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.
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".)
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.
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.
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.
you're running Wicked3D!
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?
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!
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
and let us know!