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Quake Live Now on Linux and Mac OS X

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments

Now you non-Windows types can get in on it too!

Those of you who loved Quake III Arena but prefer to run on Apple or Linux boxes will now finally get to take part in the Quake Live online browser game.

Unlike Quake III Arena, and most other PC games, Quake Live requires no manual install other than just accepting a browser plug-in. Amazingly, nearly the complete experience is replicated right through the web browser.

Now Quake Live is playable on Macs through Safari (id Software says that a bug in Firefox has the Mozilla browser unable to play Quake Live for now, but should be fixed shortly) and Linux browsers.

For those of you already playing Quake Live on your Windows boxes, these are the other changes part of the new version:

  • Leaderboards are once again online.
  • Increased the maximum allowable size of a personal config file from 16KB to 64KB.
  • Fixed an issue where players could lose their key binds after rebinding Mouse 1.
  • Added Instagib CTF servers.

Check out Quake Live here.

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    dro524 , August 21, 2009 12:09 AM
    It's called Quake III, idiot. It's a 10 year old game.
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    nukemaster , August 21, 2009 12:04 AM
    Quake Live is a OpenGL game(it still installs, its just in the form of a plugin). It looks the same on all operating systems.

    The lower graphics allows it to run on almost anything.
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    nukemaster , August 21, 2009 12:04 AM
    Quake Live is a OpenGL game(it still installs, its just in the form of a plugin). It looks the same on all operating systems.

    The lower graphics allows it to run on almost anything.
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    dro524 , August 21, 2009 12:09 AM
    It's called Quake III, idiot. It's a 10 year old game.
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    zerapio , August 21, 2009 12:38 AM
    Quote:
    Those of you who loved Quake III Arena but prefer to run on Apple or Linux boxes will now finally get to take part in the Quake Live online browser game

    What do you mean, Q3A ran fine in Linux and Mac OS.

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    Added Instagib CTF servers.

    I love iCTF!! :D 
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    mcnuggetofdeath , August 21, 2009 2:02 AM
    Lol. I was there when they announced this a few days back at quakecon. My buddy with a mac sitting right next to me. As a loyal linux fanboy i booed when OSX was mentioned, and wooted when Tux showed up on screen. I was the only one willing to be so obnoxious :) 

    BTW super excited. Open Arena is nowhere near as good.
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    loudr1 , August 21, 2009 2:03 AM
    Ive been playing it for 6 months, its fun. I'm 35 and played Quake, QII, an QIII back in my early 20's.

    Impulse what are you, like 12? The game is older than you.......
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    megamanx00 , August 21, 2009 3:26 AM
    Cool. I remember playing it on the first system I built with a K6-2 400, Aureal Vortex2, and TNT2 card. Now modern CPUs are so powerful they can run the whole thing in a browser. I remember I was mad when they stopped supporting A3D since I got good at judging how far around a corner someone was by their footsteps, but that advantage was gone when they got rid of A3D. Yeah I played that game way too much.
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    alfaalex101 , August 21, 2009 5:17 AM
    Quake 3 - the best FPS ever. What a classic.
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    pender21 , August 21, 2009 5:49 AM
    zerapioWhat do you mean, Q3A ran fine in Linux and Mac OS.I love iCTF!!


    Q3A needed a CD Key to play. Quake Live is free for everyone.

    Can Linux players and Mac players compete against PCs or does each OS have its own pool of servers/players
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    sn4re , August 21, 2009 8:49 AM
    pender21Can Linux players and Mac players compete against PCs or does each OS have its own pool of servers/players

    Pretty sure it's all vs all. Having they're own pools wouldn't make sense, since the packets don't know the difference.
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    hillarymakesmecry , August 21, 2009 11:03 AM
    Instagib CTF was the best. It's so impossible to win.
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    Kithzaru , August 21, 2009 3:42 PM
    congrats, Mac and Linux folk can now play a 10 year old PC game? .....
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    grieve , August 21, 2009 4:14 PM
    sn4rePretty sure it's all vs all. Having they're own pools wouldn't make sense, since the packets don't know the difference.

    That is pretty cool.. to bad the game isn't new
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    salem80 , August 21, 2009 4:46 PM
    I'll try it ..
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    jhansonxi , August 21, 2009 5:07 PM
    Kithzarucongrats, Mac and Linux folk can now play a 10 year old PC game?
    Yes, just like they can play everything up to ET:QW since there are native versions available for those platforms. The source code for Quake 3 was released a long time ago and there are many free games based on it including Tremulous and Open Arena. When Id Tech 5 games are out for a while the Id Tech 4 engine (Doom 3, Quake 4) will be released and there'll be a lot of new games based on it.

    Some people just like older games better. Many new games are all eye-candy without playability and the controls have gotten more complicated (like the dodging in Unreal Tournament).
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    jhansonxi , August 21, 2009 5:08 PM
    Typo: When Id Tech 5 games are out for a while the Id Tech 4 engine (Doom 3, Quake 4) source code will be released and there'll be a lot of new games based on it.
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    SneakySnake , August 22, 2009 2:42 AM
    i think all of iD games have hit OS X, right up to Rage, which is having a simultaneous release with the PC version
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    ebattleon , August 22, 2009 4:09 PM
    Old but gold, let's play
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    ebattleon , August 22, 2009 4:09 PM
    Oldie bur Goldie, let kill:)