QuakeCon 2011: Announcing the “20 Years of id Software” panel and contest!

Attention fans of id Software: you will not want to miss QuakeCon 2011!

To mark two decades of gaming excellence, key figures from id are coming together for the “20 Years of id Software” panel, a lively look back at one of the most storied studios in gaming.

John Carmack, Todd Hollenshead, Kevin Cloud and Tim Willits will all be on hand to tell their tales on the main stage, with G4TV’s Morgan Webb hosting the proceedings. Following the hour-long panel, the id guys will stick around for a signing session with fans. It’s all going down at 2:30pm on Friday, August 5 in the Grand Ballroom.

But before the panel even begins, we’re giving you a chance to participate. Are you a collector of id-related materials? Did you have your picture taken with John Carmack once — or did you get your Quake box signed by the dev team? Send in QuakeCon photos, pictures of your id game collections, your favorite screenshots — anything related to id — to “bethblog@bethsoft.com” under the subject “id 20th” and you may see your image featured on the big screen during the event. We’ll be giving away id-related posters to the people with our favorite contributions, so good luck!

For more information on QuakeCon, head to the brand-new QuakeCon.org.

Around the web (updated)

Whaddya do when your back is too burnt to enjoy the Bahamas? In my case, it’s the perfect opportunity to do a web roundup.

While (web) surfing on my trip, I spotted this story on Joystiq about artist A.J. Hateley’s book covers inspired by video games. Above is his tribute to Fallout 3. Check out all his covers here.

Following Game Informer’s announcement of Dishonored, you’ll want to keep an eye out for extended coverage on their dedicated hub for the game. Beyond covering Arkane’s newly-announced game, their staff seems to have been bitten by the Oblivion bug, as they have new features on their favorite Oblivion fan videos and why they love the game.

Elsewhere, IGN looks back at both Oblivion (#18) and Fallout 3 (#6) in their list of the Top 100 Modern Video Games. Check out the full list here.

Has Fallout 3 ever made you wonder how to prepare for a post-apocalyptic lifestyle? If so, read 1Up’s How to Survive the Fallout Apocalypse.

In addition to these features, check out these links…

  • Learn a fun fact about how the Dragon language was created for Skyrim at 1Up
  • IGN shows how taking suggestions can go terribly wrong. You won’t see these dragons in Skyrim
  • The Wall Street Journal put up a video featuring Fallout 3 and Pete Hines prior to the big SCOTUS decision (hooray, video games!)
  • As we close in on QuakeCon 2011 (just over 2 weeks away), Kotaku has a piece on the early days of id Software
  • Kotaku writes about our first game, Gridiron!, after learning that we’re celebrating 25 years of excellence

After the break, find more coverage for Prey 2, Skyrim, and RAGE.

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QuakeCon 2011 Hotel Information

QuakeCon is around the corner, and if you’re planning to come from outside the area, hotel rooms are going fast. To make sure you’re not left out in the Texas heat with your LAN setup strapped to your back, book your discounted room at the Dallas Hilton Anatole — the site of QuakeCon 2011 — today.

Booking a reservation is simple:

In addition to the discounted room rate of $154 a night, staying at the Hilton also guarantees you a break on parking to $8 a day.

The show runs from August 4-7, so plan your reservation accordingly. See you there!

RAGE Graffiti Contest Winner

A couple months back, we announced our RAGE Graffiti Contest on Facebook. After fans voted for their top 20 designs, the team at id Software deliberated and picked a winning image. Drumroll please….

Congrats to Josh Grilli for winning the contest!! In addition to winning an iPad and a trip to this year’s QuakeCon, Josh’s graffiti art has been prominently placed in the game world (see above).

Game Informer reveals Dishonored

Since announcing the acquisition of Arkane Studios at QuakeCon last year, we’ve been on pins and needles waiting to announce their latest project. At long last, the wait is over! Game Informer has revealed that Dishonored will be the featured as the cover story for their August issue.

In addition to the magazine preview, this month you can expect updates aplenty on GameInformer.com — similar to the hub that was created for Skyrim. As they go live, we’ll keep you updated.

For now, check out our press release for the game, and check out the cover spread at Game Informer’s site.

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES DISHONORED

Arkane Studios Reveals New First-Person Action Game

July 7, 2011 (Rockville, MD) — Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today confirmed that it will publish Dishonored™, an all-new first-person action game under development at Arkane® Studios. Dishonored will be the first project for the studio since being acquired by ZeniMax in 2010.

Under the direction of co-creative directors, Raphael Colantonio, lead designer on Arx Fatalis®, and Harvey Smith, lead designer on Deus Ex®, Dishonored is set for release on the Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows® in 2012.

Details on Dishonored will be revealed in the exclusive cover story in Game Informer®’s August issue, which ships to subscribers in early July 2011 and hits newsstands on July 15th. Coverage of the game will also continue on the magazine’s website, www.gameinformer.com/dishonored, throughout the month of August.

“At Arkane we have a passion for creating deep, immersive game experiences,” said Colantonio. “To be able to finally share details of our project is both extremely exciting and satisfying.”

The game will also be featured in magazine cover stories around the world throughout the month of August. Check the official site for updated details: www.dishonored.com.