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Shack PSA: watch QuakeCon 2012 streaming

Shack PSA: watch QuakeCon 2012 streaming

All the hepcats are out in Dallas today to celebrate fragging at QuakeCon 2012, but we squares can still get in on the fun. The larks and merriment are being streamed online, with some sort of newfangled technology, so we can all press our faces to our screens and pretend we're there.

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QuakeCon panels include Looking Glass retrospective, mods, Idle Thumbs

QuakeCon panels include Looking Glass retrospective, mods, Idle Thumbs

With QuakeCon almost upon us--August 2-5 in Dallas, Quakeamaniacs--we finally have the full lineup of panels of men talking about things. Along with the classic John Carmack keynote, QuakeCon 2012 will have a look back at Looking Glass Studios, the sorely-missed creator of Thief and System Shock, a live recording of the Idle Thumbs podcast with its classic lineup, and not one, but two panels about mods.

Read more: The full list of panels »

"Sad I can't be there, but at least I get an awesome Idle Thumbs podcast to listen to next week!!"
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QuakeCon pre-registration begins tomorrow

QuakeCon pre-registration begins tomorrow

Get your clicking fingers ready, because pre-registration begins tomorrow for this year's QuakeCon. As usual, the event will be free for general admission, but you can chip in some dollar bills for various tiers of goodies and special access.

Read more: Registration opens at 5 p.m. »

"Doom 4, allegedly. Bethesda insists that it's not cancelled. In terms of the PR speech from ..."
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QuakeCon 2012 dated for August 2-5

QuakeCon 2012 dated for August 2-5

QuakeCon, id Software's free annual mega-LAN party and face-shooting celebration, is to return to Dallas, Texas this year on August 2-5. What exactly there will be to do there has yet to be revealed, but expect talks, tournaments, playing unreleased games, and the sorts of shenanigans you'd expect from a hall filled with several thousand geeks.

Read more: Discount room rates for Quakers »

"Odd years were the awesome years but then shackcon sorta divided it up and competes against ..."
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QuakeCon old forums hacked; id retrospective panel announced

QuakeCon old forums hacked; id retrospective panel announced

There's good QuakeCon news, and there's bad QuakeCon news. First, the bad news: the old QCon forums have been hacked and passwords compromised. But the good news: QuakeCon 2011 will be gathering venerated id veterans to share war stories in a panel named '20 Years of id Software.'

"In recent days, a hacker carried out an unlawful intrusion of the old forums.quakecon.org site, compromising usernames and passwords," explains a post on the QuakeCon site by some chap named Nick Breckon. "While we have taken appropriate steps to protect the new forums from attack, we recommend anyone using their old credentials on another site to change their passwords immediately."

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"Does this mean people who registered for quakecon 2011 or people who were on the forum?"
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QuakeCon packages revealed

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QuakeCon packages revealed

Registration for QuakeCon 2011 opened today, and today Bethesda announced three premium packages for the event, with tiers of included swag. General admission is free as usual, but if you don't mind shelling out some dough you can pick up extras.

The BYOC Select-a-Seat Package will cost you $20, give you a guaranteed seat in the BYOC room, a QuakeCon t-shirt, and a Rage mouse pad. The $35 Swag Pack gets you a QuakeCon t-shirt, a Rage t-shirt, a signed Skyrim lithograph, and a pack of Rage, Skyrim, and Prey 2 zipper-pulls. Read more »

"Damn, the Swag Pack is pretty nice! Bethesda has a knack for offering appealing bonus goodies."
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QuakeCon 2011 Dates Announced; Event Runs from August 4 to August 7, 2011

id Software's annual event of fragging and sharing pornography, QuakeCon, has been dated for 2011. QuakeCon 2011 will run from August 4 until August 7, 2011, id's fellow ZeniMax Media subsidiary Bethesda Softworks has announced.

QuakeCon will once again invite a horde of gamers to the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Read more »

"Quakecon was terrible last year. There was absolutely nothing to do or see. I have been to many ..."
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QuakeCon 2010 Registration, Hotel Reservation Details

id Software and its fellow ZeniMax Media subsidiary Bethesda have announced details on registration and hotel reservation for id's annual celebration of fragging, QuakeCon.

