Well, at first I didn't notice a change after the update and actually liked the vote system but instagib mods are almost completely gone, at least for East coast players. iCTF used to have at least 5 servers running but just recently after this map rotation you'll be lucky to find 1 server, and I'm serious (I play in private servers too btw, and even when people make them are hard to populate them)...I've been playing iCTF since 2009...everything went to hell in contrast of what it used to be.
So basically if you think about it, the only playable maps for iCTF with the current map choices are courtyard, Rebound, and Siberia, the rest are just space and completely boring maps.
I'm also upset with clans that keep recruiting people...clans that have more than 30 members and don't allow other clans to grow so there can be more variety and a more competitive environment.
Clans with 30 members aren't competitive clans but made just for fun, such as drunk and -ffa-. Players from those clans in reality are a part of others.
And in your very specific case q3 might be an option, because of 1.16 noghost insta.
Also, mandatory lol instagib and lol ictf.
I agree about the rotations - in theory was a good idea, but as an example, this month really bites. As far as clans recruiting 30+ players, I tend to agree with YMCMB. Those clans are not so competitive and are just for fun, while clans like OK, RIP and ROTN are more stringent. Personally, our (ROTN) new recruiting process has limited the amount of newly accepted apps, and we remove inactives, so we have really refined our membership down to a very active clan - and one of quality and good people. I think any serious clan should take this approach to refining their membership base as so. Our rules are simple: good attitude and sportsmanship or you lose the ROTN tag. We vote you in based on how active you are with our team and your ATTITUDE, not just based on skill. I think that approach has really created a quality clan of fun, good hearted people who are also serious about the game.
Lastly, I love QL. It's the best online FPS out there. Although things aren't always perfect, and there is always room for improvement, it's my home.
ROTN = Revenge of the Noobz!
it's already been said more than enough times, but here goes again....
pay up and you won't find anything lacking anymore.
things are the way things are now because the developers have bills to pay, and all you freeloaders aren't contributing to the bottom line.
if you joined expecting to be able to play this game indefinitely, for free, then you joined the wrong game.
I remember when quakelive started, they advertised as a free to pay by being an ad supported game. Eventually they came up with Premium which added more features, private servers, more maps etc this was totally fine. Now on the last update they ruined what they were about by taking away features to see if they could chip in a few more players to pay, most of them are leaving and now the people who play complain the community is shrinking. Quakelive now looks like a free demo and a shadow of its former self, I hope it goes back to what it used to be or its not going to have a bright future.
Here's an idea, but hold on to your hats because it's truly a difficult concept to grasp.
How about everyone purchase the bare minimum membership @ a whopping $20 for an entire year, heck, maybe even renew it the next year because you obviously enjoy this game and ID's service. All of your problems will then likely be resolved. I can understand that $1.67/mo can compromise your ability to pay your bills (if you have any) and live a satisfactory life.
With this level of naivety, I'm still dumbfounded that this game still exists.