QuakeCon 2009 Schedule Released

With QuakeCon less than a week away, event organizer id has provided a schedule of the major happenings, including the first public showings of id's Rage, Splash Damage's Brink, and the annual keynote from id's technical wizard John Carmack.

The so-called "Woodstock of Gaming," QuakeCon spans four days this year--August 13 through August 16, 2009--at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. As always, attendance is free. The full schedule of events follows 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 other fun prizes

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

    1:00pm - 2:00pm - Main Stage
    Brink 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
    RAGE - 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

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

From The Chatty
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    August 7, 2009 2:11 PM

    What is Brink?

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      August 7, 2009 2:56 PM

      I am wondering this as well.

      From the screens it looks sort of like APB.

      Cops vs Gangs with outlandish firearms.

      Sounds promising. :)

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      August 8, 2009 6:17 AM

      I thought it was a TV show on the science channel (really cool actually)..

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