s a lot of people that would say that no map would come that would be better than Blood Run and Aerowalk; that they would always be the best. On the other hand there are people that believe anythings possible, and if something of such quality comes along that it will overshadow the classics.
What`s your viewpoint? Personally I go with the second statement.
I might be wrong but that's just my opinion.
The only downside I see to all of this is that people tend to praise so much those old ones, that they never give anything else a real chance. But that's a whole different discussion...
So, the big question is how do we get the good custom maps into the public domain for all see and play?
id Software have done a few great things in the past with community map packs which are free for download and play by all. With Quake Live id Software have also done a 'great thing', but restricting the custom community built levels to 'subscription only', pro maps. I only hope the level authors have been paid for the subscription levels.
These Quake Live maps should really be free for all to play otherwise how on Earth are they ever going to get a chance to be played. I understand that id Software has to make some money somewhere with Quake Live, but from user made maps seems to me like the wrong move in more than one way.
Maybe I'm wrong, maybe by having these custom maps limited to the subscription players in fact helps the maps become popular. A number of players playing on these maps will lead to the customs maps being talked about. This in turn will establish a demand and curiosity about the maps that will lead to the custom maps being played more.
The other thing that may happen is id Softwares will move the custom maps into the 'free' section over time when new maps are added. Now that would be a good thing in my opinion.
Wow, what a rant! :]
I also started a thread on esreality.com that talks about appreciating whatever id has given us so far, this is especially directed towards newer maps. www.esreality.com/
Basically, the difference between Blood Run and some other fairly new duel map (like Devilish that I stated) that makes one superior over the other can
t exactly be pointed out. Both maps have the same characteristics that define a well-made map, yet Blood Run is supposedly the "better" than the other. So apparently there is some invisible "quality" that I am not sure about. Its like trying to say to a blind man what colors are.
I`m not saying Devilish is better than Blood Run, nor vice versa. Quality-wise I believe they are on the same level. I think this is more of a matter of preference than anything else.
PS a bit of brownosing - the currently featured "out on a limb" by Tig is a classic IMO
Long Live ..::LVL