Quakecon 2011: Day 1 Coverage
id Software executives Todd Hollenshead, Paul Steed, and John Carmack provided the opening remarks to kick off the start of this year's Quakecon 2011 today at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. Quakecon is the largest LAN party in North America and typically draws thousands of gamers from all over the world.
Hollenshead got the crowd going with several announcements for discounted games on Steam and the first public demonstration of The Elder Scrolls V: SkyRim. He also mentioned the first demo of sequel Prey 2. Every iOS game put out by id Software, which includes game titles like Rage, Doom II RPG, Wolfenstein, and others, will be 50 percent off from Thursday to Sunday. Hollenshead also challenges Quakecon participates and stated that if the Rage Facebook pages gets 100,000 likes by the end of the weekend, the Rage iOS games will be free for a limited time. PC gamers were not left in the cold as the Doom and Quake pack that includes every Doom and Quake game available on Steam can be purchased for $29.99. Gamers can also drop some cash for the Quakecon Pack, which includes every Bethesda Softworks and id Software title available on Steam for only $69.99. This price will be reduced for gamers who pre-order Rage, Skyrim or both game titles.
John Carmack, id Software's co-founder and technical director, spoke to a packed house for about 90 minutes on a variety of topics including the six-year development cycle of Rage, the eventual open-source release of id's Tech 4 engine that was used in Doom 3, Quake 4, and Brink, and the news that Rage will not have dedicated servers or AMD Eyefinity support when it launches.
Hundreds of gamers lugged their PC towers and monitors through the main entrance and down a long hallway to get registered for the BYOC. Game developers and hardware vendors also make the trip to showcase some of their latest products in the exhibition hall. The event also plays host to gaming tournaments for Quake Live and Brink where gamers can make more than $27,000.
Ventrilo is also sponsoring its 4th annual “Ultimate Power Up” Sweepstakes where one lucky winner will drive away in a 2011 Molten Orange Ford F-150 Raptor SVT, complete with the Hennessey VelociRaptor 600 SC upgrade package.