Quake II Source Code

As he seemingly does every alternate year, id Software's John Carmack has released the source code of an older engine, for an update to his .plan announces the availability of the Quake II source code as an early Christmas present. Here is the scoop:
The Quake 2 source code is now available for download, licensed under the GPL.

ftp://ftp.idsoftware.com/idstuff/source/quake2.zip

As with previous source code releases, the game data remains under the original copyright and license, and cannot be freely distributed. If you create a true total conversion, you can give (or sell) a complete package away, as long as you abide by the GPL source code license. If your projects use the original Quake 2 media, the media must come from a normal, purchased copy of the game.

I'm sure I will catch some flack about increased cheating after the source release, but there are plenty of Q2 cheats already out there, so you are already in the position of having to trust the other players to a degree. The problem is really only solvable by relying on the community to police itself, because it is a fundamentally unwinnable technical battle to make a completely cheat proof game of this type. Play with your friends.
Update: We now have a local copy with mirrors of the 1.4 MB download.
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Woohoo! Dec 21, 2001, 22:07
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It's that time again. Guess this means i'll need to re-install Q2 to check out all the funky stuff ppl do with the engine.

To the CS kiddies:
Get a clue, this release won't make anything easier/harder for cheaters, if they implement anything into Q2's netcode, it can't be ported to Half-Life, since Half-Life's source isn't available. The only thing it could allow is a better understanding of Q2's cheat protection system, which Half-Life doesn't even use, it has its own.

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