Something new for QuakeCon 2013: The QuakeCon Trials!

QuakeCon Trials, a series of daily trials taking place in QuakeCon’s exhibit hall that will test the skills of players in notable games from Bethesda/id Software, will make its debut at QuakeCon 2013!

Across six challenges of varying difficulty, you’ll compete for a share of fortune and glory, with prizes that include: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 graphics cards, raffle cards for a chance to win one of two 2013 Ford Focus ST3s, plus additional prizes from our exhibitors and sponsors. Winners from each of the six trials will also have a chance to win a $2,000 gaming rig from XOTIC PC!

Unlike The Wizard,we’re giving you a head start on what you’ll be playing. Practice up on these trials!

Thursday August 1st, 2013

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – Opening Sewer

Scenario: Using a created save, all users will start from the moment following character creation within the player’s prison cell. Players will be timed on how quickly they can get to the end of the sewer level (where they’re asked one last time to adjust their character information).

Level of Difficulty: Normal (default difficulty)

Controls: Keyboard/mouse only

Rankings: Best times (1st through 3rd) win. Trials staff will use a stop watch to determine time.

Wolfenstein 3D Level 1:

Scenario: Players will be timed on how quickly they can get through the first level of Wolfenstein 3D while completing all side tasks.

Level of Difficulty: “Bring ‘em on!” difficulty

Controls: Keyboard/mouse only

Rankings: Players must have 100% kill ratio, secret ratio, and treasure ratio to place.  Best times (1st through 3rd) win based on the in-game time displayed upon completing the level.

Friday August 2nd, 2013

Dishonored – Coldridge Prison

Scenario: Players must play through the first level of Dishonored in a stealthy fashion and in the fastest time.

Level of Difficulty: Normal (default difficulty)

Controls: Keyboard/mouse or Xbox 360 controller

Rankings: Between hostiles and civilians, no more than two can be killed to place – based upon stats screen at the completion of the level. Best times (1st through 3rd) win. Trials staff will use a stop watch to determine time. Timer ends as soon as the mission checkmark is displayed (upon meeting Samuel the Boatman).

RAGE – Mutant Bash (Chamber of Laughs)

Scenario: From the “Scenario Selection” players will compete in the first leg Bash TV (Chamber of Laughs) using the “Settler Loadout”.

Level of Difficulty: Hard

Controls: Keyboard/mouse or Xbox 360 controller

Rankings: The players with the three highest scores at completion will win.

Saturday August 3rd, 2013

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – The First Dragon

Scenario: Travelling from Whiterun, players will battle the game’s first dragon, Mirmulnir on Legendary difficulty.

Level of Difficulty: Legendary Difficulty

Controls: Keyboard/mouse only or Xbox 360 controller

Rankings: Best times (1st through 3rd) win. Trials staff will use a stop watch to determine time.

DOOM Level E4M5:

Scenario: Players will be timed on how quickly they can get through this level of DOOM while killing all enemies and getting and finding all the level’s secrets.

Level of Difficulty: Ultra Violent Difficult

Controls: Keyboard/mouse only

Rankings: Best times (1st through 3rd) win based on the in-game time displayed upon completing the level. Must achieve 100% kill and secret ratio.

The QuakeCon Trials will run during exhibit hall hours Thursday through Saturday. Exhibit hall hours are:

Thursday, August 1, 2013 10 am – 6 pm
Friday, August 2 2013 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday, August 3, 2013 10 am – 6 pm

Visit here for the QuakeCon Trials rules.

Previously on Dishonored…

Need a refresher on where things left off with The Knife of Dunwall? Read an early journal from The Brigmore Witches: Thomas’ Journal.

Warning: Knife of Dunwall spoilers below…

Our troubles began with a name. Delilah. A mystery given to Daud by the face he sees in his dreams and whose voice he hears when kneeling at the shrines hidden in the lost parts of the city. None of us have ever heard this voice, but we know its power. It spoke to our master, telling him of his coming doom and saying that solving this riddle was the only way to escape.

We knew nothing of Delilah, except that we found a whaling ship by that name. A tenuous connection, but where the Outsider’s word is concerned there are no coincidences. We discovered the ship was named after a woman who once walked the halls of Dunwall Tower with Jessamine Kaldwin. Later she became a painter – an apprentice of Sokolov himself – until she snared an aristocratic patron named Arnold Timsh.

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Around the web

Taking a break from QuakeCon prep, here’s some of our favorite recent stories from around the web, including fan videos and amazing mods.

Last week at PAX Australia, Wade K. Savage debuted his Fallout: New Vegas tribute — Fallout: Lanius. The teaser is already up, and a recent tweet from Mr. Savage indicates we’ll be seeing the full film online very soon… we can’t wait.

Elsewhere, the newest Fallout: Nuka Break fan film from Wayside Creations has made it’s way online. Watch the 25-minute Fallout: Nuka Break – Red Star on the MachinimaPrime YouTube channel.

Looking for a video with more Skyrim flavor? Kotaku recently posted about TheDangerousBrew’s new fan flick, Journey’s End.

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Greatness up for grabs

Remember the Greatness Awaits PlayStation commercial we shared? With tons of leftover props from the shoot, PlayStation.com is allowing you to bid on items using your PlayStation Trophy collection as currency.

It’s a great idea and they still have some Skyrim goodies to auction off this month, including:

  • July 26th at 1:00 PM PST — Dragonborn’s Shield
  • July 30th at 1:00 PM PST – Dragonborn’s Sword
  • July 31st at 1:00 PM PST — Dragonborn’s Stalhrim Mace

For more, visit bidforgreatness.com

PC Gamer’s Top 100

This morning I received the newest issue of PC Gamer. Across the cover it reads “The 100 Greatest PC Game of All Time”, and immediately I thumbed through the issue to see where my favorite games made the list. Or in some cases, rechecking the list to see why a certain game didn’t make the list.

Lists like these are always fun to go through and debate with friends/colleagues where they nailed it and where you disagree. Sharing lists like these has always been fun to share on the blog, too. Yes, we know, Morrowind should be higher.

That brings us to the roll call of games in the Bethesda family that made the list, including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ranking #1! Amongst PC Gamer’s Top 100, these games were selected by the magazine’s editors:

  • Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth — #98
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind — #93
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion — # 73
  • QUAKE — #72
  • Fallout 3 — #63
  • QUAKE III — #44
  • DOOM — #43
  • Return to Castle Wolfenstein — #42
  • Dishonored — #40
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim — #1

Look for the Top 100 PC Games issue on newsstands or in your mailbox… and let the debates begin!