Today is Quake’s 20th birthday

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There are so many truly legendary shooters, games that helped define the first person shooter. Of course there’s Wolfenstein 3D and Doom, games that used sprites to convincingly (given their technological hurdles) portray a 3D world in which you could kill everything. Of course, There’s Duke Nukem too, joining Wolfenstein and Doom as games that have been given shiny modern makeovers (some more successfully than others).

But none made such an impact on the genre, for me at least, than Quake did. For starters, it was the first one that was genuinely 3D. Trading sprites for polygons, Quake featured genuine 3D character models and environments. And though Doom made multiplayer deathmatch popular years before, Quake’s the game that really kick-started LAN parties within my circle of friends in the 90’s.

And can you believe it? It’s 20 years old today. Id software’s Quake was released on 22 June 1996 in North America.

And though I’ll certainly miss Quake’s dark and gloomy single player, it’s undeniable that it was Quake 3 and its now classic arena shooting that’s really had the biggest impact. It makes this year’s E3 announcement of Quake Champions perfect. From what we know thus far, it’s the same sort of arena shooter we know and love, just with the addition of champions. It all sounds a little like a grittier Overwatch to me, but we’ll know more soon, I guess.

Says Bethesda:

“The fast, skill-based arena-style competition that turned the original Quake games into multiplayer legends is making a triumphant return with Quake Champions. Running at an impressive 120hz with unlocked framerates, id Software’s new multiplayer shooter is getting ready to take PC gaming by storm once more. Quake Champions features a roster of unique characters, each with their own distinctive abilities, allowing you to fight the way you want.”

Enough about the new game though – it’s time to reminisce. Do you have any great Quake memories? You know, aide from that great Trent Reznor soundtrack.


Last Updated: June 22, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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