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Bethesda Dates QuakeCon 2013 August 1 to 4

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The 18th annual QuakeCon convention will take place in Dallas, Texas this August.

Bethesda announced on Tuesday the dates for this year's QuakeCon convention, taking place in the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas this August. As always, the event will be open to the public and free (no purchased entry required) thanks to id Software, Bethesda, event sponsors and exhibitors, and the QuakeCon volunteer staff.

The first QuakeCon took place back in 1996 at the Best Western hotel in Garland, Texas, nearly two miles away from id Software's company offices. Initially 30 people walked through the doors, but the gathering grew to around 100 by the end of the weekend thanks to word-of-mouth. Gamers brought their rigs and went head-to-head across a small, impromptu network playing the original Quake and Doom.

Over the last several years, the attendance has grown to over 8500 visitors and 2,850 gaming rigs. The 2013 event is expected to be even bigger, serving as North America's largest BYOC LAN party. id Software will also likely reveal more Doom 4 assets and gameplay now that the studio is moving closer to a finished product. Heck, maybe we'll finally see that Quake 5 announcement too.

"Bethesda Softworks will be showing some of their upcoming game titles to the public for the first time and will offer attendees the chance to go hands on with some of their anticipated games," the company said. "Plus the world's leading technology companies will be on site demonstrating their latest hardware and software developments. QuakeCon also features daily festivities including contests, entertainment, panel discussions, announcements, parties and more!"

Surprises offered last year included the announcement of a Rise of the Triad remake, Doom 4's confirmation, and hands-on coverage with the Oculus Rift prototype. Attendees also got their first taste of the now-popular Dishonored supernatural action FPS from Bethesda, and id Software's revamped Doom 3: BFG Edition.

"Once again QuakeCon will welcome a wide variety of companies to the 45,000 square foot exhibit hall to showcase the industry’s top games, hardware and services," Bethesda said.

QuakeCon will take place August 1 to 4, 2013. Those wanting to attend can make reservations at the hotel by calling 1-800-Hiltons or 1-800-445-8667, or by going online here. A special room rate of $159 per night will be offered if you reference the QuakeCon event.

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    Hando567 , February 27, 2013 5:54 AM
    C'mon new Fallout!
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    susyque747 , February 27, 2013 9:52 AM
    werner123Can't wait for Doom 4

    And Fallout 4.
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    cats_Paw , February 27, 2013 10:12 AM
    Somehow, if there is no new engine like the Unreal Engine 4, im not so interested.
    But who knows, maybe they will do something great.
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    chicofehr , February 27, 2013 11:36 AM
    What games are they using for the BYOC LAN PARTY? Is it by LAN or by internet or do they do that anymore. I love LAN parties. Internet parties aren't fun if I can't diss my friend in same room just before I kill him :p 
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    rozz , February 27, 2013 12:31 PM
    personally, quakecon is a kiddy daycare (and nightcare) for a ton of immature preteens who are annoying not just in games, but also running around hyped up on Bawls and MtDew, screaming and yelling and starting "WHOOOP!" cries.

    Now i'm a serious gamer and i dont mind having fun. laughing, etc, but when fun turns to annoyance, it kinda ruins the gaming experience. This is why I love 21+ LAN parties. Drinks can be involved and the gaming is more laid back and relaxing without these annoying kiddies.
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    NightLight , February 27, 2013 12:34 PM
    doom 4 will either restore my faith in carmack, or completely destroy it.
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    rozz , February 27, 2013 12:36 PM
    chicofehrWhat games are they using for the BYOC LAN PARTY? Is it by LAN or by internet or do they do that anymore. I love LAN parties. Internet parties aren't fun if I can't diss my friend in same room just before I kill him


    To answer your questions they play all games. They do have pretty good internet there, but dont expect to be downloading games very fast - speeds are usually throttled to about .5Mb/s, but you get good pings in games so be sure to download all your games before you get there.

    Also - if you are going to go - be sure to reserve your seat (cost usually $30). they actually ran out of room last time and well - a lot of people that didnt reserved never got a seat. And be sure to get there early :) 
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    bllue , February 27, 2013 12:56 PM
    Hando567C'mon new Fallout!

    I second this. Even just a peek will suffice
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    husker , February 27, 2013 8:45 PM
    rozzpersonally, quakecon is a kiddy daycare (and nightcare) for a ton of immature preteens who are annoying not just in games, but also running around hyped up on Bawls and MtDew, screaming and yelling and starting "WHOOOP!" cries. Now i'm a serious gamer and i dont mind having fun. laughing, etc, but when fun turns to annoyance, it kinda ruins the gaming experience. This is why I love 21+ LAN parties. Drinks can be involved and the gaming is more laid back and relaxing without these annoying kiddies.

    Nah. A jerk at 17 is usually still a jerk at 29. A mature intelligent 17 year old is usually a mature intelligent 29 year old.
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    walter87 , February 27, 2013 9:13 PM
    werner123Can't wait for Doom 4

    Would be interesting to see Doom 4...
    I believe the doom franchise it is one of the few remaining horror survival games remaining that hasn't completely moved to an action based shooter.

    But honestly, I'm more pumped to hopefully hear about Fallout 4 - afterall Three Dog hinted at something :) 
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    DirectXtreme , February 28, 2013 2:16 AM
    All I'm interested in is Doom 4 and Quake V. I'm not interested in silly VR headsets. I hope that both of them play like the first two Dooms and the first Quake, respectively. It would be especially amazing if Quake V's art style could match or be influenced by this mod: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmAvyk8S_V4