QuakeCon done Quick — sold out even quicker

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Offering an autographed RAGE lithograph, a limited edition T-Shirt, and priority access to events, our first come/first serve premium registration, QuakeCon done Quick, has sold out.

For those that successfully registered online, don’t forget to print out and bring your QuakeCon done Quick receipt. This is necessary for getting set up at the event (and getting your t-shirt and lithograph).

For those who missed a chance at QuakeCon done Quick registration and are still interested in picking up the RAGE lithograph and limited edition QuakeCon T-shirts, we’re excited to announce that both of these great items will be available at a retail booth in the exhibit hall — costing $15 and $20, respectively.

Additionally, while the express registration for the BYOC is full, we would like to remind our attendees that we guarantee a Bring-Your-Own-Computer spot to all registered guests of the Hilton Anatole Hotel, and we’re excited to have sufficient room in our enormous BYOC for everyone!

Announcing ‘QuakeCon Done Quick’

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We’re another day closer to QuakeCon, and there’s more news to share! While QuakeCon remains free to the public, we’ve announced ‘QuakeCon done Quick’ — our new premium package (costing $20) that includes express registration, priority seating for special sessions, a limited-edition QuakeCon T-shirt and a signed RAGE lithograph. Read the details in the release below:

August 2, 2010 (Rockville, MD) – id Software and Bethesda Softworks today announced that a limited number of QuakeCon® premium registration packages are now available online at the ‘QuakeCon done Quick’ Reservation Page.  Five hundred (500) ‘QuakeCon done Quick’ packages will be available to residents of the United States 18 years of age or older on a first come, first serve basis for a cost of $20.00. This premium package includes express Bring-Your-Own-Computer (BYOC) or general admission registration, a guaranteed spot in the BYOC, priority seating for panels and events, a QuakeCon 2010 t-shirt, as well as a RAGE lithograph signed by key members of the game’s development team.  All items included in the package must be picked up on-site at the registration area during show hours in the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

QuakeCon 2010, the ultimate video game festival, will take place August 12 -15, 2010, in Dallas, Texas at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. QuakeCon will once again host North America’s largest BYOC LAN party, with thousands of gamers hooking their systems up to play on a world-class network. Professional gamers will travel to Dallas, TX to compete in pro and open tournaments for their share of $50,000 in prize money. General admission to QuakeCon is free and open to the public.

QuakeCon also offers non-stop fun and entertainment for those that don’t bring their own computers. Bethesda Softworks will be offering the first chance anywhere for gamers to get their hands on upcoming games, including Fallout: New Vegas, Brink, and Hunted: The Demon’s Forge, as well as the first chance to see a live demo of id Software’s upcoming game RAGE. 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.

The Hilton Anatole is now taking room reservations for QuakeCon 2010 through their custom QuakeCon Reservation Page – or through their toll-free reservations number, 1-800-HILTONS.

For more details on QuakeCon (which starts next week!), head to QuakeCon.org.

QuakeCon 2010 Panels and Special Presentations Schedule

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Before we head out for the weekend, we wanted to share some exciting news about the panels we have planned for QuakeCon 2010. In addition to folks you know and love from Bethesda Game Studios and id Software (including the likes of Todd Howard and John Carmack), some of our favorite people in the industry will be attending.  Below is the schedule of events…

Thursday

‘The World of Design’ Panel

12.30pm in the Cortez Room

  • Joel Burgess, Bethesda Game Studios
  • Matt Hooper, id Software
  • Neil Alphonso, Splash Damage
  • Todd Alderman, Respawn Entertainment

QuakeCon Kick Off — 2:30pm in the Grand Ballroom

  • Todd Hollenshead will welcome attendees to QuakeCon 2010

Keynote — 2:30pm in the Grand Ballroom

  • John Carmack’s Annual Keynote address to QuakeCon attendees

“Rocket Talk” — 5:30pm in the Grand Ballroom

  • John Carmack and Richard Garriott share their passion for Rockets and space travel in this special QuakeCon presentation

Check out the rest of the schedule after the break…

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We’ve got something “In the ‘Works” for tonight (Updated)

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Over the years, we’ve sporadically put out a company newsletter recapping some of the latest news on our games — stuff that you could read here on the blog… just days/weeks later. Moving forward, we’re taking a new approach to the newsletter — providing new and exciting information on our games, events, etc. We call it In The ‘Works (get it??).

Beginning tonight, the new community newsletter is planned to release on the last Thursday of every month. And each month, you can expect something new. To kick things off, we’re focusing on QuakeCon 2010, which is only two weeks away. Subscribers can expect to learn some exciting news about the event.* And whether you’re a current subscriber or a new subscriber, you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of five RAGE t-shirts.

We hope you enjoy this new format!

*If you’re expecting a game announcement, sorry. That’s not In The ‘Works.

UPDATE: To view the archived version of this month’s newsletter, head here.

QuakeCon 2010 tournaments announced

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QuakeCon is a place for everyone to play games together and have fun. On the other hand, it’s also a place for the best gamers to utterly crush their opponents in the pursuit of cold hard cash.

Big prizes await the video game sportsmen at this year’s QuakeCon, with $50,000 total up for grabs in both the Intel QUAKE LIVE Masters Championship and the QUAKE LIVE Capture the Flag Championship.

And if you don’t have a fancy nickname or a branded mouse, don’t worry: the Open Tournament will allow up to 128 amateurs a chance to compete for a respectable purse of $2500.

Keep reading for more details, or head right over to the QuakeCon site to register:

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Watch last night’s QuakeCon Kickoff Show

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QuakeCon doesn’t start for another three weeks (August 12-15), but the guys at Quake-Live.tv are getting everyone ready for the fun. Last night they aired the QuakeCon Kickoff Show, which lasted about 3 hours. To learn more about this year’s event, definitely check it out at the links below…

Between now and the event, we’ll have plenty of new information to share with you guys on the show. Stay tuned to Bethesda Blog, as well as QuakeCon.org.

Getting ready for QuakeCon 2010 — some BYOC news

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Today we have a new update from id’s Marty Stratton — The Grandmaster of Awesome Things at QuakeCon. In this update, Marty shares some news on this year’s BYOC...

QuakeCon 2010 is just under a month away. As always, the event is free and open to the public and we’re putting together our best-ever lineup of events and activities.  From watching industry-leading guest speakers and world-class competitive gaming, to browsing the latest games or playing in the largest BYOC LAN party in North America, there is never a dull moment at QuakeCon.

For anyone getting ready to pack up that gaming rig and join in the BYOC fun, we’ve got as many seats as ever and we fully expect to be able to accommodate everyone that wants to attend; but we’re also pleased to announce that any attendee who is a registered guest at the hotel under the QuakeCon 2010 room block for the 3 nights of the event (Thursday – Saturday nights) is guaranteed a spot in the BYOC.  We don’t want anyone to worry about getting a seat in the BYOC, but we are also happy to be able to offer that extra insurance for those that may be traveling and support the event by booking a room at our host hotel.  If you’re sharing a room (up to quad occupancy), just make sure that all of the guests are registered with the hotel.

If you haven’t done so already, you can reserve a room at the at the Hilton Anatole using the group rate for “QuakeCon 2010.”

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.