QuakeCon 2012: Keynote & Panels

Watch John Carmack’s QuakeCon Keynote above.

The Game of Making Games features Todd Howard (Bethesda Game Studios), Jens Matthies (MachineGames), Raphael Colantonio (Arkane Studios), and Ted Price (Insomniac Games). Moderated by Blair Herter (G4TV).

Talking Shop: Skyrim, Modding and Steam (courtesy of Gamespot) features Chet Faliszek (Valve), Matt Scott (Valve) and Joel Burgess (Bethesda Game Studios). Moderated by Nick Breckon (Bethesda Softworks).

As more of this year’s panels make their way online, we’ll update this post.

QuakeCon 2012: Dishonored voice cast & and composer announced

Hot off the press we’ve announced the star-studded voice cast for Dishonored — including Susan Sarandon, Brad Dourif, Carrie Fisher, John Slattery, Michael Madsen, Lena Headey, and Chloë Grace Moretz.

For a preview of the cast, watch a new clip up at MSNBC

Catch the press release details after the break.

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QuakeCon: Steam & id Mobile sale

In what’s become a yearly tradition, like John Carmack providing QuakeCon’s opening keynote, we’re excited to announce this year’s QuakeCon sales for Steam and id mobile. From now until August 5th, you can purchase the QuakeCon 2012 pack, featuring more than 20 id Software and Bethesda titles.

Save even more on the QuakeCon pack by pre-ordering Dishonored in tandem with your purchase, which will save you $15 on the pack.

Steam Sale

So what’s in this virtual box of goodness? See all the included titles below:

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Oblivion GOTY Deluxe
  • Morrowind GOTY
  • DOOM 1-3
  • QUAKE 1-4
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • RAGE
  • Commander Keen
  • Brink

Already have most of those titles? Throughout QuakeCon, there will be additional daily deals, including:

  • Thursday: The Elder Scrolls Sale, with up to 66% off
  • Friday: Rage 50% off
  • Saturday: All Fallout titles, including DLC, are 66% off
  • Sunday: All id games are 75% off

Get the QuakeCon 2012 Pack on Steam

id MOBILE SALE

During QuakeCon 2012 (August 2-5) all iPhone titles from id Mobile on the Apple iTunes store – including RAGE HD and DOOM RESURRECTION – will be on sale for 99 cents. id Mobile titles can be purchased on the Apple iTunes store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/id-software/id309470481. For more information please visit: www.idsoftware.com/iphone-games/

QuakeCon 2012: QUAKE LIVE Premium Pak 13 Details

We’re pleased to announce the release of QUAKE LIVE Premium Pak 13. This release contains five new arenas from popular community authors, new player character skins, and a change to our Premium subscription model. Starting today, we will be regularly cycling the Standard arena pool. On the first Monday of each month, 21 arenas will be selected as playable for Standard-level matches. Newly released arenas will remain exclusive for at least three months, but every other arena is eligible to be included in the cycle.

In addition to this change, we are also introducing a new arena voting system to increase the variety of arenas played. Players playing on Standard-level matches will now have a choice between three arenas at the end of each match. The arena voted on will be the next match played. Premium matches will continue to have access to the entire arena pool, and matches created by our Pro players will continue to have the option to change arenas at any point.

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QuakeCon 2012: Pre-Order the Dragonborn figure from Symbiote Studios

In a press release released at QuakeCon, we’ve announced that Symbiote Studios (makers of our QuakeCon Swag Pack figurine), are releasing a Dragonborn figure – inspired by The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim keyart. Full details in the press release below…

SYMBIOTE STUDIOS TO CREATE STYLIZED VINYL TOYS BASED ON BETHESDA SOFTWORKS’ AWARD-WINNING FRANCHISES

Tucson, Arizona (August 1, 2012) Symbiote Studios LLC, a leading manufacturer and distributor of a broad range of toys and high-end collectibles, has received rights to create stylized vinyl toys based on Bethesda’s award-winning franchises, including The Elder Scrolls®Dishonored™DOOM®Fallout®, andQUAKE®.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with Bethesda,” said Joseph Reiter, CEO of Symbiote Studios. “We will give our utmost respect and attention to crafting the characters found in their video games.”

QuakeCon® 2012 attendees that ordered the QuakeCon “Swag Pack” will receive Symbiote’s first creation for Bethesda, an exclusive QuakeCon figurine.

