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wheel mouse optical 500hz windows 10 (9 comments)
Posted by drejjk @ 05:05 CDT, 11 October 2018 - iMsg
alborz showed me the way that the good old microsoft mouse works again with 500hz on windows 10

http://www.filedropper.com/mouse_5

unrar the file and place the folder Mouse in C:\ so its becomes C:\Mouse

open CMD with admin rights

then type: cd C:\mouse\main

hit enter

then type: atsiv.exe -f hidusbfp.sys

hit enter

open Setup under: C:\Mouse\extras

put filter on device, 500hz, install service and restart

test with mouserate.exe

mouse should work on 500hz now

(only downfall is that you have to do this once everytime you restarted your computer, other than that it works perfect)

enjoy!

thanks alborz!! <3
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Re: Moviemaking Interview Series (No comments)
Posted by maxterid @ 13:51 CDT, 26 July 2018 - iMsg
I just hope qc give us demos, so we can make take frags and 3rd person shots
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Moviemaking Interview Series (86 comments)
Posted by lolograde @ 10:47 CDT, 17 July 2018 - iMsg
Movies are an important part of the Quake and AFPS community. Not only are movies a great way of introducing new audiences to the game, we get to see some of the best moments, and share the movie maker's unique perspective of the game. The goal of the editor is to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts. And sometimes the editing is so powerful it reorients the way we think about the game itself.

This article contains a series of interviews with a variety of different movie makers, styles, and games. I will update this article with new interviewees so check back regularly! Lastly, there is a Discord channel for Moviemaking. Feel free to join if you'd like to talk movies, music, editing techniques, etc.!

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Esports: An Introduction (3 comments)
Posted by TheTechnixian @ 12:55 CST, 3 January 2018 - iMsg
These days, lots of new things are popping up from their niche status and into the mainstream. The best example of that in 2017 is Bitcoin. Up until this past year, Bitcoin was nothing more than “magic internet money”, as even some of its own community called it, but during 2017 it had soared in popularity almost as fast as its value did.

But that’s money, and money does make the world go ‘round. Let’s talk sports, or “sports” - depends on where you stand.

Another field that was testing the niche-mainstream border in 2017 was esports - or Esports, or eSports, or e-sports… the list goes on and on. We’ll use “esports”, and capitalize the E when needed, following Paul “Redeye” Chaloner’s rule of the word, as he explained during this live broadcast (he’s very passionate, so the clip does contain some inappropriate words - you have been warned): (embeds don't work here)

https://clips.twitch.tv/SpinelessHumbleTroutSoBayed

If we take a look at the Wikipedia page for esports, it is defined as “a form of competition using video games.” Just like sports, esports is organized into different types of games. Instead of soccer, hockey, and basketball, however, they are mainly First-Person Shooters (FPS), Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas (MOBAs), and Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games. FPS games include Quake and Counter-Strike, MOBAs include League of Legends and DotA 2, and RTS games include StarCraft II. Just like in traditional sports, players are not referenced by their first name. Unlike traditional sports, however, players are named using their chosen nickname in the game and not their last name - with me being Yotam “Tech” Cohen, for example.
In this piece, the FPS field will be overviewed, with Quake as a case study.

I ask you to come into this with an open mind, especially if you’re a traditional sports fanatic, as this is not an easy topic for some (“Video games are not a sport” people, keep that down please).

Ready? Onto our subject.


Let’s Talk Business - Quick Maths

If you played video games growing up, you know the fun and thrill that comes with it. The reflexes, the challenge, the talk with your friends about it... Little did you know that in the future, people were going to play video games for lots of real prize money.

To put esports’ size in perspective, the biggest prize pool to date - at the time of writing - was the DotA 2 International 2017, where the general pool exceeded $25 million and the winners, Team Liquid, took home a very fair share - $10.6 million. But here’s the real kicker: that money isn’t even 4% of the total revenue of the esports industry in the past year (again, at the time of writing).

In 2017, according to statistics website Statista, esports had generated about $696 million in revenue, with the audience size being around 385 million people around the world. In just two years, esports has more than doubled its revenue - and it’s expected to grow to over $1.4 billion in 2020 - again doubling its value in about 3 years.


