QuakeCon pre-registration ends at 12:00 am CST

Skyrim and Prey 2 presentations! Master Pancake Theater!! Play RAGE!!! You won’t want to miss a minute of the biggest QuakeCon yet (with a big bandwidth boost from AT&T), so we recommend pre-registering tonight before 12:00 am CST.

If you’re wondering if it’s worth pre-registering, here’s what’s in it for you…

General Attendance Pre-Registration – Free

  • Unlimited access to the exhibit area and all events.
  • Save time during on-site check-in. Enter all your information here, print your confirmation page, and simply scan the included barcode onsite to receive your badge.

BYOC Select-a-Seat Registration — $20 (less than 250 seats remain)

Pre-registering for QuakeCon also gets you set for the special events, panels, and much more. Check out the full schedule of events here.

If you’re not able to pre-register, don’t fret. A large portion of the BYOC will still be reserved for general attendees, and will be offered on-site on a first-come, first-serve basis to those who bring their computers.

See you Thursday!

QuakeCon 2011: Master Pancake Theater returns

Putting pancake and gut-buster in the same sentence normally means having a breakfast binge at the Original House of Pancakes, but for QuakeCon regulars, it’s a night of uncontrollable laughter. This year, whether you’re a QuakeCon newb or grizzled veteran, don’t miss out on Master Pancake Theater’s performance of Twilight — Friday night at 9:oo pm!

Whether your Team Edward, Team Jacob, or Team No Thanks, we assure you it’ll be hilarious. Until then, here’s an interview with two-thirds of your evening entertainment, John Erler and Ben Bartley.

How’d you guys meet?

BEN: I met Joe in 2000 at a ComedySportz Austin audition. I met John in 2002 at the Sinus Show where I filmed the shows. Our first Master Pancake show together was Breakfast Club in 2007. I have been in love with them ever since.

JOHN: I still haven’t met the other guys in the group. We normally just assemble a second before the movie starts playing. Then when it’s over we disappear silently into the night.

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AT&T brings the bandwidth to QuakeCon!

This year’s BYOC will be better than ever thanks AT&T’s participation in the event. With more bandwidth than ever streaming and networked gameplay will be better than ever. For more details, check out the press release below…

AT&T Network to Provide Better Gaming Experience, Faster Content Streaming
and Greater Fan Interactivity

July 29, 2011 (Rockville, MD) — id® Software and Bethesda Softworks® are pleased to announce that AT&T is an official sponsor of QuakeCon® 2011, North America’s largest Bring-Your-Own-Computer (BYOC) LAN party and gaming festival. AT&T’s network will deliver more than five times the bandwidth ever made available to the event –ensuring the most connected and social QuakeCon ever.

AT&T’s participation provides this year’s attendees with the best possible networked gaming experiences and opens up more possibilities than ever for fans at home to enjoy the event through increased live and on-demand video streams.

“We are absolutely stoked to have AT&T as an official sponsor of this year’s event,” said Todd Hollenshead, president of id Software. “AT&T has impressed us with their enthusiasm for QuakeCon and stepped up with services to improve every aspect of the event. Gamers at QuakeCon and fans participating from home will see and appreciate the difference.”

“AT&T is thrilled to be a part of this year’s BYOC and we’re proud to connect these avid gamers to each other through our greatest asset – our network,” said Greg Skasko, director of AT&T Sponsorships. “By wiring the event with our reliable, U-verse High Speed Internet, we’re ensuring that the focus of the party stays on having fun with those who share the same passion for gaming.”

Upgrading QuakeCon – More bandwidth and a chance to get upgraded to a suite

QuakeCon 2011 is less than a week away, so let’s go over the all-important checklist:

  • Bring extra deodorant It’s hot in Dallas, so you’ll want to upgrade your underarm arsenal.
  • Don’t forget your PC/monitor/keyboard/mouse for BYOC – Get ready for the most connected and social QuakeCon ever. At this year’s show, we’ve partnered with AT&T and are using their U-verse High Speed Network, which will ensure five times the bandwidth ever made available at QuakeCon.
  • Make a reservation at the Hilton Anatole – Even with a case of BAWLs, you’re going to need some sleep. Below are details on booking your room and how your QuakeCon experience could get upgraded!

If you haven’t already booked at the Hilton Anatole, make sure you reserve your room using the QuakeCon room block. If it’s easier, you can simply call 1-800-955-4281 and let them know you’re coming for QuakeCon. For those already planning to stay at the Hilton, make sure you’re registered under the QuakeCon block. You’ll save some cash, and we’ll be upgrading one booking with the following:

  • Reservation will be upgraded to a premium suite for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings (August 4 – August 6)
  • Free QuakeCon Done Quick Registration
  • (2) Invites to our exclusive private party Thursday night
  • Free initial buy-in and two free drinks at the IDG Poker Party
  • Two VIP passes to the Tournament Finals Event & Party

For full information, read the rules below… see you next week!

