And here's a video of me playing with some bots:
How do you make it work like that?
It turns out that it's actually easier than it seems, as Quake 3 already includes the view synchronization functionality, because it's needed for spectators. The only thing that we need in addition to that is a way to rotate the view a little to the left or to the right. This simple patch does exactly that, introducing a new console variable named
You're going to need:
- five monitors and five computers (or some other number)
- a working copy of ioquake3 on each of them
- my mod
Unzip my mod and put the
galaxydirectory in your ioquake3 directory (it has to be on the same level as the
baseq3directory). Do it on every computer. The mod consists of QVM files and not native code, so it's platform independent and can't hurt your computer, so don't worry.
For simplicity I'm going to assume that you're going to play using the computer connected to the screen in the center, even though it doesn't have to be that way. The server is also going to run on it. On that computer, run ioquake3 with the following command line parameters:
+set fs_game galaxy +set sv_pure 0 +devmap q3dm7
(You can use some other map if you like.)
On the rest of the machines, just run ioquake3 as you normally would. Then connect to the server, either by typing
\connect server_ipin the console (you'll have to know the server's IP address) or from the menu. Then become a spectator, by typing
\team sin the console or from the menu (press Esc, choose start, then spectate). Then click the left mouse button (or whatever you have bound to
+attack) until you're following the player from the master computer (center screen). All your screens should now be displaying the same view.
Time for the real magic. On each computer, type
\cg_fov 45in the console to set the field of view (use a number that matches the geometry of your setup, 45 degrees is what I used). Then on the first computer to the left of the master, type
\cg_yawOffset 45. That will rotate the view 45 degrees to the left (if you used something other than 45 degrees for the FOV, use the same number here). On the second computer to the left, type
\cg_yawOffset 90and on the computers to the right, type
\cg_yawOffset -90. You should now have a nice panoramic Quake 3 configuration. Move around and see if everything works as it should.
You'll also want to disable the gun and the HUD on all screens except the master. To do that, type
\cg_draw2D 0in the console.
Oh, and by the way, if you don't have the full version of Quake 3, all of this works fine with the
pak0.pk3from the demo.