Let's reflect on 25 years of Shacknews with this special anniversary trailer

For Shacknews' 25th anniversary, enjoy this special trailer commemorating the site's history.


Today is a special day in the history of Shacknews. On this day, 25 years ago, Quakeholio was born. A small fansite dedicated to all things Quake would eventually become the destination for all things video games and beyond known as Shacknews. A lot has happened in 25 years. The site has undergone a lot of changes, a lot of different looks, and has evolved with the times. For today, we're honoring the past 25 years with a special reflection on the history of Shacknews.

Shacknews was once the product of a single imagination, that of founder Steve Gibson. His dedicated Quake fansite would eventually grow into Shugashack and later into Shacknews. The site would expand beyond Quake and cover other great PC gaming titles of the day, including Doom, Wolfenstein, Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Unreal Tournament, and many more. The site would also branch out into coverage of console games, covering the very best of Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, and beyond.

Shacknews has also gone through many site revamps. There have been several home page design updates. The site has experimented with different ideas, like the Weekend Confirmed podcast and the Shacknews Daily news show. Our video presence has grown tremendously to the point that big name celebrities like Mike Tyson and Ice-T have come onto our Twitch channel and played games with us.

And of course, Shacknews has jumped into the esports scene in the way that only Shacknews can. We've honored our Quake origins, holding regular tournaments like The Great Quakeholio Tournament and holding old-school gaming tournaments at events like E3.

Many people have walked through the doors of this website. In one way or another, they would all do it for Shacknews. We celebrate 25 years today and endeavor to keep Shacknews going for 25 more. Enjoy this trailer and continue to do it for Shacknews!

Senior Editor

Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

From The Chatty
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    April 14, 2021 6:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Let's reflect on 25 years of Shacknews with this special anniversary trailer

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      April 14, 2021 6:24 AM

      Happy birthday shack!

      Crazy to think that I've been coming to this place for 10 or 11 years and that's still less than half of the website's lifetime. Even crazier to think that some people have stuck around for those 25 years as members of the community.

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      April 14, 2021 6:26 AM

      yay! Lasted longer than my marriage!

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      April 14, 2021 6:32 AM

      I still remember the moment a friend in my high school computer class showed me the website he was checking out. Thanks for all of the memories since 1998, sCary’s Quakeholio!

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      April 14, 2021 6:37 AM

      I can't believe it's almost(?) 25 years. Holy shit. I've been here since the beginning. I lurked for a good year or two after the forums and chatty were started, and my first real post that I remember was a reply to abrasion about my experience with some piece of hardware or something.

      I found this place when Steve was posting early Quake screenshots and stuck around through a ton of name and URL changes.

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      April 14, 2021 6:39 AM

      Man Ice T sold it hard, the man is just a pro

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      April 14, 2021 6:42 AM

      mf...25 years. I was 11 when this site got started. Maybe started contributing when I was in my early 20s.

      Hell of a ride.

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      April 14, 2021 6:46 AM

      Getting quake 1 and quake world was big enough on its own, but glquake was the killer app for the 3D video card revolution. I will never forget the first time I loaded it up on my voodoo1.

      I was a lurker then, I visited the page every day and followed the forums but never posted anything. That all changed on 9/11. I needed a place to vent, and while my post history is minuscule compared to other long timers, I have appreciated this community and website.

      And seriously, Quake>UT, go back to blues news if you think otherwise ;-)

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        April 14, 2021 6:48 AM

        Quake always ran like shit for me because my computer sucked (I had no money, and was young).

        Once I got decent hardware (Voodoo + K6-2 CPU, lol) Quake II was out so I ended up playing more of that.

        Eventually I circled back to Quake and realized it was way better - it's still playable and fun and responsive even today with minimal modifications.

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          April 14, 2021 8:42 AM

          I had an AMD 5x86 133 when Quake first came out. It "ran", but not spectacularly. When I upgraded to a Pentium 200mmx I was blown away at the performance jump. Then it jumped even further with the voodoo1. I really do miss the "wild west" of PC building back then. I really wish they'd build affordable FPGA's (on PCIe cards) so the community can come up with the next thing to bring drastic performance upgrades to. Gah, it may not even work, I am still just mesmerized by the Amiga architecture, and it still influences how I think about things (that and FDDI).

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        April 14, 2021 4:36 PM

        Jane's longbow 2 going from software render to 3d accel was the one that blew my mind.

