Special Promotion for QUAKE LIVE starts today

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Earlier today, we let folks know about some special deals on QUAKE LIVE. Read the details below…

We’re pleased to announce that starting today, anyone who signs up for QUAKE LIVE can experience the Premium subscription membership benefits for FREE until next Sunday, September 26th.

Additionally, anyone who purchases a Premium or Pro membership for QUAKE LIVE during this promotion will receive the added bonus of one additional month of membership access!

If you purchase a membership during this promotional period, you will have the option to redeem this one month token to extend your membership or gift it to a friend.

More details after the break…

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Join the Team!

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Today we’re pleased to announce a new website dedicated to finding jobs within the ZeniMax family. Visit jobs.bethsoft.com to find openings at ZeniMax (Rockville, MD), ZeniMax Online Studios (Hunt Valley, MD), id Software (Dallas, TX), Bethesda Game Studios (Rockville, MD), and newly-aquired Arkane Studios (with offices in both Lyon, France and Austin, TX). For each studio, we’ve got information on the latest job openings — including details on the responsibilities and requirements for each position.

For more details on applying, head here.

IGDA: Hangin’ with Mr. Hooper

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Later this month, id Software’s design director, Matt Hooper, will be presenting to the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) in Montreal. Details on his presentation, “Controlled RAGE: Production, Design, and Tech Challenges of Revolutionizing the FPS,” can be found below:

As in industry pioneer, id Software has been pushing the boundaries of the FPS genre since its inception. With RAGE and Tech5, id is revolutionizing the modern FPS, rethinking the player experience and facing the production and technological challenges that go along with it. Matt Hooper, id’s Design Director, will walk us through a demo of RAGE and discuss key aspects of the game’s development.

For more details on the presentation, head to IDGA’s official site.

QuakeCon: Panel Coverage at Gamespot

Didn’t have a chance to see the panels and presentations at QuakeCon 2010? No worries — the fine folks at Gamespot have recaps (and some video) for you to catch up on.

One of my personal highlights of the show was attending Rocket Talk — featuring legends Richard “Lord British” Garriott and John Carmack talking about their passion for space exploration. For a summary of the talk, head here. Be sure to watch Garriott’s presentation on his journey to the International Space Station (embedded above) — it’s really amazing stuff.

Gamespot also has a sample of John Carmack’s presentation on Armadillo Aerospace. Check the highlights below….

Hit the jump for links to Gamespot’s coverage of QuakeCon’s panels…

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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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