I played Quake yesterday for the first time in many years and seems to be a better single player now than it was at the time. I remember thinking it was a bit dull at the time, but now I’m seeing a lovely quick arcade blast, with some ingenious level design and great set pieces. I think at the time I wanted something epic and huge, but now I’m just happy being able to zoom around at a hundred miles an hour shooting things in the face.

But most of all, maybe, is that now I’m so used to the keyboard and mouse interface I can play it as id intended all along. There’s no interface now, if you know what I mean, and it feels a lot like Doom to me. Surprisingly so.

It’s actually really good fun.

But, yes, it really is as brown as I remember. Maybe browner.