In The Keep Podcast – #28 Kaapeli47 (FPS Historian)

Who the heck is Kaapeli47?

Kaapeli47 is a Finnish Twitch streamer who specializes in classic first-person shooter games. His show Golds of FPS explores the history of games like Doom, Half-Life and beyond. He is also a Quake esports commentator and a hobbyist Doom modder.

Kaapeli47’s Golds of FPS on Twitch

Over the past few years, he’s been on a mission to explore the genre of classic FPS games. From Wolf 3D to Half-Life 2 and everything in between, his mission to play through them all and share it with his generation is a gem on Twitch.

As a commentator, Kaapeli has done play-by-play for several organizations including: Rocket Jump Zone, QuakeAngelAvadica‘s Quake Cafe and the now defunct Quake Open League.

Kaapeli47’s Interview

You can listen to his interview and many others on The Keep’s website which contains links to subscribe and listen on your preferred podcast app. Or you can just listen on YouTube


Whichever you choose here is a list of timestamped topics provided by the incomparable Branflakes:

00:50 Cthalhamas/Motherload’s introduction to Kaapeli
02:58 Kaapeli- retro/classic FPS enthusiast
08:35 Golds of FPS
11:56 Console FPS gaming
16:26 How the Source Engine came about
21:40 Kaapeli’s Quake Champions commentary
28:04 Quake Champions & more casting
38:35 Build Engine games
43:42 Kaapeli’s origin in old school fps
47:01 Convenience in remakes and modern titles
51:05 Heading into the military
52:28 Newer games on his mind
54:16 Kaapeli’s MIDIs and absolute pitch
59:32 Doom modding
01:05:05 Kaapeli’s origin (continued)
01:09:15 Closing questions

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Classic FFA Quake Champions The Most Balanced Game Type?

Classic FFA mode was added to Quake Champions matchmaking. This is the mode that everyone in the Quake Community complained about not having.

There are no random champions, no abilities, no armor start. Just straight up Ranger Vs. Ranger deathmatch (like the original). Is this NOT what everyone complained and whined about for so long on the Quake Champions subreddit.

The complaint about champions, and abilities not making Quake Champions fun???!!

No Champions and No Abilities

How many times have you stopped over on one of the forums or the subreddit? Just to read THIS ISN’T QUAKE, Quake Doesn’t work with abilities.

It’s toooooooo random.

All the champions have different stackssssssssssssssss.

I really could not tell you how many times I’ve read this in the past 2 and almost 3 years. That the reason people didn’t like Quake Champions was because of the abilities and champions.

Well, HERE we are and yet no one is playing this mode.

It MAKES NO SENSE. This is literally what everyone griped about and I have to wait for almost 20 minutes to even get close to a match.

Perhaps this is not really what everyone wanted after all…

Classic FFA to Classic Duel Mode?

Is it because you prefer dueling? I mean I get it really you could just go duel on Quakeworld at some point if Quake Champions isn’t your style.

I really do believe that the graphics and an even match up would be interesting to see. Maybe not make it a ranked mode.

Why is there just a Ranked mode anyways for Duels in Quake Champions? There should be a separate matchmaking mode for people who want to warm up before heading into Ranked. Throw Classic Timed Duel mode into that and you’ve got something you can at least monitor.

Let’s see how people would enjoy it.

Conclusion

Quake Champions released a mode that everyone “wanted”. Even Champions across the board, with no armor, and no abilities.

Yet for some reason, the Matchmaking system puts you into the queue for 15-20 minutes. This tells me one thing, is that no one is queuing up or no one even knows what it is.

I think adding a server browser would FIX a ton of Quake Champions issue. Only one can dream I guess.

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In The Keep Podcast – #27 GNiK (Quake Champions Pro)

GNiK by Hawr1x

GNiK recently made his way into the Quake Pro League by qualifying through the Challenger’s League and competing at Lucca. Here we cover topics such as picking up Quake 3 as a 5-year-old, his controversial escapades as a teen in Quake Live and his journey into the QPL over the past year.

First and foremost, we need to say thank you to Smango for making this interview happen. It is because of his diligence in monitoring the Quake Pro League (something I do not always have time to do myself) that this interview came to be. I’ve been a fan of GNiK for a long time but in all honesty; I had no idea GNiK was doing so well in the Challengers League. Fast forward to the weekend before Lucca Comics & Games when I receive a message from GNiK:

“QuakeFans is doing some thing on me and one of the questions was about you doing a podcast with me.”

THANK YOU SMANGO!

You can read that article (which is a profile of GNiK’s gear and settings) here.

