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Quakecon 2010: Day 1 Coverage

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Event Kickoff and Carmack Keynote

We arrived early Thursday morning to see crowded lines of gamers registering for the BYOC at Quakecon 2010. This year, PC Perspective is one of the featured sponsors and we are also hosting the hardware workshop and case mod contest. Quakecon has been around for more than 10 years and the best part about it is that it's free for gamers to come together and play their favorite PC titles. There are also thousands of dollars in prizes and giveaways and Ventrilo is also hooking up two lucky people with 2011 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Coupes!

 

Todd Hollenshead, co-owner and CEO of id Software, kicked off the event and thanked the gamers and sponsors for their participation and support. While there was no mention of any Doom 4 demos, Hollenshead did tout the $25,000 Quake Live Masters and the $25,000 Quake Live Capture the Flag Championships. He also announced that the entire id Software and Bethesda Studios gaming package would be available on Steam for $69.99 until the end of Quakecon on Sunday. The crowd seemed a little less enthusiastic than last year, but overall the atmosphere was pretty electric.

 

ZeniMax Media Inc., parent company of game publisher Bethesda Softworks,
also announced it has completed the acquisition of veteran game developer
Arkane Studios. Arkane Studios is best known for their work in Dark Messiah of Might and Magic (PC
version), and has collaborated on a number of high
profile game projects, including Bioshock 2. The photo above is of Arkane Studios CEO and president Raphael
Colantonio.

 

John Carmack, co-owner of id Software, provided his annual keynote address and discussed his views on a variety of topics ranging from id Software's position in the mobile gaming market, the challenges of being a Triple A game developer, and next generation console gaming platforms. 

 

Carmark also wowed the crowd with a Rage demonstration off an iPhone 4 running at 60 FPS. This was the first time Carmack has used his keynote address to showcase some of the work he has been doing behind the scenes on games. 

 

After people registered for the BYOC, they get all their gear tagged so no one can take off with their computer equipment. It's a pretty efficient setup, and they proudly announced during the kickoff event that their registration times were cut to five minutes per person.

 

Here's a quick shot to show off one of the 2011 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Coupes that gamers could win at the end of the event. Only 100 tickets will be handed out, so whoever gets one will have a 1 in 50 chance to win one of these $50,000 cars.

 

Here's the other one that's decked out in a gorgeous blue paint job.



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