Sweepstakes Rules/Legal Information

  • Open to all QuakeCon attendees 21 and older who have made a reservation of at least 2 nights between July 30, 2011 – August 6, 2011. Void where prohibited. Promotion ends 9:00 a.m. Thursday, August 4, 2011.
  • id will randomly select the potential winner from amongst all eligible attendees as of 09:00 a.m. Thursday, August 4. The winner will be notified via room call at the Hilton Anatole. The winner must continue to comply with all terms and conditions and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements.
  • Prizing: One (1) Grand Prize: Upgrade to a Premium Suite at the Hilton Anatole on August 4 – 6, Free QuakeCon Done Quick Registration, Two invites to the QuakeCon private party on August 4, free buy-in and two free drinks at the IDG Poker Party, and Two VIP passes to the Tournament Finals Event & Party. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $531. The Prize is non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided in Id’s sole discretion. Id reserves the right to substitute a prize for one of equal or greater value. Odds of winning the Prize is dependent on the number of eligible entries during the promotion.
  • Release: Winner must sign the attendee Waiver and Release of Liability prior to accepting Prize. The potential winner may be required to execute and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability/publicity release, and a US tax form W-9, if applicable, within 10 days of receipt of notification.

QuakeCon 2011: Arrive in a clunker… leave in a beast

At this year’s QuakeCon, one lucky winner will drive away in a 2011 Ford F-150 Raptor SVT Hennessey VelociRaptor 600 SC. While the name doesn’t roll off the tongue, you’re not going to care if you win it. Watch this Top Gear video to see why it would provide an unfair advantage in RAGE’s wastelands.

Learn more about the “Ultimate Power Up” Sweepstakes and the “Ventrillo RAGE Quick Drive” contest below…


One Lucky Winner Will Drive Off in a 2011 Ford F-150 Raptor SVT
Hennessey VelociRaptor 600 SC

July 27, 2011 (Rockville, MD) – Ventrilo, the premier group voice communication program used in tournaments and multiplayer games, will once again participate in QuakeCon® 2011, with the sponsorship its 4th annual “Ultimate Power Up” Sweepstakes at QuakeCon. In addition, the Company will also sponsor their newly added “Ventrilo RAGE Quick Drive” contest.

This year, one lucky attendee will drive away from QuakeCon 2011 in a brand-new 2011 Molten Orange Ford F-150 Raptor SVT, complete with the Hennessey VelociRaptor 600 SC upgrade package. Attendees will also have the chance to win their share of $10,000 cash as they compete in the “Ventrilo RAGE Quick Drive” contests held throughout the event. The 2011 Ford F-150 Raptor SVT Hennessey VelociRaptor 600 SC, valued at approximately $69,719, will be on display in the main exhibition area throughout the event.

“Once again we’d like to say a special thank you to Brian Knapp and everyone at Ventrilo for giving QuakeCon attendees the chance to drive home on Sunday with panache,” said Todd Hollenshead, president of id Software. “This brand new, 600 HP Super Cab Ford F-150 is not only 4WD, but is also supercharged for the best performance on roads or off—and in bandit infested Wastelands.”

“It is an honor to be a major sponsor of QuakeCon once again. We could not ask for a better opportunity to give back to the community that spawned the creation of Ventrilo.”said Brian Knapp, president of Flagship Industries. “The Ford F-150 Raptor SVT was specifically designed to run in the Baja 1000 desert race but can be used for every day street driving. Those wasteland bandits will never catch you when you have 600 horsepower at your disposal.”

The “Ultimate Power Up” winner will be randomly selected after the final “Ventrilo RAGE Quick Drive” contest at 9:30pm CST on Saturday, August 6th as part of the tournament finals event on the QuakeCon Dell Main Stage. A total of 100 coveted tickets for the Ford F-150 Raptor SVT Hennessey VelociRaptor 600 SC will be awarded to attendees throughout each day of the show in QuakeCon contests, random drawings, and other events.

QuakeCon 2011, North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN party, will take place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX. The event is free to general admission and BYOC attendees thanks to the support of id and Bethesda Softworks, as well as the QuakeCon volunteer staff and the 2011 event sponsors and exhibitors. Doors to the QuakeCon BYOC will open on Thursday, August 4th at 9:00am CST and will remain open through 12:00pm CST on Sunday, August 7th.

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From the halls of id…

For both Nick and I, our first trip to id’s new offices is something we’ll never forget. In addition to playing plenty of RAGE, it was great spending time with members of the team (more on that later this week) and seeing all the cool DOOM, Quake, and Wolfenstein stuff throughout the office. As you can see from the pics above, the place is full of video game history!

