QuakeCon 2011: Xbox LIVE Avatars for RAGE now available!

The following “QuakeCon Collection” RAGE avatars were announced today and are now available on Xbox LIVE. Click the links to purchase at Xbox.com.

 

QuakeCon 2011: iOS & Steam sales

We’re pleased to announce that during QuakeCon 2011 (August 4th – 7th) there will be daily deals via Steam on id Software and Bethesda Softworks’ titles.

The crown jewel of deals is the QuakeCon 2011 pack. For $69.99, you get 34 titles — including Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Brink, Oblivion GOTY Deluxe, Morrowind GOTY, Commander Keen, DOOM 1-3, abd QUAKE 1-4. The deal becomes even sweeter if you pre-order both RAGE & Skyrim — dropping the price of the pack to $39.99.

In addition to the QuakeCon 2011 pack, we’ve got daily deals, too. Today you can get the DOOM & QUAKE pack for $29.99 (or $19.99 if you pre-order RAGE). Deals later this weekend include:

  • Friday — Elder Scrolls sale
  • Saturday — Brink 50% off
  • Sunday — Fallout sale

In addition to Steam discounts, several iPhone titles from id Mobile – Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum, DOOM II RPG, DOOM Classic, and DOOM Resurrection – will be on sale on the Apple iTunes store.

Click through for a list of the sales with pricing.

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New hands-on impressions for RAGE

Just before QuakeCon, we took RAGE on the road to let journalist play the game — from the start — for a few hours. Coming off the tour, there’s tons of new previews to check out. Here’s the rundown…

  • Destructoid — “It’s fun, there’s a lot to do, and the tech behind it is incredible.”
  • Joystiq — “From what I played, Rage is a seemingly strange mix of ingredients that comes together well enough to remind you why first-person shooters can be so exciting.”
  • 1Up –Rage may already be the best Id game ever.
  • Kotaku — “RAGE is the id Software Comback I’ve Been Waiting For”
  • PlayStation.Blog — “Rage is easily among the best-looking first-person shooters I’ve seen this console generation”
  • Giant Bomb — “Fantastic lighting, richly detailed environments, and expressive, fully-realized characters exist within this world.”
  • Cheat Code Central — “If the first three hours of RAGE are any indication, id Software has an addictive surefire hit on their hands.”
  • RipTen — “After playing it – Bethesda was lucky they didn’t have to pry the controller from the palms of my sweaty nerdy hands.”
  • GameXplain — “Bioshock meets Fallout 3″
  • MTV Multiplayer — “An id Software that has more of a story to tell than just an amazing headshot.”
  • Strategy Informer – “It’s definitely my tip for best FPS of 2011…”
  • GameReactor — “We know we’ve only seen a small chunk thus far, but, racing aside, the separate gameplay factors alone are enough to excite, and together form a stunning FPS that we hope lives up to our renewed expectations.”
  • PC Gamer — Interview with Tim Willits
  • GamesRadar — “Five very important things we’ve learned from the opening two hours”

And more more previews, check out previews at these sites

Around the web and on newsstands (Updated)

It’s been a busy week: Old World Blues reviews, Skyrim creations you can wear and play, details and screens for Brink DLC, a new Bethesda Podcast, studio tours for Tango & id, and plenty of updates for Dishonored & QuakeCon. So what did I miss? Apparently quite a bit!!

In print, get new details on Skyrim in the latest issue of PSM3 — now on newsstands in the UK. Meanwhile, folks in the US can read GameInformer’s E3 impressions of both Skyrim & RAGE in their August issue.

There’s plenty more to read online, including various features with the folks that make our games great

  • Pete Hines talks Bethesda in a two-part interview (part 1part 2) with Edge. Todd Howard chats with them, too.
  • USA Today interviews John Carmack about RAGE
  • IGN looks back at the early years (before Resident Evil) of Tango’s Shinji Mikami
  • id Software senior producer Jason Kim answers RAGE questions for CVG (part 1, part 2)
  • Kotaku takes a look back at the work of Dishonored’s visual design director, Viktor Antonov

After the break, check out the latest Skyrim coverage…

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The Bethesda Podcast Episode 11: QuakeCon Special Edition Podcast

 

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Take a trip down memory lane with members of id Software, as they discuss the company’s early years, the magic of QuakeCon, and what fans can expect out of RAGE at this year’s event. Podcast features John Carmack, Tim Willits, Matt Hooper, Marty Stratton, Jonathan Wright, and “id Mom” Donna Jackson.

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