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Time to crawl out from under that rock you've been hiding. Quake Live is the latest release from Id. It's a completely free version of Quake3 and Quake3 team arena that you play through your browser.

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First thoughts - Pretty damn sweet. Doesn't play quite the same as the original Q3, but the way it works and looks is pretty impressive.

I could get addicted to this

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I only asked because when I checked the link before the launch, there was no information so I didn't know. Now I see it's a free Quake3 in a browser, I see it now.

I used to play Quake3 then stopped after a while, only to sell the CD to someone.

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"You are in line"
"Position in queue: 28722"

Heh. Not surprising it's busy as it's only just launched, but wow.

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And about an hour later:
"Position in queue: 14722"

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Hm, I've never had to wait very long to get in in these two days.

Farthest behind in the line I've ever ended up was 11000 and it dropped pretty fast.
Usually I get 3000 and then I'm in in maybe 5 minutes.

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Maybe it's taken a day or two for the word to spread and it might also be a peak time now with most of europe probably getting home from work and settling down in front of the monitor, heh.

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Great, queued for ages to install it and now I get to queue again for even longer to play it, heh.

Position in queue: 42423

Think I'll leave it a week or so to quiet down a bit.

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I signed on late at night and found a max of 300 people in the queue. Second time that night, there were only 87 people in the queue, but that was at around 4 AM.

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I'll pass since there's no Linux version. On the other hand, I can play the actual Quake III Arena just fine on Linux (yay ioquake3).

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Got through the death queue and finally registered. It's pretty slick, and the minor enhancements are nice.

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I got into the beta a couple months ago after waiting for almost a year. I haven't played it in a while but hearing this I'll probably wait until it cools down before I log on again.

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I've been playing it today for a few hours and I am really impressed with it. It's not too laggy from some of the matches I played.

EDIT: It's too bad the stats stuff is disabled for now.

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I don't see why they could have released Quake 3 for free instead. Good concept, but flash?

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Mr. Chris said:

I don't see why they could have released Quake 3 for free instead. Good concept, but flash?

It's not flash foo. And technically Quake3 is free. The source is free and people made games from that. Like OpenArena that is a FreeQuake3 like FreeDoom is to Doom.

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And I fail to see any obvious gameplay difference between Q3 and QL. It's essentially the same game.

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