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Quake II

1 week ago

Feature: Get your RTX cards at the ready

Here are all the confirmed ray tracing and DLSS games so far

Ray tracing is the big buzz word of 2020 in PC gaming, so we've created this list of all the confirmed ray tracing games you can play on PC right now, as well which this year's new PC games will get ray tracing support in the future. And because ray tracing tends to go hand in hand with Nvidia's performance-boosting DLSS tech these days, we've…

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9 months ago

Nvidia are planning more ray traced remasters of classic PC games like Quake II RTX

Whatever your feelings are on Quake II RTX, it looks like it won't be the only classic PC game getting Nvidia's fancy pants ray tracing treatment. A recently posted job ad for Nvidia's Lightspeed Studios has revealed a new "game remastering program" that aims to bring "some of the greatest titles from the past decades [...] into the ray tracing age". There's no word yet…

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12 months ago

Tim Willits leaving Id Software after 24 years

One of the last of the Id Software old guard is parting company with the studio soon. Tim Willits wasn't part of the original team of founders, but was there early enough to be credited as level designer on 1995's Ultimate Doom and have a credit in almost everything since. After working as a designer and creative director on the likes of Quake, Doom 3…

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1 year ago

Quake II gets free Nvidia RTX treatment on June 6

When Nvidia showed off their ray traced Quake II demo at the beginning of the year, everyone (including our own Alec, RPS in peace) went a bit nuts for it. Despite being a heck of a lot older than all the other shiny RTX games on show, it was Quake II that really made people sit up and pay attention to what Nvidia's new fancy…

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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 RTX cards. (You can do it a bit,…

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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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4 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 crates,…

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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 with…

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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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5 years ago

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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