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Quake II

4 months ago

Feature: Now with added Anthem

All the Nvidia RTX ray tracing and DLSS games confirmed so far

With the arrival of the RTX 2060, we now have four [block id="640017" title="Nvidia RTX"] cards that can take advantage of the GPU giant's cool new graphics features, such as their reflection-enhancing ray tracing magic and performance-boosting DLSS tech. But not all games can do both things at the same time, and many more still have no confirmed support for ray tracing and DLSS at…

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Now I’ve tried raytraced Quake II, and it’s a dark delight

The other week, I got my y-fronts in a bunch about how some clever fella had added raytracing to Quake II. A 22-year-old first-person shooter had effectively beaten everyone else to the punch when it came to the new*, more naturalistic form of game lighting currently only available (at least without calamitous performance) on the most recent [block id="640017" title="Nvidia RTX"] cards. (You can do…

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Raytraced Quake II makes me want to buy a ludicrously expensive new graphics card

"Daddy, why are you cross?" "Because, my little one, someone's just added some lovely-looking raytraced lighting to seminal 90s first-person shooter Quake II, but I am unable to experience it myself because I don't own an RTX-series graphics card. Now repeat what I just said back to me flawlessly, or you're sleeping in the shed again tonight."

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3 years ago

Feature: Silly, simple, super

Have You Played… Quake 2 CrateDM?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Have you played the Quake II mod CrateDM? If so, please tell me all about it. It's a simple but oh so wonderful idea, which is best explained in its readme file: "CrateDM pits opponents against each other in a room full of…

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Feature: Splosions!

Have You Played… Quake 2 Chaos Deathmatch?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Quake has seen plenty of mods adding oodles of wacky weapons but the one that most caught my eye was Chaos Deathmatch [official site] for Quake II. If you weren't poisoned and being chased by smiley-faced homing proximity mines while juggling another player…

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Feature: Still impressive!

Have You Played… Hardly Workin’?

'Played' isn't quite the right word for Hardly Workin' [archived official site]. You may need Quake II for it but Hardly Workin' is machinima - a movie made in a video game, before that term was yoinked by a site which became a #contentnetwork. What made Hardly Workin' stand out to me was that you could hardly see it was Quake II. While most early…

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Feature: Remember The Edge

Have You Played… Quake 2?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I played Quake sometime around its release, though I don't remember being enamored by it or spending much time with it. Instead Quake 2 was the first Id Software game I ever really loved, and even then it was mainly thanks to mods.

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Feature: 17 years and still dive-shooting.

Meet The Community Still Playing Action Quake 2

In 1998, mod team Akimbo Team Productions released Action Quake 2, a Quake II multiplayer mod created in their spare time. The landscape of first-person shooters has changed vastly since then, but one group of dedicated fans have never moved on. Seventeen years later, the game's Finnish community are still dedicated to the lightning-paced, bullet-showering, Hong Kong movie-style spectacle. I spoke to some of the…

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