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May 15th 2003

Here's one important phq news item:

You want a tshirt and a fan cd for free?

Well then this contest must be the right thing for you! Create either a desktop wallpaper or a winamp skin or a flash movie based on Halfquake Amen!

Rules? Yes, there's one rule: Be creative and sadistic!

Send your works to my e-mail address (! You can send more than one work of course! This will raise your chance to win! The contest ends on June 30th 2003. The Jury is: bj, darrn, auri and me.

The winner gets a free tshirt of his choice of the phq shop and - of course - a free fan cd! And I'll add the best ten works to the stuff section at the farm site!

And now ... START WORKIN! ^^

So, let's see what you got for me. (;

May 13th 2003

Dea.. oh.. wrong site hehe..

Well, I got some desktop backgrounds for you:

- by ThudoriskaH
- by ThudoriskaH
- by banungadawa

Thanks to you guys.

So, and what about me? Or the farm? I don't know. I produced a song called "broken hive". Download here. If you want the text just mail me or send me a phq message.

I'm trying to set up a totally new system for phq. Related to rpg's with your own victim, creatures and other interesting stuff. But it'll take some time to complete. So I'd just say you stay patient. Or dead. Something like that.

April 11th 2003

Another day in school, a rainy, but warm weather outside, trying to get my mood down to a world called "Depression",.. passing people, who aren't relevant to the world - things would be the same if one of them weren't given an existence -, another english discussion.

Naive girl: "Philipp, what do you think about reality soaps and Starmania?"
(Starmania is a TV Show in which people from the whole country get voted for best singer who cover songs - a TV Show for getting producers of the show richer and richer so to speak)

Me, surprised that she dares asking me: "Heh, Starmania... Look, I think it's unfair if people become famous for covering songs. People who are not able to compose their own songs, who get said: "Dude/Bitch (or whatever she/he is called), you gotta sing this song, using this melody, you become famous and I get the money, awright? Ah, and wear something thin - know what I mean!"

Another girl: "So you don't think Starmania is cool?"

Me, grinning: "No, because it has nothing to do with music or even art. See, I'm a musician and -"

Another girl: "YOU?! You're a musician?!"

Me, getting really angry: "Yes, and - "

Another girl: "So you sing and play instruments?"

Me: "Yes, you see I -"

Another girl: "Can we hear something?"

Teacher, really intelligent annd enngllish goodly tallck: "Philipp, can we listen to one of your songs?"

Me: "Sure, I got one right here in my Mini Disc player, wait a moment."

I got my Mini Disc player and they all listened to "Rainbow Zombies" and "Senseless fools" (insider, check out the lyrics on my page). They liked it and the teacher even wanted a CD.

The lesson ended and I went outside, feeling abused, raped by ears who didn't hear what my music really was. They just heard the melody, not the message or the spirit. They didn't listen to me, they listened to sounds they converted into a cheap language they better understand. And after a few minutes they had forgotten it anyway. A senseless action, a waste of time for senseless beings.

March 24th 2003

Personal Halfquake will be offline the next two days.

I played Icewind Dale II on the weekend. You really get addicted to such games. I wish I had more time to play more of them, such as various MMORPGs. But Anarchy Online for example was quite boring after you made a few missions. Maybe it was boring because I hadn't much time to play it.

I'm waiting for a game which blasts the whole gaming community away and sets new standards in every corner. We're in need of innovations, new stories, new worlds. Where are they?

Fact is that companies are afraid of real innovations because it's too risky. A little mod-maker like me doesn't have much to lose, so he can do whatever he wants. A company is dependent on money and can lose everything if people don't like their ideas and innovations.

That counts for movie companies too of course. That's why all make sequels based on successful movies: it's cheap, less risky and people don't get it that they just saw exactly the same thing they've already seen a few years before. Of course with other actors here and there, better special effects, famous people and maybe some naked skin - sex always sells (Men In Black II, Austin Powers III, Mission Impossible II).

But I'm drifting away from my main topic.

What should a new game look like so it opens your mouth for the rest of your life?

The problem is: Tastes are different. The perfect game must be incredibly adjustable so that everybody gets exactly what he wants. Therefore a game could be based on your own imagination. A game could be like a dream. Or even better: A game could be like the opposite of life.




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