Quake: The One that Started it All

If you owned a computer as a kid during the late 1990s, there’s a pretty fair chance you’ve heard about Quake. Quake is a fast-paced, brutal shooting game that puts your reaction time, coordination, quick thinking and decision-making skills to the ultimate test by pitting you against other players in a big, tall arena (hence it’s more specific genre name: Arena Shooter).

Due to its simple but fast, competitive nature, Quake shaped esports as it is today by being one of the first, with tournaments still ongoing. Its biggest event each year is QuakeCon, which is organized by Bethesda, the company developing the game. Quake as an esport isn’t huge, with the biggest player in the field currently being Counter-Strike, but it is one of the longest-running ones, running all the way back to 1996.


General Rules of a Quake Tournament

Quake’s biggest tournament is “Duel” - one versus one, time-limited combat. When a timer of 10 minutes runs out, the player who killed his opponent more times wins. Each player starts (or “spawns”) with only a machine gun and 100 points of health (HP). Items, such as the Mega Health (“Mega” for short) and the Red Armor, can refill and/or overfill your health or armor points over 100, and more powerful weapons and ammo are scattered around each arena. Armor takes two-thirds of incoming damage and is a must-have item in order to stay alive. When your HP reaches 0, you die. Items can greatly increase your chances of staying alive and killing your opponent - so make sure you know where they are located in each arena and take notes on their timing - especially the two key items mentioned earlier.

A match of Quake is played on a “map” - the setting. Each map has its different structure, item locations, and features, such as teleporters - instantaneous travel to another part of the map - and jump pads, which are like powerful trampolines.

Since a game can be as short as 10 minutes, competitive tournament rulesets extend that using a best-of-X format (or BOX). A professional match and the Grand Final of a tournament are usually a BO3 and a BO5, respectively. To decide the maps of each game in a series, players are given a standard list of maps. Each player then bans a map from the match, and then each picks a map. This repeats until the map slots for the game are filled, with the last map usually being a decider remaining after all other maps have been picked or banned.

As you can see, esports isn’t mindless entertainment. It’s a cutthroat, tough competition with lots of mental note-taking, quick reactions, coordination between eyes and each hand and educated inferences on your opponent’s state. Some people don’t include esports as a sport just because it doesn’t involve intense physical activity, but that definition can cripple some popular sports in existence today. For example, archery is an Olympic sport - and the most physical activity done is pulling a string and walking to get arrows back. In fact, archery has more in common with esports than it seems: they both rely on subtle motor skills of the hands and arms, and both require lots of quick thinking - as explained by Assistant Professor of Physical Education Seth Jenny in the following video, posted by ELEAGUE on twitter:

https://twitter.com/eleaguetv/status/889893193491378176

Other sports that break the definition include poker, which is broadcasted on ESPN, golf and shooting - also Olympic sports.


A Professional Example

Now that you’ve learned most of Quake’s - and esports’ - basics, let’s watch an example. This particular one is the Grand Final of the QuakeCon 2016 Duel Championship, where the American Shane “rapha” Hendrixson played against the Russian Sergey “evil” Orekhov in one of the most intense matches ever played live, and - coincidentally - also the last Duel match of the main QuakeCon championships being played on Quake Live, with Quake Champions’ early version replacing it in 2017’s tournament. The game is casted in part by Daniel “ddk” Kapadia, one of the most famous esports casters to date. If you have an hour to spare, I cannot recommend this match enough. It is chock-full of impressive moments of precise aim, tactical thinking, and quick decisions. The winner - I won’t spoil this greatness for you - takes $12,000 home.



If you’d like to try Quake yourself, Quake Live is currently at a price of $10, but Quake Champions will be free to play when it comes out. You can also buy the full version of Champions, which also gives immediate early access to the game. At the time of writing, Bethesda has yet to provide a release date for the first full version of Quake Champions.


