Out of the Blue

Happy birthday QUAKE, as id Software's shooter was first released 17 years ago today on June 22, 1996. In recalling this I'm struck by how it came out on the cusp of all sorts of changes: It was an MS-DOS game, most of us were online using modems at the time, and no graphics cards featured 3D hardware acceleration. But within less than a year, a hardware accelerated version and a Windows version was released, and it wasn't long after that most of us were able to leave the screech of modems behind. Seems fair to say that QUAKE helped usher in a modern game era in more ways than one (it took a lot of restraint to avoid using the term "shook up" in there).

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Sepharo wrote on Jun 23, 2013, 00:58:
I'm kind of surprised now looking back on FPS how much happened from 1996-1999. People (myself included) like to hate on how there's a new CoD every year and I guess I'm just forgetting how the Quake series happened:

Quake (1996)
Quake Mission Pack 1: Scourge of Armagon (1997)
Quake Mission Pack 2: Dissolution of Eternity (1997)
Quake II (1997)
Quake II Mission Pack: The Reckoning (1998)
Quake II Mission Pack: Ground Zero (1998)
Quake III Arena (1999)
Quake III: Team Arena (2000)

When I was playing HL, CS and Q3 I felt like Quake was ancient but it was only about 3 years earlier.

That's not to say that CoD still isn't over saturated and uninnovative:

Call of Duty (2003)
Call of Duty 2 (2005)
Call of Duty 3 (2006)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)
Call of Duty: World at War (2008)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012)

(without expansions/DLC and console/mobile)

The difference is the huge tech leap between each quake games and how different each quake was where the tech jump between CODs is pretty low and all COD are way too similar.
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