Suddenly I’m up to speed on the recent happenings and GNiK is on his way to Lucca for his first ever major LAN event and to pursue his dream of becoming a professional Quake player. AND HE DID IT! The weekend of Lucca I had just transitioned to night shift at work, freeing me up to be awake during the event where I watched GNiK defeat Br1ck in an epic best of 5 match-up. More importantly, this win meant that GNiK was now an official member of the QPL.

After the event we quickly scheduled some time to sit down and record this interview as a celebration of GNiK’s victory and a peek into his unique journey to get here.

GNiK w/ Br1ck by Hawr1x

GNiK’s Journey

GNiK is a 21-year-old from British Columbia who had never (until Lucca) been further from home than Alberta. His Quake journey began while he was a child playing with his father and brothers. As he grew into adolescence, he made a controversial name for himself in Quake Live (more on that in the interview). Fast forward to Quake Champions. After the infamous Christmas patch of 2018, the official competitive scene took a LONG lull. Luckily, people like S L I P & UNKiND of State of Quake and IamFortyLions kept the North American competitive scene alive through various community events.

Enter GNiK.

Throughout that season, GNiK fought his way to the top, winning a disproportionate amount of events and showing the world that he was a force to be reckoned with. When the QPL began at Quakecon 2019, who better to throw their hat into the Challenger’s League than GNiK? You know the rest.

GNiK w/ belt by Hawr1x

Talking about Quake Champions

Now I am perfectly aware of how critical I have been of Quake Champions over the past 6 months. I’ve been involved in several interviews where I have laid out my opinions on the game, most notably my appearance on Beyond Strafe Jumping with Shazzik. None of this is to say that I am any less enthusiastic about Quake Champions or the QPL. Quite the contrary. It is only to say that my relative lull in involvement with the game left me a little out of the loop over the past few months.

So… we brought in an expert. I asked Hawr1x of quake.cz to join us for this interview as there is no one I can think of more qualified (and easily accessible) to ask questions of about Quake Champions eSports than the man who dedicates himself to covering it. Furthermore, Hawr1x was AT Lucca to witness all the happening in person.

Links/Credits

Artwork by Haducant/Spaced.

Music by Immorpher:
https://immorpher.bandcamp.com/

GNiK

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GNiKgg
Twitch: http://twitch.tv/gnikgg
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/gnikgg

Hawr1x

Website: http://quakechampions.cz/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CzechQuake

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WinD Banned for Quake Champions Aimbot

WinD gets the Banhammer for using a Quake Champions Aimbot! WinD was competing in the Quake Pro League Challengers bracket.

Kenneth “WinD” Spaziani has been playing competitive eSport games since 2001. The real question is how much of his “earnings” were actually earned or has he been cheating the whole time?

WinD was streaming on Mixer whenever he was caught “toggling” his Quake Champions Aimbot. All of the information is provided down below.

Video Footage of Quake Champions Aimbot

Tracking on LG VIDEO

You can notice that his mouse cursor seems to automatically magnetize to the pillar which AskoldDalin is hiding behind. This is a very, very unnatural movement with a crosshair. This incident happens around the 3-second mark so pay very close attention to how the cross-hair changes direction.

Railgun Video

WinD about 20 seconds into the video clearly toggles something to pull of a perfect railgun shot. Then un-toggles causing his crosshair to fly up extremely high for no reason…

This is extreme aimbot like behavior. All the footage was clipped from his Mixer channels, thanks for whomever done all this work.

Well Deserved Ban

This photo came off of the Quake Champions Subreddit. Look I have no idea what Discord server this is off of but it looks like the problem has been resolved.

Whatever the full punishment is it is deserved. Hopefully, it was a lifetime ban Hardware IDs and IP address related. Stuff like this needs GONE out of Quake Champions.

Way to stay on top of things SyncError.

Conclusion

Most importantly WinD got excatly what he deserved. Above all, what kind of idiot live-streams and cheats at the same time. If you are going to cheat at least do it while not streaming. The evidence is clear and VIDEO further proves him toggling the aimbot while dueling some of the best Quake Champions has to offer.

If you can’t do the time don’t do the crime.

I’ve for one never really understood the reasoning behind cheating in a First Person Shooter. What ground do you really gain? Could you imagine someone getting on the big stage on the pro scene and getting caught with all the cameras on?

First-person shooters are about skill, if you are using cheats against your opponents you lose all integrity.

Another issue I see is that there doesn’t seem to be any in-place protection for this type of thing. The QC fanbase had to bring this to attention.

So I’m guessing there is no aimbot protection in QC yet. Hey, Punkbuster where you at?

Be sure to let us know on Twitter if you think he got was he deserved and if we need more protection against this type of thing.