So, if Wikipedia is to be believed – and they more-or-less match my own recollection, so we’ll go with it – Quake was released on June 22, 1996.
That’s a bit over 12 years ago.
So finally getting around to finishing it, well, I’m not sure whether to file that under “dogged persistence” or “incredible procrastination”, but I’m going to go with the one that makes me feel better about myself.
It gets points for being nasty difficult and yet never seeming completely unbalanced, and it loses points for, well, having a single ending screen – no cinematic, no credit scroll, nothin’
Literally, you walk through a teleporter and you get a “You win!” static screen.
Well, ok, so the first dozen times I walked through the teleporter, I wound up in the lava. I couldn’t figure out what was going on, and I DEFINITELY didn’t know what I’d done right when it DID give me the “You win!” screen. I had to go find a FAQ to tell me how I’d just won. 🙂
Still and all, definitely worth the ride to the end. And, having beaten Half-Life, Doom, AND Quake all this year, I think I can stop delving into pre-2000 PC games for a while now. 🙂