Bethesda Underground – QuakeCon Volunteers

As the old saying goes: “It takes a Village”. That’s certainly the case when it comes to volunteers for QuakeCon. In a new video from the Bethesda Underground team, meet three QuakeCon volunteers and find out what brings them back to QuakeCon every year.

Want to be one of the villagers that makes QuakeCon so awesome? Be sure to visit the BYOC volunteer desk at this year’s show.

Fanart Friday: Faceoff!

Nothing stands out in an art piece more than someone’s face missing! That may not be entirely true as we see plenty of amazing artwork and cosplay complete with faces, but we certainly were paying attention to the DOOM piece Brock Hofer sent to us above.

See more faceful and faceless imagery below as we feature plenty of amazing art pieces from Dishonored, Skyrim, and DOOM. If you have some art of your own, send it to us to share using #BethesdArt on Twitter and Instagram or to bethblog@bethsoft.com.

QuakeCon 2014: Inaugural QuakeCon Team Tournament (and Free-Play) for BATTLECRY

As announced in a recent QuakeCon update, we’re excited to be holding the first tournaments for BATTLECRY — our new team-based action game from BattleCry Studios. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s planned in this year’s Exhibit Hall.

BATTLECRY Free-Play Matches

Beginning Thursday morning, we will have first-come, first-serve free-play matches of the game’s first WarZone in the QuakeCon exhibit hall. Winning teammates will receive a limited edition BATTLECRY Tournament t-shirt, and all participants will received a signed lithograph from the game’s creative director, Viktor Antonov.

For your chance to play and score the shirt, note our Free-Play schedule for the weekend…

Thursday, July 17

11:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Friday, July 18th

11:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 2:00pm
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Saturday, July 19th

11:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 2:00pm
3:00pm – 4:00pm

These Free-Play matches will also give you quality gameplay experience should you elect to participate in our…

Inaugural Team Tournament (!!)

In addition to daily free-play matches, our Inaugural Team Tournament will be running Thursday – Saturday. For this tournament, we encourage clans/teammates/friends to group up and note the following guidelines:

  • You should register yourself and your seven teammates at this link.
  • All players must be 18 and must present a government issued ID to participate. Identification will be checked on site.
  • Our eight-team (64 players) tournament bracket will be determined at approximately 1:30 pm CDT on Thursday, July 17th.
  • The tournament will kick off at 2:00pm CDT on July 17th.
  • Participants not on hand for their scheduled match will be replaced by standby players.
  • Best-of-three match ups are tentatively scheduled for the following times
    • Thursday (Quarterfinals) — Starting at 2pm
    • Friday (Semifinals ) — Starting at 4pm
    • Saturday (Championship) — Starting at 5 pm

In addition to scoring a BATTLECRY Tournament t-shirt and signed lithograph for participating, each member of the Championship Team will receive one (1) XFX AMD R9 290X graphics card..

Register for the BATTLECRY Team Tournament

Read the BATTLECRY Team Tournament Rules

For more details on BATTLECRY, visit the game’s official siteTwitter, and Facebook pages.

This Friday on Twitch – Trying (and Failing) at Wolfenstein’s Ironman Mode

Since last year, we’ve dabbled w/ Twitch – for gameplay livestreams and QuakeCon presentations for our games, but now we’re ready to try something new – beginning with our first episode of a regularly scheduled “variety show”.

Starting this Friday at 4pm (EDT for us East Coasters), we’ll be torturing ourselves for everyone to see via Wolfenstein: The New Order’s “Ironman Mode”. For those of you who aren’t familiar, “Ironman Mode” starts you off on UBER difficulty with one –and only one life, and if you die you have to completely start over.

Once we’re done being punished, we’ll be taking your questions and making small talk in the Twitch chatroom. Tune in and see what happens by watching below or by visiting Twitch.tv/Bethesda.

Have suggestions for what you’d like to see on the show (no, we’re not announcing new games) – we’d love to hear your feedback via email bethblog@bethsoft.com or by tweeting us with #BethesdaTwitchWorks in the message.


Watch live video from Bethesda on TwitchTV

All Things Elder Scrolls Online at QuakeCon 2014

We have big plans for ESO at the show this year. Find out how you can get in on the fun!

PANEL: THE FUTURE OF ESO Panel

The ESO devs will talk about where the game is headed and answer your questions on the main stage. Each developer (listed below) will speak about a specific aspect of ESO and what’s in store, followed by a live Q&A. Also, the first 3,000 attendees will receive a free copy of The Elder Scrolls Online! Submit your questions to us on the official ESO forums and Twitter ahead of time, and you may see us answer it live at QuakeCon! (Please use the #ESO and #QuakeCon hashtags on Twitter.)

Can’t make it to QuakeCon? Don’t worry! You can watch the full panel and Q&A live on Twitch.tv/bethesda. The livestream and Q&A will also be available for viewing afterward on the ESO YouTube channel.

When? Friday, July 18th from 5:00PM to 7:00PM CDT

Where? QuakeCon Ventrilo Main Stage

Who? Game Director Matt Firor, Creative Director Paul Sage, Lead PvP Designer Brian Wheeler, Lead Gameplay Designer Nick Konkle, Lead Designer Rich Lambert, Art Director Jared Carr, and Lead Programmer Jesse McIntyre.

COMMUNITY MEET-AND-GREET

After the panel, feel to free to hang out with us and meet some of the ESO developers at our casual meet-and-greet. Stop by and say hi!

When? Friday, July 18th starting at 7:00PM CDT

Where? Gossip Bar at the Hilton Anatole (at the convention)

How to Attend: Simply stop by the Gossip bar at 7:00 PM CDT on Friday night, after the Future of ESO panel. We’ll be there!

