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frag movie test (no intro) (14 comments)
Posted by ashy @ 13:53 CDT, 8 April 2015 - iMsg

made this time ago but stopped due to lack of time/not enough guides regarding wolfcam
might get back to it in the next months, anything i could improve?
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Your custom server ideas (6 comments)
Posted by ashy @ 07:04 CDT, 5 May 2012 - iMsg
How come nobody is sharing their "creations"?

I'm having tons of fun trying all these almost endless possibilities: I think certain combinations of these cvars are underrated and would be truly appreciated if more people played them.

These are just silly experiments between me and my friends, and still need some tuning, just food for thought and opinions:

1)ET-ETQW inspiration

Game type:
Attack and defend (the most similar to ETQW's stopwatch)

MG as main gun, damage upped to 15-20, Headshots 3x dmg, crouch spreading 0.
LG as the pistol, unfortunately besides lowering the damage I can't seem to find the cvar to make it "cripple" the enemy, which would add some metagame, only the knockback which, frankly speaking, is pointless.
RL as the panzerfaust/obliterator, gravity affected projectiles, 200dmg, big splash dmg, 1 ammo only, huge reload.
GL as the grenades (rifle), 2 ammos, 200 dmg, higher exit speed.
Gauntlet : so far I'm pretty unsure about it. If only I could make that using the gauntlet allows faster running, now that would be fun.

Physics: So far I've been trying VQL only, I was thinking about increasing the gravity but increasing the air acceleration/speed.
Perhaps using PQL would make the gameplay more fluid and less dull.

Again, unsure. The vampiric thing does promote teamplay yet I loathe it, and the basic HP/armor regen promotes camping.

Final opinions:
I know it's not possible to recreate ET/ETQW in QL.
I know it's silly even attempting to.
But it's so fun trying something fresh and different once in a while, I can't help enjoying it.

2) Q3 Excessive mod

Pretty much madness.
No reload time on any weapon, player speed increased, infinite ammo. Weapon stats adjusted accordingly.
The inability to find a "double jump" cvar makes this idea worthless.

What kind of server have you spawned recently?
Ddo you think the server spawning options could use some more tweaking?
Please feel free to copy/paste the whole raw data given by the "Export Settings"
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The forgotten cvar: cl_mouseaccel >0 (66 comments)
Posted by ashy @ 10:06 CST, 4 February 2012 - iMsg
"Another thread like this? Are you out of your mind, NoAvailableUsername?"
"Why would I ever read about a nobody's opinion on this subject, which has been discussed plenty of times?"

I can understand your disappointment yet, please, allow me to attempt defending the purpose of this column

I think the biggest flaw of threads like "How to aim?" "Best sens?" "Everyone can QLhook" and others which I won't link is that these tend to overlook the most crucial (in my opinion) aspect regarding aiming, which is acceleration.
It's such a common, wide-spread cvar but hardly ever gets any recognition.
(More specifically, a combination of "Sensitivity" "cl_mouseaccel" (and its sub-cvars) and the keyboard usage, but I'll analyze this subject later on).

Your usual ESR thread regarding our beloved acceleration will do nothing but debate wheter to use it or not, 1 or 0, black or white, without indulging in the plethora of options it offers, and the consequences in aiming it leads to.

Reading about grips, arm positioning, posture and whatnot is cool and dandy, yet noone ever speaks about different aiming styles which are nothing but a consequence of a cl_mouseaccel value >=0.

Since I have nothing better to do, let me please bore you to death and elaborate on this opinion of mine, by starting from the end: technically speaking, I do believe that no accel is always better and easier than having it.
I think all of you will agree on this, since I tried to underline the word "technically": the good thing about posting on ESR is that I don't have to number the reasons behind this statement.

"Stop stating the obvious, NoAvail., I feel like I'm wasting my time here. Plus, you sound like an imbecile."

I won't try to deny that last part.

The problem is that some people just can't find that so much desired "sweet spot" some seem to have in an accel=0 scenario (Stermy, Czm, Fox and many others) , which ends resulting in either a too high sens for tracking or crippling the movements and situation awareness (please note this is from a ctf/tdm/ca point of view, duel is similar yet different) .

How I wish I were able to do that, it would be so easy: are my movements too slow? I'll just raise the sens!
Am I overshooting? I'll just decrease it then.

I'm one of those unfortunate people, and I've spent years looking for a good enough sens/accel combination, trying to find the answer to the dreaded question every acceleration user might ask himself in times of low accuracies and despair:
"Should I change the sens or should I change the accel?"

The general consensus regarding the classification of sensitivities tends to differentiate between high, med, and low.
I will dare to take a step forward and analyze few sens/accel combinations, and to estabilish their properties.

