Carmack: Quake Live is about beating consoles, Mac and Linux clients on the way

Wednesday, 25th February 2009 15:57 GMT By Patrick Garratt


id boss John Carmack’s told Gamasutra that Quake Like – which hit open beta today – is partly about showing what the PC can do as a platform.

“A lot of this project was about doing something that the PC was going to be better at than the consoles,” he said.

“Our modern triple-A stuff has to be somewhat more console-centric, with the PC as a peer, while this is an opportunity to do something where the PC will really stand alone.”

So up yours, consoles. Not only will you not have anything to do with Quake Live’s free-to-play action, but id’s going to support Mac and Linux with the game, in the name of God.

Carmack told Joystiq today that “it’s pretty high on my priority list to have the Mac and Linux support.”

John Carmack spits on you, PS360. He spits in your face.



  1. Blerk

    I’m not really sure this is something he should be taunting console owners with, given that it looks like it fell out of a timewarp from 2001.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Johnny Cullen

    What Blerk said.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Redh3lix

    What Blerk said.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Mafro

    Presumably if this was on consoles I wouldn’t have to wait in a queue of 7000 plus just to play…

    #4 6 years ago

    What Redh3lix said.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. No_PUDding

    Lol… Someone have a link for Yahtzee’s superior PC-gaming race and scummy console vagrants gifs?

    #6 6 years ago
  7. loki

    It is look like Carmack still live in 1998, wake up dude
    PC will really stand alone in river of shit

    #7 6 years ago
  8. David Sarkisjan

    Mafro: Not true.
    loki: Not true.

    #8 6 years ago

    COD4 on consoles > all PC FPS’s

    #9 6 years ago
  10. cachucha

    yo dawg we heard you like quake 3, so we put quake in yo browser so you can quake while you browser

    #10 6 years ago
  11. SwiftRanger

    He is so right, really. A free-to-play game on consoles of the same scope as Quake Live? No console company would ever allow it. Freedom!

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Hakkiz

    SwiftRanger: Well said.

    Battlefield Heroes and Quake Live are actually really interesting projects. I mean, how do you beat the piracy? Make free, ad-supported games. And that would be a win-win situation for both developers and gamers. Nobody truly wants the premium prices of Live/PSN, even if the products aren’t literally overpriced.

    G1GAHURTZ: How about COD4 for PC? Is it worse than on consoles? Mouse controls, free DLC, high-end graphics that go over Full HD (versus sub-HD on consoles)… No, still bad? ;)

    I love my consoles, but PC gaming has its advantages.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Freek

    My console also doesn’t have a que of about 37.000 people standing infront of the on button.
    Must try harder, Id!

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Hakkiz

    Well, it is a real beta – not a demo-ish beta. They are collecting feedback and improving the game.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. cachucha

    About the queues; I bet they are going to fix that, its open beta and I know they didn’t expected this reception so they are going working right now on it.

    Also don’t talk like console related stuff its perfect(new dashboard with tons of problems anyone?).

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Kalain

    “Our modern triple-A stuff has to be somewhat more console-centric, with the PC as a peer”.

    So, is he saying that they have to make their AAA games dumbed down so that consoles can have a chance of playing them? Guess it is true that console game is dragging down the quality and standards of PC gaming all in the name of cash. Hurrah :(

    #16 6 years ago
  17. ShiroGamer

    just wow !
    PC will win using free browser games based on a 10yo engine !
    makes you think about it from a whole diff angle now

    #17 6 years ago
  18. hitnrun

    This would probably have more credibility coming from a publisher who releases a game once in a while that doesn’t exceed the hardware specs of 80% of his potential clientele’s machines.

    #18 6 years ago

    @ Hakkiz

    I have COD4 on my PC, but rarely play it. The whole setup is better on console IMO. Sure, there are many advantages to the PC version, but in terms of the overall gaming experience, I’d take the console version any day…

    …even on PS3.

    #19 6 years ago

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