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.

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Reminder: QuakeCon Pre-Registration Begins Tonight!

Starting tonight at registration.quakecon.com, you can pre-register for QuakeCon 2013 and select your seat for the BYOC!

As in year’s past, QuakeCon is free to attendees, but these premium packages tend to sell out quickly and are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

BYOC Select-a-Seat | Includes Guaranteed Reserved Seating: $30 (Limit of 1,250 packages available)

  • Select and Reserve a guaranteed seat of your choice in the BYOC area
  • An Official QuakeCon 2013 BYOC T-Shirt (see image above)

BYOC Select-a-Seat and Swag Pack | Full of Limited Edition Items and Guaranteed Reserved Seating: $90 (Limit of 500 packages available)

  • Select and Reserve a guaranteed seat of your choice in the BYOC area
  • An Official QuakeCon 2013 T-Shirt
  • An Official QuakeCon 2013 BYOC T-Shirt
  • A QuakeCon Branded Logitech G400 Mouse
  • A $10 Voucher for the on-site Bethesda Retail Store; we’ll have a selection of items from the online store store.bethsoft.com available at QuakeCon, as well as a number of show exclusives
  • Reserved Seating Until 7:00pm Friday

BYOC Select-a-Seat and QuakeCon done Quick | Includes Fast Passes for the Duration of the Event: $50 (Limit of 250 packages available)

  • Select and Reserve a guaranteed seat of your choice in the BYOC area
  • Express lane fast-pass registration for the BYOC
  • Express lane fast-pass to every speaker, panel, and public event at QuakeCon
  • Limited reserved access seating for all panels, presentations, and events
  • An Official QuakeCon 2013 BYOC T-Shirt
  • Reserved Seating Until 7:00pm Friday

Swag Pack | Full of Limited Edition Items: $60 (Limit of 250 packages available)

  • An Official QuakeCon 2013 T-Shirt
  • An Elder Scrolls Online Ouroboros T-Shirt
  • Another Special Limited Edition T-Shirt – stay tuned for details!
  • A QuakeCon Branded Logitech G400 Mouse
  • A $10 Voucher for the on-site Bethesda Retail Store; we’ll have a selection of items from the online store store.bethsoft.com available at QuakeCon, as well as a number of show exclusives.

Like last year, QuakeCon 2013 is at the glorious Hilton Anatole. To book a room with the QuakeCon rate, visit here.

QuakeCon Pre-Registration Begins April 15th

Anxious for August? Select-a-seat pre-registration for QuakeCon 2013’s BYOC will begin on Monday, April 15th at 7 PM CST/8 PM EST.

As in year’s past, QuakeCon is free to attendees, but these premium packages tend to sell out quickly and are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

BYOC Select-a-Seat | Includes Guaranteed Reserved Seating: $30 (Limit of 1,250 packages available)

  • Select and Reserve a guaranteed seat of your choice in the BYOC area
  • An Official QuakeCon 2013 BYOC T-Shirt (see image above)

BYOC Select-a-Seat and Swag Pack | Full of Limited Edition Items and Guaranteed Reserved Seating: $90 (Limit of 500 packages available)

  • Select and Reserve a guaranteed seat of your choice in the BYOC area
  • An Official QuakeCon 2013 T-Shirt
  • An Official QuakeCon 2013 BYOC T-Shirt
  • A QuakeCon Branded Logitech G400 Mouse
  • A $10 Voucher for the on-site Bethesda Retail Store; we’ll have a selection of items from the online store store.bethsoft.com available at QuakeCon, as well as a number of show exclusives
  • Reserved Seating Until 7:00pm Friday

BYOC Select-a-Seat and QuakeCon done Quick | Includes Fast Passes for the Duration of the Event: $50 (Limit of 250 packages available)

  • Select and Reserve a guaranteed seat of your choice in the BYOC area
  • Express lane fast-pass registration for the BYOC
  • Express lane fast-pass to every speaker, panel, and public event at QuakeCon
  • Limited reserved access seating for all panels, presentations, and events
  • An Official QuakeCon 2013 BYOC T-Shirt
  • Reserved Seating Until 7:00pm Friday

Swag Pack | Full of Limited Edition Items: $60 (Limit of 250 packages available)

  • An Official QuakeCon 2013 T-Shirt
  • An Elder Scrolls Online Ouroboros T-Shirt
  • Another Special Limited Edition T-Shirt – stay tuned for details!
  • A QuakeCon Branded Logitech G400 Mouse
  • A $10 Voucher for the on-site Bethesda Retail Store; we’ll have a selection of items from the online store store.bethsoft.com available at QuakeCon, as well as a number of show exclusives.

