Part II - An Overview Of Deathmatch
In part I of this guide we learned what Quake III Arena is, installed the game,
and got it running. Now we're going to cover more details of the actual game
itself. At the end of this section you will be adept at playing the computer in
simulated online games.
Quake III Arena Game Types Revisited
You may recall that in Part I - What Is Online Gaming we discussed the different
types of games you can play with Quake III Arena. As a quick recap the table
below lists those types and provides a brief description of them.
"Free-For-All." Each player tries to kill every other player in
the arena. The player with the most kills wins.
||Teams of players work together
to kill members of other teams.
|Capture The Flag
||Teams of players work together
to defend their base and flag from enemy attacks, while at the same time
attempting to capture the opposing team's flag and return it to their
||Two players fight each other in
an arena while other players watch. The winner of the fight takes on the
next challenger in line.
This guide will primarily focus on Deathmatch
style games, although Capture The Flag will be discussed in some detail in part
4. The other game styles will be left for you to explore!
The Basics of Deathmatch
As mentioned earlier, the concept of Deathmatch is simplicity itself: kill all
the opposing players and try to be the player with the most kills. Really it
doesn't get any more complex than that. A few common terms and concepts should
be covered now, however.
What Is A Frag?
A "Frag" is just another word for a kill in Quake III Arena, or almost
any other online shooter for that matter. So when you blow up an opponent with
your rocket launcher you have just "fragged" them. From now on I will
be referring to kills as frags (besides, frag sounds a lot less violent and mean
Frag Limits and Time Limits
When you play a traditional online Deathmatch in Quake III each arena will
likely have a time limit and a frag limit. The frag limit is a maximum number of
kills any player in an arena can get. Once a player obtains the specified number
of frags the arena ends. A time limit is very similar, except the arena ends
after a specified amount of time has expired.
The game will give you audio announcements when a
player is getting close to reaching the maximum number of frags, or when time is
about to run out.
Rules? In a bloody, take no prisoners battle-royale to the death? Well… in
reality any player can pretty much do what they want, but there are some common
courtesies that you as new player will want to follow. The first is not paying
attention to trash talkers.
Deathmatching is like any other sporting event -
there are going to sore losers and sore winners. When you're new this can be
intimidating. Take heart in the fact that most players out there are decent
folks who just want to have a good time. If you get some punk dropping trash on
you because you're new, just ignore their immature ways, and repeat to yourself,
"I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and dog-gone-it, people like me"
Finally, you will also want to avoid what is
called Camping. The term is slang for sitting around in one place waiting
for poor suckers to run by so you can surprise them and get an easy kill. While
it's very tempting for newcomers to do this resist the urge! It not only
detracts from the whole purpose of playing the game, it also tends to make
people really mad at you. It's all right to stand in one place for a little
time, but not for minutes on end. Don't camp. In the end people will like you