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    PlanetQuake | Features | Articles | Graphical Pleasure Without the Framerate Pain?
    Graphical Pleasure Without the Framerate Pain?
PlanetHalfLife's Mugwum tells you how to improve your Q3A performance with Wicked3D's set of drivers
by Mugwum


Some things really are as easy as their creators want you to think. One such thing is the infinitely useful set of game drivers in the form of WickedGL at Wicked 3d. Any graphical freebie that offers improved framerates and nearly 50% better performance needs to do something to back up those claims. Naturally, I decided I should be the one to check it all out.

Downloading the WickedGL Drivers is very simple indeed. First of all you have to register yourself; after all, this is a beta. It is important to enter your real details, including a valid email address, otherwise you won't get the file! Don't worry about doing this though - I did it and have not received one single spam mail or anything else, so their motives seem entirely ethical. Stick in your details and they mail you a download location and a registration key to use it. (By the way, if you're not form the USA, simply input your Postal Code where the registration form reads "Zip Code".)

Once downloaded, you have to run the executable. It babbles on at you with the usual installation prompts and once through, it runs the setup thingy. This is where the fun begins.

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The Wicked3D interface

Upon running Wicked 3d, you will be faced with the screen shown at left (click to enlarge). Select the game that you wish to install the drivers for in the left pane. In this case, we're installing them for Quake 3, so we select Quake 3. Now we select the directory that Quake III Arena is located in on the Hard Drive in the right hand pane.

 

 

 

 

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Selecting your resolution

What you do now depends on your graphical preference. High-end users should click on "Install WickedGL with high resolution acceleration", but users that aren't too sure that their PC can handle it should probably stick with "Install WickedGL regular version". You can always come back and change it later on.

 

 

 

 

 

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Now you're running Wicked3D!

Entering Quake3: Arena now, the Wicked 3d logo is clear in the top-right hand corner, as shown in the picture at left. This indicates that the installation has been successful! If you now head into the game, your framerate should be noticeably superior! Was that not easy?

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, you might not want to use WickedGL simply for Quake3: Arena. It's compatible with an awful lot of Quake/Quake2/Quake3 engine games, so take a look at the games list up above and see which of the games you own. The chances are that it improves performance at some level for each one of them!

by Mugwum

Did Mugwum's solution to your graphical needs work for you? Do you have any other suggestions on how to get a better framerate out of Quake3: Arena with little effort on the part of the end-user? If you do, drop a line to feedback@planetquake.com and let us know!

 

 


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