Like last year, QuakeCon 2013 is at the glorious Hilton Anatole. To book a room with the QuakeCon rate, visit here.

QuakeCon 2013 Dates Announced!

For the 18th straight year, QuakeCon will host North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN party, with thousands of fans connecting their systems to play on a world-class network!

Taking place August 1-4, the event once again returns to The Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX. You can make reservations at the hotel by calling 1-800-Hiltons or 1-800-445-8667 or by going online to the hotel’s reservation page. Special room rate of $159 per night when you reference QuakeCon 2013!

As new details on QuakeCon 2013 become available, we’ll post updates here on the official site, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Computer Whiz Kids

If you followed QuakeCon coverage last month, you likely saw the amazing Fallout-inspired PC that was on hand at the event’s BYOC.

I recently caught up with the computer’s creators, Michael Kraft (case builder) and Adam Stark (configured computer and programmed game). With names like those, expect these two Plano, TX natives to build amazing computers for years to come.

When did you guys decide to do the Fallout computer for QuakeCon?

We first thought of it in 2009, but what really got things moving was winning a Sapphire Edge mini-pc at the PC Perspective Workshop at Quakecon 2011. Prior to that, we had tossed around the idea but couldn’t find a motherboard that would fit the form factor we were looking for. With this tiny PC we won, that changed everything and we realized that hey, we could really do this.

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Dishonored Roundup: A look at Dishonored’s Lady Boyle mission

In the past couple weeks, gaming press have gotten a chance to tackle a particularly unique mission in Dishonored – the Lady Boyle party. In this mission, Corvo must infiltrate a high society party and discover which of the three Boyle sisters is his mission target. In the coverage below, you’ll learn details (and minor spoilers) about how the mission can vary.

PC Gamer’s Tom Francis came away impressed after playing the mission, claiming:

“It was one of the best missions I’ve played in any game. It combined the sophisticated murder-planning I love in Hitman with the old-school stealth of Thief, and the unpredictable, systems-driven combat of BioShock. Going back and exploring all the paths I didn’t take, the city blocks of explorable space I missed, gave me a taste of its extraordinary scope.”

In addition to Sir Francis, a number of journalists previewed the mission while attending QuakeCon 2012. Read detailed impressions at these sites::

Shacknews – “When I was finally done, I had played through the mission three times, and each playthrough was completely different. And in talking to others who gave it a try, I found that their tactics were even different from mine.”

Kotaku – “…Dishonored allows for an incredible depth of possibilities, the interacting systems facilitating your ability to create new and unknown things out of the familiar, and I can’t wait to find out what they are.”

The Verge – “Like a catchy album, this latest Dishonored demo has gotten inexorably stuck in my head.”

Gamespot – “After playing through Lady Boyle’s Last Party I’m even more excited for Dishonored than I was after E3. I’m also curious to see if and how the team at Arkane manages to keep the game from getting dull for those of us who are excited at the idea of completing the game without ever killing anyone.”

Destructoid – “Arkane isn’t like most developers and Dishonored isn’t like most games. It will be an uphill battle convincing the mainstream that the game becomes approachable in time, but for us core gamers, we are in for a rare treat that blends action and stealth in a way we’ve never seen before.”

IGN – “Dishonored is so exciting to me not only because it rewards creative gameplay, but because so much care was clearly taken to build a place with enough layers and moving pieces to give it a curious plausibility, to make it seem like every time you push it pushes right back.”

Gaming Angels – “I honestly believed that I would treat Dishonored like I did Deus Ex, and give up on the stealth completely, but this preview really gave me a great taste of how much fun and brilliantly creative stealth can be. ”

OXM Online – “Turns out our black-equals-evil strategy works, as the two innocent sisters are spared while their corrupt government-funding sibling lie in an undignified heap. When we later boast of our successful, if lucky, play-through to Smith, he takes us down a few pegs, reminding ‘the mission is dynamic and always changes.’ In other words, the lady in black won’t always be the one deserving of Corvo’s blade. We look forward to re-tackling this mission — particularly using an especially inspired non-lethal method Smith shares with us, but we won’t spoil here — when Dishonoredlaunches this October.”

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