A Conclusion - and Personal Thanks

Congratulations, you are now educated on the basics of Quake and, consequently, esports as a whole. If you thought Quake was big - it’s only a small fish in a bigger pond than it started in. Games like Counter-Strike and League of Legends attract millions of viewers every event, with organized teams, companies, and investors all creating a new genre of what we call “sports”. In the future - and even today - moms might want to reconsider telling their children to stop playing video games.

In general FPS esports news, a huge Counter-Strike event is coming up soon - a Major one, some might say (the event is classified as a Major by the developing company, Valve). I might write a piece about an overview of Counter-Strike before the tournament starts, if you, the reader, and others want it.

Thank you for reading my very first piece! I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to try my hand at esports journalism, and this website gave me a good starting point. If you’d like to see more of this content and/or have suggestions, you can leave a comment or email me at "thetechnixian (at) gmail (dot) com".

Thanks!
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In-depth interview w/ winz about his career as a player (2 comments)
Posted by RadoNonESR @ 10:19 CDT, 21 June 2017 - iMsg
winz reminiscing about his career: 'I usually have a very good idea of where I stand individually...'

While modern-day esports fans recognize Michael "winz" Bignet as a skilled and versatile Overwatch player—who is ready to play whatever position his team needs—his career as a professional player began more than a decade ago. In the distant 2004, he was already representing ‘against All authority’, a brand veteran fans will recognize as a once staple name among the upper echelon the French esports scene.

While winz wasn’t a regular in the offline circuit at the time, he’d grow to be recognized as one of the best in the games he played. Throughout 2005, he became UT2004 world champion by winning ESWC in France, his home country. 2006 saw him earning the gold again, but this time for Quake 4 with notable wins over toxjq, now recognized as the greatest Q4 player, and Cypher, who would eventually become the best, and arguably greatest, Quake duelist to date.

After the introduction of Quake Live, winz gave up on the 1v1 mode due to a number of gameplay changes he didn’t enjoy and the continued prevalence of old maps. For several years, he wasn’t part of the highest level of offline competition, but eventually made a comeback in team modes and games, winning premier tournaments in Quake Live TDM, ShootMania, and most recently, Overwatch.

The interview takes a retrospective look at his career as a player.
. . .

You can find the interview itself on Esports Heaven at the following link:
http://www.esportsheaven.com/articles/6080

Make sure you don't miss part two by following us on twitter at @EsportsHeaven and @RadoNonfire.
Edited by RadoNonESR at 01:45 CDT, 22 June 2017 - 5443 Hits
Piggybacking off of 'visibility' threads (15 comments)
Posted by Teen Queen @ 06:03 CDT, 27 April 2017 - iMsg
Here's a short opinion piece regarding requests for higher 'visibility'.

For the sake of the argument I'm going to assume most users requesting such features are veterans from previous iterations of quake or the like.

On a quick glance, game engines in the late 90ies / early 2000s had a very distinctive 'blocky' feel to it. Even round shapes appeared to be sloppy bent lines, makeshift solutions.

Take a look at Heavy Metal Fakk 2 running on id Tech 3 - the 'Colosseum' doesn't have a very round feel to it. Notice how the statue on the right of the player model is all chopped up and 'blocky'





Visual Cluster

Games that we're passionate about usually have less visual cluster, clean head up displays, minimalistic design and so forth. The year's 2017, while recently more and more video games adpoted clean, intuitive or even invisible HUDs represented in game design, the screens tend to be packed with more content.

Colors, Staturation

Do a quick run down of your favorite game and you can quickly define a palette - quake 1 uses predominantly greyish/brownish scheme, quake 2 uses slightly brighter brownish colors, inching closer to a dark orange. Quake 3 has a lot of red highlights throughout the maps and level esign, player models but retains the greyish-brown scheme to some extent. Now take a quick glance at quake champions - the colors are more vivid, aren't as washed out as previous titles, it's eye candy (to some) and a strain for those that literally lived their lives alongside older quakes.

Shapes, Lines, object complexity

Here's where it gets really interesting. Take a look at two random screenshots from Q3, pay attention to straight lines, level geometry, gun model






Lots of strong lines, clearly defined shapes, not much going in terms of variety - a clean level design that stands the test of time.

