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Archive for June, 2008

Final Burst of VoIP Stuff from Ryan “Icculus” Gordon

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

In a recent message to the IOQuake 3 Mailing List, Ryan C. Gordon (a.ka. Icculus, famous for helping port many popular games to Linux/Alternative OSes) mentioned that he submitted his final patches towards VOiP on IOQuake3. He was the one to first submit the patches for VOiP suport on IOQuake3. Maintaining compatibility with the vanilla distributions of Quake 3 was the developers’ goal, and it’s been fulfilled.

Voice over IP is now available in IOQuake3 and there are no conflicts with the vanilla Quake 3 engine. The support for it is there at the core, but it hasn’t been polished out completely due to concerns of compatibility, as stated above. For this reason, it is difficult to create a User Interface for the settings, but this could be left to individiual mod or game developers.

There are still things worth doing: adding a real UI (including
controls, config menus, VoIP field in the server browser, a real
recording meter, and displays of who is saying what), blacklist support,
recording support outside OpenAL, fix audio streams when saving a demo
to an AVI, figure out where that echo is coming from, positional audio,
"QuakeRadio", etc...I don't think I'll have time to work on any of these
in the near future, but I'm happy to advise any volunteers that want to
take a shot at them.

Of the many things that Icculus included in his final patches include:

documentation in voip-readme.txt (anyone can feel
free to improve or reformat that, if they like), a cheesy VoIP meter to
show how well the game "hears" you when recording (best I could do
without changing the UI or cgame code: +set cl_voipShowMeter 1), and
support for transmitting to just the people in your crosshair or the
last person that attacked you (+set cl_voipSendTarget "crosshair" or

He also included a scrolling credits screen (Product of him trying to familiarize himself with the Q3 UI) which so rightly credits the great developers and maintainers of the engine.

New ioquake3 Icon Set

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Jay Weisskopf from the Mailing List just showed us some of his latest work. A beautiful set of ioquake3 Icons. We might even use them! He also submitted an icon of this image which we should definitely use as the website favicon.  Check them out, nice job Jay!

IOQuake3 Icon Set

Updated Builds

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

For a long time now, we haven’t released a new version of ioquake3. You’re probably wondering if we’re dead or not, then you see how we’re talking about VOIP, or IPV6, or stereoscopic rendering or whatever, and you want in on that action.

For you, precious reader, we now have Angst Builds. Enjoy.

Interview with Robert Hamilton, Creator of q3osc

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

As a follow up to this article about the excellent q3osc musical environment built using ioquake3 I had a quick sit down with Robert Hamilton and talked about q3osc, ioq3 and everything in between.

If you haven’t heard of q3osc this will make for some great reading, after the break