Quake Live Celebrates One Year Anniversary Fourteen Years After Original QTest

By Brian Leahy, Feb 24, 2010 6:00pm PST

It was only a year ago that Quake Live, id Software's free-to-play, browser-based re-creation of Quake III Arena, was unleashed upon the Internet in the form of an open beta test. For the festivities, Quake Live will be running a "Year One Event" through March 9th. Gamers that play during the next two weeks will receive a special "Year One" emblem on his or her profile. A new map was also uploaded to celebrate.

Some statistics were released today detailing the growth of the game:

The number of people that registered when the QUAKE LIVE Beta opened far exceeded our wildest expectations. Over a quarter million players created accounts right after its launch and that was through word of mouth only! Since that time, players have spent over 8.9 million hours in over 60 million ranked matches, earning an impressive 8 million awards and 810 million frags.

However, the best way to celebrate might be with the QTest Alpha, which can be downloaded from FileShack. The multiplayer-only, pre-alpha test of the original Quake was made available fourteen years ago today. Good luck running it, though: "If you run this TEST from Win95, you MUST have a 16mb RAM system."

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  • Been playing Quake since QTest and participated in Quake Live's closed beta; I'm proud of the iD team for what they achieved and realizing their ambitions.

    When all around them are losing their heads and bowing to market pressure to release slow paced, realistic and low skilled games the creators of the pinnacle of the Deathmatch FPS continue to endeavour to bring Quake to the masses.

    Quakeworld is still the greatest competitive FPS of all time, it's truly astonishing just how perfect the feel of that game still is today.

    You can download a free installer from http://nquake.com/.

    Quake will never die. As long as there is another person out there willing to 1v1 on dm2, another seven to 4v4 TDM or any number willing to frag it out in a FFA death pit I'll be there.