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The History of Quake | Mad Overdose

MadOverdose.com writes: Quake. A name synonymous with gamers and truly an important part of gaming history that alongside Unreal Tournament, helped develop competitive online multiplayer into the juggernaut that we know it as today. Of course, online gaming has grown substantially since the games original release and now spans a multitude of different genres. But this article is just going to focus on the series that bought it to the mainstream audience. Developed by id Software and released June 22nd 1996, Quake would spawn a legacy of games that would forever change the way we think about online gaming. But where is it now? (Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, PC, PS3, Quake, Quake 3, Quake 4, Xbox 360)

TheDopeFiend  +   1701d ago
Quake......2 took up LOADS of my time when i was a teenager, it was the first online game i played, the memories
Kleptic  +   1701d ago
I started online gaming with Doom 2 back in like late 94 or whatever it was...My parents had just bought a Gateway 2000 486 desktop around that time, and I got it for Christmas...a few friends in town also got it, and we'd play 1 on 1 dial up for literally 8 hours at a time over christmas break...

that same computer was a terd at running Quake 1...I had it, but it was frustrating as it would chug so hard that even as a kid i couldn't play it much...My parents upgraded to a Dell something or other in 97 just a few months before Quake II released...and i was set...it had a Nvidia Riva 128 gpu (this was back when Voodoo cards ruled the planet) and was my first experience with accelerated PC graphics...but I later found out that the Riva 128 did not yet support OpenGL...and I was stuck playing Quake II for nearly a full year on software rendering...and was pissed haha...

but eventually a driver was released, and there was no looking back...I can't say I liked Quake II more than the Romero based shooters before, especially atmosphere wise (I wanted hell back)...but playing Quake II on dial up through kali.net was some of the absolute most fun I had ever had...I've been a shooter fan ever since...

I love reading articles like this...reminds me of the first games i played, and why I love this hobby so much...I think I am very lucky age wise, that I grew up in the perfect window of when gaming really got its legs...
Picnic  +   1701d ago
'Believe it or not, Quake was originally conceived as an RPG, focusing on melee combat and set in the medieval ages'

Yes I can completely imagine that. I can't remember the first 2 games too well but Quake 3 definitely has a medieval feel with its huge open symmetrical courts leading off to maze-like smaller passages and antechambers. One level features twin moats in to a small castle. There's at least one very futuristic level but the game definitely appears inspired by medieval times as well which, I feel , adds to its mysteriously brutal atmosphere.
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Kleptic  +   1701d ago
I got this book with Doom 2 for christmas the year it released...I wish I could find it, I still have it somewhere packed up...


The last 30 pages or so are a huge interview with Romero and Carmack about Quake's development...this was back before the internet was really anything yet...they don't usually put such in depth exclusive interviews in strategy guides anymore...but either way, they talk about its 'rpg' nature and where the title was going, all before it was changed into a shooter overall...and its awesome...

To me Oblivion turned into almost exactly what iD was talking about with Quake...Quake was going to be frist person, but almost all hand to hand combat with 'spells and magic' available eventually...and that you would literally have to cut an enemy apart in order to kill them, not just shoot them with a big gun...If you ever find this book, or get a way to read that interview, do it...and play a few hours of Oblivion, its insane how many things Oblivion does that Carmack and Romero spoke of 10 years before...
Relientk77  +   1701d ago
Quake 2 is an awesome game
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Mista T  +   1701d ago
I wish iD would make a true Quake game. If successful, it could become a multiplayer king this gen
kramun  +   1701d ago
The first Quake set the bar as far as fps games could go at the time. And the shambler was scary as f**k.
meetajhu  +   1701d ago
It also set the bar for 3d graphics and it was the first game to support gpu(graphics card) and introduced OpenGL. Infact it was the first true 3d game with 3d world. Can't wait for RAge
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Mikeyy  +   1700d ago
HAHA, we did grow up in an epic time for gaming, My first PC games Where Doom 2, Duke3d, and Quake.

Just days later I discovered Diablo, and Diablo was the first online game I ever played, followed by Starcraft.

The first FPS I played online, Hardcore was Unreal Tournament. That was was Amazing. just Amazing.

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