Quakecon

Righting the ship: a look at Elder Scrolls Online's future

Leif Johnson at

"Look up, here it comes," the guy behind me whispers. There's something akin to reverence in his voice. I look up at the screen on QuakeCon's main stage to see footage of some thug pilfering the crates and boxes surrounding a shopkeeper's stand, taking care to avoid her gaze. The text accompanying each of the items is red; he's stealing. A guard catches him, and he's asked to hand over the value of the items, which amounts to a measly five gold. He obliges. The guy behind me is snickering now, and I hear a slap that must be a high-five he shared with his friend.

The perspective shifts; we're now behind the twin blades of some Nightblade slinking about the Daggerfall Covenant town of Wayrest. He sneaks up behind poor Phillic Menant, who's just strolling over to chat with the local stablemaster. The blades flash, Phillic falls with a bloody splash, and the crowd around me collectively leans forward. This is something new; something unexpected. "We'd like to encourage everybody to start killing NPCs in the game," says Paul Sage, ESO's creative director, just as we see an archer fire an arrow through an NPC enjoying the morning air. And the entire crowd goes wild.


Doom was revealed to counter fears of trouble at id Software, public reveal unlikely this year

Tyler Wilde at

Speaking to PC Gamer about yesterday’s Doom reveal at QuakeCon, Bethesda Softworks VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines explained that the livestream cut out because Doom isn’t ready for a “formal announcement." Only QuakeCon attendees in the room were allowed to see the gameplay demonstration, and unless video of it leaks, we probably won’t see anything else about Doom until next year.


Quake Live heading to Steam "very, very soon"

Phil Savage at

QuakeCon is happening. Amid the rows of LAN-goers intravenously absorbing energy drinks, and the shared sense of smugness at having seen exclusive DOOM footage, the event is also home to a couple of announcements. For instance, Bethesda VP Pete Hines announced that the free-to-play arena shooter Quake Live will arrive on Steam "very, very soon". How soon? Very. How soon, more specifically? He didn't say.


QuakeCon in pictures: North America's biggest LAN party

Ian Birnbaum at

With another QuakeCon behind us, it’s time to reflect on the magic that happens every year at the largest LAN party in North America. Over 2,800 people brought their computers to the Hilton Anatole in Dallas to play games and gawk over some really incredible machines.


The Elder Scrolls Online gets live demo at QuakeCon

Perry Vandell at

With QuakeCon in full swing, Bethesda decided to celebrate the festivities with a livestream of The Elder Scrolls Online, giving those of us who didn’t make it into the closed beta a small taste of what’s yet to come. Those who missed the livestream can find the archived version here, though you’ll want to skip to the 41 minute mark unless you want to see the same trailer over and over again.


John Carmack talks the future of high-res displays at QuakeCon 2013

Patrick Carlson at

John Carmack, co-founder and technical director of id Software, gave a wide-ranging and detailed talk at QuakeCon 2013 in Dallas yesterday, addressing a series of issues that affect developers and consumers in the gaming industry. Well-known for his work on games like Doom, Quake and Rage, of particular interest were Carmack's comments on display technology and the way in which it may affect next-generation hardware like head-mounted displays.


May 1994 - The peak of PC Gamer's Doom obsession

Jake Godin at

Every week we pull an interesting review, feature, or bizarre ad from the PC Gamer magazine archive.

In the spirit of id Software's QuakeCon, we thought it'd be appropriate to share a Doom feature from our premier US issue in 1994. "Doom has taken control of my life," admits former editor Matt Firme. "And I'm not alone."

id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead leaves the company, will "pursue other personal interests"

Ian Birnbaum at

President Todd Hollenshead has left id Software, according to Bethesda. Hollenshead was well-known as part of the id team since 1996, where he worked alongside John Carmack, and as the long-haired MC of Quakecon in Dallas.


QuakeCon 2013 announced for August

Phil Savage at

Things guaranteed to happen each year: incrementally improved new versions of popular products, at least one earnestly predicted end of the world scenario, and QuakeCon, id Software's mega-LAN party/PC gaming celebration. This year the BYOC event will be held August 1st - 4th at its regular stomping ground, the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.


QuakeCon 2012 dates and location announced

Henry Winchester at

Do you have a penchant for all things related to 1996 computer game Quake and its numerous sequels and spin-offs? Do you own a computer that’s reasonably portable, and have an interest in LAN gaming? Are you free on 2-5 August 2012? Do you live in or around Dallas, Texas, or have the ability to get there for said dates? Do you want to get exclusive news and hands-on experiences with upcoming games from the likes of Bethesda and id? Do you enjoy being brainwashed by corporate sponsorship from 22 different companies? Do you? DO YOU?

If so, there is absolutely no event suitable for you occurring in the next year. Apart, maybe, from , which is taking place at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas on 2-5 August 2012. It’s free and run by volunteers, and in 2010 it attracted some 8,500 people. You might even rub shoulders some of the incredibly famous and good-looking people from PC Gamer there.


PC Gamer US Podcast #283: Golden House

PC Gamer at



On this week's episode, Evan, Josh, and Logan deliberate the recent Diablo 3 news, give impressions on League of Legends' new game mode, discuss Bethesda's strange legal poke at Minecraft, and Chris files a report from the floor of QuakeCon. Forgive the late-ish post this week--most of us were out of the office on Thursday, when we usually record.

PC Gamer US Podcast 283: Golden House

Change your passwords! QuakeCon forums hacked

Matt Purslow at

Blue's News are reporting that the old QuakeCon forum site has been hacked, with username and password data compromised.

In a story posted on the QuakeCon website, the admin write: "In recent days, a hacker carried out an unlawful intrusion of the old forums.quakecon.org site, compromising usernames and passwords. 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.

We regret any inconvenience this may have caused, and suggest you migrate to the new forums — which will be live shortly — to discuss QuakeCon 2011."

It is advised if you ever used your QuakeCon username or password for another website that you take steps to change them to help protect yourself against intrusive action.

Win a 1-year Pro subscription to Quake Live

Dan Stapleton at

QuakeCon is happening right now, and to celebrate all that Quakey goodness we're giving away two one-year subscription codes for pro-level access to Id's browser-based shooter, Quake Live. Click the jump to find out how to enter!

Update: Congratulations to our winners, elnicko and Cykio! Go forth and frag in our name.


Quakecon 2010 tournaments

Jaz McDougall at

Quakecon 2010 is just a couple of weeks away, and id Software have just announced the three leagues they'll be holding for the tournaments this year. Teetering at the top of each are, of course, fat stacks of cash, so if you're dossing around Dallas, Texas on the 12th of August and you think you're good enough to bag some of the $50,000 prize money, read on.