The arrival of Quake 2 signalled the end of just about everything else (other games, a social life, personal hygiene) for at least 6 months, as well as being another great leap forward to Upgrade Time for those with non-meaty PCs. Watching the phenomenon blossom is intriguing, though plotting its course is a no brainer. As expected, the online community swung into action from the outset. The existing 7.8 million or so Quake fan/news sites embraced the second coming with gusto, providing up-to-the-minute news and downloads... Quake 2’s long term value has been assured even only a few weeks after its release. There are enough hacks turned editor out there to sink the proverbial ship and the rate of people having a dabble is increasing every day. How long will Quake 2 last? Well let’s just say that if you played every single level, used every patch, made your own levels, played every TC you would be very old by the time you had finished. You would also die very happy.
So you've discovered the Insta-Gib mod huh? You've got your rail gun slung and ready to go, you've got an IP or two where you can be assured of some low pings and little packet loss, but how do you get into this very different mod and not come out of it looking like a real newbie? "Insta-Gib is an art my friend, and an art that is worthy of your learning." Wiser words have never been spoken. But more than this you need to feel the rhythm of Insta-Gib, you need to be at one with the rail and the hook, find your inner railer and let the little fucker out, don't be afraid of what needs to be unleashed. Insta-Gib is a primal thing, medical research shows that brain activity of your superior Insta-Gibber is concentrated in the basal ganglea, the most animal like and instinctive center of the brain. So let the animal out, play on instinct, smell the fear of your opponents and hunt them down like terrified wilderbeast.
The community is still strong in Australia. There are still some great servers around the country, including our own (18.104.22.168:27951), that have regular groups of players who hang out and have a frag or two. Instagib seems to be the mod of the moment, a server side mod (no download needed, you just connect and play) with our own server, Alphalink (22.214.171.124:27911), Wireplay (126.96.36.199:27999) and EISA (188.8.131.52:27930) being the pick of the pack. GX is still going strong, something about the skill and discipline of the game keeps people keen, and Alphalink (184.108.40.206:27950) is without doubt the bees knees for game-play. Quake II LIVES!!
Vicious Vixens Voices: CTF Guide and Deathmatch Strategy by Zippy In May of 1998, Peachies and Zippy decided to venture out and form a "twentysomething and over" female Quake2 clan. Why female and 20+? Peachies and Zippy explain: "We were in a clan before we started Vicious Vixens... but... most of the girls in the …
"We, Clan of the Caveman, testify here, that we are indeed Clan of the Caveman. We will face our enemies with eyes wide open preared to frag or be fragged. We swear that even if gibbed we will not dishonor the... members of our clan. When we strafe through corridors of stone, we will hold our heads high and our weapons at the ready."