It may not be new to most gamers but Quake now has a browser-based version called Quake Live formerly known as Quake Zero. Created by id Software, it was first announced in 2007, had an invitation-based closed beta in 2008, and had it’s open beta on February 24, 2009.
You need to register first before you can play the game. During the registration process, you’ll be asked to download the browser plug-in setup. The program is a modified version of Quake 3 Gold and executed as compiled code on the user’s processor, the user downloads the game in the background as a part of the registration process and interacts with the program either through a browser plugin that can be embedded on the webpage or as fullscreen. The game can be run using Internet Explorer or Firefox on a Windows XP or Vista box. There are plans of bringing Quake Live to Mac OS X and Linux. Game updates are continually released and are installed automatically as the user logs in.
Quake Live uses skill-based matchmaking system. After you sign up, you’ll be going through a 10-minute Placement Match and depending on how you fared you’ll be matched to other players at your skill level.