Ok, I've done a bit more investigation on the Quake3 release date. As we know Christian from id was quoted yesterday as saying 'next week' (Christian followed up with comment #307) which differs from the original given date from Activision of the 12th. I've been hearing rumbles everywhere from retailers however claiming that they will have Quake3 on shelves as early as this friday. I just got off the phone with one of the 'higher-ups' at Activision who made it pretty clear that they can not give any comments on the release, it was a pretty strange conversation with me trying ten different ways to squeeze any kind of release info out of him. The id CEO (Todd) is out of the country right now so I cant get a hold of him, sorry.
Basically, several signs are pointing at a release date of Quake3 this Friday or through the weekend and showing up on Monday. What is also interesting is the Activision rep told me that an initial run of 1,000,000 copies of Quake3 being sent out for distribution would 'not be surprising given the market'. Not even Half-Life had an initial run that big. Also, EvilAvatar also sends word that hehas heard the same rumors on release date from an 'inside source'