PAX Prime Plans!

With PAX Prime 2011 kicking off on Friday, we wanted to share details on what we’re planning.

At our booth (#1314), you won’t want to miss your chance to play RAGE, as well as presentations of Prey 2 at the top of every hour. On top of that, fans will be able to play Skyrim for the first time!

But wait, there’s more! At 3:30 pm on Saturday, Todd Howard will be giving a special presentation of the game in the Unicorn theater. Seating is expected to be limited, so you will definitely want to line up early. As a bonus, everyone that attends the demo will receive a ticket which can be redeemed at our booth for a Skyrim plush helmet — just like the one being modeled by our lovely 2008 PAX statue, Burnadette.

If you’re not able to get the helmet at the presentation, you can also visit our Skyrim food truck to grab one. Located at 9th & Pine (across from the Paramount Theater) from 11:30 to 3:00 pm Saturday, the truck will feature the following foods fit for a Nord:

To see where else the food truck is headed… visit GamesRadar.

Website maintenance coming tomorrow

“Hey, it looks like the Bethesda forums are down, do you mind if I head home a little early?”

That’s our recommended messaging for your boss this Friday at 4 PM Eastern Time, as we’ll be taking down all of our Bethesda sites for a maintenance overhaul. In total, we anticipate our sites will be down for approximately four hours. While our sites are down, we’ll keep you posted on all the latest news on the Bethesda twitter account.

To help pass the time, I hoped that we could put up a Magic Eye image of Alduin, but it sounds like our IT department has a “Connection Timeout” message planned instead.

id Software rocks the Sydney Opera House!

Operas! Symphonies!! RAGE!!!

On September 14th, the world-famous Sydney Opera House will host ‘An Evening with id Software: A Look At The Past, Present and Future of Gaming’, starring RAGE’s creative director Tim Willits. Tim, the only id employee to attend every single QuakeCon, will talk candidly about id history and where he thinks the game industry is going.

In the coming days and weeks, we’ll share information on how lucky gamers will have a chance to attend this event alongside members of the game industry from Australia and New Zealand.

Read the release after the break for more details…

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RAGE almost at 100K (Update: Mission Accomplished)

Update: We’ve made it to 100,000! The iPhone app (both in Standard and HD flavors) is now available for free on iTunes and will remain so for a week!

At this year’s QuakeCon, we announced that if we reach 100,000 fans on Facebook, we’d make RAGE/RAGE HD for iOS free for a week. As of this very moment, we’re at 97, 066 fans, so be on the lookout for the app going free very soon!

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In the UK? Preorder the RAGE Collector’s Pack

Do you live in the United Kingdom? Then you may want to consider the RAGE Collector’s Pack — not to be confused with the already-announced Anarchy Edition.

In addition to the contents of the Anarchy Edition, the Collector’s Pack also includes a RAGE Making-of DVD and two RAGE comic books by Dark Horse. It’s basically guaranteeing more RAGE for your dollar — or pound, in this case. Head over to GAME to preorder now.

QuakeCon 2011: 20 years of id Software panel & pics from the event

Now available for your viewing pleasure, watch the id Software 20th Anniversary Panel from this year’s event. The panel includes co-founder/technical director John Carmack, executive producer Kevin Cloud, creative director Tim Willits, president Todd Hollenshead, and is hosted by X-Play’s Morgan Webb.

In other QuakeCon news, check out some of the stage pics we took while at the show. For more QuakeCon memories, be sure to visit the official Flickr page and YouTube channel.

Journalists in Skyrim: New character screens! (Updated for Argonian fans)

More press had a chance to check out Skyrim during this year’s QuakeCon, and each journalist that attended left with a unique screenshot — that of the character they created while previewing the game.

Now these screens are starting to go up at the various outlets, giving you a better look at the numerous permutations the Skyrim character creation allows. Plenty more are set to go up, but check out released screens at the following places: