Ventrilo and QuakeCon Together Again For the “Ultimate Power Up” Sweepstakes

Ventrilo is back this year for the 7th Annual “Ultimate Power Up” Sweepstakes! Three winners will receive $10,000 each in Cash Prizes. Check out the press release below to get all the details.

If you need more information on anything related to the con, visit QuakeCon.org.

VENTRILO AND QUAKECON® 2014 TEAM UP FOR SEVENTH ANNUAL ‘ULTIMATE POWER UP’ SWEEPSTAKES

 Three Winners to Receive $10,000 each in Cash Prizes

June 30, 2014 (Rockville, MD) – Ventrilo, the premier group voice communication program used in tournaments and multiplayer games, is sponsoring QuakeCon 2014’s seventh annual “Ultimate Power Up” sweepstakes. One hundred lucky attendees will be entered into the sweepstakes for their chance to be one of three randomly selected winners, each receiving a $10,000 cash prize.

QuakeCon 2014, the ultimate video game festival, will take place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX and is free to the public. Doors to QuakeCon will open on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 10:00am and will remain open through 12:00pm on Sunday, July 20, 2014.

“We’re thrilled to once again work with Brian Knapp and the amazing team at Ventrilo to give the world’s most passionate gamers their chance to win $30,000 in prizes,” said Tim Willits, studio director at id Software. “It is the passion of the gaming community that continually sets QuakeCon apart, and we’re excited to be able to give back to the fans who make this event possible year after year.”

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to show our appreciation to the gaming community that helped make Ventrilo what we are today,” said Brian Knapp, president of Flagship Industries. “The Ventrilo team is honored to once again return as a QuakeCon sponsor, and offer fans the chance to win this year’s Ultimate Power Up prizes.”

The “Ultimate Power Up” winners will be randomly selected on Saturday, July 19, as part of the QuakeCon tournament finals event on the Ventrilo Main Stage. A total of 100 coveted tickets will be awarded to attendees throughout each day of the show through QuakeCon contests, random drawings, and other events.

QuakeCon Exhibit Hall Hours are:

Thursday, July 17, 2014 10am – 6pm

Friday, July 18, 2014 10am – 6pm

Saturday, July 19, 2014 10am – 6pm

The free event is open to general admission attendees thanks to the support of id and Bethesda Softworks, as well as the QuakeCon volunteer staff and the 2014 event sponsors and exhibitors.

To pre-register for QuakeCon today go to: http://registration.quakecon.org. For more information on QuakeCon 2014 visit www.quakecon.org.

QuakeCon Ultimate Power Up Rules:
QuakeCon 2014 registered attendees who are 18 years of age and older AND are legal residents of the United States, its territories and possessions and the District of Columbia are eligible to participate. No purchase necessary. A total of 100 raffle tickets will be distributed throughout the QuakeCon event. Additional information about contest rules, eligibility, restrictions and requirements will be available at www.quakecon.org.

Fanart Friday: Illustrated to Impress

Shared from Mohammad Fikree on Twitter

This week’s fanart is heavily influenced by The Evil Within, with many illustrations showing off gory creativity. With the game’s release happening in October, we’re excited to see what else you got! Make sure to check out the album below to see some more of our favorites from The Evil Within, as well as Skyrim and Fallout 3.

Unimpressed? Share your designs, costumes, tattoos, and sculptures with us! #BethesdArt on Twitter and Instagram or send your creations to bethblog@bethsoft.com.

rePlay: Symphony of Heroes

It’s a good time to sit down, relax, and listen to the soothing sounds of your favorite video game scores. Starting in July, rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes will start their tour to bring video game score performances to cities worldwide. Listen carefully and you may even hear the familiar tunes of Oblivion and Skyrim.

For more information on the touring schedule or the featured titles visit replay-symphony.com

On the Storefront: Vault Boy’s Soft Side (Updated)

So soft and cuddly! Here’s a side of Vault Boy we haven’t seen before. Available from GamingHeads is the 12 inch Vault Boy plush. Not only will he add nicely to any Fallout collection, but he will also pacify the most nuclear of hearts.

Head on over to the official Bethesda store or directly to GamingHeads.com to secure one for yourself.

[Update] Also new to the store today, you can snag the very limited “Epic Story” giclee that showcases memorable symbols and images from Fallout 3.

Friday Fanart: DOOMed Keeper Edition

DeviantArtist, Corroder666 recreates The Evil Within’s The Keeper

Jesters, and Assassins, and Couriers! Oh my! Here’s the creativity round up to last you until next week. Keep them coming by putting up #BethesdART on your social media preference. If email is more your style: bethblog@bethsoft.com.

Have a good weekend!

Courtesy of crabwithglasses on Tumblr

On the Storefront: UAC Tee and Wolf LP!

E3 saw the release of the DOOM Teaser. Show off your excitement (and pride) for DOOM with the new UAC — that’s Union Aerospace Corporation tshirt.

AND in case you missed it, we wanted help you grow your vinyl collection with tracks inspired by and used in Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Pre-order the Neumond Classics: Superhits of the 1960s LP to be able to listen to all your favorite Neumond songs the way they were meant to be heard!

