|Part 1 - Player Profile & Quake 2 Versions
Before we actually get you onto a Quake 2 server and
fraggin away we need to make sure youve got the player profile you want and that
youre using the correct version of Quake 2. First the player profile.
This really isnt that critical as you think. You can enter a Quake 2 deathmatch
without setting up your profile; the computer will just use a default profile. Part of the
fun is creating a deathmatch personae though. Heres how you set this up.
Start up Quake 2 and go to the main menu. Move the arrow
down to Multiplayer and hit enter. Another screen pops up with more selections. Select
Player Setup. From this screen we can now setup the player. Heres what the options
This is where you can choose your name, or "handle" that other players will see
in the game. This is the funnest part of creating your Quake 2 personae. Be creative and
have fun with it. You may want to avoid vulgar or obscene names, but its a free
country so do what you want. Its also probably best if you didnt use your real
name, for obvious reasons.
In the original Quake all of the players essentially looked the same - a plain,
non-descrip male whose only outstanding features were the color of his pants and shirt.
Now you can be either a male, female (yes, there are a significant amount of female Quake
players), or a cyborg. The model you choose wont have any effect on your abilities
in the actual game.
There are several variations on the appearance of the males, females, and cyborgs in Quake
2. Cycle through the various selections until you have a player you like the look of. This
is how you will appear to other players.
Are you a left, righty, or prefer no hands? Handedness simply refers to the position your
hand (holding the weapon) will take on the screen. You can have the default right, the
left, or the center which is no hands showing at all.
QUAKE 2 VERSIONS
Software, like automobiles, have various versions (or model years in car terms). For
instance, Windows 95 is different from Windows 98 just like a 90 Chevy Lumina is different
from a 94 Chevy Lumina.
If you purchased Quake 2 close to when it was originally
released (Christmas 97) you most likely have version 3.05.
|You can tell what version of Quake 2 you
have by starting Quake 2 and bringing down the console (hit the tilde key (~). The console will then appear. In the lower right corner of the console is
the version number.
The majority of Quake 2 servers out there are going to be
using the most current version of Quake 2 however. Chances are more than likely that your
version is not the most current so an upgrade will be in order.
You can get the latest upgrade patch to Quake 2 by visiting
my Download Central page. From there I have links to
many different sites that have the most current patch on them. Download it to your
computer and then run it. Once the program is done your copy of Quake 2 will be patched to
version the newest version.
|When you upgrade your version of Quake 2
to a newer version any saved games you made under the previous version cannot be used in
the new version.
That's it for Part 1! Click the "Next" link below to begin Part 2
- where you will play your first deathmatch!!