id introduces two QUAKE LIVE subscription packages

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After being down for a day, QUAKE LIVE players missing their online fragging fix can return to action later today — as the game has officially exited beta! In addition to the ‘Standard’ free-to-play version, in a press release today, we’ve announced ‘Premium’ and ‘Pro’ subscriptions — adding new maps, game modes, and plenty more. Details below…

The Premium Subscription, which can be purchased for $1.99 per month, billed annually, includes:

  • Access to 20 QUAKE LIVE Premium only maps at launch with more to come.  Premium maps are a combination of brand new maps and frequently requested community favorites from previous QUAKE games such as Aerowalk, Theater of Pain, Japanese Castles, and Realm of Steel Rats;
  • An all new ‘Freeze Tag’ game mode;
  • Exclusive premium level awards;
  • Create your own clan and join up to five separate clans;
  • Custom QUAKE LIVE profile wallpaper; and
  • Match statistics stored for six months.

The Pro Subscription, which can be purchased for $3.99 per month, billed annually, includes all of the premium subscription features as well as:

  • The ability to start your own game server, specify a server location, determine the game mode and invite who you want to join you;
  • With the Pro Subscription, you can invite three friends with Standard level memberships to play with you in any Premium level map;
  • Exclusive pro awards;
  • Create your own clan and join up to ten separate clans; and
  • Match statistics stored for 12 months.

The QUAKE LIVE ‘Standard’ version is still free to play and includes friend lists, access to one clan, matchmaking, and stats tracking delivered through a web browser with over 40 arenas and five game modes.

To create a QUAKE LIVE account and for more information please visit: http://www.quakelive.com.

UPDATE: QUAKE LIVE is back up and running. The team will continue to monitor the situation… now get back to the action!

GameTrailers names RAGE “Game of the Show”

Not to be outdone by the Game Critics Awards, GameTrailers’ own “Best of E3 2010″ series has bestowed six more honors on RAGE, including “Best Game of Show” (as seen above).

In addition to the top honors vid, you can also check out the clips for RAGE’s wins in the “Best First-Person Shooter,” “Best New IP,” “Best PC Game,” “Best Playstation 3 Game” and “Best Xbox 360 Game” categories on GameTrailers.

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RAGE wins three E3 Game Critics Awards

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Every year a group of select game journalists judge the best that E3 has to offer. This year, RAGE was nominated for an impressive five Game Critics Awards, making it the most-nominated game of any at the show.

But that’s not all, as today it won three of those categories, which also made it the most-awarded game of E3 2010. The three awards include “Best Console Game,” “Best Action Game” and the “Special Commendation for Graphics.”

Check out the full list here, and congrats to the team at id!

RAGE “Wall”papers now available

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Have you been thinking about redecorating your jet airplane? Need to paint your barn, but tired of those dull stripes and solids? Looking for a unique way to drive away those pesky neighbors? We may have the solution for you.

As you can see above, the MegaTexture technology behind RAGE’s visuals lends itself well to high-resolution composites. Three such images were recently used to create massive wall-sized displays for our booth at E3.

However, rather than keep these impressive images to ourselves, we’re now releasing them for mass consumption. Each of the three murals has been converted into standard-sized wallpapers, in 25 resolutions covering PCs, dual-monitor setups, iPads and iPhones.

But wait, there’s more. In addition to those versions, we’re also offering the original, uncompressed, 280mb+, 25K resolution images. That’s a lot of image, and it’s all free to you, the fan. So get downloading:

Dead City Desktops ZIP (25 resolutions, 13.3mb)
Mutants Desktops ZIP (25 resolutions, 5.5mb)
Wasteland Desktops ZIP (25 resolutions, 5.5mb)

Dead City TIF (25,600×9,080 resolution, 282mb)
Mutants TIF (25,600×16,000 resolution, 363mb)
Wasteland TIF (25,600×16,000 resolution, 324mb)

QuakeCon Registration Changes

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Earlier today we released new information about the registration process for QuakeCon 2010. Whether you’re a regular to QC or a first-time attendee, you probably have questions about getting set up. To help, Marty Stratton, Executor of All Things Awesome at QuakeCon, to explain this year’s registration process.

