If you participate in the Quake Live open beta that begins on February 24, you may witness the future of gaming. The id-developed, first-person multiplayer shooter is a version of Quake III Arena that is playable entirely in your browser. No software required. No charge except a little bit of your time: Quake Live is supported by advertising.
Quake Live will also offer free friends' lists, sponsored events, tournaments, and matchmaking services to sweeten an already sweet deal.
In his DICE speech yesterday, David Perry said single player games were dying and that everything will be moving online. Next week, a high-quality (we hope!) free shooter comes out. So my question is: Is the death knell about to ring for the "old" way of getting and playing games?
Will your little brother look at you funny, as you reminisce putting a shiny disc inside your game machine and you actually had to go to a store to buy the disc?