to bash or not to bash

When youre a regular esreality.com visitor, you know there are a lot of user who dislike Painkiller and dont hesitate to bash the game whenever they can. But other people are getting annoyed of this stuff, so did ScOOp. Heres a little snippet of what he wrote:

honestly, im getting annoyed by those people, that let not one thread or posting slip, to tell everyone how they dislike painkiller. the fun thing is, they can easily filter out painkiller news and topics, but i cant filter out stupidity in general.
it kinda reminds of the same bashing, that was going on for month (years even), against q3 by old quake world players.

Read the rest over at esreality.com and tell him why you agree or disagree.

PK++ 0.4 released

Today, the PK++ team has released the long awaited PK++ 0.4 beta test. It has a lot of new great features like a new scoreboard, bots, mapview, stats & proplus mode. Are these screens nice or what?:

PK++screen1PK++screen2PK++screen3

Features & Changes:

ADD: Bots for online and offline play (!)
ADD: Backwards/Forwards compatible network protocol layer*
ADD: Specmode fix, info in HUD*
ADD: New specmode camera modes: followcam, staticcam, autocam
ADD: Mapview, HLTV style birds eye view while in spec
ADD: Map loading screens
ADD: New scoreboards for tdm, ffa, duel
ADD: Team overlay with loc file support
ADD: Crosshairnames
ADD: Logging for server and client
ADD: Weapon Stats*
ADD: Forcemodel
ADD: Allready / breakmatch
ADD: Simplehud
ADD: New crosshairs
ADD: New hitsounds/killsounds
ADD: Direct input on/off modes
ADD: Test arena warmup map
ADD: Match overtime
ADD: ProPlus mode, 150dmg stake, no telefrags, 50% bronze protection, 25% increase in stake-nade blast
CHANGE: Fragmessages
CHANGE: Game fonts
ADD: Eliza module for hybrid bot chat
ADD: New hitsounds/killsounds
CHANGE: Teleport radius and stakenade dmg strength inline with CPL requirements*
CHANGE: SafeRespawns added

*requires PK++ installed on server.**
** NOTE: It will take up to 20 seconds for you to auth with a PK++ server, be patient! Once authed you will recieve stats and info in spec HUD.

PK++ 0.4.1.62 (Internal)
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CHANGE: Bots now retain names between maps/adds during game sesssion and kicks
CHANGE: Bots bored time decreased
CHANGE: Bots level 10 turn speed decreased
CHANGE: Bots range-based weapons tweaked

TODO List for 0.5.1.62

ADD: Waypoints for all maps
ADD: Locs for all maps
ADD: Mapview images and configs for all maps
ADD: Spec support for bots
ADD: Ref and Admin status of players
ADD: Bot item timing + item navigation
ADD: Bot RJ
ADD: Bot chat on keywords
ADD: Bot team behaviour
ADD: Scoreboard/team overlay Q/F/M/P indication
ADD: CTF flag state indication
ADD: MD5 cdkey hash communicated to server for GUIDS
ADD: Stats overlay
ADD: Autodownload PK++ / Maps
ADD: Duel queue
ADD: Tweaks for ProPlus mode
ADD: Clan Arena
ADD: New maps for CA, TDM
ADD: Vote options GUI
ADD: Low ammo sounds
ADD: Painkiller frag sound
ADD: Custom HUD
ADD: Auto download feature
ADD: Vote sounds
ADD: Simple items / super low gfx mode
FIX: Low fps bug – Missile Controller Code?
FIX: PCFs missing game sounds bug

Before downloading, we advise you to back up your files because this version is a beta test.
You can download PK++ 0.4 via Steamfish. If you dont have a previous version of PK++, download Steamfish installer first and run it. For those who need an offline install get the full version here. Anyone that wants to host these files, please contact us.
If you have problems, run the updater a second time. Keep in mind that you cannot use hacked 1.61 no cd exes.
Before spamming us with complaints, please read the readme in \Bin\PK++Documentation.ZIP first.

If you still have questions or have suggestions or want to contribute, mail to mods@pkeuro.com.

NBC Germany to Cover World Tour

From www.thecpl.com:

Yesterday, DreamCatcher Europe and the CPL gave final approval to NBC Germany for the broadcast of a Painkiller Tournament on GIGA-TV. With one million daily viewers its one of the most watched shows in Germany.

The show will include several broadcasts and repeated follow-up of the $1,000,000 CPL World Tour. To commence the ongoing coverage GIGA-TV will air interviews with CPL Painkiller Champions Sander Kaasjager (Vo0) and Andrew Ryder (Gellehsak).

CPL Turkey Reloaded

The CPL today announced the doors opening for registrations for the second attempt at the World Tour Stop in Turkey. Heres the news from the CPL directly:

The CPL announced today the launch of the online registration for the first World Tour Stop, in Istanbul, Turkey taking place Friday, March 25 to Sunday, March 27, 2005 at the CNR EXPO.
The Stop will feature a $50,000 one-versus-one Painkiller competition and the top four players will qualify for advancement into the $500,000 CPL World Tour Championship Finals.

The Turkey Stop will not feature a BYOC because of local restrictions on the importation of electronic devices, but a practice area will be hosted at the venue.

The 128 competition spots are $60USD per person and spectator passes are free. The online registration for the spectator passes will open next week.

Gamers wanting to participate in the free Cultural Tour taking place Thursday, March 24, 2005 must arrive in Istanbul no later than Wednesday, March 23rd.

Register now for a spot in the Painkiller Tour Stop at www.thecpl.com/register/

Also of interest is Scott Valencias account of what happened at the first attempt to run this world tour stop. Its an interesting read and Im sure that everyone that made the long trip to Turkey for the event is especially thankful to Scott and all that worked hard to make the event a success. You can catch Scotts blog HERE.

Vo0 and Gellehsak on GIGA

From www.fnatic.com:

Tonight on GIGA TV in Germany Vo0, and gellehsak will be making an appearance. GIGA TV is a show dedicated to Esports which runs on the NBC Europe channel.

The entire show will be broadcast between 22:00 and 00:00 CET, on NBC Europe, or for those that aren’t in Germany will be available by a live broadcast stream here: http://broadcast.giga.de/listen.pls. The stream is run on a first come first serve basis, and has a 1000 slot limit. Because of Painkiller’s +18 rating, it will only be shown after 23:00, so if your just tuning in for the Vo0 and gellehsak show, make sure your there between 23:00 and 00:00!

Firstly they will be starting the show with an interview with the both of them, talking about Painkiller in general, as well as some more personal questions about the World Tour amongst other things. This will be followed up by a show match between the both of them for 15 min, on a map of their choosing. And finally the show will finish up with “Esports Nanny” a regular feature on the Giga show, to find out more tune in later!

So make sure you stay awake, stay tuned, and either jump onto a TV or join the stream, for some Painkiller fun with the worlds’ best players!

Video Stream | fnatic | GIGA.DE

Zaccubus wins ZB lan

Zaccubus came out on top at a great ZB lan this weekend. A full write up for the event can be found here.

Final standings:
1st : 4K^Zaccubus
2nd : 4K^Kuula
3rd : Jabbor
4th : 4K^Razorb
5th / 6th : PBX / 4K^ZaF