QuakeCon's venue of the Hilton Anataloe in Dallas, Texas--which hosted QuakeCon from 2006 to 2008--is now accepting reservations for a limited number of discounted rooms, costing $154.00 per night for single, double, triple or quad occupancy rooms. Read more »

"I am a little confused here. Didn't the last Fallout game use a highly modified Unreal Engine? ..."
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QuakeCon 2010 Announced

id Software's annual celebration of fragging, friendship and sharing pornography, QuakeCon, will return to the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas this year from August 12 to 15, id's fellow ZeniMax Media subsidiary Bethesda Softworks has announced.

The free event will once again host developer talks, tournaments and a giant 'Bring Your Own Computer' LAN. Further details are due "in the coming weeks" though CEO Todd Hollenshead promised last year that id would reveal more of Doom 4 at QCon 2010. Read more »

"Disagreed, The Gaylord is so isolated from anything it costs a ton just to get a bite to eat. ..."
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QuakeCon 2009 Switches Venues, Keeps Dates

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id Software's annual celebration of its beloved franchises and the fans thereof will no longer take place at the usual Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, the studio said today.

Instead, QuakeCon 2009 will now occur at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas on the same dates, August 13-16, 2009. QuakeCon reservations for the Anatole will be automatically canceled, with attendees required to make new reservations at the Gaylord Texan. However, these new reservations are said to provide "an equal or lesser rate." Read more »

"Fuck yes, no bullshit with glass bawls. No bullshit with everything being spread out. It was all ..."
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id Software Announces QuakeCon 2008 Details

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Beloved developer id Software has announced that its annual celebration of debauchery and first-person shooting known as QuakeCon will take place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas from July 31 to August 3.

Registration for the free event's Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) area opens at 9PM ET on Wednesday, April 30 over at the QuakeCon site.

Those interested in obtaining centrally located hotel rooms can now register at the Hilton Anatole's custom QuakeCon reservation page, which offers the lower-than-normal rate of $137 a day. Read more »

"Oh, this is in regards to Melon's party.. not QuakeCon itself... I have a lot going on over the ..."
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ShackCast Episode 4: QuakeCon, Rage

Shacknews went to QuakeCon! And now, with the auditory experience of what some have called Chris Faylor has called the QuakeCast, you can feel like you went there too! Chris Remo, Chris Faylor, and Shack owner Steve Gibson chat about id's Rage, the Wolfenstein movie, Quake Arena on PC and Mac (and probably Nintendo DS!), Counter-Strike's popularity, id Tech 5, id games on Steam, Wolfenstein 3D (it is better than Commander Keen), and Left 4 Dead. Play now, download the episode, check it out via iTunes, RSS, or Digg, or check out the full episode breakdown. Here's the full breakdown:
0:00:00: It's a song! 0:01:00: Rage! RAGE! Arrghghhggg! (It's a video game from id.) (Story) 0:05:14: Aside: id CEO Todd Hollenshead has an expensive t-shirt. 0:06:57: Back to Rage: co-op talk and more. 0:13:30: "They announced a Wolfenstein movie." "It might be good?" (Story) 0:17:59: Quake Arena comes to PC, Mac, Xbox 360, and probably DS. 0:19:22: Aside: Why is Counter-Strike so popular? We take stabs in the dark. 0:19:33: "Okay, back to Quake." Discussion of Quake Zero. (Story) 0:24:18: Which Quake is Steve Gibson's favorite? (Hint: it's not II.) 0:26:37: Discussion of id Tech 5. (Video) 0:33:25: Discussion of Carmack's proposed Quake Arena DS. (Story) 0:38:15: "All that id stuff on Steam is pretty rad." (Story) 0:39:01: Commander Keen is not nearly as cool as Wolfenstein 3D. 0:40:31: Discussion of Left 4 Dead. Zombies + co-op = hooray. 0:47:41: We are creepily self-congratulatory. 0:48:26: It's a song! And (boxed up) brief outtakes!

