QuakeCon 2013 – Steam & id Mobile Sale + Freemium Weekend of Quake Live!

Just announced at QuakeCon 2013, we’re pleased to announce that the QuakeCon Steam & id Mobile sale has begun!

From now until the end of the weekend (August 1-4) you can purchase the QuakeCon 2013 Pack, which includes more than 20 id Software and Bethesda Softworks titles, for $89.99..

This special package includes titles such as:

  • Skyrim Legendary
  • Commander Keen Complete Pack
  • Doom 3 BFG
  • Doom Classic Complete
  • Heretic/Hexen Pack
  • Quake 4
  • Quake Collection
  • Rage
  • Rage DLC Scorchers
  • Wolf Pack
  • Call of Cthulhu
  • Dishonored
  • The Knife of Dunwall
  • Dunwall City Trials
  • Fallout 3 – Game of the Year
  • Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition
  • Morrowind Game of the Year
  • Oblivion Game of the Year Deluxe

We will also be offering deals each day on individual id Software and Bethesda Softworks’ titles via Steam. Daily deals include:

Thursday: id Sale, with all id games 75% off
Friday: Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, and all Fallout DLC 75% off
Saturday: The Elder Scrolls Sale, with Elder Scrolls titles and DLCs selling for 40-75% off
Sunday: Dishonored, including DLC 66% off

Additionally, during QuakeCon we will be running an id Mobile sale and a free premium weekend for QuakeLive. Details below…

QuakeLive Premium Weekend

Play QuakeLive Premium from August 1st through August 4th for free! Access all premium areas and play both premium ‘Freeze Tag’ and ‘Domination’ game types. Keep an eye on the QuakeLive Facebook page and Twitter accounts for ways to win pro-level subscriptions throughout the weekend.

BETHESDA STORE SALE

From August 1st – 5th, pick up items from some of your favorite id Software and Bethesda Softworks franchises from the online Bethesda Store and receive a discount of 20% off all purchases of $50 or more at store.bethsoft.com.

Happy shopping!

The Jaeger-meister: id software’s Hugo Martin

This Saturday at QuakeCon (and streaming live at Twitch.TV/Bethesda), id Software’s art director, Hugo Martin, will be speaking about his career in games and films. If you’re not familiar with his work, you need only visit a movie theater and check out (the totally awesome) Pacific Rim. For the film, Martin was part of  director Guillermo Del Toro’s core concept team.

While in Texas, we had a chance to catch up with Hugo. Read the interview below…

How did you get started as an artist (include brief history of career highlights)?

I studied Illustration at Pratt Institute and Transportation Design at Art Center College of Design.

I started my career as a pose to pose animator and storyboard artist at MTV animation in NYC, but my first true concept job came after that when I worked in the IP development department at Wizards of the Coast. I went on to work at Naughty Dog as a concept artist on Jak X Team Racing and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, and then on to Blur Studios doing concept work on a variety of film, commercial, game and animation Projects.

After Blur I decided to go freelance. For 3 1/2 years I worked as a contract concept artist out of my studio and on-site whenever possible — primarily doing design work on films and games — the most notable from that period being of course PACIFIC RIM :).

What was your principle role on Pacific Rim?

I had the privilege and honor of being a part of Guillermo’s core concept team. My primary focus was on the design of the Jaegers, and from there I moved on to key frame illustration and then prop designs. I also had the chance to work on the Blade head Kaiju you see fighting Striker Eureka in the film.

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Follow all the excitement of QuakeCon 2013 live on Twitch.TV

Can’t make it to QuakeCon 2013? You’ll be happy to know that we’re streaming content live from the show. In addition to featuring shoutcasts for all three of QuakeCon’s tournaments at Twitch.TV/QuakeCon, we’ll be livestreaming some of the event’s biggest panels and presentations.

Beginning this Thursday, tune into Twitch.TV/Bethesda and catch these scheduled events:

Thursday, August 1st

QuakeCon 2013 Welcome (4:30 pm CST) – id Software’s Tim Willits and Bethesda’s Pete Hines kick off the festivities with news and announcements surrounding the show.

QuakeCon Keynote Presented by John Carmack (immediately following the QuakeCon 2013 Welcome) – As is tradition at QuakeCon, id Software co-founder and technical director John Carmack takes the stage to for an educational and entertaining discussion about his work, technology, and what’s on his mind. Brace yourself!