Take it away, Marty!

QuakeCon is fast approaching, and we couldn’t be more excited. Things have been quietly progressing behind the scenes as we plan this year’s event, but today’s announcement really marks the beginning of our run-up to QuakeCon 2010 in Dallas on August 12-15.  We have a ton of exciting news and information to share over the next few weeks, but I wanted to offer a little bit of insight into the changes to our registration process — particularly for those that have attended in the past — as it is one of the more significant changes we’re making to the operation of the event this year.

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QuakeCon registration details — play upcoming games at the show

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In conjunction with our friends at id Software, today we announced that all attendee registration for QuakeCon 2010 will be handled on-site through a new and improved registration process. Designed to reduce the time BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) attendees spend waiting to register equipment, and generally better serve all those in attendance, this new and entirely on-site process will streamline every guest’s registration experience while still accommodating anyone that wants to take part in the BYOC.

QuakeCon also offers non-stop fun and entertainment for those who don’t bring their own computers. The world’s leading technology companies will be on hand to demonstrate their latest hardware and software in the 45,000 square foot exhibit hall, and every day of QuakeCon is packed with contests, entertainment, announcements, panel discussions, and parties. Attendees will also have their first chance to get their hands on upcoming Bethesda Softworks titles like Brink, Fallout: New Vegas, and Hunted: The Demon’s Forge.

QuakeCon 2010 goes from August 12-15 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. For veteran and first-time attendees, we imagine you’ll have more questions about registering for QuakeCon. We’ll have more details to share with you soon. In the meantime, check out the QuakeCon official site.

RAGE E3 Wrapup: After the Impact

Earlier today RAGE garnered a total of five Game Critics nominations, the most of any game that was at E3. That said, the press obviously had some nice things to say about the game in their previews.

In addition to last week’s roundup, here’s a look at some of the latest previews we’ve seen:

  • 1UP: “The 10 Best Looking Games of E3 2010″
  • USA Today: “RAGE looks fantastic and combat seems intense.”
  • GamePro: “It’s not only an impressive new piece of technology that looks unbelievably good, but it’s a brand new IP designed to elevate the whole genre to a new level.

And more from:

Don’t forget to follow RAGE on Twitter and the game’s official website, RAGE.com.

id Software Super Pack on Sale for $34.99

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It’s not a bird, or a plane — it’s the id Software Super Pack, and it’s now on sale for just $34.99 on Steam.

The Super Pack includes an impressive list of 22 games, spanning id franchises like DOOM, Quake, Wolfenstein and more. The assortment amounts to a $194 value, which is normally discounted to $69.99. And for the Summer Steam sale, that price has now been cut in half.

It’s a great deal, and it’s running through July 5th — more than enough time to notify your friends and organize some old-school shooter action.

DOOM II on Xbox LIVE Arcade

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Beginning today, DOOM II is available for download via Xbox LIVE Arcade!

DOOM II expanded upon the white-knuckle excitement of the original DOOM with an amazing assortment of additional weapons, monsters, and carnage-filled environments. With the XBLA version, you’re now able to download and relive all of the heart-pounding action of this classic PC title with brand-new elements, including:

  • Legendary weapons: Arm yourself with the legendary weapons from the original DOOM, as well as the Super Shotgun.
  • New enemies and levels: Experience DOOM like never before, with six new enemies and 32 new levels. Play it alone or invite a friend to play in co-op mode via split screen or Xbox LIVE.
  • Bonus chapter: Brave the never-before-seen bonus chapter, No Rest for the Living, an Xbox LIVE Arcade exclusive.
  • Deathmatch: Jump into intense deathmatch action with up to four players via split screen or over Xbox LIVE.
  • Avatar extras: Outfit your Avatar with the old-school DOOM II T-Shirt or the full-body DOOM Marine uniform.
  • Xbox LIVE Achievements
  • HD visuals
  • 5.1 surround sound

Whether you’re looking for nostalgia, or ready to experience the game for the first time, you can purchase DOOM II here for 800 Microsoft Points. If you want to discuss the game, check out the community forum on Xbox.com.