Side Eine:

  1. Viktor & Die Vokalisten - Berlin Boys & Stuttgart Girls
  2. Wílbert Eckart und seine Volksmusík Stars - House of the Rising Sun
  3. Schwarz-Rote Welle - Ich bin überall
  4. Hans - Mein kleiner VW

Side Zwei:

  1. Die Käfer - Mond, Mond, Ja, Ja!
  2. Karl & Karla - Tapferer kleiner Liebling
  3. The Bunkers - Toe the Line
  4. The Comet Tails - Weltraumsurfen
  5. Die Schäferhunde - Zug nach Hamburg

In other Wolfenstore news, we’re pleased to share that the Panzerhund Edition — a collection of Wolfenstein: The New Order goodies — is available with free shipping in the continental United States.

Fallout Classics Return to Steam

Update: As part of Steam’s Summer Sale, right now you can get each game for only $4.99, or get all three games for $12.99.

Your favorite Fallout Classics are back. Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics are now available for purchase on Steam individually for $9.99 or in the Fallout Classics pack for $19.99.

Some details to note:

  • All three games have Steam Cloud enabled for save games.
  • Fallout 1 & Fallout 2 can be launched in either default or classic versions. Default allows for high resolutions and Classic is the original, unmodified release.
  • Fallout Tactics is unmodified. Multiplayer works with direct connect.
  • While Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 can run full screen on Windows 8, Fallout Tactics is will need to be run in ‘Windowed Mode’ on Windows 8.

If case you’ve been in under a rock… or in a Vault, here’s a refresher on what to anticipate in each adventure in the franchise:

Fallout

You’ve just unearthed the classic post-apocalyptic role-playing game that revitalized the entire CRPG genre. The Fallout SPECIAL system allows drastically different types of characters, meaningful decisions and development that puts you in complete control. Explore the devastated ruins of a golden age civilization. Talk, sneak or fight your way past mutants, gangsters and robotic adversaries. Make the right decisions or you could end up as another fallen hero in the wastelands…

Fallout 2

Fallout 2  is the sequel to the critically acclaimed game that took RPG’ing out of the dungeons and into a dynamic, apocalyptic retro-future. It’s been 80 long years since your ancestors trod across the wastelands. As you search for the Garden of Eden Creation Kit to save your primitive village, your path is strewn with crippling radiation, megalomaniac mutants, and a relentless stream of lies, deceit and treachery. You begin to wonder if anyone really stands to gain anything from this brave new world.

Mastering your character’s skills and traits for survival, Fallout 2 will challenge you to endure in a post-nuclear world whose future withers with every passing moment…

Fallout Tactics

Tactical Squad-Based Combat comes to the Fallout Universe!

You are the wretched refuse. You may be born from dirt, but we will forge you into steel. You will learn to bend; if not you, will you break. In these dark times, the Brotherhood – your Brotherhood – is all that stands between the rekindled flame of civilization and the howling, radiated wasteland.

Your weapons will become more than your tools, they will become your friends. You will use your skills to inspire the lowly and protect the weak… whether they like it or not. Your squadmates will be more dear to you than your kin and for those that survive there will be honor, respect and the spoils of war.

Discuss your favorite memories and moments from the series in our official forums here.

Common Ground Games brings tabletop games to QuakeCon 2014

We’re excited to announce that QuakeCon and Common Ground Games have joined forces to bring the best of table top gaming to the new Table Top Village, located in the BYOC at QuakeCon 2014!  Common Ground Games, with the help of DFW Nerd Night, will be hosting some exciting events at the show for all skill levels!

Come join Friday Night Magic on July 18th at 7:00pm CT to celebrate the release of the 2015 Magic the Gathering Core Set (M15). As this is a sealed event, anyone at any skill level can participate. The tabletop area will also host additional M15 drafts throughout the rest of the weekend whenever  at least 8 people want to join in.

In additional to MtG and other tabletop gaming activities and retailers, Common Ground Games will also be holding a Ticket to Ride Tournament on Saturday, July 19th where a copy of the 10th Anniversary Ticket to Ride is up for grabs!

No clue what any of this means but think it sounds fun? We’ll also have tons of demo games and staff on hand to teach newcomers how to play! See below for hours that the demo area and retail space will be open.  The play area will be open 24 hours a day as of noon on Thursday, July 17th all the way through noon on Sunday, July 20th.

Details on how to sign up for tournaments, along with a full schedule of events will be available soon!

Table Top Village Hours (including retailers):

Thursday, July 17th:             12:00pm – Midnight

Friday, July 18th”:                 10:00am – Midnight

Saturday, July 19th:              10:00am – Midnight

The Return of DOOM

Earlier today, we ever-so-slightly tugged on the curtain to reveal that new information on DOOM is coming soon. We encourage you to throw on some headphones and check out the trailer.

We’re not ready to discuss the details of the game yet, but we’ll be sharing new info at this year’s QuakeCon event – taking place July 17-20th at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX. For more information on the event, visit www.QuakeCon.org.

BATTLECRY & The Evil Within at E3

E3 week is upon us! We’ve made things a bit easier on you by gathering all of the presentations and interviews scheduled in one place. Tune in so you don’t miss out on all the details for The Evil Within and BATTLECRY.

All times PDT and subject to change. To get the latest during E3, be sure to follow @bethblog on Twitter.

BATTLECRY

Monday, June 9th

  • Game Trailers (On SPIKE TV) – 1:20pm
  • Twitch – 4:00pm

Wednesday, June 11th

  • IGN – 11:50am

Thursday, June 12th

  • Gamespot – 10:40am

The Evil Within

Monday, June 9th

  • Game Trailers (On SPIKE TV) – 2:15pm
  • IGN – 2:20pm

Tuesday, June 10th

  • Twitch – 1:20pm
  • PlayStation Blog – 3:30pm

Wednesday, June 11th

  • Gamespot – 2:40pm