D:\EXAMPLE2.IMG D:\EXAMPLE3.IMG D:\EXAMPLE4.IMG -t floppy
    

    No commas or semicolons between the image names! Now all four are mounted to the same drive letter, however only EXAMPLE1 is the currently active image. Start the game installer... and one point it will ask for Disk #2 - then press Ctrl-F4 to switch to the second image (EXAMPLE2 becomes the active image) and continue the installation. Repeat this process until installation is complete. Feel like a 1990's gamer yet?

    Note: If you have reached the last image and the installer asks for the first one again, just press Ctrl-F4 again and it will go back to EXAMPLE1 being the active image.

    Another note: The Ctrl-F4 "switch" command works with multiple mounted CD's as well.

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    • I have an iPhone 4s. It really doesn't matter to me, it is something I carry around, but something I barely use. Perhaps its sole use is notifying me when I get comments on Youtube. Other than that, it pretty much serves little purpose. I don't install a ton of apps, Youtube is pretty much it. I don't call or text anyone, my father uses it to communicate with me, so my entire call history is just my father and the occasional wrong number. I just hate the limited battery life, trying to watch a Youtube video makes it die in about half an hour. It might be defective.

      You are definitely living a serious life of crime. You could corrupt those sticks! Yeah, I understand not breaking habit. I grew up in a household where my mother would only download things, I never would get them physically, and so that is what I was used to. I got some physical games later on, such as Thief, but now the problem is I don't have a functional CD drive, so it makes more sense just to get ISOs. So my actual copies tend to sit in storage, there is no real storage for it in my house. Maybe when I change my living conditions I can get an actual CD drive, there are quite a few obscure titles pretty much impossible to find, plus I like having the CDs just for the extras that come on them. I really would like to get original copies of some of my favorite titles, like Thief 1.14, as the one I have is somewhat buggy. I have yet to find the original, as in fully original, version of Unreal as well. Quake really is the one I have had the best luck with, ironic since the main site for its community went down a few years ago. I lament that I didn't have a hard drive filled with Quake levels when Gamespy went down, I am possibly one of the only ones who would have cared enough to archive 1996 levels. Aftershock is nice, the levels are pretty much levels online, but the need for their own texture pack means it is different from how it originally was. Then again, the bug where loading one level with a certain texture name makes it persist throughout the session means you could just load a Quake level before the custom level... except for the problem that I think some of the texture sizes are different and it would cause it to crash. I think I tried back in the past to combine it with my Q2 and Dark Hour levels so I could load all of them in one server. Doesn't work.

      Pretty much. Windows 8.1 interestingly enough is even better with those wrappers than Windows 7. Multiple monitors works better, it flickers less, it is a more stable experience. Windows 7 isn't unbearable, but in hindsight it was inferior. I found Windows 8.1 a better experience for playing Thief. Which of course means it is a great OS for me as that is essentially my biggest requirement.

      Or blue cheese...

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    • Yay, good news - my new office PC is ready and I will probably get it tomorrow. I'll finally retire that old, clanking, overheating, noisy thing that I had to endure for nearly 3 years.

      There is a little complication, though - we are having renovations at our office, so we're moving to another room and it's quite a mess. Cleaning up has revealed some unexpected artifacts. My colleague had a whole collection of ancient relics in her cabinets, including an instruction manual for an ancient 1990's PC (2 MB RAM, believe it or not!) and a box of actual floppy disks. We can't even guess how long these have been sitting in there, slowly collecting dust...

      The other little complication is that the new PC comes with Windows 10... but this is also a good opportunity for me to learn and master one more OS. So I'm not complaining.

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  • Hi, can you add a voice actor parameter for the Quake Champions character template so that I can add their respective voice actors according to the credits?

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  • Dear Admin (or Admins), do you guys wanna add new pages to 

    http://quake.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Skills

    Or shall I try and include Overbounce and a few other pages?

    https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=315482318

    I can use that guide as my manual, under the "Advanced Movement" section. Yet, I trust an admin to handle the situation more and perhaps making instructional videos about those personally. Either I can start and write the pages then link a few duel videos where those are utilized to a degree.

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  • I noticed you've dealt with a few edits that make some drastic assumptions. I noticed quite a few on other pages. One of the recent edits states that the Overlord had a pet dragon. I am sure there was never any mention of the Dragon being the Overlord's pet. I like that people are so invested in Quake that they have these ideas, but you're right in ensuring that these ideas don't get mixed in with fact. This wikia is always for fact and fact alone.

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    • No worries. I tried to communicate with summaries, it is why I didn't simply revert your edits at the start. I am glad you noticed this thread.

      I can understand passions and drive. To think out all these ideas and want to express them. As I said, in the right format it is quite good. Just posting them in an area intended for facts will result in a slippery slope (which brings me to the question of some trivia, which sometimes infers connections I am not sure were intended, we really need to pay more attention to interviews and other official sources) of what is factual and what is not.

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    • Ah yes, I used to do such edits too as a young and green editor (oops). Death and Raadec were quick to show me the right path, though.

      So yeah, when you really want to contribute to a Wiki, you have to be certain of what you write. This is why I avoid editing materials related to games I haven't played - the lack of personal experience creates a risk of assumptions sneaking into my edits.

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