(please note:

-the combinations data I'm basing this analysis on has been gently provided by the user "ia" in this thread, and exhaustively tested by me.)
-Test setup : WMO, qck+, 400dpi, in_mouse 2,m_yaw 0.022, cherry black switches
-these are personal opinions based on personal preferences: the reason I'm posting them is to start a discussion on this subject, not to crown any particular setup as the best.
-I'm leaving out of the picture extreme cases like Rapha and Strenx for obvious reasons.
-I'll analyze only the main weapons (RG RL LG) behaviours in these scenarios.

1) The "Thanks, but no thanks" combination

High/High-Med sens, Low accel

DaHang - 4.6 sens, .048 accel, 22.59 cm/360
L1nkje - 3.338 sens, .074 accel, 31.13 cm/360

A good compromise, yet a compromise: movements are great and the gameplay feeling is much smoother, but it still suffers from the "sweet spot" problem for people like me, since it bases itself mostly on the (high) sens value.
Also, accel feels not high enough for faster turns (thus resulting in forced movement of the arm, which some might dislike) but high enough to break a "no accel setup" muscle memory "stability feeling" (sounds horrible, I know).
RG/RL are good except for >45° flicks, which have to be done by the arm and therefore are ineffective.
LG decent but too unstable for me, might benefit more from Red/blue switches and a faster left/right dodging.


2) "Flick me baby one more time"

High-Med/Med sens, Med accel

Cypher - 3.784 sens, .106 accel, 27.46 cm/360
K1llsen - 3.45 sens, .12 accel, 30.12 cm/360

It starts getting slightly better for non surgeon-wannabe aimers like me.
Movements are perfect till the 900/1000 ups mark, after that lifting the mouse is needed to get the angles.
"Sweet spot" problem still existing, especially when it comes down to tracking very small dodges (again, the red/blue switches question, I'll get back to it later).
The sens-only muscle memory is now completely lost, replaced by a not so subtle acceleration feeling, which might require time to get accustomed to, as it may lead to overshooting/overflicking.
RG starts getting better for some unknown reasons, allowing faster flicks.
RL becomes much better in close combat, but sens still feels too high and leads to overshooting: RL aiming style now switches to a more flicky style rather than the case 1) tracking.
LG becomes tricky for me, being used to lower sens values results in flicking the mouse too much at the enemy's direction changes during a fight, which makes the higher accel value kick in; might be perfect for those used to 1) , as the increased accel provides faster, larger turns, resulting in a fixed position of the hand and sensor always on the same mousepad spot.


3) "You spin me round"

Med/Low sens, Med-high/High accel

Cooller - 2.255 sens, .182 accel, 46.09 cm/360
Av3k - 2.327 sens, .291 accel, 44.64 cm/360
Noctis - 2.775 sens, .209 accel, 37.44 cm/360
NoAv. - 2.9 sens, .18 accel

As you see, I've been using a setup like this for a while now, thus I'll be able to describe better the advantages and flaws it has.

Movement: although it feels more stable, it starts deteriorating at around the 700/750 mark. Heavily characterized by wrist movement,it slightly hinders circle jumps due to the low sens/high accel jerkiness combination, and often requires mouse adjustements.
The "sweet spot" problem starts fading away, just to let you realize it'll never really disappear: in fact, the main problem within these setups is the inaccuracy at low angles deltas (at roughly 45° left or right from your crosshair) due to the brutal effect accel has when it kicks in. It basically gives the player different adiacent "cones" of 30-40° each in which tracking is great, but as soon as the "cone" ends a mouse lift or a flick is required, which might result in a drop of accuracy.
This means calm, patient, relaxed hand movements are required to not over/undershoot, something which doesn't always happen, especially in LG fights.
RG starts shining at lower senses, also allowing rewarding flicks.
At higher senses it's either flick or movement only.
RL is now totally flick-dependant, especially at lower sens values: this means it's great at closer range and reflex-shots, yet, being the sens so low, you don't have enough time to adjust the crosshair in time for example for a mid-air rocket, or to quickly calibrate accurate long shots, especially on the Y-axis (m_pitch > 0.022 in this case might help, but it's still a handicap).
LG at long ranges feels great due to the lowered sens, and chagning directions for such small angles doesn't trigger the accel curve that much.
LG at med ranges (thunderstruck from a side to another side) requires zen-like tranquillity, the smaller hastily direction switch might bring your crosshair to the other side of the map, especially in heated battles. (the lower the sens, the less it benefits from red/blue switches,and viceversa ill get back on this later)
LG at short ranges is good, high accels allow to go "Jules Verne" on the enemy, although the "cones" problem still persists.
This style stresses the wrist heavily, depending on how much you're willing to move the arm: therefore, a lighter mouse is preferred.

