QuakeCon Details revealed


Today a press release went out announcing the scheduled events for QuakeCon 2009 — set to begin on Thursday, August 13th (that’s next week!).

Those able to get to the Gaylord Texan Hotel on Thursday will have a chance to see id Software’s John Carmack deliver QuakeCon’s keynote address. Meanwhile, Bethesda Game Studios’ fans will be excited to know that on Friday, Todd Howard will talk about our process for making games like Oblivion and Fallout 3. Following the presentation, there will even be a Q&A. Also on Friday, Splash Damage’s CEO and game director, Paul Wedgwood, will deliver the first public demo of Brink. Meanwhile, folks will be able to see id Software’s Rage in action for the first time on Saturday.

For more on all the events taking place, hit the jump below…


12:00pm – 1:00pm – Exhibit Hall Event Stage
Ventrilo Ultimate Power-up Contest, Shelby GT500 Unveiling
Come see the unveiling of the 2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Coupe to be given away in the Ventrilo Ultimate Power Up Sweepstakes.  Two names will be drawn to receive the first two of only 100 prized tickets.

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Exhibit Hall Event Stage
Alienware Quick Draw
Everyone receives a raffle ticket when they register for QuakeCon.  During scheduled Alienware Quick Draw drawings throughout the show, two names will be drawn to play a QUAKE LIVE match against each other on the Exhibitor Event Stage, with the winner taking home $1,000. Players must be present at the time of drawing in order to participate.

2:30pm – 3:30pm – Exhibit Hall Event Stage
What Would You Do?
Just how far would you go to win that new video card you’ve been wanting, or maybe even one of the one hundred coveted Ultimate Power Up tickets?  Our famous, “What Would You Do?” contests challenge people to answer that very question.  This is your chance to get crazy, show your fellow attendees how dedicated you are, and win cool prizes in the process.

3:30pm – Main Stage
id Software Press Conference
id Software welcomes thousands of attendees to QuakeCon 2009 and offers exclusive insight into the studio’s latest development projects and exciting announcements.

4:00pm – Main Stage
John Carmack Keynote
John Carmack, technical director of id Software, offers his annual keynote address and audience Q&A, with topics ranging from the state of graphics hardware and the development of idTech5, to his ventures into rocket science.

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Exhibit Hall Event Stage
Alienware Quick Draw


10:30am – 11:30am – Exhibit Hall Event Stage
Alienware Quick Draw

11:30am – 12:00pm – Main Stage
Fatal1ty Presentation
Supercharge your gaming experience using Sound, Memory and PSUs. Creative and OCZ will be doing a dialog skit explaining the importance of sound in gaming to create an immersive experience (ex; MKII Silencer Headset, Creative Labs) and how memory improves gaming, load speed/frame rates/fluid game play and how the right PSUs allow you to power the right components (OCZ memory cards and PSUs). In addition, a raffling for dozens of great prizes provided by partners as well as Fatal1ty t-shirts, dog tags and otherfun prizes

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Exhibit Hall Event Stage
What Would You Do?

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Main Stage
BrinkTM First Public Demonstration
Previously shown only to media and behind closed doors, Splash Damage CEO and game director, Paul Wedgwood, will offer the first public, live gameplay demonstration of the highly anticipated first-person shooter from Bethesda Softworks and Splash Damage, Brink along with a Q&A.

2:00pm – 3:00pm – Exhibit Hall Event Stage
Alienware Quick Draw

2:00pm – 5:00pm – Longhorn Hall C
Crucial Dodgeball Tournament Day 1
The wild-and-crazy crew at Crucial is attending QuakeCon to host their now-famous “Crucial Dodgeball Tournament” where teams of five will dodge, dip, duck and dive to win their share of thousands of dollars in Crucial Ballistix Tracer high-performance memory. Plus, to sweeten the deal, the first 500 signups will receive a newly released “Crucial Memory Hawg” t-shirt.

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Event Stage
Bethesda Game Studios’ Todd Howard
Todd Howard takes you behind the scenes and offers some insights into the game-making process at Bethesda Game Studios, creators of the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion® and 2008 Game of the Year, Fallout® 3, and offers an audience Q&A.

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Exhibit Hall Event Stage
BAWLS Chugging Competition
If you think you have what it takes, be sure to join in on a QuakeCon tradition where daring attendees attempt to chug a can of Bawls as fast as possible.  It’s all about bragging rights and winning one of those coveted Ultimate Power Up tickets.

5:00pm – 6:30pm – Main Stage
NVIDIA Presentation
Join NVIDIA as we look for the Superheroes of Quakecon – the ordinary mortals who can reveal their extraordinary powers and abilities.  Relevant skills and the advanced equipment will be handsomely rewarded!

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Exhibit Hall Event Stage
Fatal1ty Challenge
Come try your luck against Jonathan Fatal1ty Wendel in a QUAKE 4 shootout challenge for fun.  Fatal1ty products and swag to be given away!

7:00pm – 7:30pm – Main Stage
Escalation Studios’ Tom Mustaine
With discussion, insight, and Q&A, Escalation Studios owner, Tom Mustaine, provides the “411” on the development of DOOM Resurrection for the iPhone.