Got id memories you want to share? Don’t forget to send your pics to [email protected] for a chance to win a poster. For more details, check out this post.

QuakeCon 2011:Presentations, Panels, and Exhibitors!!


Ask and you shall receive. After getting numerous requests about dates and times for QuakeCon presentations, we’re pleased to reveal the full presentation and panel schedule!

QuakeCon 2011 kicks off on Thursday, August 4th with the Annual Keynote from John Carmack, id Software’s co-founder and technical director.

Here’s the schedule…

Welcome and Annual Keynote – Thursday, August 4th at 2:00 pm
Presented (as always) by John Carmack

Skyrim Presentation – Friday, August 5th at 1:00 pm
Presented by Todd Howard

20 Years of id Software Friday, August 5th at 2:30 pm

  • John Carmack
  • Tim Willits
  • Todd Hollenshead
  • Kevin Cloud

Ultimate Origins: The Games That Influence Us – Friday, August 5th at 4:00 pm

  • Raphael Colantonio, Arkane
  • Harvey Smith, Arkane
  • Matt Hooper, id Software
  • Marcus Smith, Insomniac

Prey 2 Presentation – Friday, August 5th at 5:30 pm

Master Pancake Theater: Twilight – Friday, August 5th at 9:oo pm

Community Managers: Un-moderated! – Saturday, August 6th at 1:00 pm
  • Abbie Heppe, Respawn
  • Adam Pyle, id Software
  • Matt Grandstaff, Bethesda Softworks
  • Nick Breckon, Bethesda Softworks
  • Ryan Schneider, Insomniac

First-person Perspectives – Saturday, August 6th at 2:30 pm

  • Mackey McCandlish, Respawn
  • Drew Murray, Insomniac
  • Tim Willits, id Software
  • Julien Roby, Arkane

In addition to the lineup of presentations and panels, attendees will also have the opportunity to check out various exhibitors on the show floor, including BAWLS Acquisition, Blaine Warren Advertising, Cooler Master, CPU Magazine, Dell Computer, Diamond Multimedia, FSP GROUP USA CORP, Glitch Gaming Apparel, Grow Up Japan Co., Ltd., Gunnar Optiks, Hi-Rez Studios, IN WIN Development, Intel Americas, Inc., Plantronics and Psyko Audio Labs, Inc.

QuakeCon 2011 will take place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX. The event remains FREE to general admission and BYOC attendees thanks to the support of id and Bethesda Softworks, as well as the QuakeCon volunteer staff and the 2011 event sponsors and exhibitors. Doors to the QuakeCon BYOC will open on Thursday, August 4th at 9 am and will remain open through 12 pm on Sunday, August 7th.

QuakeCon Exhibit Hall Hours are:

  • Thursday, August 4, 2011 10 am – 6 pm
  • Friday, August 5 2011 10 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday, August 6, 2011 10 am – 6 pm

To pre-register online for QuakeCon today go to: http://registration.quakecon.org/.

QuakeCon 2011 Tournament Line Up Announced

With QuakeCon just over two week away, we’ve got details on this year’s tournaments. Get the full scoop in the press release below…


July 18, 2011 (Rockville, MD) – The world’s very best QUAKE LIVE® players will once again gather in Dallas, Texas to take part in intense online tournaments at QuakeCon® 2011, being held August 4-7, 2011 at the Hilton Anatole. Top professionals will compete in the Intel-sponsored QUAKE LIVE Duel Invitational Masters and the Intel® QUAKE LIVE Team Deathmatch Invitational Masters and contend for a share of over $40,000 in prize money.  Also new to this year’s QuakeCon®, up-and-coming players will have the opportunity to prove their gaming expertise in the Brink Open Championships.

This year, players competing in the tournaments will all be using the same kind of computers thanks to Dell. Players will be using the Alienware Aurora, which combines the latest in gaming technology to deliver a premier gaming experience to even the most demanding hard core gaming fan.

QuakeCon, which is free and open to the public, offers an opportunity to see the greatest players in the world compete in highly-competitive tournaments. Matches will also be broadcast live each day of the competitions on large screens with play-by-play commentary from this year’s shoutcasters who will capture all of the energy, excitement and behind-the-scenes drama, with live match coverage, player interviews and expert analysis.

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QuakeCon 2011 Hotel Information

QuakeCon is around the corner, and if you’re planning to come from outside the area, hotel rooms are going fast. To make sure you’re not left out in the Texas heat with your LAN setup strapped to your back, book your discounted room at the Dallas Hilton Anatole — the site of QuakeCon 2011 — today.

Booking a reservation is simple:

In addition to the discounted room rate of $154 a night, staying at the Hilton also guarantees you a break on parking to $8 a day.

The show runs from August 4-7, so plan your reservation accordingly. See you there!