I beg your pardon. As rjthorne aptly stated,
in rmq you shoot shells, nails, grenades, rockets and cells at grunts, ogres, fiends, knights etc… you pick up keys which let you in doors and press buttons which lower lifts… it’s bloody quake! it’s even based on the old levels! not all the changes i’ve agreed with but i definitely think it more ‘quakey’ than nehahra with its super-strafing monsters.
I could just as well say that some others have a very narrow idea about what Quake is, or should be. These defenders of the one true Quake usually contradict themselves, for example by including Nehahra but not including RMQ. Perhaps everybody should re-play Nehahra.
It is unfortunate that there is such a division in the community between conservative and progressive forces, but that is what it is. It comes as no surprise that some of the most conservative forces aren’t content creators themselves.
I am a content designer who naturally likes to evolve, to move things forward. For a time, this was widespread in the community, and resulted in landmark mods such as Nehahra; but today there is a real antipathy towards anything that “goes against the player’s expectations”. The player meaning, the one who expects to find something that is much like the vanilla game, despite 15 years of evolution.
This is not without irony, since some of the people that once welcomed Nehahra are now in the conservative camp.
You see this everywhere in the gaming community, though. New entries into an old heritage are usually trashed for not being like the original, not being “true sequels” and generally coming at it from a new angle and interpreting the old stuff differently.
People are often close minded.
It is an age old problem that isn’t even restricted to the gaming world.
Let me close my musings for today by stating my opinion that a strong urge to control, categorize, label and rate other people’s creations is more childish than criticizing said urge. You be the judge.
To the defenders of the one true Quake, I say: Folks, you are stuck in a rut and not realizing it.