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Many of you may have seen this video, but there's nothing else going on today, so I'm posting this here because it is awesome. This is a stitched video of every level of Quake being completed at 100%, meaning all kills and all secrets on every level on Nightmare difficulty (via Reddit).

Now, each level was recorded separately and some hacking tools were used to start the next level with the previous level's inventory, but there was no hacking or cheating in the actual level runs. Ten players contributed runs to the project.

Oh, and you're going to hear the shotgun a lot.

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Kotaku

Blazing your way through the original Quake from 1996 in less than 60 minutes might not impress hardened speed run enthusiasts, but what about doing so while also nailing 100% completion in Quake on its hardest difficulty?



That's what the Quake Done Quick team has done in this speed run that's almost too fast, burning through the first-person shooter in a little over 52 minutes. It's a blur of gibs, grunts and secret areas discovered and it's a great way to kill an hour during a slow week.



Quake done 100% Quickest [YouTube via Reddit]


Kotaku

Chronicles of Riddick Creators Have New Owners, New Game The studio behind Chronicles of Riddick is working on a new "AAA title for gamers" using the technology behind upcoming titles Rage, Doom 4 and Quake, Zenimax said today.



Why would the company behind Bethesda be telling us about MachineGames? Because they also confirmed this morning what we reported last week: it now owns the European development studio.



It makes a lot of sense for MachineGames to fold into Zenimax, which also owns Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios and Tango Gameworks. It puts the Swedish company with a group of developers that specialize in role-playing games and shooters. It also makes me wonder how much longer it's going to be until Zenimax becomes the next Ubisoft, THQ or Take-Two.


Kotaku

PC Gaming Week Confessional, Bashcraft Edition We are all over PC gaming this week , but what do we know about PC gaming? Each day, one Kotaku editor will reveal their PC gaming knowledge and share some memories. Yesterday you read about Crecente's experiences, and now?



Now you can read about mine.



Are you a PC gamer?


For several Texas summers between the ages of 11 to 15, I sure was. But as a kid, I didn't have a PC at home. We had a typewriter! (Oddly, we didn't have a microwave, either.) If I wanted to write something, that mean I could try to henpeck out a letter or get a pen. If I wanted to game, well, I had an array of video game consoles. The computer, a 1981 IBM, was at my dad's office. My parents never really made the connection between computers and kids. In fact, I didn't have my own computer until 1996 — right before I left for college. So, sadly, I don't have a strong PC gaming background. Blame my childhood! That doesn't mean I totally missed out on computer games as a wee lad. I didn't grow up in a cave.



PC Gaming Week Confessional, Bashcraft Edition



What was your first PC game?


Like most children of the 1980s, my first computer game was Oregon Trail. But, the first computer game I played outside of school was probably 1987's Leisure Suit Larry. A friend's older brother had a copy, and a bunch of us loaded it up to, and I quote, "see things you'll never see in a Nintendo game". Besides fuschia graphics and conversations in bars, I actually don't remember much about the game itself, but rather, what really stuck out was how Larry was controlled by the keyboard. It was a revelation! Game characters manipulated by something other than a control pad or a joystick.



Did consoles ever get in the way of your PC gaming?


My consoles always got in the way of my PC gaming. When the Nintendo Entertainment System came out, I had one. When the Sega Genesis hit, I had one. When the Turbo Grafx-16 went on sale, I was there. Besides those consoles, my parents had Pong and an Odyssey. Yes, I was that kid. But there was never any impetus to get a computer until I went to college. And while in college, dormmates' computers held wonders like Grand Theft Auto and Quake. Good times. I felt what others had know for years: the computer can more than hold its own as a gaming machine. Late to the party, but hey, at least I arrived.



Best PC gaming memory?


My best friend growing up had Sim City, Civilization and later TIE Fighter, among other games. Often, I'd go over to his house and play for hours and hours. There isn't a specific memory per se, but those sunny afternoons, drinking Dr Pepper and taking turns playing seem to be from a different era. Kids today have their own PCs and play with each other online — which certainly is fine. But there's something to be said about being in the same room and learning from another player's mistakes.



Worst PC gaming memory?


