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Quake II was released for PC 15 years ago yesterday, the Bethesda Blog has announced. In celebration of the anniversary, id Software's Tim Willits has shared some fun facts about the game.

  • Only three artists made all the 2D and 3D art for the entire game.
  • One of the original suggested names for QUAKE II was WOR, but the game's fast-paced, tactile feel felt closer to a QUAKE game than a new franchise.
  • 'The Edge' (Tim's favourite deathmatch level in QUAKE II or any other game), has over 50 trick jumps possible in the map. Tim only designed two of them, and the rest were discovered by the QUAKE II community.

Happy Birthday Quake II.

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Quake II was the first game I played online, battling against horrific ping and my inability to shoot people in the head. Share your Quake II memories in the comments below.

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BC_Animus

Its kinda depressing, I can still remember playing the early games from the 90s, all the precursor to Quake and the games beyond. Ahh the Commander Keens and Wolf 3Ds, the Wing Commander and the Dooms.

I never did play Quake though - didn't think my 386DX40 had enough juice for it. Ahhh good old days though, all those days of tweaking the config.sys and such. I was using so many damned hacks, tweaks, and workarounds, I had that thing running stuff that my mates Pentium machines couldn't run.

It's amazing how people are still playing the Dooms and the Quakes. I wonder what games from the current gen people will still be playing in 15 years time. Better not be bloody Farmville.

Anyways speaking of Megaupload btw, Kim Dotcom said he wants to help fund NZ internet by suing the Americans. Ha!
Posted 09:09 on 10 December 2012
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Bloodstorm

Funny story, remember last year i said i'd be giving you another classic?

Yea, it was meant to be Quake 2 but since Megaupload died......that's not possible now.




Wait, that's not funny :(
Posted 14:19 on 07 December 2012
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CheekyLee

The PC version of Quake II is actually the Quake I have played the least of, being as my PC wasn't quite able to handle it at the time it came out, and then I upgraded specifically for Quake 3, which went on to become my most played game in... years. I played more than enough of it on both PS1 and N64, though, mostly multiplayer.

Will you guys be singleplayering, or allowing others to jump in and DM with you? (Quake II on Steam is £5.99, the entire Quake collection is £16.99.)
Posted 11:46 on 07 December 2012
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Clockpunk

Still got my copy of Quake somewhere - must try and dig it out, as that had much more of a memorable impact on me than Quake 2. never forget finding that first 'secret' nailgun! :D

But still... my word, how time doth fly.
Posted 11:23 on 07 December 2012
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coletrain

A lunchtime Quake 2 steam will be available at http://www.twitch.tv/videogamertv from around 1pm today (7th Dec)
Posted 11:15 on 07 December 2012
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coletrain

Railgun!
Posted 10:35 on 07 December 2012
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munkee

I loved Quake II. It ran really well on my PC at the time and looked (murky, pixellated, jagged) great! :D I remember walking around in circles trying to find my way out of levels and the joy of finding a secret switch. Oh, and shotgunning those knights was always satisfying too.

Okay!! I just talked about Quake I. What a twat.

Quake II was great, too. The guns felt solid, the levels and baddies were awesome and it was damn hard. I really enjoyed those simple run & gun corridor shooters. Frantically tapping A+D to avoid incoming fire and strafing in circles around baddies. Good times.

Happy Birthday Quake II :)
Posted 10:30 on 07 December 2012