PVP TOURNAMENT AND LIVESTREAMS

Fight for glory—and for great prizes (to be revealed soon)! We’ll be holding a PvP tournament throughout the show. Get your team registered now.

When? Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (July 17th-20th) from Noon until 1:00PM CDT

Where? At the ESO booth and on Twitch.tv

How to Register: Send your name and the names of your three teammates to community@elderscrollsonline.com. You must be in attendance at QuakeCon to play in the tournament. Don’t forget to send us your guild name if you’re representing one!

TRIALS TOURNAMENT AND LIVESTREAM

Find out how your Trials team stacks up and win awesome prizes! We’ll pit you against other teams in a bid to earn the fastest completion time. Register now to secure your team’s spot.

When? Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (July17th-20th) starting at 1:30PM CDT

Where? At the ESO booth and on Twitch.tv (Saturday only)

How to Register: Send the names of your 12-player team’s members to us at community@elderscrollsonline.com. You must be in attendance at the show to participate. Remember to include your guild name!

DAILY GIVEAWAYS

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to find out about our giveaways at the show! You’ll get the chance to win some great ESO goodies throughout the weekend.

ESO: Update 3 is On the Way

Update 3 is almost here, and is sure to impress your guild! Watch the video preview above to see all the new guild enhancements, such as:

  • Armor dyes
  • Guild Tabards
  • Public Guild Store locations
  • A new difficulty mode for Trials
  • Fixes and improvements

Look for the new update happening later in July, and be sure to get all the Elder Scrolls Online news by visiting www.elderscrollsonline.com

QuakeCon 2014 – Bring on the case mods!


On top of being a gaming paradise, the BYOC can feel like you’re visiting the gaming equivalent of a an auto show — PCs with ridiculous horsepower and monster truck-esque casings. Truly a site to behold.

During last year’s QuakeCon, the Bethesda Underground team talked with contestants competing in Modders-Inc Computer Case Mod Contest. See some of last year’s highlights in the video above.

 

Interested in competing this year? Modders-Inc is back at it again — with three categories for attendees to compete in:

Case Mod Classic: class consists of any mod that is built from an existing retail or factory PC Case.

Scratch-Build Mod: consists of any mod built from anything other than a PC Case.

id/Bethesda Themed Mod: consists of any mod themed on id Software/Bethesda or any their games.

For more details on the contest, head to www.modders-inc.com.

Around the Web: ‘Extreme Character Customization’ Edition

A holiday weekend done right can feel like an eternity, but it also means missing everything that the world wide web has to offer — including the latest for The Evil Within, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Wolfenstein.

Starting light, in the embed above, watch The Onion’s in-depth look at new character customization features for The Elder Scrolls Online. It’s the best fun anyone’s had with mitochondria since A Wind in the Door.

Actually, there are new customization coming to ESO — including the ability to dye your armors. Learn more on that, combat improvements, guild enhancements, and much more in the July edition of ESO – The Road Ahead.

Elsewhere, Giant Bomb’s Patrick Klepek has a pair of posts worth checking out. DOOM fans will want to check out his interview with DOOM modder Sam Prebble, whose Total Chaos mod takes the DOOM engine in a haunting (and visually stunning) new direction.

Also on Giant Bomb, if you didn’t read Klepek’s interview with MachineGames’ Jen Matthies, you can now listen to the raw audio — a full 45 mintues worth — right here!

What else is worth checking up on? Highlights below…

  • New interviews with The Evil Within’s Shinji Mikami are now up at AusGamers and Telegraph UK.
  • The Mirror UK has it’s review of Wolfenstein: The New Order up, and they decide, “With its oppressive – yet thought-provoking – environment, explosive action and addictive nature, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a must-buy.”
  • The fun-loving folks at MTV have taken a break to share their 7 Video Games to Keep You Inside This Summer. Find out where Wolfenstein made the list (hint: it’s pretty high) here.
  • Total Xbox looks at The Evil Within and declares that the game is “the game survival horror fans have been waiting for”.

That’s all for now. If you see an article worth featuring on “Around the Web”, feel free to email us at bethblog@bethsoft.com.

QuakeCon 2014 – #TheGoodWithin

Before things get evil in October, we’re using the The Evil Within for a good cause. Inspired by the game, we’re partnering with the American Red Cross at QuakeCon 2014! Attendees that donate blood will be awarded an official The Evil Within chill pack.

To learn more about the QuakeCon Blood Drive, read the press release below…

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS AND AMERICAN RED CROSS PARTNER FOR THE GOOD WITHIN BLOOD DRIVE AT QUAKECON® 2014 

Gamers to Donate Blood During Gaming Festival this Month in Dallas

July 8, 2014 (Rockville, MD) — Bethesda Softworks® and the American Red Cross are partnering to host “The Good Within Blood Drive” during QuakeCon®2014, North America’s largest Bring-Your-Own-Computer (BYOC) LAN party and gaming festival. The blood drive, which was inspired by The Evil Within™, out October 21 from Bethesda Softworks and Tango Gameworks™, will take place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19. Donors who take part in “The Good Within Blood Drive” at QuakeCon will receive an official The Evil Within chill pack to honor the donation.

“QuakeCon has a great group of attendees who we think will want to help the community by donating blood,” said Pete Hines , VP of PR and Marketing,  Bethesda Softworks. “The American Red Cross is a terrific organization, and we’re thrilled to welcome them to QuakeCon.”

“The Red Cross is grateful for Bethesda Softworks’ invitation to host a blood drive during such a critical time,” said Jan Hale, External Communications Manager at the American Red Cross. “The summer months are a particularly difficult period for blood collections and being a part of this event gives us more opportunities to help save lives.”

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