Noctis: I can't find any, if you have a link please share, although he fires with the keyboard which doesn't really make him an eligible example, in my opinion

Keyboard and Switches

This is another big thing that plays a vital role in accel-LG-aiming that is hardly ever mentioned.
For someone like me used to heavy black switches, giving red/blue ones a try made me open my eyes.
The possibility of having faster left-right patterns at will has so many consequences on tracking that I have no idea why everyone seems to neglect it.
I'm still fairly new to this, and I'll have to buy different keyboards for my tests as soon as possible, therefore I'm unable to be detailed on it: if you have some experiences regarding this I'd be glad to hear them.

The impressions I had so far:

-Black or heavy switches leaves a bigger "hole" on the X-axis. In short, a slower L/R pattern means that, given that you don't move the crosshair, you'll have a bigger X-axis "blind spot", as in more degrees between the final left position and the final right position.

This hurts against someone who tends to do smaller, faster dodge patterns: to overcome the situation, with these switches you'll have to move out from the center of the enemy's screen, thus widening his pattern in your screen,thus making it easier to track him.
It's a matter of basic perspective afterall, and I'm pretty sure this is old news for all of you.
This results in compensating with a lower sens, to cover the "blind spot" aforementioned.

Senscap: a useless cvar?

Another vital cvar that is never discussed.
Seeing that I've already written too much, I won't dare to go against these habits but will ask you instead to please share your experience on it.
I personally think it's really underrated and might really worth it at low/low-med accel values (case 1), to overcome the instability.

As a conclusion, I'd like to thank you for reading all of this,and ask you to please share your experiences regarding these subjects.

I'd also be interested in knowing how you (accel users) managed to find your current settings, step by step, one decimal per time.
Edited by NoAvailableUsername at 10:06 CST, 4 February 2012 - 21020 Hits
QL+usbmrs 1.1+ XP= mouse stops working (13 comments)
Posted by ashy @ 14:03 CST, 15 December 2010 - iMsg
I've tried looking everywhere for a couple of days before opening a new thread here, but it seems there aren't any similar threads around.
In case I'm wrong please forgive me.

Changed the usb polling rate from 125 to 500 mhz,twice,using usbmrs 1.1.
Had no problems whatsoever the first time (roughly 9 months ago),and restored the old usbport.sys back to 125 'cause I didn't like it at first.

I changed it back to 500 again last week and,since then, only when I play Quake Live, the mouse randomly stops working every 3-4 minutes or so: it will turn off (= the sensor "light" disappears), and after 3-4 seconds it comes back to life.

When this happens I hear that windows sound you get when you plug/unplug something via usb.

I tried changing ports and unplugging/plugging the mouse again, but I get an error message about the installation of the device.
Tried restoring the usbport.sys file +doing again the usbmrs thing, problem persists.

OS: windows xp
mouse: mx518

Is there any chance to get it working without having to format?
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Oh mx518, why do you have prediction? (165 comments)
Posted by ashy @ 09:36 CST, 4 December 2010 - iMsg
I didn't mind it when playing ET, I could cope with it.

But when playing Quake, it really feels something is wrong, especially if you had the chance to test other mice.

It's such a pity really: arguably one of the best shapes ever, albeit heavy, if you prefer to "cup" it (or should I sound leet and say claw grip?) with your fingers arched instead, given you have medium sized hands (

The funny thing is, it really seems that there's no real substitute for it; in a recent odyssey for a replacement I couldn't find a single "feel-alike" mice:

-Deathadder: those extremely sensible mouse1/mouse2 buttons just give away the purpose of a claw grip. You could probably mis-click by breathing on them. An expensive, yet oh-so-shiny, pain in the ass.

-G9: Skipped badly at low sens (70/360) on every surface (heard they fixed it with the G9x) and the shape wasn't exactly comfortable. An even more expensive, yet oh-so-many-leds-y, pain in the ass.

-IE 3.0: Would have probably been perfect with bigger hands and/or palm grip. Width & weight are perfect, length isn't.

There are only very few options left:

-IMO 1.1: probably the best guess, looks very similar to the MX, less weight.

-WMO: why don't you have side buttons?

-Xai: from the various pictures it seems to be more comfortable than the Kinzu or the Abyssus, although I've read about the sensor's problems which kinda sounds scary.

TL;DR: those of you who used a mx510-518-G5 with claw grip and switched to something else with no prediction, what did you get and why?
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