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Top 5 Ridiculously Stupid Things you’re doing in Clan Arena

Hey Quakefans this is the dumbest things you are probably doing while you are playing Clan Arena.

Are you a culprit to any of these? Be sure to a comment on the video! These can apply to Quake Live, Quake Champions, Diabotical and other Arena FPS games that include CLAN Arena.

Never weapon switching

While you are playing Clan Arena and well for the most part any Quake Arena FPS game. There really are 3 weapons you need to focus on at first. That is the Railgun, Lightning Gun, and the Rocket Launcher.

The problem you are having is you never switch weapons at the correct time… or even at all! If you want to do well in Clan Arena you must know when the best times to switch are.

The other weapons are very subjective and require different scenarios on when you should use them. Knowing when to use them will come with experience.

You done little to no damage at all

Keep in mind while playing CA it is a very team focused mode. A good player can carry a game a little bit but the overall goal is to output damage.

Unlike other modes there are no pickups and you start with a full stack of armor, health, and all the weapons. You must be putting out damage. While in theory you could deny people megahealths and armors in other modes. That simply doesn’t exist in CA.

If you are not putting out damage you are going to be pretty useless to the team. A team would rather have someone who outputs damage than is just a meatshield.

You’re Positioning Sucks

How many times have you been caught in the wrong place? Do you even know where you are suppose to go?

A good rule of thumb is since Clan Arena is such a team focused game, its good to go where everyone else kind of is. Experience of the map will play a key part on knowing where you need to be.

Normally a really good player will call out where everyone needs to be and to hold that position. You probably don’t have a clue what they are talking about. Luckily for you, you can see your teammates names just go to them and do your best.

In a perfect world or a tournament setting everyone would be using voice communications. That really doesn’t happen in a PUG Public Server.

Chasing bad fights

This is even one I’ve had to break myself from multiple times in many game types and modes. Chasing bad fights.

I’d suggest using my rule of thumb, just because you put some damage on someone doesn’t mean you got to go directly after them!

Great you shot someone in the back, go back and help your teammates that are probably in trouble. You’ve already done a good job by making someone weaker than they previously was before.

Whenever you go full on bullrushing after someone cause you saw them. It’s not going to end well for you in CA.

Most likely you are going to be facing multiple enemies as soon as you hit the corner, or greeted with a rocket to the face.

You are trying to be the Hero

It’s easy to get greedy thinking you are the best on your team. In Quake Live CA, people have been playing for years and years. You most likely are not the MVP on your team.

Stop trying to rocket jump all over the map thinking you are better than the whole other team. Not only will you be greeted with 3 lightning guns spamming you to the ceiling. You will instantly die and be out the entire round.

Leaving your whole team to pick up your slack.

If you realize you aren’t the best on the team, it’s probably a wise decision to start protecting the MVP. Most great players at CA stick out in the first few rounds of the match if you don’t recognize a name. Wait till about round 3 and see who is leading in damage and try to protect them.

If it really is you! Great!

Still don’t try to be a hero, you are important and need to start alive until the match concludes.

Stupid Things you are doing in Clan Arena Conclusion

This is made for people who like me and still learning how to hang in Clan Arena.

I’ve made multiple mistakes in CA and hoping that this video and guide will help maybe some inexperienced players do a little better.

Clan arena is a fun gametype and it will help you do better in other modes as well. Helps you learn the maps in a pretty decent competitive fashion.

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Play on the Unheard of Official Quakefans Quake Live Server

Officially Launching the official Quakefans.net Quake Live Server. This server is meant for fun and friendly for new Quake Live players to join.

The server is meant to be a Vampiric Clan Arena server. Vampiric means that whenever you use the LG to do damage it will heal you a small amount of health.

This server has no ELO checks and is meant for more skilled players to be able to carry a little bit. With the help of self healing.

QF Server plans are to run 24/7 if possible. With Gigabit internet hosting coming soon so there will be a very reliable connection.

Quake Live Dead in 2021?

Quake Live is far from dead and has seen a small resurgence as of late. Compared to Quake Champions the playerbase is a little smaller. But, QL with community servers will always have a server up somewhere.

I believe most hoped that Diabotical would pull a lot of the Quake Live players away. But, with Diabotical pretty much killing their eSports and tournament scene everyone has went back to Quake Live.