8:00pm – 9:00pm – Exhibit Hall Event Stage
Alienware Quick Draw

9:00pm – 11:00pm – Main Stage
Master Pancake Theater
A staple at Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse, and a QuakeCon tradition for nearly 10 years, Master Pancake Theater presents their own comedic twist on a night at the movies – QuakeCon style.  Movie mockery has never been so much fun.

11:00pm – 1:00am – Exhibit Hall Event Stage
QuakeCon attendees with real musical talent bring their instruments and take a turn jamming on the event stage.


11:00am – 12:00pm – Exhibit Hall Event Stage
Alienware Quick Draw

12:00pm – 2:00pm – Exhibit Hall Event Stage
NASCAR’s Todd Bodine Meet & Greet
NASCAR Truck Series driver, Todd Bodine greets fans, and signs autographs and photos at this QuakeCon first. Plus, see his No. 30 Ventrilo Tundra.

12:00pm – 1:30pm – Main Stage
Hardware Workshop by PC Perspective
Hosting a revitalized hardware workshop at Quakecon 2009, PC Perspective (www.pcper.com) will take an in-depth look at the best current and future gaming hardware available.  The workshop will include overclocking demonstrations, industry panelist debates, Q&A from the audience and of course, thousands of dollars in prizes for QuakeCon attendees.

Casemod Contest: Gamers will have the opportunity to enter their custom built and modified PC into the official QuakeCon 2009 Case Mod Contest for a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes!  Systems will be judged on technical and stylistic merit and the top three finalists will get a chance to show off their work on the main stage during the Hardware Workshop.  Register your PC during your BYOC registration.

2:00pm – 5:00pm – Longhorn Hall C
Crucial Dodgeball Tournament Day 2

2:30pm – 3:00pm – Main Stage
RAGETM – First Public Demo
RAGE creative director, Tim Willits, and lead designer, Matt Hooper, drop the top on id Software’s revolutionary new game RAGE, with the first ever public demonstration of live gameplay.

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Exhibit Hall Event Stage
Fatal1ty Challenge

3:30pm – 4:00pm – Main Stage
Alienware Presentation
Alienware reveals the very latest on their top-of-the-line gaming products.

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Exhibit Hall Event Stage
Bawls Chugging Semifinals

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Exhibit Hall Event Stage
Alienware Quick Draw

6:00pm – 9:00pm – Main Stage
QUAKE LIVE Tournament Finals
Watch the world’s best professional gamers go toe-to-toe in the exciting conclusion of the Intel Masters and Open Championship tournaments as well as the Capture the Flag Championships, all presented live on stage and over the Internet.  $50,000 in cash will be awarded in this professional gaming slug-fest.

9:00pm – 9:30pm – Main Stage
Ventrilo Ultimate Power Up Contest Final Drawing
With 100 lucky QuakeCon attendees standing on stage – ticket in hand – we draw and announce the winner of the Ventrilo Ultimate Power Up Contest and new owner of a 2010 Shelby Cobra GT500 coupe!

9:30pm – 10:30 pm- Main Stage
KID BEYOND: Singer, beatboxer, live looper, songwriter, and one-man band, KID BEYOND will blow the roof off of the finals party with this unparalleled QuakeCon finals performance. SF Weekly calls KID BEYOND “Amazing.”  Check out more at www.kidbeyond.com

Reader Comments

  1. Not that i will ever have the chance to go to any of the awsome conventions you have over there in the US, but this i Quakecon, not Beth- or Splash Damage con.

    Serioulsy if you want the id fans to accept the fusion and not worry maybe you should let id events be id events, Bethsoft event be Bethsoft events and so forth.
    I’m a big fan of both Bethesda and id, but you might want to keep them reasonably seperate like your parantcompany said thay would imagine it would be when the announcement went out that id would be no more (as an independant developer).

    Not to complain to much, but think it over will you? 🙂

  2. Thanks for the feedback. Keep in mind the title we’re working on with Splash Damage uses id Tech — not mention SD worked on the Enemy Territory games.

  3. hm forgot that, but still i don’t see the reason to promote Splash Damage games and get Bethsoft there. Don’t know how thrilled the id fans will be, but times will tell.

  4. DanishMIKI – you are acting as if id fans never played any games from other studios other than id.I bet there is crapload of players that are id fans and liked Fallout 3 and will be happy of its presence there.Same for Splash.

  5. Lol Poul I am aware that any serious gamers plays more than one game, but after seeing how much a lot of id fans have been whining about this purchase by Zenimax.
    I just pointed out that it might work like a red cloth in front of them. Not that I’m saying that the whiners should have all the power, but it never hurt anyone to be considerate.
    personally I’m I’ve mainly been playing Bethsoft games recently (if we are only talking those 3 studios) so it’s not like I’m one of those people. I just have the ability to se things from more than one side.

  6. The “Bethesda Game Studios’ fans will be excited to know that on Friday, Todd Howard will talk about our process for making games like Oblivion and Fallout ” got me overly excited. Please announce something about a TES in the works! >_<

  7. A great thing this be indeed! Bethesda at QUAKECON! I can see it now the monster beastiary of every Elder Scrolls game vs the genius intellect of John Carmack!