Quake Live Beta Up And Queuing

By Jim Rossignol on February 25th, 2009 at 11:01 am.


Actually the queues have subsided to just a couple of minutes now, but last night they were swollen with tens of thousands of people trying to log on to the new service. Apart from being over-subscribed and the verification emails taking a while to turn up, the browser-launched Quake 3 is looking good. The front end system, with its rankings and insta-matching systems, appears remarkably solid and easy to navigate. Why not go and have a look? It’s completely free, after all.

I’m going to try and get enough time with it to post some deeper and more coherent impressions later in the week, but it does given me the fear that I’ll be dragged back into my decade-old Quake addiction. That game is just too slick.

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  1. Feet says:

    I’m at work and I’m 6252 in the queue…

    “You will automatically move on to the site when it’s your turn. Technology is so cool.”

    No doubt, man.

  2. Simon says:

    Can we have Unreal Tournament Live now please Epic?

  3. Dizet Sma says:

    Position in Queue – 7346 :o(

  4. abigbat says:

    Gosh I can remember reading about your Q3 addiction :) Currently placed at number 7021 in the queue. Fantastic.

  5. Schmung says:

    Wonder if this will work from behind my works proxy..

    Edit : feck. Requires XP anyway. Bang go my hopes of whiling away my lunchbreak.

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    ChaosSmurf says:

    School’s got it blocked so no lulz for me

  7. Simon says:

    From my time on the closed beta, I must say the game is an absolutely flawless port to browser. I must see if it works at school

  8. Owen says:

    Wow. I had no idea it would be this polished (front end) for something free. Very impressive. Re-addiction here we come.

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    ChaosSmurf says:

    out of interest, why has it taken them this long to do it? I mean, I realise building previously cutting edge tech into a browser isn’t the easiest of things, but isn’t it literally the same game? I can’t really understand where all the development time has gone.

  10. lumpi says:

    What is that queue crap? You could think that in the year 2009 you can just download that thing and go for it…

    Now I registered, logged in, installed… and get sent right back to a queue as I login on the main site? WTF?

  11. Andy says:

    I’ve tried the Quake Live Beta when it was in Beta test and I don’t understand the appeal at all. What’s the point of queueing when you can get Quake 3 virtually for free.

    Yes it runs in a browser, but you need to download and install a plugin, so it can’t work on lockdowned office PCs. You might as well just use the much faster portable, moddable open source Quake 3 with some mods for your online multiplayer fix instead of some Q3 clone with adverts which will completely slow down your multitab browser.

  12. Anarki says:

    but you need to download and install a plugin, so it can’t work on lockdowned office PCs

    This is indeed my problem. Been enjoying it at home, but as someone who sits in an office doing nothing all day this would have been a life saver. Unfortunately I can’t install anything on this PC so the need for a plugin breaks it. I wonder if it would be possible for them to run it completely from a web page like any other flash game? Fortunately I can play mirrors edge 2d so its not all bad :)

  13. Backflipper says:

    the game’s great, nerfed a bit in places but still great.

    the website looks like it was designed by a child.

  14. Radiant says:

    Let me get this straight.
    You are complaining that you can’t play quake at work,

  15. Radiant says:

    During a recession.

  16. Owen says:

    Ouch. Got through the 6000 odd queue only to be told I needed to install a browser update. After that I’m 8000+ in the queue.

    A way of installing the browser update without queueing would be nice. Although there’s a limit to how frustrated I can get with something FREE.

  17. teo says:

    needs servers in sweden

  18. videogangs says:

    Yes it runs in a browser, but you need to download and install a plugin, so it can’t work on lockdowned office PCs.

    Ah, the joys of being a SysAdmin ;-)

  19. Owen says:

    >> Ah, the joys of being a SysAdmin ;-)
    Ah the joys of working from home this week. ;D

    (although that’s because my car’s fooked, but hey.)

  20. Pags says:

    Ah the joys of being unemployed ;D

    Wait fuck.

  21. Radiant says:

    So we have to queue everytime we want to play?

  22. Tei says:

    @ChaosSmurf: Servers, marketing, more servers, international contracts, debugging, test, more servers, more marketing, a better design of the website, a enhanced interface ,testing, more testing, more design, more contacts… I suppose there are a helluva of work behind this thing. And I suppose Id is a small company.

  23. Robin says:

    @Schmung: What OS are you running? For Mac/Linux I guess you’re currently out of luck, but if it’s Win2k then putting dbghelp.dll (google it) in your firefox directory should do the trick.

  24. In-Digg-Nation says:

    Simon: “Can we have Unreal Tournament Live now please Epic?”

    Epic: “Certainly! X-box Live or PSHome?”

  25. sfury says:

    Damn I’m afraid my Quake3 habit will kick in too. I played QuakeLive just once, right after I got an invite for the close beta – the *just a test* avalanched in 3-4 hours session where I forgot about the breakfast I had just made, and I’ve been basicly avoiding it ever since out of fear… :)

  26. lumpi says:

    @In-Digg-Nation: Thanks for giving me shivers…

  27. lobsterjohnson says:

    Played all night in California-time. No que – no problem.

  28. lumpi says:

    I thought that it’s just a badly designed website where the “start” button is hidden behind 20 tabs… but it seems to indeed queue 11000 people in front of you EVERY F#&%ING TIME YOU LOG IN!

    Sorry, but this is redonculous. Even for a beta.

  29. Turin Turambar says:

    Well, it’s just the launch day. The launch day of a free product with legendary status, so of course the serves are choked. Try the game in three or four days when the calm comes back.

  30. Anonymous says:

    For what it’s worth, World of Warcraft also had server queues when it was first opened to the public.