Right before I left for college, I picked a Mac over a ThinkPad laptop. Since I, you know, GREW UP WITH AN ELECTRIC IBM TYPEWRITER, I honestly did not know you could not play PC games on a Mac. I was utterly crushed upon being told that by a sales clerk. I was even more crushed when I saw the number of titles in the games for Mac aisle. I felt like my Mac was nothing more than a fancy typewriter. PC Gaming Week Confessional, Bashcraft Edition



What PC-based game series should they bring back?


Hrm, Jazz Jackrabbit? Epic Games is known for their shooters Gears of War and Unreal Tournament. Why not release another Jazz Jackrabbit? And release it for the PC!


Kotaku

Quake Arena Arcade Classified In Australia Way back in 2007, Quake Arena was revealed for Xbox Live Arcade. Fast forward to 2010, and the game isn't out yet. But it might be soonish.



After making a t-shirt and a gameplay appearance in 2009, Quake Arena Arcade has recently appeared in the Australian Classification Database, which has rated the game ages 15-and-up. That should be an indication that the game is finally going to hit Xbox Live.



Quake Arena [Classification Database via Joystiq] [PIC]


Kotaku

What Do Gun Developers Know About Real Guns? In game after game, there they are: guns. Weapons are a common trope. They are a catalyst for action and an instrument for destruction. In-game guns and, well, guns are different. What do game developers know about the real deal?



Not every game developer who makes games with firearms has handled an actual weapon just like every film director who makes movies with guns has handled a real gun.



Kotaku reached out to some of the biggest names in game design to see what experience they have had with guns. The goal wasn't to pass judgment on those who have (or haven't) handled weapons, but rather, to see if those experiences provide any insights into their games.



Of course, experience with actual firearms have impacted the work of some game designers, and haven't impact the work of others. Some designers have a great interest in weapons, while others are only interested in how they impact game design. Opinions vary person by person. And just because a game designer is known for shooters, that does not mean he or she is gun enthusiast.



Cliff Bleszinski (Gears of War series)

What Do Gun Developers Know About Real Guns?




Nothing will teach you to respect a firearm faster than actually firing one. Basically, you have an explosion going off - in your hands. I usually opt for a lightweight gun when I go to the firing range, often a Glock. No matter how many times we've tried to do the "Lethal Weapon" smiley face on the targets we fail, even when we use the "Zombie" target sheets.



A couple of years ago I went to a Las Vegas indoor firing range with Jace Hall for his TV show and we were able to fire some fully automatic weapons. One quickly learns to switch to burst fire for those weapons because the kick means that within a second of firing full auto you're ventilating the ceiling. I learned to have ever more respect for our armed forces by handling real life weaponry.




Matias Myllyrinne (Alan Wake)

What Do Gun Developers Know About Real Guns?




My experience with guns comes mainly from my time in the army. All 285 days of them – but who's counting right? Most Finns do their military service, while some opt for civil service helping in libraries and old people homes for example. I'm trained as military police and urban warfare and the guns I trained with are mostly useful for these roles.



Most conscript army weapons are simple and easy to use as there is little time to practice and you are not relying on professionals to work them. Our country is small and relies on a conscript army system to maintain defensive capability. So, while most folks at Remedy don't own guns (bar some who go hunting every fall) we have an interesting set of military skills, based on the conscript system. Our CFO was a medic (I'd still prefer that he does the numbers not my medical operation) our Art Director can command a 122mm heavy costal artillery piece and our head of franchise development can shoot a 23mm. Russian AA gun, "Sergey".



I'm not really the military type. I like to question conventions and have a selective respect of authority, to put it diplomatically. Also, let's be clear that I hope to never have to fire a gun in anger. But I do enjoy shooting when the opportunity comes up. There is a zen like concentration that goes with whole process of shooting and the power they unleash can be exhilarating.



The weapon I know the best is the Sako Valmet RK62. I'm pretty sure I can still pull it apart and put it together in 60 seconds blindfolded. More a testament to repetition than anything else. The RK 62 is basically an improved AK47. The Israelis used it as foundation for their own Galil Assault rifle. The sites are much more accurate than the AK and the build quality is better. I really learned to appreciate it, over distance it is highly accurate and it is reliable in all weather. I've shot rounds of it in -20 centigrade to plus 25 centigrade weather and it always functions reliably. On automatic it is basically inaccurate with the recoil kicking in, but when 30 guys in a line open up emptying a clip in 3 seconds flat it is quite a display of firepower. Trust me, when that happens you want to be pretty sure you are all in line and not running in front.



