Most of us online gamers have seen them around. Ridiculous aim, insane reflexes, near-clairvoyant predictions. Gamers that tend to rarely appear in public matches, but when they do they leave a big and long lasting impression. Those gamers that dwarf everyone else in the arena - the 'pro' gamers. Some people question whether they're human or some kind of cyborg, because damn, hitting your face around a corner while running at about five kilometers an hour? That can't be a human playing.
Well, sorry to burst the bubble, but they're almost always humans (let's not talk about the cheaters), and we're here to take you to their world and show you what the world of fragging and tagging looks like from their eyes. Welcome to ProMode, your fortnightly dosage of ridiculous displays of gaming skill. We go out of our way and blow our own bandwidth apart to find the best videos and info of those top class gamers so you don't have to.
ProFocus: Quake 3: Arena
For the first episode of ProMode, we're taking a trip through time and going back to one of the most fast paced and frenetic FPS games ever made, Quake 3: Arena.
Known as Q3 for short, the game was widely regarded as one of the most competitive and reflex-intensive FPS games ever made, and it pretty much still is regarded as that today. The competitive scene for Q3 was massive back in the day, with the title making constant appearances in professional gaming arenas such as the World Cyber Games, Cyber-Athlete Professional League and Electronic Sports World Cup. Many players attended these events and displayed a staggering amount of skill and ability. Players such as ZeRo4, Vo0, Cooller, and most notably, Jonathon "Fatal1ty" Wendel showed the world that competitive gaming isn't 'just' a game - it's a sport, with thousands of dollars being the prize of claiming first place in duels.
So, we've just established that Q3 is a game not just for mortals. So what? That's boring. Let's get onto the displays of skill shall we?
We're dedicated to finding awesome frag videos for our viewers to be entertained by, so with that, We've got three Q3 videos to show our viewers today: 'FRA3', 'vo0 vs CZM in CPMA' and 'The Badge 3.0'.
'FRA3' is a frag video showcasing the abilities of the French Rocket Arena 3 Community. For those that have no clue what Rocket Arena 3 is, you can check it out right here. In basic terms, it's Team Deathmatch that works like Counter-Strike in that it's round based and when you die you have to wait till next round. You also start off with all weapons, health and armour, and take no self-damage. Now think about all that, imagine what you can do with rockets and jumping, then watch this video:
Yeah, we barely were able to follow at points either. Insane reflexes from the French there. It must be the food. If you'd like to download this video and in much higher resolution, head on over to Quake Unity and download away. Onto the next video!
Vo0 vs CZM, CPMA
This video is not a 'frag highlight' video, but an actual recording of a duel between two well known players, Vo0 and CZM. The only problem here is that the duel is held in CPMA (Challenge Pro Mode Arena), Vo0's territory. CPMA is a mod for Q3 which changes the physics a little so that players have more control in the air, weapons switch instantly, and they can move much faster than normal. Vo0, a German professional gamer, basically owns the CPMA territory and is renowned by the community to be insanely good. Now that you understand what CPMA is, watch Vo0 play and be amazed.
And you thought 'FRA3' was fast? This makes it look slow. Vo0 is definitely not the kind of guy you'd want to fight on a first day in CPMA. Unfortunately we couldn't find a higher resolution version of this video, but alternatively you can get Vo0's frag video right here. It's just as entertaining as it is difficult to follow due to the pace it moves at.
The Badge 3.0
Our personal favourite, The Badge 3.0, is a frag highlight video based off traditional Q3 duels, so no modding bar from some personal player configuration changes. It's a stylish video to watch and slows down at points to make things a bit easier to follow.
Notice how all these high-skill videos feature Europeans? We need to figure out what their diet is. For a high resolution version of this video, Quake Unity is your friend.
Interested in becoming as good as those guys? Too bad, Q3 is clinically dead online. That being said, Quake Live is alive and kicking, and it's free too, so you can start your Quake career today. To give you a bit of a head start, we've researched some tips for you.
L2Play (or Learn To Play in the English tongue) is a gift from us to you, where we do some research in tactics, strategies and tricks in games so you get that little bit better. Whether we can do it or not is not the point, we just supply the info.
For Q3 beginners, we're going to straight out suggest you begin learning how to 'strafe jump'. Strafe jumping is one of the most important forms of movement in Q3 - it allows you to swiftly move across the map at breakneck speeds. Learning this technique will help you enormously in your Q3 adventures, and there's no better way to show you how to do it than with this video we've dug up.
Though it may take some time to learn, practice makes perfect, and if you're playing Quake Live actively we're sure you'll pick it up pretty damned quick.
And that concludes the first episode of ProMode. Next episode, we'll be looking at the Call of Duty franchise and seeing how the competitive scene is going. Which of the CoD games we'll be looking at depends on your feedback - feel free post your opinions in the comments section on the forums. Until next time, ProMode out.