    The only gaffe that I can see is that the ‘is plugin downloaded, if not then give them download’ logic is PAST the queue, so you essentially have to wait in a queue TWICE to play the first time.

    Still, I can tell you from having played in the private beta that this game really really owns. Definitely worth the wait.

  31. Ids says:

    woot know at 11303 i hope i get in before i got to go to class

  32. lumpi says:

    Well, I was in for a few minutes and it’s… geez, it’s Quake 3 alright. Clean, polished, gimmick-free Q3. It’s OK.

    I just don’t get what it is that bombs their servers so much, you have to wait 15 minutes to join a server. Basically, it’s a simple website + servers running FPS matches. Why is there a queue for that? Servers full – can’t join, I get that. But why is there a queue before even going to the match screen. Playing offline against bots or anything.

    Didn’t it finish downloading? Maybe it didn’t finish downloading parts of the game and I’m still in the download queue. Still, it’s strange they have to do it like this. They could have let people d/l it externally, or provide a torrent or something. Anything would have been less annoying.

    First impression: 5 queues only for install + 10 minutes of play.

  33. Cooper says:

    Here’s seeing if I can a) install it and b) if it can get through the office proxy…

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    Seniath says:

    Got a beta invite a while back and gave it a brief try at home. Damn faithful port indeed, but it doesn’t work at work and as much as I love Q3A, I have other games to play at home :(.

  35. lumpi says:

    And after 15 minutes of queue… “Database error”…

    I previously admired this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jETv3NURwLc

    But now I hate him. Go back and enjoy the wonders of 56k modems and answering machines while the modern world is raging at QLive queues.

  36. Radiant says:

    The queuing stopped after I downloaded the plug-in [it didn't stick me back into a queue after I installed it either].

    It works great!
    The skill setting course was fun [can you jump? can you rocket jump? can you strafe jump? EXPERT!]

    Just had a bash vs the tutorial bot and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

  37. Radiant says:

    ALSO!
    We need to talk about left 4 head the porn version of left 4 dead.

  38. jsutcliffe says:

    I got into the closed beta about a month back, and was really impressed. I don’t much care for deathmatch (because I suck against anyone but bots), and mostly wanted to see how well they could make a fancy 3D game run in a browser. Answer: Very.

    Now, hopefully those clever chaps at Valve are taking notes and thinking about TFC:Live, DoD:Live, or CS:Live.

  39. Dizet Sma says:

    Hmm, waited through the 7k queue, downloaded the plug-in, sent off the confirm e-mail. Go away. Come back, log in and…

    Position in queue: 21738.

    WTF?

  40. Radiant says:

    Apparently the queue stopped counting down whilst they upgraded hence the backlog.

  41. clive dunn says:

    People like nothing better than a queue (apparently)
    Or is that just Englishers?

  42. eyemessiah says:

    Position in queue: 22016

    (And that’s before I download the plugin.)

    I don’t love queues that much.

  43. Andytizer says:

    There’s no real reason to ‘upgrade’ to Quake Live Beta when there are no significant features that set it apart from Quake 3. Both require large downloads of data (neither are ‘cloud’ games that can be played from any internet enabled PC), both are preferably played in the client window rather than a browser window, one is modable, one has adverts.

    I know which one is better already – the one with gigantic mod support and no browser front end.

    The internet would be in an uproar if the only way you could play a game of Counter-Strike is by opening up Internet Explorer to find a server. How this is a ‘feature’ for Quake Live beta is amazingly silly.

  44. Tei says:

    On the interview, Carmack describe this as a quasi-MMO, a business model with legs (advertising) with lots of features in the web interface, and the game, that at his core, is the good old Q3.
    I suppose the queues are a artifact of the first day, and once stuff stabilize, the grid will run smoothly.

  45. ascagnel says:

    @Andytizer:
    The point is to bring new players into Quake. I remember hearing some rumblings that there would eventually be a connection into Quake 3 Arena servers, so the “core” gamers with Q3A would get their desktop clients, while the not-so-into-it casual types would get served a more Kongregate-style experience.

    Also, sometimes I don’t want to install Steam + Q3A (yay id Pack).

  46. Charlie says:

    I hope your right. I’m not even going to bother playing it seeing as I’m 21 thousand and something in the queue, so sod it. Not quite sure I understand the appeal. It’s a game im pretty sure most people are bored of anyway and its an unmoddable version. Q3A is free now so just download that and some mods.

    If they did let QLive be moddable then I could see it becoming huge but just as bog standard game that was a little dated when it came out, I’m not so sure.

  47. Michael says:

    Damn [be politer than that -RPS] ruin all the fun… but id should have known better and gotten more servers to solve the workload problems. As a closed beta tester, I got an “award” (like achivements) that acknowledged my part in helping QL, but I get paid back in line waiting in position 13357? I HATE YOU.

  48. Radiant says:

    Annnnd it’s down.

  49. Sucram says:

    ‘Our CDN (Content Delivery Network) is having a problem, we are forced to push the site offline until this is resolved.’

    Ah well, I’d just finished the training match to be told that I (still) had to complete the training match when it went down.

  50. Turin Turambar says:

    “There’s no real reason to ‘upgrade’ to Quake Live Beta when there are no significant features that set it apart from Quake 3. Both require large downloads of data (neither are ‘cloud’ games that can be played from any internet enabled PC), both are preferably played in the client window rather than a browser window, one is modable, one has adverts.
    I know which one is better already – the one with gigantic mod support and no browser front end.”

    I also know the one who is better: the one with auto-skill system to play only with people of my level. I would be utterly destroyed in a normal Q3 server. And i don’t want to “practice more”, i just want to play.