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Quakecon 2010: Day 1 Coverage

Author: Steve Grever
Manufacturer: General

BYOC Case Mods, Rocket Talk, Day 1 Conclusion

Brief Look at BYOC Case Mods

In between all the events and demonstrations, we finally got a chance to walk around the BYOC and see what custom systems people brought with them to the event. Most people were still setting up when we got there, but here are a couple mods that really caught our eye. This case above is another custom Danger Den creation, but we like how they added watercooling and LEDs to set off the clear acrylic paneling.


This monstrosity was created by a gamer who was one of the finalists during last year's case mod contest. This year he designed a completely new case and put about 3,000 hours of time into building and fine tuning this work of art. Check out his work log in our forums.


I'm not sure if this gamer went with Intel or AMD for their rig, but this minibike should be a contender in our case mod competition. It looks like he put his mini ITX system where the engine was located. Pretty smart idea and the additional LEDs helped too.


This beast featured one of EVGA's Classifield motherboards and the case was designed by Mountain Mods. the aluminum case handled can also be found at and work really well for heavy duty systems like this. We will talk another walk around the BYOC today to see other custom creations gamers brought to Quakecon 2010.


Rocket Talk with John Carmack and Richard Garriott

I don't know much about building rockets and space exploration, but John Carmark and astronaut/game developer Richard Garriott shared their thoughts with the audience about both of these topics. For those who didn't know (including me), Garriott created the classic Ultima role-playing games back in the 80s.


One lucky fan got his Ultimate VI game signed by Garriott, which should add quite a bit of value to this collector's item. From his reaction, I don't think we will see this on Ebay any time soon.


Day 1 Conclusion

Day 1 was one of the busiest I've seen in some time. Gamers were dressed in their usual garb like the guy with the Bawls hat above and everyone was settling in nicely for three more days of gaming. We are looking forward to getting more updates on game titles like Brink and Rage and also find out more about NVIDIA's plans for the future when they take the stage on Day 2.


The crowds were already packaging the exhibition hall to capacity during Day 1 and it will only get bigger as we go into the weekend. Giveaways were a plenty at every booth and it should continue throughout the event from the amount of swag we saw.


Check out Day 2 coverage tomorrow to get the latest info and details coming out of Quakecon 2010. 

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