Happy 21st Birthday, Quake! You Are Now Legal in Every State

Go have a round or three on us, a site founded on your greatness.

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Quake turns 21 today, and as a site originally founded a Quakeholio, it is only fitting that we celebrate the game's greatness each year.

The game, created by Doom developer id Software and released on June 22, 1996, was a spiritual successor to Doom and its ilk. Although, it originally started as a medieval first-person game and not a shooter, it evolved into its released form where Ranger must fight off waves of death squads sent by Quake to test humanity. He eventually enters the Slipgate, collecting four dimensional runes, and stops the invasion of Earth.

The game proved to be so popular that it spawned numerous ports, including Nintendo 64 and Sega Saturn, and mods. The game also spawned two expansions and several special releases from id, including VQuake, QuakeWorld, GLQuake, and WinQuake. It was followed up by three sequels, including the popular Quake 3 Arena. And let's not forget the great soundtrack by industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails, with the band's front man Trent Reznor, voicing the character of Ranger. There was something poetic about Ranger carrying around a nailgun.

The game also created a massive multiplayer community, with pro players picking up the pace of the game to crazy heights and opening up a world of tournaments where players could actually start making a living from playing games. Names like Remedy, RiX and ZeRo4 became legends in the early days of Quake tournaments, with ZeRo4 (aka John Hill) making such an impression that he landed a job with id as the developer's eSports manager early this year.

A convention to celebrate all things Quake was originally dubbed #quakecon after the IRC channel players would congregate on. QuakeCon is also celebrating its 21st year, and will be held this year in Grapevine, Texas, on August 24-27. It has expanded since id's acquisition by Bethesda, but still holds true to its FPS identity with regular tournaments based on id games.

Last year, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series, id announced Quake Champions, going back to the game's fast-paced roots of frenetic shooter with wild exotic weapons. Paying homage to its roots, one of the champions is aptly named Ranger. Quake Champions is currently in beta and will have its first pro championship tournament at this year's QuakeCon.

So happy birthday, Quake! Thanks for all the fun, the memories, and the website idea. We couldn't have done it without you.

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From The Chatty

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    June 22, 2017 5:16 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Happy 21st Birthday, Quake! You Are Now Legal in Every State

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      June 22, 2017 5:21 PM

      Remember those days. Still had dial up. Clan member named Hulk was a lpb. He killed it I’m ctf. Also remember getting the Rendition Verite or whatever and then turning on the 3D part. Game changer.

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        June 22, 2017 7:49 PM

        GLQuake and Unreal will probably remain the most "holy shit" moments in gaming for the rest of my life. I just don't see how they could be topped.

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      June 22, 2017 6:00 PM

      quake can drink!

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      June 22, 2017 7:31 PM

      I played so many hours of Quakeworld. I still haven't had as much fun as playing on a 32 person DM server in my Amish mafia skin.

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      June 22, 2017 7:40 PM

      Still have my Quake folder on the PC after all of these years. Qtest is in there too.

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      June 22, 2017 8:06 PM

      Quake is why I own this site. Probably gonna jump on Champions tonight.

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        June 22, 2017 8:22 PM

        Imagine if they remade Quake 1 and spruced it up a bit with a modern MP mode (this would be aside from the SP campaign which would be the main draw of the game). You could have a modern take on the classics like DM3/DM6. H0ly smokes.

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          June 23, 2017 6:17 AM

          a reboot would be cool. But anything these days would have lame cutscnes, characters and guns with lights on them, bloom, and normal maps on everything.

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            June 23, 2017 7:10 AM

            See NuDOOM on why you are wrong

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              June 24, 2017 9:12 PM

              He's not wrong, nuDooM is an example of how it's supposed to be done. You are wrong.

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          June 23, 2017 7:44 AM

          The thing is, Quake 1's charm - aside from MP - was basically this bizarre fluke based on conflicting dev goals and a major change in direction late in development. That's why you're fighting monsters in one level and knights with swords in another. It's why one level is a space dungeon and the next is a castle. They originally wanted the game to be very different - mosty melee weapons, few simultaneous enemies, no music, very atmospheric - and then at the last minute panicked and basically tried to make it DOOM with better graphics (so, guns and music and bad guys galore, etc.)

          So as much as a modern take on Quake 1 would be interesting (I know you said remake but others have suggested more of a reboot), I doubt you'd be able to capture what made Quake 1 interesting because it was so all over the map and a product of its time.

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            June 23, 2017 7:55 AM

            You'd have to have two conflicting game types collide into a finished project.

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        June 22, 2017 8:25 PM

        I really hope they take care of the long load times and hopefully the player base increases so the matchmaking is a breeze. So want to play the game, but the hurdles are making it tough.

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          June 22, 2017 8:34 PM

          I played two duels earlier today, and since I'm really bad, the wait for each duel was longer than the duel itself =)

          I'm now having to wait 5+ minutes for every match.

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        June 23, 2017 6:07 AM

        I thought you bought the site just for my clever quips

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          June 23, 2017 7:21 AM

          Those didn't come up during the due diligence period. Your clever quips are just an added bonus, Hampy Pants.

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        June 23, 2017 8:17 AM

        Someone, quick, make championsholio and sell it to this man.

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      June 23, 2017 5:48 AM

      Damn.. I feel old. :/

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      June 23, 2017 6:10 AM

      I remember the Quake demo taking forever to download on, I think it was a 28.8k modem. I didn't have a 3D card at the time, so I ran it in software mode. It wasn't until the Quake 2 demo that I got my first 3D card (TNT Riva). Eventually I upgraded to the GeForce 256 SDR, and got punked by NVIDIA when they came out with the DDR version shortly thereafter. I played an unholy amount of Quake 2 online as a HPB.

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        June 23, 2017 8:52 AM

        these days it's just waiting for 11 GB patches and then horrible matchmaking

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      June 23, 2017 6:46 AM

      Quake4 is $4

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      June 23, 2017 9:43 AM

      i'd buy quake a beer.

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      June 23, 2017 9:59 AM

      I've come to see the Quake soundtrack as one of Trent's best works.

      And I'm a NIN fan from back in the Downward Spiral days.

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      June 23, 2017 12:47 PM

      I want the original Quake 1 remastered in graphics, network capabilities and that's it. It should allow every single old MOD to work with it and just inherit the newer graphics and such. That would be bad-ass.

      Champions looks like Q3 + UT had a baby.

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      June 23, 2017 12:54 PM

      I want the original QWTF remastered. Best. Game. Ever.