Quake, Meet GPL; GPL, Meet Quake

What has spiders, bubble gum, rocket launchers and camo pants? Quake 3, of course!
Grandma Would Be Proud

I own the retail version of Quake 3 Arena. After running these new games, however, I have to admit I don't foresee myself playing the old one anymore. id released its game engine, and that allowed developers to concentrate on some really innovative additions. I'm truly amazed at the quality of these games.

Shawn Powers is a geeky Technology Director for a small school in northern Michigan. He did manage to find a wife to love him and has three wonderful daughters. His wife even watches Star Trek with him, but he suspects it's just because she loves him. Send e-mail to him at shawn@brainofshawn.com.


Shawn Powers is a Linux Journal Associate Editor. You might find him on IRC, Twitter, or training IT pros at CBT Nuggets.


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Nexuiz is not quake3-based

David Watzke's picture

Kosh: Nexuiz is not based on the Quake3 engine. It uses improved Quake1 engine called "DarkPlaces".

+1 for Nexuiz

Anonymous's picture

+1 for Nexuiz

Open Arena

Anonymous's picture

If you are an Ubuntu user you best get Open Arena from www.openareana.ws It's the current 0.8.1 version, the one supplied with Ubuntu is two versions behind the times. There are not many online servers left using the old version. Just unzip in your home directory and you are ready to frag.

Forgot the best one.

Kosh's picture

I have played all of the games you mentioned except for Padman and you forgot the best of them all - Nexiuz. The game is very easy to install, straight forward to customize , has single and multi-player games. The only issues I have had is I can not see were I can turn on the grappling hook in single player mode and I am a terrible shot. But I can move fast so watch out when I am in the capture the flag maps.


John Hardin's picture

More grep nitpicking:

glxinfo | grep -i rendering

The "-i" switch makes grep case-insensitive.

-- "Sgt. Bothari" in Urban Terror


Anonymous's picture

The pipeline
glxinfo | grep '[Rr]endering'
would have
a) captured the information you wanted from the glxinfo report,
b) been more readable to your audience,
c) accomodated both the capitalized and the lowercased word, and
c) needed no explanation about why you left off the R

Just a thought

Quake 3 Arena

David Watzke's picture

Well, I am familiar with Open Arena, Urban Terror and Tremulous and I think that even though these games are good, they just can't compete with good ol' Quake III. Also, Quake III engine under GPL is IMHO a great thing even if one isn't a game developer. Think of the compatibility, if not anything else.

-- Proud owner of Quake III Gold.