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 bethblog@bethsoft.com for a chance to win a poster. For more details, check out this post.

QuakeCon 2011:Presentations, Panels, and Exhibitors!!

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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…

QUAKECON 2011 TOURNAMENT LINE UP ANNOUNCED

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!

QuakeCon Keynote & Presentation news

This morning we’re pleased to announce that QuakeCon, the ultimate video game festival, will kick off on Thursday, August 4th 2011. As tradition goes, id’s co-founder and technical director, John Carmack, will kick things off with his keynote address.

In addition to the keynote and other special events (more on that soon), this year’s event will give you a chance to see some great presentations on our upcoming titles, including Todd Howard’s first public presentation of Skyrim!! QuakeCon will also see the first public demo of Prey 2, which will be demoed by Chris Rhinehart, Project Lead at Human Head Studios. And in addition to being able to play RAGE on the show floor, attendees will be able to check out a special presentation of the award-winning shooter given by Matt Hooper, the game’s Design Director.

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 9:00am CST and will remain open through 12:00pm CST on Sunday, August 7th.

QuakeCon Exhibit Hall Hours are:

  • Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday August 5 2011 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday August 6, 2011 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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

QuakeCon 2011 Online Pre-Registration Opens Today!

QuakeCon 2011 online pre-registration doesn’t begin until 7 pm CST (8 pm EST) tonight, but we’ve got details on the packages you can sign up for now.

While general admission to the event continues to be FREE, this year we’re offering all new premium packages, including ‘QuakeCon done Quick’ fast-passes for the entire event, a BYOC Select-a-Seat package that includes guaranteed reserved seating, and a QuakeCon swag pack full of limited edition extras.

The premium packages are:

BYOC Select-a-Seat Package – $20

  • Select and reserve the guaranteed seat of your choice in the BYOC area
  • An official QuakeCon 2011 BYOC t-shirt
  • A special art of RAGE mouse pad

Swag Pack – Cost $35

  • An official QuakeCon 2011 attendee t-shirt
  • A RAGE Wingstick t-shirt
  • A Skyrim lithograph signed by the team at Bethesda Game Studios
  • A pack of RAGE, Skyrim, and Prey 2 zipper-pulls

QuakeCon done Quick Package – $50 (Limit of 200 packages available on a first-come first-serve basis)

  • Select and reserve the 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
  • A special art of RAGE mouse pad, individually numbered and signed by Tim Willits, Creative Director of RAGE
  • A limited edition QuakeCon 2011 zipper-pull

To pre-register online for QuakeCon today go to: http://registration.quakecon.org/. Taking place at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX, doors to QuakeCon will open on Thursday, August 4th at 10:00am Central and will remain open through August 7th .

QuakeCon 2011 registration kicks off Thursday!!

Quick heads up: We’ll be opening registration for QuakeCon 2011 this Thursday at 7:00 pm CST (8:00 pm EST). At that time, you’ll be able to register online for the exhibit hall, BYOC, and premium packages.

This year’s fragfest takes place August 4-7 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX. We’ll have plenty of news before then — stayed tuned to our official Twitter and Facebook pages, and here on Bethesda Blog.

RAGE Graffiti Contest & Sweeps Announced!!

We’re excited to announce our RAGE Graffiti Contest and Sweepstakes on the official Facebook page for RAGE. Inspired by the graffiti found in the game, one lucky winner’s graffiti design will make it into the final versions of RAGE. In addition to bragging rights, this winner will also win a free trip to QuakeCon 2011, taking place August 4 – 7 in Dallas, Texas, and a brand new iPad.

The artistically challenged can also enter the sweepstakes where the winner will also win a trip to QuakeCon 2011 and an iPad.

Folks can enter both the contest and sweeps between now and May 31st at 11:59 PM EST. You must be 18 and up and living within the Continental US to enter. For more details, including the full rules, visit RAGE’s Facebook page.

QuakeCon 2011 Dates Announced: August 4-7

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Today we’re happy to announce that QuakeCon 2011 is dated and ready for for your calendars.

What’s QuakeCon? Why, it’s only the world’s largest LAN party! What’s a LAN? Well, it’s where you play games with your computers all on the same network for super-fast and social gaming. What’s a party? Oh come on, don’t be an id-iot.

The thing about QuakeCon is that it’s way more than just a simple LAN get-together. We’ll have our latest and greatest games there to show, as well as tons of other exciting things to check out at the Expo Floor. On top of that, industry guests hold panels where they talk about games and interesting things at many hours of the day. It’s a veritable dark carnival of gaming entertainment.

If you’ve never attended, the atmosphere in the BYOC — that’s “Bring Your Own Computer” for the uninitiated — is like the best possible lazy Sunday spent with like-minded gamers. You order a pizza, you check out a tournament, you play a little Quake or Fallout. It’s basically a big weekend hang-out session — and you’re invited!

Check out all the details below:

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From PAX and Beyond: Hunted roundup

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In addition to the new gameplay footage at Machinima, which Nick shared earlier in the week, there’s been plenty of great news and coverage for Hunted coming out of PAX and GamesCom. Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights.

Today on Destructoid, the game was announced as one of their Best of Show picks at PAX. Wanna know how it made the list? Read Jim Sterling’s hands-on impressions from the show. Here’s an excerpt…

“Graphically, Hunted is very pretty looking, and the gameplay, at least for ranged combat, feels highly polished already. The only minor gripe so far is that steering characters left and right, especially when running, is a bit stiff. Otherwise, this is looking like it could be a surprise hit in 2011 and is a game I am definitely excited about.”

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