Sega teamed up with id Software and Raster Productions to bring Quake III: Arena to the Dreamcast. It’s a pretty impressive port, but the best aspect was that you could play against PC players, provided that they ran a patch version that was compatible with the Dreamcast version.
It’s all fun and games until someone discharges in the water.
Quake was a game changer on its release in 1996. It marked the end for the faux 3D first person shooter, bringing in full 3D polygon characters and weapons. Quake was also extremely mod friendly, helping many young programmers, artists and designers make their way into the game development industry. Some mods, like Team Fortress went on to become full commercial products in their own right. Quake also proved to be a powerful force behind the speedrunning movement, thanks to the Quake Done Quick series.
One for the inferior console versions, at least.
Quake II was one of the biggest hits of 1997 on the PC, so it was only a matter of time before Activision tried to bring it to consoles as well. The results were mixed – it’s pretty impressive that the games are running on the consoles in the first place, but the compromises made are ultimately too much if you’ve already experienced the PC version – which only got better through patches and mods.