Now on to a screenshot from QC I snatched online -





Quite frankly, the gun model itself has more going on than the entire level from Q3. Plenty of shapes, an obvious lack of straight long lines, inconspicuous edges. In order not to cherry pick I used this image and am convinced that it's hard to come up with screenshots that would go against my theory - the level of fidelity is just light years ahead, attention to details, different technologies and rendering engines used..

Geometry plays a vital role in competitive FPS titles - levels need to be elegantly traversed, allowing for swift, fluid movement and fast paced action. Cramped corners usually remove the integral gameplay which provide compelling combat scenarios, skill based executions, eyecatching air rockets, light gun pins and other buzzwordy glory kills. Q3/Q2 level design simplicity allowed for greater mobility and 'shiny' frags. Map design, item placements etc are another topic though - I'm not too well versed in it.

Cosmetics, Consistency

Adding neon models, bright skins and similar visual aids clashes with the art direction - the screen is already cramped with visual clutter. It won't make the game more relaxing, more pleasing or more visible, it will just look out of place and in some cases even worse.

For the longest time, competitive gaming had a way to force models. Counterstrike had cl_minmodels (*cvar might have changed), UT had .ini settings (PlacedCharacterName= _____ ), quake has cg_forceEnemyModel ' ' - None of these games had 'classes' though, forcing all models as Slash for example would be very confusing if you end up getting blasted by Ranger's Dire Orb. There's also cosmetics that come into play and I'm pretty sure it would cause a downfall for in-game payable items if someone were to just tinker the settings to remove them.

Consensus

What veterans are after is not bright skins but a nostalgia filled expectation for a period where games were less clustered with visuals, effects, particles and were built around 'primitive' engines which favored simple shapes/design, a more robust level geometry and similar remnants of the past.
Edited by Teen Queen at 06:40 CDT, 27 April 2017 - 6827 Hits
A brief history of eSports [Infographic] (43 comments)
Posted by marcus.computerplanet @ 12:30 CST, 14 January 2017 - iMsg
The past decade has seen a surge in the popularity of eSports. Millions of people tune in to watch different tournaments each year, with the number steadily rising year over year. Just a few years ago, there wasn’t enough demand and there weren’t enough professional players for world tournaments.

Today, new tournaments are routinely announced that are almost guaranteed to overtake their predecessors both in terms of number of players and prize money pay-outs. The next decade in eSports is set to see the industry come into its own, with more growth and professional players able to base careers in eSports.


For more information about the dramatic rise in popularity that eSport has seen along with some fascinating facts and figures, check out the following infographic put together by computerplanet.
Edited by Badb0y at 09:57 CST, 15 January 2017 - 28089 Hits
5 story lines for QuakeCon 2016 (7 comments)
Posted by RadoNonESR @ 09:55 CDT, 6 August 2016 - iMsg
In the article I take a look at what is for me the 5 most interesting story lines at QuakeCon 2016's duel tournament. Hope you enjoy it and feel free to let me know if you got questions or criticism.

I meant to post it on 4th, before the event but experienced some technical difficulties I couldn't fix in time since I was planning to post it just before the tournament starts. I hope it is still enjoyable read.

Link to the article on medium.com

If you are interested in my opinions regarding esports and want to keep track of future articles @RadoNonfire on twitter.
Edited by RadoNonESR at 10:17 CDT, 21 June 2017 - 8962 Hits
quakeworld 1v1 qcon (No comments)
Posted by atfab @ 13:47 CDT, 1 August 2016 - iMsg
http://www.quakeworld.nu/news/986/duelmania-quakecon-2016


pls give leopold some plusses as soon he makes a post :D
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whatever floats your boat (11 comments)
Posted by drejjk @ 11:42 CDT, 29 May 2016 - iMsg
whatever :D
Edited by drejk at 13:00 CDT, 29 May 2016 - 9627 Hits
HoQ TDM 4v4 Spring Season 2016 Coverage (86 comments)
Posted by viaIImaximus @ 19:45 CDT, 26 March 2016 - iMsg
HoQ TDM 4v4 Spring Season 2016 is starting tonight with first three Div 1 matches being played at 21:00 CEST! Until then, entertain yourself with interviews from the clan leaders and their predictions on today's games.

