|Part 1 - How Quake 2 Servers Work
When youre working on your PC at the office, or in
your favorite computer laboratory at school, youre PC is most likely connected to a
server. A server is just a computer that is dedicated to running applications across
several terminals (or PCs). Playing Quake 2 over the Internet works on the same
principle. A server somewhere is running Quake 2 and is connected to the Internet (the
server is called the host). Several players with PCs are also
running Quake 2 and are connected to the Internet (these players are called clients).
The clients then connect to the host which gives them a central place to play Quake 2. The
only real difference is that Quake 2 servers are usually some distance away from the
clients. In a computer lab or office environment the server is usually in the same
building. In Quake 2 it may be down the street or all the way in Fargo, North Dakota!
As a client (player) you dont really have to get into
all the details of running Quake 2 servers. Just know that other people run them and
its a good thing they do because they provide a place for you and your buds to shoot
Were creeping ever closer to actually playing a game
of deathmatch so bear with me as we cover a few last topics in Part 1. Click the
below to move closer to that goal.