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Nikita Ignatiev
Nikita Ignatiev

Quake 2 (1997)


  • Installed Direct3D SDK and Microsoft SDK (for MFC) and the thing compiled fine.Software erosion: It seems that what happened to Quake codebase has started to happen with Quake 2: You cannot open the workspace with Visual Studio 2010. You will need to use VS 2008 :(.Note : If after compiling you run into the error: "Couldn't fall back to software refresh!" it means the renderer DLL failed to load properly, this is easy to fix:Quake2 kernel loads its two dlls using win32 API: LoadLibrary. If the DLL is not exactly what it was expecting or if the DLL dependencies cannot be resolved it will fail silently instead of displaying the error message. So:Make sure you are linking all 5 projects with the same runtime library by right clicking on each project -> properties -> C/C++: Check that "runtime library" = Multi-threaded Debug DLL (with configuration "Debug", otherwise use release).

If you are using the quake2 release from id software it should fix the issue.Now if you are using my version: I added the engine capability to output PNG screenshots, so you also need to build libpng and libz (it is in a subdirectory). Make sure your select the Debug DLL configuration. Once built don't forget to place the libpng and zlib dlls in the same folder as quake2.exe.




Quake 2 (1997)



  • Quake2 is mono-threaded, the entry point can be found in win32/sys_win.c. WinMain method can be summarized as follow: game_export_t *ge;// Contains function pointers to game dll refexport_t re; // Contains function pointers to renderer dll WinMain()//From quake2.exe Qcommon_Init (argc, argv); while(1) Qcommon_Frame SV_Frame() //Server Code //In network mode do not act as a server if (!svs.initialized) return; // Jump into game.dll via function pointer ge->RunFrame(); CL_Frame() //Client code //If server only do not render anything if (dedicated->value) return; // Jump into rendere.dll via function pointer re.BeginFrame(); //[...] re.EndFrame(); Fully unrolled loop in my raw notes.We may ask "why such a big change in term of architecture ?". To answer let's take a look at all the Quake versions from 1996 to 1997:Quake.

  • WinQuake.

  • GLQuake.

  • VQuake. (A few words by one of the dev Stefan Podell and the difficulty of V2200 at Zbuffering (mirror) ).

  • Quake World Server.

  • Quake World Client.

A lot of executables were produced and every time the code had to be forked or tweaked via preprocessor #ifdef. It was a mess and the way to solve this was to:


Since I was running Windows on a Mac with Parallels it was uneasy to hit "printscreen" while the game was running. I hardcoded the '*' from the keypad to produce the same: // keys.c if (key == '*') if (down) //Avoid auto-repeat !! Cmd_ExecuteString("screenshot"); Finally I added a lot of comments and diagrams. Here is "my" full source code:Notes : If you start working on this source you need to compile the sub-project libpng first otherwise you will get an error message at runtime: "Couldn't fall back to software refresh!". This is very easy to fix here is the solution i posted on reddit: I ran into this issue a month ago and you are right it is a DLL loading error and it is very easy to fix. You see quake2 kernel loads some dlls using win32 API: LoadLibrary: If the DLL is not exactly what it was expecting or if the DLL dependencies cannot be resolved it will fail silently instead of displaying the error message. So: - Make sure you are linking all 5 projects with the same runtime library by right clicking on each project -> properties -> C/C++: Check that "runtime library" = Multi-threaded Debug DLL (with configuration "Debug", otherwise use release). If you are using the quake2 release from id software it should fix the issue. If you are using my version: I added the engine capability to output PNG screenshots, so you also need to build libpng and libz (it is in a subdirectory). Make sure your select the Debug DLL configuration. Once built don't forget to place the libpng and zlib dlls in the same folder as quake2.exe. Done ;) !


Heh, time ago i lost my quake 2 cd, and when i wanted to hear some of the tracks for other games and stuff, i found this page, so, thanks to the admins for this site, u made my life happier :3 (really! :D)


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