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Friday Fun: Get Your Fragging On With Quake Live

One of the more popular FPS games on PC is the Quake series, and now you can play online for free with Quake Live. Today we give you an overview look of how to get it running and what you can expect.

Starting Quake Live

After going to the Quake Live page you’ll need to download and install the Quake Live Plugin.


After it’s installed a series of updates will take place before you can play. It takes several minutes so just hang tight until its complete.


After everything has been downloaded you can start in a live match, go to the training center, or run through some practice sessions.


A practice session with Crash who’s a computer character…she also guides you through the game and tells you how to play.




Game Settings

Here is a look at some of the game settings where you can customize your character, video options, and other settings.


Character Gallery…




Game Play

When you go into a live match, it can get pretty chaotic and a lot of fun. It plays like you would expect Quake to run, although sometimes your connection slows down or can completely drop.


The graphics are decent, controls smooth, and the sound is great.


It’s still in Beta but the overall experience was pretty good overall.


Minimum System Requirements

  • Operating System: XP, Vista, Windows 7
  • Browser: IE 7 or higher, Firefox 2.0 or higher
  • CPU: 800mhz Pentium III
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 4MX, ATI Radeon 8500, Intel i915 Chipset
  • Screen Resolution: 1024×600
  • Internet Connection: ISDN or IDSL Narrowband

Recommended System Requirements

  • Operating System: XP, Vista, Windows 7
  • Browser: IE 8, Firefox 3.0 or higher
  • CUP: 2GHZ Intel Processor or higher
  • Screen Resolution: 1680×1050 or higher
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series or higher, ATI Radeon X1800 or higher
  • Internet Connection: Cable or DSL Broadband

If you’re looking to spend some free time online fragging opponents, Quake Live is a quick and fun way let off some steam…just make sure to turn the volume off when playing at work!

Quake Live Beta

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 01/15/10

Comments (11)

  1. Mike

    I like both of them, but Battlefield Heroes has to be my favorite free browser-based pc game. Wow! That was a mouthful!

  2. Goran

    Hehe i like the last sentence:)
    Probably, sooner or later all games are going to be played like this.

  3. Benzjaminz

    Nice article…

    But… uh… it works fine on mac and ubuntu (and I think other linux distros) as well.

  4. mickeyblue

    quake 3 what a classic, nice!!!
    looks like they have improved the graphics somewhat.

  5. glaeven

    this does work on mac OS X. even in safari.

  6. Vitor

    It works on Linux and Mac too!

    Btw, very nice game to play… and installs pretty fast! :)

  7. Colluccio

    You can’t go wrong with FREE QUAKE!

  8. Doctor

    I’m going to try it out but sadly I can’t play in the comfort of Chrome. :( But I’ll play it in Firefox :)

  9. ThePhantomEcho

    I’ve been playing it for almost a year, and I love it! I believe you can play it in Chrome, with the IE extension. I think I’ve done it. ;) Too many browsers, not enough time. Enjoy!

  10. job

    i wish it was more populated,
    im really bad at the game and if there were more newb servers populated id play more

  11. npxbc

    You guys should update the info to cover Linux and Mac too.

    id software and Quake have long history with both.

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