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"I didn't think it was Steve actually, although I couldn't hear it in a couple of the other ..."
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QuakeCon Live Coverage; Wolfenstein, New id Game Expected to Be Unveiled (Updated)

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Update 2: It's started! Click here for up-to-the-minute coverage! Update: Things appear to be running a little behind schedule. Original Story: With the Shack staff covering QuakeCon in Dallas (not to mention BlizzCon in Anaheim), we'll be doing live updates of the id Software press conference and keynote address later tonight. Set to kick off at 6pm CDT (4pm PDT), id Software is expected to show off its advanced id Tech 5 engine, with a high likelihood of the company revealing Raven Software's new Wolfenstein game as well as its own new internal project. In a recent interview with Shacknews, id's Kevin Cloud and Steve Nix briefly commented on the studio's new game, which will not be part of any of its established universes such as Doom or Quake. "You shouldn't expect an RTS or a fighting game or something. People are going to like what they see, but it's not going to be shocking," said Nix. Cloud was slightly more specific, adding, "We're still going to be first-person shooters and in-your-face immersive action." Check out all news from QuakeCon.

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"What I want to know is if future titles will be on Steam, on release? I can't see why not. Steam ..."
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Shacknews' QuakeCon 2007 Coverage

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With multiple Shacknews editors here at QuakeCon, check out our coverage live from the show. We've got video and screenshots, up-to-the-minute updates on id Software's game announcements, and more. HD Rage Developer Walkthrough Footage
Matt Hooper of id Software walks us through the Rage engine for eight minutes and shows off all kinds of awesome features.
HD Rage Footage
The QuakeCon trailer of id's new title in glorious HD.
Rage Publisher Not Yet Determined
id informs Shacknews that no publisher is attached to the recently unveiled Rage.
New Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Screens In commemoration of QuakeCon, publisher Activision sent along four new PC screenshots of Splash Damage's team-based shooter. Carmack Proposes Quake Arena on DS
id Software's John Carmack plans to create a Nintendo DS game drawing from Quake 3 Arena and Doom II's multiplayer component.
id Forms New Dev Team, Promises Free Quake 3
For the first time, id Software will be maintaining a second development team. The new group's first project will be Quake Zero, a free ad-supported version of the company's classic Quake 3 Arena.
id Reveals Rage for PC, Mac, PS3, and 360
id Software has released the first details on Rage, its new internally-developed project. In the works for PC, Mac, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, the game will feature vehicular gameplay and will draw from "road warrior" films such as Mad Max.
id Hits Steam, Xbox Live Arcade Steam users can now use Valve's download service to purchase every id game ever released. The company also formally announced the rumored Quake Arena Arcade, which will bring Quake 3 Arena to Xbox Live Arcade.
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Dated, Return to Castle Wolfenstein Movie Splash Damage's Enemy Territory: Quake Wars will be releasing for PC on October 2. In more surprising news, id has licensed development of a Return to Castle Wolfenstein feature film. id Software Press Conference Live Coverage
With id Software expected to show off its id Tech 5 engine and reveal new games--potentially Raven Software's Wolfenstein title and id's own internal project--we'll be covering the proceedings live. Updates start at 6pm CDT on Friday. (Update: coverage of the conference has been completed!)
Left 4 Dead HD Gameplay Footage
Straight from the show floor, we've got high-definition and streaming PC gameplay footage from Turtle Rock Studios and Valve's upcoming zombie-themed co-op shooter Left 4 Dead (PC, X360). Interview: id Software's Kevin Cloud & Steve Nix
Prior to QuakeCon, we sit down with id creative direction Kevin Cloud and director of business development Steve Nix to discuss the upcoming event, the company's move into multiplatform development, Carmack on mobile and DS, why gamers won't necessarily be shocked by the next id project, and more.

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"Every few hours? It's once or twice in the lifetime of the game. I never cared about Disk ..."
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News Bytes: Zombies Invade QuakeCon

Today's delicious roundup of news bytes includes Left 4 Dead at QuakeCon, an update for City of Heroes, new DLC on the Xbox Live Marketplace, games at Comic-Con, word on the Oddworld Stranger's Wrath (Xbox) soundtrack, and a status update for Factor 5's Lair (PS3). On the subject of Comic-Con, our own Chris Remo will be moderating a panel about episodic gaming with Penny Arcade, Telltale Games, and Hothead Games. Titled "Episodic Games and Comics--Made for Each Other," it begins Thursday at 11:30 AM in room 1AB and lasts for an hour. Telltale will be announcing new details on the recently announced Sam & Max Season Two (PC), so if you happen to be at the event, this might be worthy of your time.

"Lots of non-id FPs games have been shown at Quakecon. It seems like the de facto place to show ..."
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