The RK62 carries a 7.62 mm round that tends to go through a lot of material like a hot knife through butter. So, unless you are Mel Gibson in a Hollywood flick, hiding behind a table is kind of useless. This is one reason it might not be the desired weapon of choice in urban areas. Hence, we were trained with pump-action shotguns and a 9mm side arm. The 9mm was a Belgian manufactured version of the Browning High Power. With fixed sites it was not terribly accurate. However, I think the point was more to be able to hit a door sized target at ten yards multiple times, rather than being Pistol Pete.



The light machine gun (KK 62), based on Czechoslovakian design also used the same rounds as the RK-62 but came with plenty of ammo which it ate up hungrily. With a hypothetical fire rate of a thousand bullets a minute the barrel would heat up no matter how cold the winter was. Shooting tracers at night on that was very visual, a remarkable fireworks display as the ricochets shot to the dark night sky. This is a gun you want to set up before shooting, best shot prone with a tripod unless you are doubling as John Rambo.



The Sako sniper rifle is a different kind of beats all together. While a lot of the other weapons I have shot are about fast firepower the sniper rifle is more of a surgical instrument. The long 7,62mm cartridge packs a punch that'll knock a moose down and it is highly accurate. With a little bit of practice most folks will be able to squeeze off half a dozen shots into a card sized area from 300 meters. With a scope and tripod, it is so consistent and simple. It is long, heavy and a pain to carry around though.



I fell privileged to have gotten to shoot a Suomi SMG before it was retired from service. This is a legendary WW2 era-weapon that was still in reserve use when I did my service. While revolutionary in its day and arguably one of the best sub machineguns of WW2, I could not hit a barn door with it. The banks of snow behind the target gave me an indication of where my bursts were going but could not get it right. In my untrained hands it was basically "spray and pray"... also the 9mm feels underpowered after the RK 62.



On the big daddy front, the 12.7mm antiaircraft gun on top of a Sisu APC is about as big as it gets. However, the prospect of trying to down a plane armed with missiles with that thing is not exactly attractive. The bullets were made of some extremely hard metal and would go through almost anything FWIW. However, I suspect in the real world it is much better for stopping a car than an airplane.



The most macho piece of equipment I got to train with was the AGS 17. A bunch of these east european bad boys were bought after the German reunification from East German stockpiles. It is a 30mm automatic grenade launcher. While this contraption weighs at a bulky 45 kg. and is noisy (opening the tripod can be heard a mile away) it is basically a machine gun that fires grenades. The concept is so over the top it is almost comical, if it wasn't for its lethal purpose. Yep, this is probably the only piece of kit that makes a machine gun seem like a peashooter.




Randy Pitchford (Brothers in Arms series, Borderlands)

What Do Gun Developers Know About Real Guns?




We've got an arsenal of weapons — from authentic WW2 small arms to futuristic guns that inspired Borderlands to an actual Pulse Rifle from Aliens that fires .45 caliber ammunition.



We've got a gun range across the street from our studio. Colonel John Antal, Gearbox Software's military advisor and historian, takes groups of us as often as we want to shoot.



Colonel Antal actually trained me to fire a gun for the very first time in my life in 2003 when we were doing research for Brothers in Arms. Up until that point, I had only fired virtual weapons in video games.



That was pretty interesting in that I've been making first person shooting games for my entire professional career as a game maker. In firing a real weapon, one thing that really stood out was what the sight picture actually looked like and felt like. It turns out that it is impossible to keep both the target and the sight in focus at the same time. To fire accurately, we learn to use a very blurry sight in order for us to be focused on our target down range.



At that point, no first person shooter video game ever respected what the sight picture actually looked like.



It sounds simple today, but the discovery that came from actually firing a real gun led us to want to change the way the sight picture looked in our video games. We were working on the very first Brothers in Arms game and we developed something that is now being copied by just about everyone making shooters.



Here is a screenshot from the first Brothers in Arms game that illustrates that sight-picture innovation that only came from experience firing a weapon hands-on and thinking about what that experience was actually like.




John Romero (Doom and Quake series, now at Slipgate Ironworks)

What Do Gun Developers Know About Real Guns?




I owned BB guns and .22s and stuff like that. But that was a long time ago, and I don't own any guns now. There are too many people getting shot and killed. It's too dangerous, especially if there's kids around. Actually, I'm afraid of guns. If there's a gun around, there is the possibility that someone's going to get killed or shot. I just do not want to be around them. Those are real. The ones that are in games are fake. They're fun.