Keep checking this page as I'll be adding more interviews from div 2 and div 3 clans. Also I would like to wish a Happy Easter to all those who celebrate it! Besides that, I would like to thank all the clans for letting me interview them, and who have shown that the QL scene consists of really cool people, who enjoy playing their favorite game. Don't forget to check the streams for tonight's action.

Streams: Russia 102, United Kingdom funnyb, United States of America Flair TV
Links: Schedule, Rules - mIRC #HoQLeagues - Donate for the league
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Edited by viaIImaximus at 09:12 CDT, 27 March 2016 - 45152 Hits
HoQ CA Spring Season 2016 Round 1 Recap (8 comments)
Posted by viaIImaximus @ 17:31 CDT, 25 March 2016 - iMsg
Yesterday night, at 21.00 CET to be exact, saw HoQ CA 4v4 Spring Season 2016 kicking off with four matches being played. Some matches have been rescheduled and some teams have used a wildcard but overall it was a great CA night with interesting matches. Some very close games were featured. You can check them out on funnyb's YouTube YouTube playlist, as he has uploaded most of the VOD's if you wish to review any of the matches. Furthermore, I have interviewed most of the clans that have played yesterday. If you want to know their impressions and opinions on the games they have played continue reading. Be sure to keep an eye on this article as I’ll be adding more interviews!

The match results are the following:


Standings:


Links: YouTube funnyb YouTube playlist, HoQ CA Results
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Edited by viaIImaximus at 18:12 CDT, 25 March 2016 - 26361 Hits
HoQ CA 4v4 Spring Season 2016 Coverage (25 comments)
Posted by viaIImaximus @ 14:47 CDT, 24 March 2016 - iMsg
Tonight is the night! As it was already announced the HoQ CA 4v4 Spring Season 2016 kicks off tonight at 21:00 CET with first CA matches of the season. A total of 21 teams, across three divisions will be battling to crown themselves as the HoQ CA champions.

To keep you entertained before match start, I set on a quest to get every team's predictions and thoughts about the league and upcoming matches. I have conducted interviews with team leaders spanning all three divisions. I managed to cover almost all of them. Some couldn't be reached, some didn't want to participate but overall it was an interesting experience. I've been working in fifth-gear for the past 24 hours to get this done as soon as possible, so please excuse any mistakes or typos that you might encounter while reading. I'm still editing on-the-go and getting some more interviews in. So keep checking this page.

Other than that, I would like to express my deep gratitude to all who agreed to be interviewed and to those who have helped me along this hectic journey. I have met many new and interesting people along the way and have really enjoyed interacting with you all. I hope you had a good time doing this as well as I did. Thank you again! Furthermore, each page of the article represents a Divison, so page 1 is div 1, page 2 div 2 and so on. Well... What are you waiting for? Start reading and enjoy!
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Edited by viaIImaximus at 14:49 CDT, 24 March 2016 - 27732 Hits
The best new thing - VR? (22 comments)
Posted by viaIImaximus @ 14:15 CDT, 22 March 2016 - iMsg
Probably the hottest news in the IT industry at the moment is Virtual Reality (VR) related. Basically, every IT news portal is being swarmed with articles about VR development hardware and software wise. One might find themselves caught off guard when it comes to the new technology and with so much information being released, you might as well feel overwhelmed by it. That is the reason for the creation of this article. To get yourself acquainted with the new 'hot stuff', giving you an overview as to why VR is so popular right now.

Go on dive in ...
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Edited by viaIImaximus at 17:30 CDT, 22 March 2016 - 21783 Hits
green talks to base after 125 FPS Season (88 comments)
Posted by xemorx @ 16:12 CST, 2 March 2016 - iMsg
This transcription is of the interview after the finals of the 125 FPS Season.

G. – Hello, you were awesome today, gratz! We were all rooting for you! You must have been warming up for some time right before the tourney?

B. – I just had the two days off which I’d invested in practicing, something about 9 hours a day.

Edited by xemorx at 13:52 CST, 3 March 2016 - 32553 Hits
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