Man, this takes me back. Quake started it all for me.
It started the first LAN party. (Remember the Disco Bar Lights!)
It started the first gaming hardware purchase. (Dave, I know it's Sunday and your store is usually closed, but meet me there and sell me a damned Monster 3D.)
It started my first attempt to travel to a LAN party. (OK, it was too expensive to fly to New York for the M3.)
It started the first big LAN party that we threw. (Fragapalooza 97 - mad props to all who helped it start and those who keep it running to this day.)
It started my interest in gaming web sites. (Blue's News hooked me up with beta testers for my simple Quake launcher - QSpawn. /wave at Prophet!)
It started my desire to actually work in the gaming industry. (I have been at BioWare for over 9 years now.)
Thank you Quake, and thank you id Software.