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    PlanetQuake | Features | Tech Tips | 6-17-2000
   

Tech Tips
This is where your gaming and hardware needs are met. Be all that you can be or get out of the game! This won't be a forum for techno-geeks to find more ways to impress their non-technical friends, it's for plain folk who need help to better their gaming experience. But don't blame us if you blow your machine sky high; we're offering tips, not the Bible on computers. The mailbag is alive and well - send in those questions to TechTips.
by Love2Play

First Time Online Quaking

With the possibility that there will be no more Quakes in the Quake series, we thought it only appropriate to make sure we dragged every last player into the Multiplayer scene before the next generation of games from id Software.  So forget about immersing yourself in Single Play only, it's time to take that first step and jump online with the rest of your fellow Quakers.  We are here to gently guide you onto the internet with your beloved Quake.

There is a Glossary on the last page if you get lost with any of the terminology we use here.


Online preparation  

It is important to be prepared.  Playing online is nothing like surfing the internet.  Nor is it the same game play as playing on "easy" in the Single Player.  It is a different world you need to be prepared for.

The Internet

Surfing the internet is not the same as gaming because the information being sent and received by your modem during a game is a much faster pace.  When surfing, you can wait calmly for your web pages to load, there is no emergency.  When gaming, you want it to bring you the information as quickly as possible.  This is where many people using 33.6 modems or even 56k will get a little frustrated by people with cable and DSL.  So be prepared to "want" if you are on a modem connection.  You will "want" a better connection.  Once you have prepared yourself here for going online, you'll want to see our other articles for the Quakes for tweaks, and prepare your computer with our Windows and Modem guides.

We also need to discuss patience.  You will need to be patient with yourself and your connection.  If you are a modem user, you have the disadvantage because you are also new to Multiplayer.  You will need practice.  So be prepared to lose and lose often.  Until you have had a chance to practice and gotten to know others that will help you learn more skills.  Just because you have played all the levels in Single Play and have downloaded every map on the internet to play, doesn't mean you can stand up against someone who has been playing online for 3 years and has DSL.  If you do, everyone will want you in their clan.

I can't stress enough for all of you just starting out in online gaming to make sure you have what you need to keep up with people who have experience, or have a better internet connection.  This is why we take the time to write TechTips for you,  so you will enjoy your game.

Suggested Reading:   Tweak your Modem
                              Blame the ISP
                              Powerup Timer & Powerup Com
                              Speedguide.net - for cable users
                              DSLReports - for DSL users

Single Play vs Multiplay

In Single Player you have had the predictability of the enemies.  As you have played it over and over you have come to know and expect their moves.  In Multiplayer they are living and thinking (we hope) human beings behind the enemy figures.  They are unpredictable and most often very experienced.  Also, there will be new maps you have never seen before or mods you have never played before.  We will not be walking you through how to practice all this offline first, that's for "chickens".  We say "Go for it!".  Jump in and get your feet wet with the Big Boyz.

Multiplayer also brings you more maps and mods than you can possibly imagine.  The choices are immense.  So again, after reading here and getting ready, it's best to scoot yourself over to the PlanetQuake of your choice; Quake 1, Quake 2, or Quake 3 and see the areas on Modifications and Levels.  Don't be overwhelmed by the lists though, we'll also be telling you the best way to choose.

Suggested Reading for game play:  Deathmatch 101

Software

Any game that has been released on the market for more than a month has a high chance of having a patch.  You will need to make sure you are completely up to date on all files released by the game manufacturer to update the game.  Otherwise, you will not be able to connect to an online game. Do not attempt to join a game without looking at the checklist for each game of the software and patches you'll need.   

Now let's get to what each of the Quakes will need for you to begin.


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