|1.1 What is the Dopefish?
1.2 Why is he so popular?
|2.1 What is alt.fan.dopefish?
2.2 What is discussed in alt.fan.dopefish?
2.3 What is allowed in alt.fan.dopefish?
2.4 What is not allowed in alt.fan.dopefish?
2.5 Why was the newsgroup alt.fan.dopefish name used?
2.6 Famous people you might come across
|3.1 What are some web sites that talk about the Dopefish?|
4.1 What are some of the Dopefish items I can check out?
1.1 What is the Dopefish?
|The story behind the character
of the Dopefish is well defined. The Dopefish is the second dumbest creature
in the universe, and his thought patterns are only "Swim, swim, hungry...".
The Dopefish's food tastes are pretty much anything that's near him, although
he does prefer heroes.
The Dopefish originally was
an enemy character in the game Commander Keen IV: Goodbye Galaxy!. Since
then it has appeared in many other games with cameo appearances. The Dopefish
is particularly quite a part of Apogee/3D Realms software.
|The Dopefish has been steadily
gaining fame over the years. It basically all started when Tom Hall created
the Dopefish on some scrap line paper. At the time, Tom Hall was working
for id Software and he was developing the Dopefish character as an enemy
in the game Commander Keen IV: Goodbye Galaxy!.
At around the same time the Dopefish and Commander Keen IV was being ready to be released, it's publishing company, Apogee, had recently hired a few new employees. Joe Siegler, Steve Quarrella, and Lee Jackson were hired and they seemed to have fallen in love with this fish. They sort of adopted the Dopefish as their mascot. Joe, Steve, and Lee all started creating little Dopefish items. They created a Dopefish ANSI file, and convinced the operators at Software Creations BBS (then Apogee's home Bulletin Board System) to display it if you typed in DOPEFISH at the command line.
They soon convinced Jay Wilbur who was working for id Software to allow them to create some in-house Dopefish polo shirts (The Dopefish was and still is owned by id Software.) They had a picture of the "Burpfish", which is the animation frame that shows the Dopefish burping, on the front of the shirt. More people started creating Dopefish items as time went on.
Some stuff that was created in-house at Apogee include Dopefish dolls, Dopefish needlepoint, Dopefish coffee mugs and Dopefish mobiles.
The love of the Dopefish has
generally grown over time, with a large part to do with all the secret
cameo appearances and mentioning in top selling games by id Software and
2.1 What is alt.fan.dopefish?
|alt.fan.dopefish is a UseNet newsgroup that has been created to handle discussion of the Dopefish and his many products.|
|Discussions are about the Dopefish and it's many products. This includes cameo appearances, the screen saver, the game, the Win95 theme, bitmaps, icons, buttons, etc. Anything now or in the future relating to the Dopefish can be talked about in alt.fan.dopefish.|
|Discussion relating to the Dopefish.|
|Spam and binary postings.
Spam (or commercial bulk e-mail) has no real place in this newsgroup. While
it's difficult to be stopped, let the rules show now that it's not a welcome
Binary messages (messages that have files attached) should not be posted in alt.fan.dopefish. This is done for a few reasons. Some people have no choice but to download all the messages in a newsgroup, and news administrators added this group with the intent that there would be no binary in it.
I'd also be nice if you keep the cursing down. A little "H-E-double hockeysticks" might be alright, but the children are listening in.
Questions about the personal life of the Dopefish, unless treated in a respectful and courtious manner, are also not allowed.
|alt.fan.dopefish was used
because it is UseNet hieararchy friendly. The alt groups are generally
divided into several subcategories, and in order to get maximum exposure
of this newsgroup, it conformed to the most recognized and appreciated
One possible name could have been alt.dopefish.swim.swim.hungry, however most news administrators don't like names like that for two reasons. One, it creates a second level hierarchy (alt.dopefish) when it could easily be put into something like alt.fan.dopefish. Second, creating needless subdirectories for newsgroups (.swim.swim.hungry) is generally frowned upon.
|NOTE: This section only lists
people well-known to the Dopefish that have been seen posting on alt.fan.dopefish.
Other famous people may come and post on a regular basis, but for the time
being, these are it.
3.1 What are some web sites that talk about the Dopefish?
Some web sites that you should check out include dopefish.com as a high priority. It lists pretty much everything on the Dopefish. To check out some Dopefish fan pages, you should check out the Dopefish Webring Homepage. Also, to ensure the Dopefish survives to the year 2000 and beyond, see the RSFTUOTDI3DRG's homepage and sign their petition.
are some of the Dopefish items I can check out?
|There are lots of different Dopefish things available. Some particular items of interest include a Dopefish Screen Saver, Dopefish Game, Dopefish graphics, sounds, art, graffiti, burps, music, and more. You can pretty much find all the Dopefish stuff on dopefish.com.|
|---Andre C. Viens
|--James R. Edgar
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