Symbiote is also creating a Dragonborn™ figure, inspired by The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®. The Dragonborn figure, which will retail for $9.99, will be available this Fall. Pre-orders for the figurine can be made in-person at Symbiote’s booth at QuakeCon, or online via Symbiote’s official website, http://www.symbiotestudios.com.

QuakeCon 2012 Figurine

A bonus Bonus Round at QuakeCon!

As shared in our panel listing earlier in the week, GameTrailers’ popular web series, Bonus Round, will be streamed live on Saturday, August 4th, at 11 AM CST!

Full details from GameTrailers below…

Much like the Avengers, we’ve assembled an all-star group of industry experts to bring YOU the knowledge in an exclusive panel only at QuakeCon! GameTrailers’ host Geoff Keighley, industry analyst Michael Pachter, industry veteran Adam Sessler, and Dishonored dignitaries Harvey Smith and Raf Colantonio come together in one place to talk about all things gaming. Seriously – anything can happen when you put these guys together. From Pachter’s wild crystal-ball predictions, Keighley and Sessler’s collective experience with “world exclusives” to Harvey and Raf’s upcoming game launch – this is a panel you can’t miss. Will Pachter SMASH? Will Harvey and Raf reveal new insight about Dishonored? Will Adam and Geoff merge to create Adam Geoffler, a new breed of video game journalist? Find out!

For details on all of QuakeCon’s panels, check out this post.

QuakeCon 2012: RU a BYOC VIP?

With just over a week until QuakeCon, Alienware wants to give you VIP treatment at this year’s BYOC. 10 lucky attendees will have a chance to get upgraded with the following:

  •  Upgraded chairs and tables for better comfort as you play late into the night
  •  30” Dell Ultrasharp IPS Monitor setup at each seat for superior clarity and color
  •  Daily VIP gift bundles, GUNNAR Optiks glasses, and more goodies throughout the weekend

To enter, visit alienwarearena.com

QuakeCon 2012: Panels & Keynote

We’re very excited to announce the schedules and times for QuakeCon 2012’s keynote and panels. As is tradition, the keynote will be given by id’s co-founder and technical director, John Carmack!

Then on both Friday and Saturday, we’ve put together an entertaining slate of panels featuring folks from across the gaming industry. Details below…

Thursday, August 2nd 

Welcome and Annual Keynote with John Carmack (2:00 PM)

Friday, August 3rd

The Game of Making Games (11:30 AM)featuring Todd Howard (Bethesda Game Studios), Jens Matthies (MachineGames), Raphael Colantonio (Arkane Studios), and Ted Price (Insomniac Games). Moderated by Blair Herter (G4TV).

Capture the Fan: Making Multiplayer Games That Last (1:00 PM) – featuring Chet Faliszek (Valve), Marty Stratton (id Software), and Max Hoberman (Certain Affinity). Moderated by Kevin Kelly (Wizard World).

Looking Back at Looking Glass Studios (2:30 PM) – featuring Tom Leonard (Valve), Austin Grossman, and Emil Pagliarulo (Bethesda Game Studios). Moderated by Harvey Smith (Arkane Studios).

Talking Shop: Skyrim, Modding and Steam (4PM) – featuring Chet Faliszek (Valve), Matt Scott (Valve) and Joel Burgess (Bethesda Game Studios). Moderated by Nick Breckon (Bethesda Softworks).

Virtual Insanity (6:00 PM) – featuring John Carmack (id Software), Michael Abrash (Valve), and Palmer Luckey (Oculus). Moderated by Todd Hollenshead (id Software).

Saturday, August 4th 

GameTrailers’ Bonus Round (11 AM) – featuring industry veteran Adam Sessler, Harvey Smith (Arkane Studios), Michael Pachter (Wedbush Securities), and Raphael Colantonio (Arakne Studios). Moderated by Geoff Keighley (GameTrailers TV).

Celebrating id Modding (12:30 PM) – featuring Brendon Chung (Blendo Games), Robert Duffy (id Software), amd JP LeBreton (Double Fine). Moderated by Justin Blankenship (Hit Detection).

Idle Thumbs Podcast: Arena (1:30 PM) – featuring Chris Remo (Double Fine), Jake Rodkin (Telltale Games), JP LeBreton (Double Fine), Nick Breckon (Bethesda Softworks), and Steve Gaynor (The Fullbright Company).

For more information on QuakeCon visit: quakecon.org.