Benson Russell (Uncharted series)

What Do Gun Developers Know About Real Guns?




There are few specific criteria we use in selecting the weapons for the UNCHARTED universe. Obviously since our game is set in reality, we stick to using only real life guns as a basis for our characters arsenal. This doesn't mean that we can't take some liberties with the art and the gameplay, but it does have to be believable in our universe. Also, our main character, Nathan Drake, can only carry one rifle style long gun, and one pistol style side arm at a given time. So when considering what type of weapons we want from a gameplay perspective we have to keep these points in mind and work within the boundaries they present. We have to think about the different combinations the player may prefer to use throughout the game, such as those who like to keep the power of a shotgun, yet don't want to sacrifice having a fully automatic weapon. This leads us to find weapons that satisfy a variety of different tastes in each weapon slot. To keep things differentiated and balanced, we usually make the pistol versions of the weapon type slightly weaker, which has the added benefit of adding a layer of strategy for the player.



Once we've come up with gameplay choices, then we have to pick what we want the weapon to look like visually. For the Uncharted universe a big part of this comes down to picking weapons with a specific character or charm to them and ones that will fit within the story and the difficulty ramp of the game. For example, in Uncharted 1, we wanted the rag-tag group of pirates to have older, less high-tech style weapons like the AK-47 and the Makarov style pistol. When the private army of Roman and Navarro shows up we wanted them to have upgraded, high-tech looking weapons like the M4 and the Desert Eagle style pistol. Overall we never try to pick a weapon that's very high-tech looking, like a FAMAS or Styr Aug because we feel it just doesn't sit well in the strong adventure style roots of the Uncharted universe. We have a lot of weapon buffs in the office, so we all come up with suggestions and do a lot of research on different visual and gameplay styles on what we could potentially use in the game.




Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill, now at Tokyo developer Grasshopper Manufacture)

What Do Gun Developers Know About Real Guns?




The sound of a real gun is loud and clumsy. The tone and timber of the "pan, pan" when firing isn't cool. If you were to put those sounds into a game, the impact and strength of the effects would be lost. Therefore, you need to add sounds that aren't present in the real world in order to make it more dramatic. For example, by adding the sounds of the bullets going through the air, or the sound of metal being hit by a baseball bat.




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Kotaku

What Do Game Developers Know About Real Guns? In game after game, there they are: guns. Weapons are a common trope. They are a catalyst for action and an instrument for destruction. In-game guns and, well, guns are different. What do game developers know about the real deal?



Not every game developer who makes games with firearms has handled an actual weapon, just like not every film director who makes movies with guns has handled a real gun.



Kotaku reached out to some of the biggest names in game design to see what experience they have had with guns. The goal wasn't to pass judgment on those who have (or haven't) handled weapons, but rather to see if those experiences provide any insights into their games.



Of course, experience with actual firearms have impacted the work of some game designers, and haven't impact the work of others. Some designers have a great interest in weapons, while others are only interested in how they impact game design. Opinions vary person by person. And just because a game designer is known for shooters, that does not mean he or she is gun enthusiast.



Cliff Bleszinski, Epic Games (Gears of War series)

What Do Game Developers Know About Real Guns?




Nothing will teach you to respect a firearm faster than actually firing one. Basically, you have an explosion going off - in your hands. I usually opt for a lightweight gun when I go to the firing range, often a Glock. No matter how many times we've tried to do the "Lethal Weapon" smiley face on the targets we fail, even when we use the "Zombie" target sheets.



A couple of years ago I went to a Las Vegas indoor firing range with Jace Hall for his TV show and we were able to fire some fully automatic weapons. One quickly learns to switch to burst fire for those weapons because the kick means that within a second of firing full auto you're ventilating the ceiling. I learned to have ever more respect for our armed forces by handling real life weaponry.




Matias Myllyrinne, Remedy Entertainment (Alan Wake)

What Do Game Developers Know About Real Guns?




My experience with guns comes mainly from my time in the army. All 285 days of them – but who's counting right? Most Finns do their military service, while some opt for civil service helping in libraries and old people homes for example. I'm trained as military police and urban warfare and the guns I trained with are mostly useful for these roles.



