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Low steam count is a good thing right now (45 comments)
Posted by zlr @ 07:12 CDT, 1 September 2017 - iMsg
I think that idsoftware made the right move by putting a price tag on the early access in steam for this stage of the development.

Imagine if the game was thrown out there as f2p right now on steam and you had a craptonne of people trying it out with all the current bugs, server issues, incomplete or missing features like offline matches vs bots and no ranked competitive matchmaking, no CTF, and so on.

Right now the majority of people who have actually paid for the early access are people who liked quake to begin with, hence the 82% positive reviews.

IMO if this was f2p right now, the review % would plummet and most people would play 1 match and never touch it again, similar to what happened with QL. Since 2014 about 1.5million people have played 1 match of quake live, but the retention rate of those players is almost non-existent for obvious reasons. Info found here: https://steamdb.info/app/282440/graphs/

When the game is finally out of the early access and they release it as a finished product and f2p on steam, and the player counts are still low then you can start to cry about it.
Edited by zlr at 07:16 CDT, 1 September 2017 - 7972 Hits
How will ranked work in QC? (20 comments)
Posted by zlr @ 05:03 CDT, 17 March 2017 - iMsg
Will it just be behind the scenes matchmaking, or will there actually be ranked tiers that you can progress through like league of legends?

I'd like to see ranked tiers with a ladder/leaderboard so you can see where you are against the top % of players in the region.
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Scalebearer is not too slow (3 comments)
Posted by zlr @ 18:25 CDT, 16 March 2017 - iMsg
He has the following to make up for it:

- Bull rush every 30 seconds, with 75% damage reduction during
- Passive skill 'heavyweight', if he drops from a height near other champions he does damage to them
- More max health and armor
- Spawns with 50 armor
- More resistant to weapon knockback (not 100% confirmed but seems likely from watching the videos)

Would you want a champion with that kind of killing power and tankiness to also be able to move as fast as other champions? I don't think so.

He can still rocket jump too.
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The switch from QL > QC (88 comments)
Posted by zlr @ 20:09 CDT, 7 August 2016 - iMsg
I am curious to hear what people think is going to happen when QC is released (whenever that is) and what will happen with current QL players.

If you look at past examples, we have a small amount of players who still only play QW and haven't moved on to Q3/QL. Quake 4 had a decent shot and converting everyone, but it died quickly after the tournaments stopped happening.

I played Q4 when it first came out and enjoyed it, even though it was different from Q3. It wasn't as polished as Q3 but you could argue that once it matured it was a good fast paced game and dueling was as deep as Q3 was at the time. However the game still failed and eventually died completely.

Do you think that, if Quake Champions has a similar entrance to what Quake 4 did (better graphics, updated gameplay elements, but less polished) that the QL player base will be hesitant to convert and bash the game like q3 players did with Q4? Do you think there will still be active QL servers 6 months or 12 months after QC is released?
Edited by zlr at 20:11 CDT, 7 August 2016 - 14738 Hits
Mechanical milestone progression system (6 comments)
Posted by zlr @ 17:58 CDT, 15 June 2016 - iMsg
IGN said Tim Willits told them QC is using 'mechanical milestones' for progression, how do you guys interpret that? It's an open ended term, I can think of a few things but I'm interested in hearing some ideas.

Will it be something like what was attempted with QL with the initial matchmaking courses, where the further you got through various strafe jumping and rocket jumping tests determined your initial tier? Or is it more of an achievement thing, like killing 20 people in FFA gets you an achievement for it, etc.
Edited by zlr at 18:12 CDT, 15 June 2016 - 1372 Hits
An exposition on why Quake 'failed' (129 comments)
Posted by zlr @ 19:03 CDT, 18 May 2016 - iMsg
**EDIT** 14/06/2016 - A lot of the stuff here doesn't apply to Quake: Champions. It looks like a genuine attempt to me to bring Quake to the modern gaming culture, and I hope it is successful.

I see a lot of people on the internet think of the oldschool shooters as 'mindless' twitch FPS games that don't require any tactics. I've seen this in vods, trailers, twitch chat over the years and it got me thinking of why Quake doesn't exist in modern gaming culture.

When those people watch team games in Quake all they see is 'people shooting stuff'. However, at every LAN event I have been to over the years, and I have been to a lot of tournaments since the early 2000's for Q3 and Q4, most I have spoken to at the events who have never seen Quake played before were very impressed by the duelers when they were up on the big screen. At many events the duelers got the crowd cheering more than the CS and RTS games did, and many people I spoke to said they found watching Quake to be the best part of the tournament. Duel is the reason why Quake is considered the pinnacle of FPS skill by non-quakers who know what they are talking about.

And to be honest, CTF and TDM tactics aren't that advanced when you consider the bigger picture in Quake, it's more about acquired CTF/TDM mode experience and being able to instinctively and habitually work well with the other 3-4 players on the team without having to communicate the overall strategy because the gameplay is so fast paced that by the time one person articulates a strategy the opportunity to apply the in depth tactical routes / teamwork / maneuvers has already gone. It is chaotic, teammates are dieing and respawning constantly and being repositioned elsewhere throughout the whole game. Compare that to CS where the casters have a whole bunch of time to talk about the overall strategy and what is going on because the game is slow enough to allow it.