Quake Live will always be alive if someone is willing to host a server and it never gets removed from steam.

Quake Live YouTube

Most matches are streamed on the Quakefans YouTube channel. If YouTube isn’t your thing and you enjoy twitch more

Smango also likes to multi-stream to Twitch which you can also follow to see matches.

You may also find other Arenafps games streamed and videos on the game themselves.

Quake Live Gibs

Quake Live released without “gibs” trying to make it a more Teen Rated game. With the help of the workshop though we can all those glorious gibs back from Quake 3!

All you need to do is logon to steam, and subscribe to the workshop item GIBS!

Workshop item – Gibs!

The only problem with this if the server isn’t subscribe it won’t work. Luckily the server we are hosting is subscribed to Gibs!

Looking for a Quake Live Discord?

While Smango does not have the official Quake Live Discord. The Kingdom is a perfect place for you to come chat about Quake Live and other Arena FPS games.

Many people are joining and the Discord is growing slowly but surely. We would love to have you become part of the community here at Quakefans.

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Simon’s Destiny is one of the most Extraordinary Doom mods of all time

Simon’s Destiny is a mod or a full conversion of Doom based on the NES Video games Castlevania.

Back in 1986 or in the 90’s I couldn’t have even imagined Castlevania being in First Person View. But, this developer(Batandy) has made it possible!

IT is a STANDALONE GAME

That’s right, its all completely for free. You don’t have to worry about purchasing doom2.wad or having any wads for that matter to experience this masterpiece.

Most mods require the doom2.wad or similar to work but you won’t have to worry about that for this game!

Simon’s Destiny Download

You can download Simon’s Destiny directly from the itch.io website.

Download – Simon’s Destiny Itch.io

You can also get version 1.4 from this media fire link.

Mirror Download Link – SimonsDestiny1.4

Install Guide

You will need to get the latest GZdoom and install it or extract it to a folder of your liking.

Download Link – GZDOOM

Be sure to download the correct files for your operating system.

Then you will want to follow these instructions:

  • Extract it in a folder
  • Place Castlevania.ipk3 in the same folder
  • Click gzdoom.exe 
  • Select OpenGL or Vulkan as your renderer, and Castlevania as the base iwad
  • Start the game!

After you are in the game be sure to set your settings to your preference! GZdoom offers alot of different options, check them out before fully diving into the game. Also, SAVE ALOT.

Simon’s Destiny Conclusion

This mods is leaps and bounds better than some of the Doom Mod I’ve recently played. Maybe its the nostaglia factor for me with the original Castlevania game. But, the sounds, graphics, and gameplay is just plain fun.

Got a Doom mode or Indie game you would like for me to recommend and try out? Maybe you just want someone to try out your game and get some free publicity.

You can always hit me up on Twitter @TheSmango

Also reach out on discord my main means of communication, simply join the discord!

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Talk about Games (Podcast) – Quake and Quake Remastered

The latest Talk About Games Podcast features Quake and Quake Remastered.

If you’ve been a YouTube since the beginning you might recognize Mike Matei from helping Cinemassacre or the Angry Video Game Nerd.

Mike has started his own stream and YouTube channel since leaving Cinemassacre to pursue his own streaming career.

The other host name is Ryan and he works with Cinemassacre as well with his company Screenwave Media. He has been a long time gamer and even enjoys Quake.

It’s a great podcast episode and I highly recommend checking it out if you are a retro gamer. We don’t normally share out other podcast who we aren’t partnered with. Since this is mostly about Quake and I’ve been a long time fan of what they have done for a long time. I figure I would give some exposure today.

Music Problems with Quake

Mike mentions in the podcast that he had problems with the music and streaming it. This has been a problem ever since they released a Vinyl LP of the original Quake Music.

This happens to the best of us. Even whenever we use modern source port engine like Quakespasm we can run into problems.

Having problems with music in Quake Spasm? You should check out this guide.

Quake Music Non Copyright

Luckily someone over on the Func_Msgboard has compiled a pack to get past all of those issues.

Download The Alternate Quake Music Click Here

I’ve ran into this problem myself making YouTube video even, and not even streaming. I also know another Quake YouTuber Greenwood who does lots of playthroughs has encountered this as well.

It’s a safe bet to just go ahead and install this pack so you won’t encounter any problems.


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