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If it’s Quake 3, you might as well jump

If, like me, you’re still bathed in the warm (rocket-fueled) glow of nostalgia from yesterday’s Quake 3 love-in, then you’ll probably enjoy this video as much as I did. It’s always fun to watch just how far dedicated players can push a game’s boundaries, and stuff like this is a large part of why Quake 3’s still going strong 14 years after release.

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Quake 3 Arena – still excellent after all these years

Excellent!

The beauty of Quake 3, and the reason it still enjoys a fanatical following today, lies in its simplicity. No matter how elite the opposition, you always felt like you had a chance; that you were only ever a respawn away from having things just click into place for you, like long-range rockets on Q3DM17.

And then you got railed/humiliated/gibbed.

Still, that glorious simplicity meant that hope sprang eternal, and you just had to keep coming back for more. Considering some of the luminaries I played with, I was usually little more than a free frag (think guppy in a pond of piranhas) but the temptation of hearing those wonderful words – YOU HAVE TAKEN THE LEAD – was irresistible.

Over on GamesRadar, David Houghton calls Quake 3 ‘one of the greatest games ever made‘; and, I have to say, the man’s got a point. Check it out!