Most conscript army weapons are simple and easy to use, as there is little time to practice and you are not relying on professionals to work them. Our country is small and relies on a conscript army system to maintain defensive capability. So, while most folks at Remedy don't own guns (bar some who go hunting every fall), we have an interesting set of military skills, based on the conscript system. Our CFO was a medic (I'd still prefer that he does the numbers, not my medical operation) our Art Director can command a 122mm heavy coastal artillery piece and our head of franchise development can shoot a 23mm. Russian AA gun, "Sergey".



I'm not really the military type. I like to question conventions and have a selective respect of authority, to put it diplomatically. Also, let's be clear that I hope to never have to fire a gun in anger. But I do enjoy shooting when the opportunity comes up. There is a zen like concentration that goes with whole process of shooting and the power they unleash can be exhilarating.



The weapon I know the best is the Sako Valmet RK62. I'm pretty sure I can still pull it apart and put it together in 60 seconds blindfolded. More a testament to repetition than anything else. The RK 62 is basically an improved AK47. The Israelis used it as foundation for their own Galil Assault rifle. The sights are much more accurate than the AK and the build quality is better. I really learned to appreciate it. Over distance, it is highly accurate and it is reliable in all weather. I've shot rounds of it in -20 centigrade to +25 centigrade weather and it always functions reliably. On automatic, it is basically inaccurate with the recoil kicking in, but when 30 guys in a line open up emptying a clip in 3 seconds flat it is quite a display of firepower. Trust me, when that happens you want to be pretty sure you are all in line and not running in front.



The RK62 carries a 7.62 mm round that tends to go through a lot of material like a hot knife through butter. So, unless you are Mel Gibson in a Hollywood flick, hiding behind a table is kind of useless. This is one reason it might not be the desired weapon of choice in urban areas. Hence, we were trained with pump-action shotguns and a 9mm side arm. The 9mm was a Belgian manufactured version of the Browning High Power. With fixed sights it was not terribly accurate. However, I think the point was more to be able to hit a door-sized target at 10 yards multiple times, rather than being Pistol Pete.



The light machine gun (KK 62), based on Czechoslovakian design, also used the same rounds as the RK-62 but came with plenty of ammo which it ate up hungrily. With a hypothetical fire rate of a thousand bullets a minute, the barrel would heat up no matter how cold the winter was. Shooting tracers at night on that was very visual, a remarkable fireworks display as the ricochets shot to the dark night sky. This is a gun you want to set up before shooting, best shot prone with a tripod unless you are doubling as John Rambo.



The Sako sniper rifle is a different kind of beats all together. While a lot of the other weapons I have shot are about fast firepower, the sniper rifle is more of a surgical instrument. The long 7.62mm cartridge packs a punch that'll knock a moose down and it is highly accurate. With a little bit of practice most folks will be able to squeeze off half a dozen shots into a card-sized area from 300 meters. With a scope and tripod, it is so consistent and simple. It is long, heavy and a pain to carry around though.



I fell privileged to have gotten to shoot a Suomi SMG before it was retired from service. This is a legendary WW2 era-weapon that was still in reserve use when I did my service. While revolutionary in its day and arguably one of the best sub machine guns of WW2, I could not hit a barn door with it. The banks of snow behind the target gave me an indication of where my bursts were going but I could not get it right. In my untrained hands, it was basically "spray and pray"... also the 9mm feels underpowered after the RK 62.



On the big daddy front, the 12.7mm antiaircraft gun on top of a Sisu APC is about as big as it gets. However, the prospect of trying to down a plane armed with missiles with that thing is not exactly attractive. The bullets were made of some extremely hard metal and would go through almost anything, FWIW. However, I suspect in the real world it is much better for stopping a car than an airplane.



The most macho piece of equipment I got to train with was the AGS 17. A bunch of these east European bad boys were bought after the German reunification from East German stockpiles. It is a 30mm automatic grenade launcher. While this contraption weighs at a bulky 45 kg. and is noisy (opening the tripod can be heard a mile away) it is basically a machine gun that fires grenades. The concept is so over-the-top it is almost comical, if it wasn't for its lethal purpose. Yep, this is probably the only piece of kit that makes a machine gun seem like a peashooter.




Randy Pitchford (Brothers in Arms series, Borderlands)

What Do Game Developers Know About Real Guns?




