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Misleading Link[edit]

This link is definitely misleading. It's no more in-depth than any number of pages found by Googling "mpq file format" and the site itself admits that it was copied directly. This should not be considered an authoritative source and should be removed. Robert Paveza 22:20, 8 February 2007 (UTC)


It seems that some editors have classified the references provide in this article as being inadequate and unauthoritative. It should be noted that because of the nature of this topic, there are no references that can satisfy their criteria (eg. The Oxford University's Completely Utterly Official Encyclopedia of File Formats). However, the references that are provided, I consider them adequate because they work in real life and have for some time. This is commonly accepted information in the modding community. To draw parallels, if we can quote from so called 'underground magazines' for certain computing articles, which have no authors, only handles, no publishing company as they are distributed covertly, and these are accepted as 'valid authoritative references', then surely we can accept the equivalent for the modding community. Rilak (talk) 22:33, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

I agree with the above author. The mention of Justin Olbrantz's MPQ spec as the most accurate one cannot be verified because of the lack of a published spec from Blizzard. (Naturally, such an occurrence would obviate the need for other specs.) Justin Olbrantz and Jean-Francois Roy are two of the single most notable Starcraft modders, and their knowledge of the spec is essentially unassailable. Their joint document is the most accurate specification that exists, and their knowledge of the format is joined with their seniority in the modding community. (talk) 05:34, 17 May 2009 (UTC)

Well, it's funny to see "the implementation is the documentation" in actual practice. The Storm DLLs and such are heavily decompiled. It was OR (original research) a decade ago but now tons of people have verified that information's correctness. What I think is weird is that there's not links to implementations of en/decoders since their source code would be considered documentation. After all, if the source code produces bad files, it would show up pretty fast! I came to the talk page because I wanted to ask why there isn't a list of tools in addition to what games use it, since this is you know, a file format article! (talk) 00:15, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

Broken link[edit]

It seemed, that doesn't work. Link leads to Apache test page, not a real site. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:19, 22 December 2011 (UTC)