Upon sorting some of my games into categories on Steam I realised I had the original Quake in my Steam library (bought as part of a Steam sale pack no doubt), and decided to give it a go.

Unfortunately there is something about Quake's bobbing/camera movement which makes me motion sick. I can't stand to play it for more than 5 minutes at a time before I need to take a break. This is a weird phenomenon for me, as I can play every other game fine without feeling this violently ill, including every other FPS I've come across. Even E.T. doesn't make me feel this ill.

Needless to say I've done some research and most people online point their fingers at the camera sway and the weapon movement.

Is there a way to change or otherwise disable or dial down the camera sway/weapon movement? Perhaps a configuration setting/file or even a mod that does this?

Note I'm primarily concerned with the Steam version (mentioned just in case it's any different from other versions out there).


This are the console commands you're looking for I guess.

  • cl_bob is "0.02" ["0.02"] view bobbing amount
  • cl_bobcycle is "0.6" ["0.6"] view bobbing speed
  • cl_bobmodel is "1" ["1"] enables gun bobbing
  • cl_bobmodel_side is "0.15" ["0.15"] gun bobbing sideways sway amount
  • cl_bobmodel_speed is "7" ["7"] gun bobbing speed
  • cl_bobmodel_up is "0.06" ["0.06"] gun bobbing upward movement amount
  • cl_bobup is "0.5" ["0.5"] view bobbing adjustment that makes the up or down swing of the bob last longer

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So happy fraggin'.

  • Cool. So if I set cl_bobmodel to 0, this will disable the weapon bobbing? What about the camera movement/sway? I'll give this a go to see if it's any better for me, but I think it's the camera that gives me the most problems. – Robotnik Sep 24 '15 at 6:52
  • @Robotnik As far as i can remember, cl_bob is the camera and cl_bobmodel the weapon. That would explain why next to the [] it's gun or view bobbing ;) – Nitro.de Sep 24 '15 at 6:56
  • Ah, that's awesome, thanks for the clarification :) – Robotnik Sep 24 '15 at 8:39

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