The original installer for Quake III Arena will not work on my Ubuntu 12.10 x64 – I have tried many solutions with no luck 🙁 However, Quake III Arena is opensource (except data such as music and graphics) now and some nice people have made a great installer (link) where we only need to add the non-opensource stuff (called pak0.pk3) from the quake 3 arena cd and then we have a fully functional Quake III Arena. This is not a weird Quake III Arena clone – it is the real thing – essentially just with a different installer. Here is what you do…
1. Download the engine and data files installers from link. You should get two files called something like:
ioquake3-1.36-7.1.i386.run and ioquake3-q3a-1.32-9.run
2. Open a terminal (press CTRL+ALT+T on Ubuntu) and navigate to the directory containing the installer files – use the “cd” (change directory) command – e.g. “cd Downloads” in Ubuntu to go to your Downloads folder.
3. Write “chmod +x ioquake3-1.36-7.1.i386.run” and “chmod +x ioquake3-q3a-1.32-9.run” to make it possible to execute the installers.
4. Install the engine by writing “./ioquake3-1.36-7.1.i386.run” and run through the wizard.
5. Copy the “pak0.pk3” file from the Quake III Arena CD to the baseq3 subfolder of the IOQuake3 install directory. On my computer I just copy “/media/<username>/Quake III Arena/Quake3/baseq3/PAK0.PK3” to “/home/<username>/ioquake/baseq3/PAK0.PK3”. You can copy the files using the “cp” command in the terminal or use the File Manager Nautilus on Ubuntu (start it by writing “nautilus&“).
6. Install the game files by writing “./ioquake3-q3a-1.32-9.run” and run through the wizard.
7. Run the game by writing “./ioquake3” from the IOQuake3 install directory – happy fragging 🙂
Please let me know if this guide was helpful or if you have any questions.