We've got an arsenal of weapons — from authentic WW2 small arms to futuristic guns that inspired Borderlands to an actual Pulse Rifle from Aliens that fires .45 caliber ammunition.



We've got a gun range across the street from our studio. Colonel John Antal, Gearbox Software's military advisor and historian, takes groups of us as often as we want to shoot.



Colonel Antal actually trained me to fire a gun for the very first time in my life in 2003 when we were doing research for Brothers in Arms. Up until that point, I had only fired virtual weapons in video games.



That was pretty interesting in that I've been making first-person shooting games for my entire professional career as a game maker. In firing a real weapon, one thing that really stood out was what the sight picture actually looked like and felt like. It turns out that it is impossible to keep both the target and the sight in focus at the same time. To fire accurately, we learn to use a very blurry sight in order for us to be focused on our target down range.



At that point, no first person shooter video game ever respected what the sight picture actually looked like.



It sounds simple today, but the discovery that came from actually firing a real gun led us to want to change the way the sight picture looked in our video games. We were working on the very first Brothers in Arms game and we developed something that is now being copied by just about everyone making shooters.



Here is a screenshot (above) from the first Brothers in Arms game that illustrates that sight-picture innovation that only came from experience firing a weapon hands-on and thinking about what that experience was actually like.




John Romero (Doom and Quake series, now at Slipgate Ironworks)

What Do Game Developers Know About Real Guns?




I owned BB guns and .22s and stuff like that. But that was a long time ago, and I don't own any guns now. There are too many people getting shot and killed. It's too dangerous, especially if there's kids around. Actually, I'm afraid of guns. If there's a gun around, there is the possibility that someone's going to get killed or shot. I just do not want to be around them. Those are real. The ones that are in games are fake. They're fun.




Benson Russell (Uncharted series)

What Do Game Developers Know About Real Guns?




There are few specific criteria we use in selecting the weapons for the Uncharted universe. Obviously since our game is set in reality, we stick to using only real life guns as a basis for our characters' arsenal. This doesn't mean that we can't take some liberties with the art and the gameplay, but it does have to be believable in our universe. Also, our main character, Nathan Drake, can only carry one rifle style long gun, and one pistol style side arm at a given time. So when considering what type of weapons we want from a gameplay perspective we have to keep these points in mind and work within the boundaries they present. We have to think about the different combinations the player may prefer to use throughout the game, such as those who like to keep the power of a shotgun, yet don't want to sacrifice having a fully automatic weapon. This leads us to find weapons that satisfy a variety of different tastes in each weapon slot. To keep things differentiated and balanced, we usually make the pistol versions of the weapon type slightly weaker, which has the added benefit of adding a layer of strategy for the player.



Once we've come up with gameplay choices, then we have to pick what we want the weapon to look like visually. For the Uncharted universe, a big part of this comes down to picking weapons with a specific character or charm to them and ones that will fit within the story and the difficulty ramp of the game. For example, in Uncharted 1, we wanted the rag-tag group of pirates to have older, less high-tech style weapons like the AK-47 and the Makarov style pistol. When the private army of Roman and Navarro shows up, we wanted them to have upgraded, high-tech looking weapons like the M4 and the Desert Eagle style pistol. Overall we never try to pick a weapon that's very high-tech looking, like a FAMAS or Styr Aug because we feel it just doesn't sit well in the strong adventure style roots of the Uncharted universe.



We have a lot of weapon buffs in the office, so we all come up with suggestions and do a lot of research on different visual and gameplay styles on what we could potentially use in the game.




Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill, now at Tokyo developer Grasshopper Manufacture)

What Do Game Developers Know About Real Guns?




The sound of a real gun is loud and clumsy. The tone and timbre of the "pan, pan" when firing isn't cool. If you were to put those sounds into a game, the impact and strength of the effects would be lost. Therefore, you need to add sounds that aren't present in the real world in order to make it more dramatic. For example, by adding the sounds of the bullets going through the air, or the sound of metal being hit by a baseball bat.




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Announcement - Valve
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This is also your last chance to pick up the QuakeCon 2010 Pack and save mpre than 70% off a huge bundle of games from id Software and Bethesda Softworks.

Check out the QuakeCon Sale Page for all of today's offers.

Kotaku

The Ghost Of id Software's Past John Romero haunts game developer id Software. Yes, he co-founded the studio and thus more than earned his place in id history. But Romero only worked there between the years of 1991 and 1996.