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        April 14, 2021 10:59 PM

        Why do people always compare Quake to UT? Shouldn't it be Quake 3 to UT99? Or Quake to Unreal?

        Anyways, UT99 did CTF better than Quake 3. Facing Worlds is better than any Quake 3 CTF map.

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      April 14, 2021 7:24 AM

      This site has always been sCary's Quakeholio to me.

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      April 14, 2021 7:30 AM

      When is Ninja's shout-out video dropping?

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      April 14, 2021 7:34 AM

      Haha go Shacknews! 25 years, man oh man. I think I started coming here around 2002 or so, but it was already old by then!

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      April 14, 2021 7:37 AM

      25 years! Congratulations! I’ve been a reader since quakeholio, and I guess this will be the official site of my retirement home someday.

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      April 14, 2021 8:16 AM

      Congrats on 25 years Shack. And to all the supporters and chatty folks who’ve propped it up all these years, well done. Long live Shacknews.

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      April 14, 2021 8:17 AM

      You’re crying!

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      April 14, 2021 8:23 AM

      When do we get to buy our 25th anniversary shirts

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      April 14, 2021 8:24 AM


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        April 14, 2021 8:40 AM

        The GBurke Cut is about 8 minutes longer and includes a brief video essay on the first Ghostbusters movie, plus bonus rants about internet influencers and the Disney-era Star Wars movies

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          April 14, 2021 8:59 AM

          Also more cats.

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          April 14, 2021 9:34 AM

          The GBurke Cut is presented in a thin Shack format to preserve the integrity of Greg Burke’s creative vision.

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          April 14, 2021 10:29 PM

          it's also presented in 640x640 to preserve my creative vision.

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        April 14, 2021 10:58 AM

        Top Ten Years of Shacknews

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      April 14, 2021 8:28 AM

      And still no college degree to show for it!

      J/K happy anniversary!

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      April 14, 2021 8:45 AM

      Well that makes me feel old.

      I remember when comments were added and I thought to myself "why would I ever do that on the web when we have IRC and IRC is fucking great?"

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      April 14, 2021 8:55 AM

      Quite the achievement. As much as this place has changed l, and my time spent here has dwindled, I will always have the front page as my web browser home page.

      Congrats to anyone that has been involved over these 25 years!

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      April 14, 2021 9:01 AM

      Thanks Shacknews. Made a lot of friends online and turned many of those into real life. Here is to 25 more!

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      April 14, 2021 9:13 AM

      25 years wow. Congrats on keeping such a unique and interesting place like this running for 25 years.

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      April 14, 2021 9:17 AM

      Posting in an hopefully epic thread. God bless you beautiful bastard that is shacknews.

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      April 14, 2021 9:21 AM

      How many gaming sites from that time are still around? Feels like we're the last of an era!

      Even back then, the Shack felt different. Here's to 25 more with (hopefully) fewer dropped servers!

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        April 14, 2021 9:28 AM

        This is totally not a site written by bots - https://firingsquad.com/

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        April 14, 2021 9:36 AM

        I just checked on one, Blues news, and it's still around. I haven't been there in at least 15 years.

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        April 14, 2021 12:05 PM

        I guess technically IGN.com started in 1996 as well but that was designed to be a bloated catch-all behemoth from the word go. Shacknews at least started out as a low stakes weblog on Quake 1.

        Also I was going to say Bergman's site loonygames but it looks to be down at the moment. Memory serves a few years back he was just going to let the domain or hosting lapse or something but someone offered to help with renewal so it remained online. Right now everything is a 404, probably something broke and he's too busy to fix it again.

        That said I love it when someone gets a second wind and decides to revive something old. YTMND had a server crash and everyone figured that was the end of the site but then the dude got all reinvigorated (after years of saying he was just going to let it die) and it's back now. For whatever that's worth.

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      April 14, 2021 9:39 AM

      I've been coming for what feels like forever. I initially came for the Quake news, but wound up sticking around for the community. While there has been some ups and downs, there is still no other place like this. Here is to the next 25 years!

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      April 14, 2021 9:44 AM

      Happy 25th!

      I remember discovering sCary's page back when the Quake Multiplayer demo was first released. This was back before I ever tried using mouse to play FPS games, and there was a post about 3 button mice and if you should get one for quake.

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      April 14, 2021 9:46 AM

      Wow, Gabe Newell shoutout!


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      April 14, 2021 9:47 AM

      I'm sure I visited this site many times in my teen years, but my first post was a flame bait dinger back in 2008. Glad to have been a part of shack for the past 13 years.

