Catch up on QuakeCon 2011

By all accounts, QuakeCon 2011 was a resounding success. For three days, thousands of people hit Dallas to take part in the BYOC, the expo floor, panels and the general revelry that occurred.

And while the show may be over, there are still hours of entertainment you can catch up on from home. Head over to www.youtube.com/QuakeCon for archives of tournaments, panels and more — including the keynote and Q&A (shown above) with id’s John Carmack.

Lonesome Road update

Since the release of Old World Blues, we’ve been receiving plenty of questions asking when Fallout: New Vegas’ next game add-on, Lonesome Road, is planned for release. In our forums today, Senior Producer Jason Bergman posted an update:

“We just wanted to drop in here and let you know that due to circumstances beyond our control, Lonesome Road won’t be out this month. This isn’t due to any major issue with the code or content, but there are lots of factors involved in releasing these things, and one of those is causing us to slip past our intended release date.

We don’t have an exact date yet, but we’re working to get it out as quickly as possible. We’ll be announcing the final date, along with a couple of other interesting FNV-related items in the near future.”

Once we have a finalized release date for Lonesome Road, we’ll let everyone know. In the meantime, here’s the first screenshot from the new content.

QuakeCon 2011: Skyrim hands-on previews (Updated)

UPDATED 8/9: In addition to Todd’s stage demo at E3, we’ve various press folks go hands on with the game for the first time. Below are some of the initial previews making their way online. As we find more, we’ll keep you posted.

  • Kotaku — “It’s amazing”
  • 1Up — “Bethesda has crafted such a large and all-encompassing realization of the Elder Scrolls universe in this newest installment, that dipping your toe into the pool only results in your entire leg being dragged into the water by the game’s vicious undercurrent.”
  • Game Informer (more here) — “Overall, Skyrim played great. The framerate was fluid, the combat satisfying, and the world beckons more exploration.”
  • Eurogamer — “RPGs send you into menus more than almost any other game genre, so it’s weird that more thought doesn’t go into inventory design, but as I play around with powers, weapons and items to lighten my load it becomes clear that Skyrim is a welcome exception.”
  • Destructoid — “After spending an hour aimlessly exploring a very tiny area of Skyrim’s world, I’m convinced Bethesda will deliver on Oblivion’s promise while outdoing any previous ambitions.”
  • Gamespot – “Our hands-on time with Skyrim left us with the impression that Bethesda isn’t trying to reinvent The Elder Scrolls formula; instead, it’s taking what was great about the previous games and adding some interesting new content on top of it.”
  • Neowin — “Even though we only saw The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim for just a few minutes it’s clear that Bethesda Game Studios is going all out to make this latest game in this long running RPG series the best yet.”
  • IGN — “The view from a snow-choked cave mouth to distant mountains wreathed in a drifting cloak of cloud is clear and detailed.”
  • G4TV — “Skyrim did not disappoint, and I’m eagerly awaiting getting back into that world to wreak some havoc.”
  • GameSpy – “Frankly, it’s a little exhilarating.”
  • AusGamers — “…this is probably the most tantalising hour I’ve spent with a game in a long time…”

And in case you missed it, read how one woman went into labor during Todd’s Skyrim presentation.

Golden Joysticks: Vote for Skyrim, Fallout: New Vegas, and Brink

The UK’s biggest gaming awards, The Golden Joysticks, have announced their shortlist nominees. Fallout: New Vegas is nominated for two awards — Ultimate GOTY and Best RPG. Additionally, you can vote for Skyrim in this year’s One To Watch category as well as Brink in the Best Shooter category.

To learn more, visit the Golden Joysticks website.