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Quake consists of three parts:
 
Quake consists of three parts:
 
* A platform-specific Quake [[Engines|engine]], which is the program you run to actually play Quake.
 
* A platform-specific Quake [[Engines|engine]], which is the program you run to actually play Quake.
* The platform-independent game data archives ''[[pak0.pak]]'' (required, contains the game code, main content and the levels of the first episode of the game) and ''[[pak1.pak]]'' (optional, contains the three later episodes as well as their monsters).
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* The platform-independent game data archives ''[[pak0.pak]]'' (required) and ''[[pak1.pak]]'' (usually optional).
* The [[Quake Soundtrack|soundtrack]], which exists as audio tracks on the original Quake CD-ROM, which you can leave in your drive while you play. The soundtrack is optional. Modern engines usually support playing the soundtrack from files instead of the CD-ROM.
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* The soundtrack, which normally exists as audio tracks on the original Quake CD-ROM, which you can leave in your drive while you play. The soundtrack and CD-ROM are optional.
  
 
Therefore, a minimal installation of Quake consists of just ''pak0.pak'' and a single Quake engine.
 
Therefore, a minimal installation of Quake consists of just ''pak0.pak'' and a single Quake engine.

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