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      April 14, 2021 9:48 AM

      Congrats, I’m a relative new comer at 20 years. Hope to be around for the next 25 though!

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      April 14, 2021 1:14 PM

      Congrats on 25, Shack! You old son-of-a-gun!

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      April 14, 2021 1:35 PM

      Happy Anniversary!!! I got you flowers and pizza

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      April 14, 2021 1:38 PM

      Congrats Bluesnews!!

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      April 14, 2021 1:47 PM

      Awesome video!

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      April 14, 2021 2:01 PM

      congrats, team!!

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      April 14, 2021 2:04 PM

      Congratulations on 25 years, shacknews

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      April 14, 2021 2:23 PM

      It's past the normal lifespan of a US Black Male! I celebrated BIG on my 25th!!

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      April 14, 2021 2:24 PM

      Congrats on 25 years! Pretty amazing in this day and age in tech. I’m glad to have been here for about 20 of them.

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      April 14, 2021 3:02 PM

      25 years?! It can't be I'm only 25! Wait shit! I'm almost 40 aaaaaaaaah!

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      April 14, 2021 3:19 PM

      Holy crap! 25 years! Insane

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      April 14, 2021 3:23 PM

      OMG Lola is so adorable I can't stand it

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      April 14, 2021 3:30 PM

      CONGRATS Shacknews!!!

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      April 14, 2021 4:26 PM

      Congrats shacknews, thanks for 25 years.

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      April 14, 2021 4:29 PM

      Happy birthday!

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      April 14, 2021 4:35 PM

      Happy Shackday!

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      April 14, 2021 5:02 PM

      thanks lola and team for keeping the lights on!

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      April 14, 2021 5:14 PM

      Quarter Century Club!!!

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      April 14, 2021 5:17 PM

      Happy Birthday Shack!

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      April 14, 2021 6:08 PM

      Wow...Congrats and glad we're still here. Been coming here since 2001/2002 (registered). Kind of insane to think about, and to contemplate the influence its had on me

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        April 14, 2021 7:38 PM

        Yep. There were memes here before meme was a word. It's the bullshitting circle in virtual form. Thankful it's still here.

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          April 14, 2021 9:51 PM

          Not only the memes and bullshitting (totally agreed about that and the humor is probably what hooked me first not to mention the NWS posts for a teen), but the pretty genuine and passionate discussions on a range of topics.

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      April 14, 2021 6:15 PM

      Woo! Looking forward to many more.

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      April 14, 2021 6:19 PM

      I was here... I am here, but I was here too

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      April 14, 2021 7:14 PM

      Shacknews is credit to team!

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      April 14, 2021 7:39 PM

      Woo hoo!

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      April 14, 2021 8:00 PM

      Congrats to Virus and...nevermind.

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      April 14, 2021 8:02 PM

      Yeah this is cool!

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      April 14, 2021 8:11 PM

      The real briefcase was the friends we made along the way

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      April 14, 2021 8:13 PM

      I am surprised that the Shack hasn’t attained more popularity over the years. The fact that it has lasted this long is pretty impressive, now thanks to Asif. As a gaming website, I think it’s the best it’s ever been for sure.

      There was a time when Chris Remo was here, that I thought it could have changed the direction of Shacknews. He was trying to do a shack gaming blog or something and he also had a different way of reviewing games, both of which seemed superior to me at the time.

      Steve disagreed, and ultimately the Shack didn’t go in that direction, but I wonder what would have happened if it did.

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      April 14, 2021 8:27 PM

      Congratulations Shacknews. 25 years is a hell of a run that’s for sure especially in Internet years.

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      April 14, 2021 9:42 PM

      yay shacknews you magical entity

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      April 14, 2021 9:44 PM

      Oh wow this makes me feel so old !

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      April 14, 2021 9:53 PM

      Here's to 25 more!

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      April 14, 2021 10:35 PM

      Congratulations Shacknews!

      I've been here 11 years. I swear 2010 was only yesterday.

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      April 14, 2021 11:03 PM

      I first got here via Blues News, in the Quake 3 Test days. I've always been more of a lurker than a poster, socially awkward as ever.

      Thanks for 25 years Shacknews!

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      April 14, 2021 11:24 PM

      Makin history. Do it for Shaqnews!

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      April 14, 2021 11:48 PM

      fuck yeah!! I'm just glad most of the dumb shit I've said on the internet is one place, and easily removed

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