Part III - Your First Internet Deathmatch!
All the hard work and time you've put into this guide so far is going to pay
off. We're finally going to play a Deathmatch over the Internet! While the
mechanics of the game won't be very different, you will notice a whole new level
of fun. When you're playing real opponents the stakes seem much higher and the
game takes on a whole new dimension. So what are we waiting for, let's go!!
Server Connect Methods
There are two primary methods for connecting to Quake III Arena servers. The
first is through the game itself, the second is using a program called GameSpy
3D. Right now we'll focus on using the in-game method.
Starting An Internet Game!
Just follow these easy, step-by-step instructions for locating a game server and
connecting to it!
- Start Quake III Arena.
- Click "Multiplayer" on the Main
- On the next screen, click on
"Servers" until it reads "Internet." Note, that you
may have to hit the space bar in order to change the selection from
- Once you've selected "Internet"
Quake III will begin locating servers. Be patient as this process can take a
couple of minutes. Servers found are listed by Server Name, Arena number,
number of people on the server/max number of people allowed, game style
(e.g., Free For All) and the number at the end is the "ping."
- When Quake III is done searching for servers
click on the server that has the lowest ping number for the game style you
want to play.
- Click "Fight."
Quake III will now connect you to the server and
load you into the game! Note: if you fail to connect return to the Multiplayer
screen and try a different server. Once you're in an actual game, have fun and
What To Expect From Your First Internet Game
First off, don't expect to win. When you're just starting out frags will be hard
to come by. It may seem that everyone else is impossibly better than you. But
they aren't. They've just been playing longer. With time you will pick up on all
the subtle nuances of the game and your skills will improve. In the meantime,
just try your best and watch the other players and pick up on what they're
What Is Ping?
When Quake III is searching for servers it displays the results sorted by ping
(by default). A ping basically gauges the speed of a particular server in
relation to your Internet connection. The golden rule is the lower the ping
the better. If you are playing on a server with a high ping number (200's on
up) you will likely notice some choppiness and pauses in gameplay. That
choppiness and pausing is called Lag.
Lag and high ping numbers can be the result of
many different factors. The most important factor, however, is the speed of your
Internet connection. If you've got high speed Internet you don't really need to
worry about this. If you're using a modem, particularly a slower modem like a
28.8, lag can be a problem. Short of buying a new modem or getting high speed
Internet the only way to increase your connection rate is to make sure you've
got the latest drivers for your modem and that your copy of Quake III is patched
to the most recent version.
The Alternative: GameSpy
If you want a larger selection of servers to choose from you can use a program
called GameSpy to locate Quake III servers over the Internet. We'll cover that
in the next section.