"As predicted by industry insiders (as in 'inside various important people's colons'), Activision have signed worldwide rights to Quake II. This completes their royal flush of Quake-powered 3D shooters which started with both official id mission packs, then Hexen II, and Sin, the new title from Scourge of Armagon designers, Hipnotic. Few new details about the game were forthcoming, bar a reiteration that Quake II is a complete redesign with nothing carried over from the original game concept except for the Quake Unified Engine (a new version which integrates 3D accelerator support, Windows 95/NT and Internet gameplay all in one bite-sized EXE). So total is the redesign, in fact, that the name 'Quake' may even be dropped. According to the rather flowery press blurb: 'Gamers encounter an entirely new breed of intelligent and aggressive enemies which inhabit a complex matrix of interrelated, non-linear worlds, as players seek to avoid becoming a fine mist of blood and bone.' PC Zone spies, however, report that Quake II levels will be two to three times bigger than the original's maps, and that more diverse weapons will be on hand for less rocket-launcher oriented gameplay. Also, coloured lighting and real-time shadows will only be available in the 3D accelerated version."
"How do you top the awesome 3D action of QUAKE? All the gaming heavyyweights — including LucasArts, 3D Realms, id Software, and Raven — are working on that very question with the next generation of first-person shooters, which promises to take the genre even further. This month, we grab our rocket launchers and hunt down the most promising QUAKE killers of 1997."
As John got older, "I told him lots of times that if he was ever going to make money with this stuff he'd need to be the head of a computing department," says John Schuneman, John's stepfather. "I kept telling him to get into the scientific uses for computers." John, now age 29, never did. He never finished college, or worked for a big company. But he kept his singular focus on games. And for the last five years his stepfather has been eating those words, with pride.
"PlanetQuake.com — Dallas Party Photos... Note: The photos of John Romero and the ferrari were taken the next day."
Frag.Com's photo album of the biggest Quake event ever. Photography by Jonathan "ZyFly" Works. Sizing, thumbnails, HTML, and captions by Martin "DemonEater" Cox. Special thanks to the #trinity crew for their input.