From the creator of the infamous Unofficial Quake Screen Saver, comes the Unofficial Quake2 Screen Saver. The screen saver features several scenes from Quake2. The scenes are fully rendered and animated just as they would look in the game. All the graphics and animations from the game come faithfully to life on your screen.
The Unofficial Quake Screen Saver will work under Windows 95/98/2K/XP and (believe it or not) it works under Vista! (not bad for a 9 year old screen saver!)
The Unofficial Quake2 Screen Saver is freeware: you can do whatever the crap you want with it, I don't care.
The Quake name and logo are property of Id Software. Screen saver code and custom artwork copyright 1996, 97 Robert Osorio
This page last updated 9/9/07
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NEW DOWNLOAD LINKS ADDED!
A lot of the old links were dead so I added new ones.
I get asked this occasionally. I wrote this screen saver 2 years ago (wow!) and I've gone on to other things. I wouldn't even know where to start to write another version.
Even though it's technically a beta, the screen saver is totally stable (after 2 years, I think it's been fully beta tested). Enjoy!
I added a nice Quake2 wallpaper in a variety of sizes. Click here to skip down to it...
It's taken long enough, but here it is. Remember, it's a beta, but it seems to be running very stable on my test systems. If you have any problems please contact me. If you already have the Unofficial Quake Screen Saver installed, then this screen saver will play scenes from both of them.
PLEASE NOTE: Because it's a beta, there are a few things to be aware of:
There's only 3 new Quake 2 scenes.
You can't select a starting scene as you could in the original Quake screen saver - it's randomly selected
There's no sound yet in any of the Quake 2 scenes, but you will hear sound if playing a scene from the Quake 1 screen saver.
The new Quake 2 screenshots were taken in 2D software mode not GL 3D. Sorry, but there's too many problems associated with using GL screenshots. Personally, I still think it looks grand. I have no plans to do a GL version, as it's really not practical (I learned that the hard way in the Hexen 2 screen saver).
The screen saver probably won't work with Win98's active desktop enabled. I don't know yet if there's a way around this. Personally, I wouldn't want that crap turned on and hogging my CPU cycles anyway.
You'll get an error if the screen saver tries to run with sound enabled while you're running an MP3 player. If you play MP3's you should disable the sound in the screen saver. I will probably address this issue later by just having the screen saver temporarily disable sound if it can't access the sound card.
My name is Robert Osorio, I live in central Florida (the "Shoot Me" state), and I go by the handle "FlyingPenguin[OFC]" when playing online. I mostly play Day of Defeat, Counterstrike, and Q3 Urban Terror. I'm 42, and honorary CEO for life of the Old Farts Clan (gamers under age 35 need not apply). There's not really a clan - it's very casual. A bunch of us old farts were just tired of being nagged to join a clan, so we made up our own.
When I first started posting my age on my web sites, I was amazed by the number of "closet" old-fart gamers that e-mailed me to tell me that it was so cool that there were others, like themselves, who played the game like addicts, weren't under 19 years old, and were old enough to remember when "Pong" was state-of-the-art computer gaming. The oldest gamer I've heard from is 55 and he plays around 4 hours a day!
If you're over 35 and play Quake online, consider yourself a life-long member in good standing. Feel free to use the initials if you want [OFC]. Your only duty is that you must never fail to lose any opportunity to be smug about it when you frag the crap out of some teenager's ass. Let him know how old you are and mock his (supposedly) faster reflexes.
Being a male, I've never experienced the pain of childbirth, so instead I tried publishing this screen saver. You know what? Childbirth has to be less painful...
Why am I doing this? BECAUSE I NEED MY HEAD EXAMINED, THAT'S WHY! I'm not a professional programmer, I'm just doing this in my spare time for the fun of it. I don't represent a company and there's no big-time publishing outfit behind me - otherwise you'd be paying forty bucks for this screen saver at a computer store, in a fancy box, festooned with legal cryptographs to sooth the Gods of Litigation, instead of downloading it for free!. I do all the programming and answer all customer support questions myself, and I have a normal (well, sorta normal...) job I have to pretend to do fairly well during the day to keep the real money coming in, so your patience and understanding is appreciated. If you really, REALLY like the screen saver, send me a couple of dollars, or an AOL Installation disk (I can always use a blank floppy - that's all they're good for anyway...). My address is listed at the end of this page and in the screen saver's readme.wri file).
SHAMELESS PERSONAL PLUG: I can create a custom screen saver to promote your product or your company. Please feel free to contact me at: QuakeCoop@TheFlyingPenguin.com
As far as adding more scenes in the future, well lemme tell ya... I can't keep working on this screen saver for nothing, fun as it may be at times - my family and friends will disown me. So, I've decided to let you folks get involved. I don't expect to make any money off of this considering the number of hours I've already put into this project, but I would like to cover the money I've spent on the DirectX controls I purchased.
Here's what I've decided to do:
For each $20 contribution I receive, I will add an additional scene and put the contributor's name in that scene as the sponsor. Sponsors can be nicknames or clan names, as long as they're not too vulgar (crap, I'm one to talk about vulgarity!). If you have a preference for a particular scene, send me a screen shot of it, and describe what episode and map it's in, and I'll try to comply.
All scene updates will be freely available on my web site to anyone who wants to download them. I will add a scene of my own each time I add a contributor's scene, so in this way the screen saver will grow by at least two scenes for every update.
I think this is the fairest way to go and keep the screen saver freeware. If everyone's happy with the screen saver as is, well fine, I can go back to a normal life. If some of you want to stroke your own egos, I'll be happy to help you and I can use a few bucks as well.
I'm constantly trying to improve this scren saver, and I also have plans in the works for some other sick screen savers as well. Thus, any constructive suggestions or criticisms would be greatly appreciated. Please drop me a line even if just to let me know that you liked it and you had no problems (when most of your e-mail is customer support related, it gets pretty depressing!). Feel free to contact me at:
The Flying Penguin's Homepage
More stupid and not so stupid stuff from your's truly. Check out the "Incredible Acts of Stupidity" section. You'll laugh so hard, you'll hurt yourself. Also check out the world's funniest online Radio Control Modeling Newsletter.
The Unofficial Quake Screen Saver (A freeware Quake screen saver by yours truly. All the others suck - I know, 'cause I downloaded them all.)
The Unofficial Hexen II Screen Saver
A freeware Hexen II screen saver by yours truly. If you love Hexen II, and you love the Unofficial Quake Screen Saver, you'll love this!
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