Friday, August 2nd

The Elder Scrolls Online | Gameplay Presentation (12:30 pm CST) – Check out the first streamed gameplay of The Elder Scrolls Online, live from QuakeCon 2013! Don’t miss never-before-seen areas as ZeniMax Online Studio’s creative director, Paul Sage joins other members of ZeniMax Online Studios team to show off the latest chapter in the Elder Scrolls saga.

The Physics of Light and Rendering | A Talk by John Carmack (5 pm CST) – John Carmack returns to the mainstage to explain how light behaves in the real world, and the approximations and compromises that are involved in simulating the behavior with computers. This lecture will be geared towards those interested in the interactions of light in the world and how computer software simulates it. Note: Not for the technically faint at heart.

Saturday, August 3rd

Dishonored | The Brigmore Witches Game Presentation (11:00 am CST) – See gameplay for Dishonored’s final add-on, The Brigmore Witches, two weeks before its August 13th release date. On stage to share the game and answer fan questions will be Arkane Studios’ Raphael Colantonio, Ricardo Bare, and Seth Shain. Have questions about the content? Be sure to ask them on Twitter using the #BrigmoreQuakeCon hashsign.

From Sketchbook to the Big Screen | A talk by id Software’s Hugo Martin (4:00 pm CST)  – Before becoming id Software’s art director, Hugo Martin was an integral part of defining the vision for one of the most entertaining blockbusters of the year, Pacific Rim. A must-see panel for artists interested in breaking into the entertainment industry.

Attending QuakeCon? See the full slate of panels and presentations at QuakeCon.org.

Something new for QuakeCon 2013: The QuakeCon Trials!

QuakeCon Trials, a series of daily trials taking place in QuakeCon’s exhibit hall that will test the skills of players in notable games from Bethesda/id Software, will make its debut at QuakeCon 2013!

Across six challenges of varying difficulty, you’ll compete for a share of fortune and glory, with prizes that include: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 graphics cards, raffle cards for a chance to win one of two 2013 Ford Focus ST3s, plus additional prizes from our exhibitors and sponsors. Winners from each of the six trials will also have a chance to win a $2,000 gaming rig from XOTIC PC!

Unlike The Wizard,we’re giving you a head start on what you’ll be playing. Practice up on these trials!

Thursday August 1st, 2013

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – Opening Sewer

Scenario: Using a created save, all users will start from the moment following character creation within the player’s prison cell. Players will be timed on how quickly they can get to the end of the sewer level (where they’re asked one last time to adjust their character information).

Level of Difficulty: Normal (default difficulty)

Controls: Keyboard/mouse only

Rankings: Best times (1st through 3rd) win. Trials staff will use a stop watch to determine time.

Wolfenstein 3D Level 1:

Scenario: Players will be timed on how quickly they can get through the first level of Wolfenstein 3D while completing all side tasks.

Level of Difficulty: “Bring ‘em on!” difficulty

Controls: Keyboard/mouse only

Rankings: Players must have 100% kill ratio, secret ratio, and treasure ratio to place.  Best times (1st through 3rd) win based on the in-game time displayed upon completing the level.

Friday August 2nd, 2013

Dishonored – Coldridge Prison

Scenario: Players must play through the first level of Dishonored in a stealthy fashion and in the fastest time.

Level of Difficulty: Normal (default difficulty)

Controls: Keyboard/mouse or Xbox 360 controller

Rankings: Between hostiles and civilians, no more than two can be killed to place – based upon stats screen at the completion of the level. Best times (1st through 3rd) win. Trials staff will use a stop watch to determine time. Timer ends as soon as the mission checkmark is displayed (upon meeting Samuel the Boatman).

RAGE – Mutant Bash (Chamber of Laughs)

Scenario: From the “Scenario Selection” players will compete in the first leg Bash TV (Chamber of Laughs) using the “Settler Loadout”.

Level of Difficulty: Hard

Controls: Keyboard/mouse or Xbox 360 controller

Rankings: The players with the three highest scores at completion will win.

Saturday August 3rd, 2013

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – The First Dragon

Scenario: Travelling from Whiterun, players will battle the game’s first dragon, Mirmulnir on Legendary difficulty.

Level of Difficulty: Legendary Difficulty

Controls: Keyboard/mouse only or Xbox 360 controller

Rankings: Best times (1st through 3rd) win. Trials staff will use a stop watch to determine time.

DOOM Level E4M5:

Scenario: Players will be timed on how quickly they can get through this level of DOOM while killing all enemies and getting and finding all the level’s secrets.