I would estimate that 70-80% of what goes on in a game of CTF or TDM is not recognised by a viewer who doesn't understand the complexities of Quake, whereas with Duel it is more noticeable and the casters have more time to explain what is happening and why.

There has been a few threads on ESR trying to say why Quake has failed, Disrepute tried to blame the focus on duel as the reason, others say it's iDsoftware's fault, but so far everyone is only peeling one side off the methaphorical 'banana' that is 'why quake failed.' It's more complex than what has been discussed so far. Tennis for example shows that a 1v1 sport can be very successful where the top percentage of players in the world make an extremely good living off playing from travelling around the world competing in grand slams and smaller tournaments, and the grand slams are watched by millions of people.

So I sat down and tried to reason through why Quake has failed and get to the core reason why, and came up with the following summaries:

Increased popularity of the gaming industry: It is a fact that starting from the early 2000's most games that are massively popular are dumbed down to make them more accessible to a wider range of audiences. The more popular something is, the easier and more friendly it is to lower skilled players. Quake in its current form just does not fit into the modern gaming culture because it demands dedication, skill, determination and most relevantly lots of time and practice to get to a high level. Quake is a game for people who are competitive, but the majority of the gaming culture just want to play games to have fun by themselves or with friends or waste time on something that makes them feel good.

Inept adaption by iDsoftware: iD failed to see the trends of popular gaming, or saw it and chose to ignore it. Instead of following the trends of modern FPS of dumbing down gameplay and make it more simple, introducing experience levelling, item unlocks, achievements, ladders, etc they released games like Quake4 and thought they could just repeat the same success they had with all of their flagship games before. By the time Q4 came out the whole culture of gaming had already changed dramatically in that it wasn't just a select few 'nerds' playing it at school any more. By the time Q4 came out there was already masses of casuals getting into gaming and with all the easier and more accessible alternatives to Quake4 that was out at the time it had no chance of drawing a large number of players.

Regulated official eSports oversight: there is no governing body that decides the rules and regulations of 'electronic sports'. Anyone can throw up a website, run a tournament, and call it esports. With real life sports, going back to tennis as an exmaple, you had set rules that have been in place for years and these rules are applied globally and controlled centrally for all official tournaments. Sports have a standard that must be met by tournaments, an official ATP tennis tournament cannot simply say 'we are going to dumb down the professional game of tennis by allowing a second ball bounce so we can get more participants and make more money,' however this is what has happened in 'esports' over the years. When you consider what is an 'electronic sport' skill, Quake is a timeless skill that still hasn't been matched today in any popular modern FPS games. With a more regulated eSports body that is honest and operates on integrity and focuses purely on the most skillful forms of 'electronic' sports, Quake may have seen more success than it did for a longer period of time.

Popular gaming culture and consumerism: With the advent of popular gaming culture comes big money, big companies and consumerism. A game like Quake was made in a era before gaming was part of everyones lives in popular culture. Some of the pressures of consumerism did not have as much of a part to play as it does now. Truely competitive gamer numbers pale in comparison to the casual market who are not competitive. If you are playing a game casually for the simple of reason of enjoyment and that 'new' feeling you get when you try a new game for the first time and you aren't interested in being competitive and practicing, you will run out of stuff to do very quickly in the pre-2000 era of gaming. Big publishers recognised this and this is when you started to see all of the bells and whistles come into a game like achievements, unlocks, experience levelling, etc (in FPS games, obviously RPG's had this formula already). Once a casual player has finally sunk hundreds of hours into their game to unlock all of the meaningless achievements a brand new game is already out again these days. Now they can do the same thing all over again. By the time 2008/2009 came around, iD finally caught on and attempted to modernise Q3 in the form of Quakelive, but it was executed poorly which resulted in large queue times on launch day, ineffective matchmaking and ranking, a tiny budget and bad marketing and decision making.

Conclusion/Summary:

When you consider all of this, and what Quake's strong points are and why there is a dedicated small number of players who love it and recognise it for its brilliance, you will realise that Quake and popular gaming can't co-exist how we would want it. To make Quake popular today and played by hundreds of thousands or millions of players, you need to chop out the heart of Quake to the point that it won't even be recognisable as Quake any more.

I think there is nothing that could have been done to prevent Quake from losing its spot as the most popular competitive FPS while retaining the part of what makes Quake so good, given the trends of popular gaming culture and how it is driven by big publishers whose only goal is more $$$, however if a number of things were done differently by iDsoftware, community organisers and a couple of sponsors Quake could have still been a staple eletronic sport today, it wouldn't have had huge numbers of players, but a bracket of professionals that played on a year round circut similar to how tennis operates. Non-quakers enjoy watching Quake, just like people who have never played tennis enjoy watching the grand slams, because they can appreciate the masters and skill that the players have. I know many people who have played tennis maybe once or twice in their life, but still watch the grand slams. It could have been the same for Quake.

Quake demanded excellence, honesty and professionalism in a culture and industry of mediocrity, laziness and greed. I think that it's too late to change anything now, unfortunately.
Edited by zlr at 19:46 CDT, 13 June 2016 - 40048 Hits
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