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How To Play Quake III On iPad 54

Posted by timothy
from the cross-platform-is-the-way-to-go dept.
SlappingOysters writes "I thought those veteran gamers amongst you might like this one. Quake III Arena by legendary developer id Software isn't available on the App Store, but there is a way that you can get it to work on your iPad all the same. You can also get Open Arena and Quake III Shareware to work on Apple's tablet. The process is reasonably straightforward for anyone who wants to give it a ago, and Grab It Magazine has provided a step-by step guide, with pictures and necessary links, to help the interested through it."
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How To Play Quake III On iPad

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  • by Penguinisto (415985) on Saturday January 18, 2014 @02:28AM (#45996419) Journal

    ...if only they made a version that works on an x86 OSX box - I unlimbered my old Mac-flavored install media, and no effing joy. Maybe I should get out and look, though.

    (When it came out, I bought a version for Windows, for Linux (w/ the special metal case), and even for OSX - just so that I could play it on every computer I owned at the time.)

  • define 'play' (Score:4, Insightful)

    by epyT-R (613989) on Saturday January 18, 2014 @02:32AM (#45996447)

    Play as in 'aim-like-a-drunken-duck-with-a-controller', or play as in 'cpm-god'? With quake, those are two very different definitions.

    • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

      I played it on Android with a mouse and keyboard. Can't you attach such things to an iPad, maybe via Bluetooth?

      • by epyT-R (613989)

        How's the display and/or input latency? framerate?

      • By the time you pair a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to a tablet, you might as well use a laptop.
        • If you own one, that is, right?
          • by tepples (727027)
            Which brings one to the question of why one would buy an iPad in the first place instead of a proper laptop, or even a laptop/tablet hybrid like the Transformer Book.
            • I can only answer for myself. I bought an iPad mostly for reading PDFs / online documentation *away from a computer*. I will buy a BT keyboard in the near future so I can write blog posts on it (standing desk). But since it's mainly going to be used for reading a "proper" laptop is not what I want. As for hybrids... I like iOS.
              • by tepples (727027)

                I bought an iPad mostly for reading PDFs / online documentation *away from a computer*. [...] As for hybrids... I like iOS.

                So what do you plan to do should your mobile computing needs grow to include something for which there happens not to be an iOS app because of Apple's rules? Wireless network mapping and troubleshooting is the most common such application that I can think of. At that point you'll have to buy a laptop or at least an Android tablet anyway.

                • If my needs change and Android is the answer I just have to buy another device (in case the Kindle Fire 1st gen with Cyanogen is not good enough, which wouldn't surprise me). It's the same the other way around, no?
                  • People for whom $300 is a lot of money, such as K-12 students who receive an iPad as a gift and can't earn money themselves because of child labor laws, might have no way to "just [...] buy another device". Take, for example, a high school student who has only an iPad and brings home homework from a programming class in which he has enrolled. Will the parents necessarily be willing to jump online and buy a Raspberry Pi, USB hub, wired keyboard and mouse, and all the rest of the supporting peripherals so tha
                    • Yeah, those horrible first world problems. Now what if he got a device running Android and he really needs an iPad? OMG! Same difference. You're taking your anti-Apple attitude a bit to far.

                      Anyway, here are some answers:

                      And if that's not enough, he/she can mow the lawn, or visit a friend who does have what is needed. It's not like there is a severe lack of devices in countries that hand out iPads as gifts at school.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    ... would even think of using a shitty tablet.

  • I'd like to see someone try playing on Vogon's Anarchy server. It's just a blur of movement, pixels, and death on a normal computer... which would be just as pretty on the Retina Display!

  • Slashvertisement? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Saturday January 18, 2014 @04:59AM (#45996861)

    At first glance, it looks like the "story" is just an attempt to get people to purchase some other random 99-cent app that, in turn, let's them play Quake... iF they already own Quake III Arena or some such.

    I didn't give it a second glance, so it's possible I'm being too cynical.

    • by gl4ss (559668)

      "Open the Beben III app and press âoeSELECT GAME.â Select either âoeOpen Arenaâ or âoeQuake III Shareware.â The process for starting up Quake III Arena is different and will be explained below."

      uhm yeah i thought the story was about how to get development credentials and install that way, but its really just about a quake 3 engine that's on the app store already??

      which begs the question, can you get the source for beben3?

      • Re:Slashvertisement? (Score:5, Informative)

        by jones_supa (887896) on Saturday January 18, 2014 @06:28AM (#45997169)

        which begs the question, can you get the source for beben3?

        Good question. The Q3A source code released by id Software is licensed under GPL so all derivative works must also be open source. I dug around a bit and at the home page Mac and I [mac-and-i.net] there is a text:

        If you want access to the source code just drop me an email to ronny.stiftel[at]gmail.com.

      • by GrahamJ (241784)
        According to the App Store description, source code is available.
        • The "complete corresponding source code" under the GPL includes "installation information" (GPLv3) or "scripts used to control installation" (GPLv2), which would appear to include a usable signing key. Apple forbids disclosing this information.
      • by Anonymous Coward

        which begs the question

        raises the question

  • Basically point-and-tap headshots.

  • by wonkey_monkey (2592601) on Saturday January 18, 2014 @10:23AM (#45997969) Homepage

    Computer runs computer program, minor inconvenience required to do so

  • Just got my first iPad mini yesterday! Now if only someone would port VO to iPad as well!
  • Eff Quake III -- it has no soul, nor did Quake II. Can someone put Quake I on something?

  • Turn your toy iPad off, put it down.

    Turn your PC on, Goto http://www.quakelive.com/ [quakelive.com] (or install from a DVD-ROM of Q3, yes, it exists!)
    Use a mouse + keyboard, AS IT WAS INTENDED TO BE PLAYED 10+ years ago.
    Admire one of the greatest game of all time, and, the best game engine ever created.

    Once your done, put your iPad back on.
    Enjoy all the buggy games made with Unity + Java by a 16 year old kid.

  • I'm part of the team that works on ioquake3, the open source project that this ipad version is based on. This project (Beben III) has not contributed their changes back to ioquake3, or made them easily available for the public. It is extremely disappointing when bad players like this are given press and make money off of the backs of others.

    Please do not spend your money on apps that are bad open-source contributors, and please do not give them press.

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