Level of Difficulty: Ultra Violent Difficult

Controls: Keyboard/mouse only

Rankings: Best times (1st through 3rd) win based on the in-game time displayed upon completing the level. Must achieve 100% kill and secret ratio.

The QuakeCon Trials will run during exhibit hall hours Thursday through Saturday. Exhibit hall hours are:

Thursday, August 1, 2013 10 am – 6 pm
Friday, August 2 2013 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday, August 3, 2013 10 am – 6 pm

Visit here for the QuakeCon Trials rules.

Announcing this year’s QuakeCon 2013 tournaments

Today we’re pleased to announce details on this year’s official tournaments of QuakeCon 2013! This year’s events include The Intel® QUAKE LIVE Duel Invitational Master, QUAKE LIVE Clan Arena 3v3 Open, and a very special 20th Anniversary DOOM Challenge.

Here’s a quick rundown on each tournament…

The Intel® QUAKE LIVE Duel Invitational Master (official rules, register here)

The Intel® QUAKE LIVE® Duel Invitational Masters Championship will feature known professionals and top QUAKE LIVE competitors in an exclusive tournament. Up to thirty-two (32) of the world’s best QUAKE LIVE players, hand selected by tournament staff from the open online registration, will face-off in the 1 vs.1 duel for $18,000 in a double elimination bracket, with each match played in a best-of-three-games format. With two competitors remaining, thousands will gather to watch as these two best-of-the-best survivors go head-to-head in a single elimination, best-of-five-games throw-down with a $9,000 check written to the champion.

QUAKE LIVE Clan Arena 3v3 Open (official rules)

The QUAKE LIVE® Clan Arena 3v3 Open will feature 3 vs. 3 competitions for up to thirty-two (32) teams battling it out in a single elimination bracket and best-of-three games format, with the two top teams advancing to a best-of-five Grand Final. Teams who come out on top will share prizes of $6,000, including $3,000 for the team of champions.

20th Anniversary DOOM Challenge (official rules)

The 20th Anniversary DOOM® Challenge will feature old school DOOM II gaming. Battling for a share of prizes, including $1,000 for the champion, players will compete in sixteen player Free-For-All matches that will qualify 32 players for the single elimination bracket, where each match will be played in a best-of-three-games format.

Players can register for the Intel QUAKE LIVE Duel Masters online. Registration is extremely limited, so sign up as soon as possible. Registration for the QUAKE LIVE Clan Arena 3v3 Open and the 20th Anniversary DOOM Challenge is first come, first served, on-site registration only. Interested parties please visit the tournament area on-site at QuakeCon from 10:00am to 3:00pm CST on Thursday, August 1st for tournament registration.

For more on tournament regulations, visit here.

Double the Carmack = Double the Knowledge

We’re excited to announce that in addition to his annual QuakeCon keynote address, John Carmack will return to the stage for lecture-style presentation focusing on light transport and rendering.

Titled “The Physics of Light and Rendering”, the talk will take place on Friday, August 2nd at 5:00pm CST. Learn how light behaves in the real world, and the approximations and compromises that are involved in simulating the behavior with computers. This lecture will be geared towards those interested in the interactions of light in the world and how computer software simulates it. Note: Not for the technically faint at heart. :)

If you missed John’s 2012 keynote, watch the embed from our QuakeCon YouTube channel.

New QuakeCon Details

The return of Peace, Love, and Rockets is nearly here!

Today we’re exactly three weeks from the kickoff of QuakeCon 2013 and excited to share updated details on the 18th running of North America’s largest LAN event. Read on for more on our keynote, presentations, panel, and exhibit hall sponsors.

As has become tradition, the first day of QuakeCon will feature a keynote address from the legendary John Carmack, id Software’s co-founder and technical director.

Along with John’s keynote, this year’s QuakeCon will feature the first public gameplay presentations for The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Evil Within — plus a special panel featuring Dishonored’s Raphael Colantonio, Ricardo Bare and Seth Shain. These events will all take place on the show’s Ventrilo Main Stage. Additionally, attendees will be able to play The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein, and Dishonored’s final game add-on, The Brigmore Witches, in the QuakeCon exhibit hall.

The Elder Scrolls Online, the next chapter in the award-winning series and the first to bring the legendary experience online, Wolfenstein: The New Order, a reimagining of the popular shooter franchise developed by MachineGames, and Dishonored: Brigmore Witches, the third add-on pack for Arkane Studios’ critically-acclaimed first-person action game, will all be playable at the show.

More after the break…

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