Yet, there Romero remains, like a ketchup stain on the carpet. When you think of id, you think of Romero. Whether it be coining the term "death match" or opening up his games to modders, Romero's impact on the company (and ultimately on gaming) is too great to cast aside.



"Romero was the game industry's first rock star," David Kushner, author of Masters of Doom, tells Kotaku. That, Kushner says, helped put not only Romero, but id's games on the map. "No one had played games that were as loud and fast and funny and violent as Wolfenstein, Doom, and Quake — and Romero's passion for these games was off the charts." According to Kushner, Romero defined the gamer personality that we now take for granted.



The Ghost Of id Software's Past Id Software did come into its own with 1992's Wolfenstein 3D, the game that spawned the modern first-person shooter. As detailed in Kushner's book, Romero hit the big time. Money, women, sports cars, you name it. And so did id.



Wolfenstein 3D was followed up by Doom and that was followed by Doom II, a game that featured Romero's severed head. Id Software was on a roll, turning out hit after hit. 1996 saw Quake, and the next year brought its sequel and Romero getting fired from the company.



The Ghost Of id Software's Past Romero went off to found game developer Ion Storm and become mired in Daikatana, which never lived up to its marketing hype. (Hype that stated John Romero was going to make you "his bitch" — something he later apologized for). "Like I describe in Masters of Doom," Kushner says, "Ion Storm had absurdly huge ambitions which I don't think anyone could ever fulfill." During the period that followed, Romero seemed to go off into the wilderness, working on mobile games and at Midway for at stint before settling at Slipgate Ironworks at Gazillion Entertainment, which is rolling out Marvel and LEGO massively multiplayer online games.



The Ghost Of id Software's Past "Romero's greatest legacy is his passion for games," says Kushner. "And that's something that's easy to overlook." Kushner's right — it is. With the Daikatana disaster and Romero's long flowing locks, it is easy to forget that, as Kushner points out, Romero was always a gamer first and id's biggest fan. "Some people saw that as pure ego, but Romero's enthusiasm for stuff like mods and deathmatching helped shooters become what they are today." That's not all Romero has given to gaming, though. According to Kushner, "He's hugely committed to being a kind of archivist/historian of gaming — which, in the long run, could be one of his biggest contributions to the industry."



Id worked steadily on Doom and Quake sequels. The company's upcoming game Rage is id Software's first major IP since Quake. (Id, however, has been working on stuff like fantasy game Orcs & Elves). But Rage is more than a brand new series, it's a clean break from Romero and the start of a new chapter in id's gaming history. The Ghost Of id Software's Past



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How Much Would You Pay For Quake Live 'Pro'?The makers of free-to-play shooter Quake Live are putting a price on the web-based shooter, offering both "Premium" and "Pro" subscription options for FPS fans. The good news is that you still don't have to play to play Quake Live.



Yes, Quake Live will still be free-to-play, should you choose that option, but id Software is offering a few perks to players willing to cough up an annual subscription. Those plans range from about $24 to $48 USD per year and include the following enhancements to the current Quake Live experience.


Premium Subscription ($1.99 per month, billed annually)




  • Access to 20 QUAKE LIVE Premium only maps at launch with more to come. Premium maps are a combination of brand new maps and frequently requested community favorites from previous QUAKE games such as Aerowalk, Theater of Pain, Japanese Castles, and Realm of Steel Rats

  • An all new ‘Freeze Tag' game mode

  • Exclusive premium level awards

  • Create your own clan and join up to five separate clans

  • Custom QUAKE LIVE profile wallpaper

  • Match statistics stored for six months


Pro Subscription ($3.99 per month, billed annually)




  • Includes all Premium Subscription features

  • The ability to start your own game server, specify a server location, determine the game mode and invite who you want to join you

  • With the Pro Subscription, you can invite three friends with Standard level memberships to play with you in any Premium level map

  • Exclusive pro awards

  • Create your own clan and join up to ten separate clans

  • Match statistics stored for 12 months


The good old free version will still offer "friend lists, access to one clan, matchmaking, and stats tracking delivered through a web browser with more than 40 arenas and five game modes."



Kotaku will be looking at Quake Live and everything else Doom, Quake and Rage-related at this year's QuakeCon 2010, which runs August 12 to 15.


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