Open source alternative to browser-based shooter Quake Live
The developers behind open source shooter Open Arena have released an initial test version of the browser-based version, Arena Live. Arena Live aims to emulate Quake Live, a free to use, professionally produced version of Quake 3 Arena from id Software that's financed by advertising. While Quake Live currently only runs on Windows-based systems (with Mac OS X and Linux support reportedly coming soon), Arena Live runs in Mozilla's Firefox web browser on Linux platforms and will probably be ported to other operating systems in the future.
Open Arena and Arena Live are both based on id Software's Quake 3 Arena engine, which is available under the GNU Public License. All levels, characters, weapons, graphics and sounds have, however, been developed independently. The current public beta version of Quake Live is nearly identical to the Quake 3 Arena online shooter from ten years ago.
Integration of new users has been improved by adding extensive tutorials and by better matching players based on their capabilities. Quake Live should remain free after the beta phase has been completed; the browser-based shooter will be financed by advertising projected onto the walls of the arena using dynamic textures. As both Arena Live and Quake Live are only available online, they have yet to receive an age rating.