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QuakeCon 2012: Oculus Rift, Rise Of The Triad, BYOC Gaming, And More

The Prototype Needs A Power Supply

The Rift is expected to operate using power from the USB bus, but the prototype needs something extra for now.

No Fancy Hardware Required

What's in the box attached to the Oculus Rift? A GeForce GTX 680 and a Core i7 CPU, tucked away in an ordinary HP Z800 workstation.

Who Wants A Doom Shirt?

Everyone at QuakeCon swings by the retail store at one point or another. The official BYOC shirt (second from left) is usually the top seller, but I don't think anyone would scoff at a classic Doom shirt, either.

Leave The Shirts, Take The Turret

WearTheGame.com always shows up with a booth, too, although its selection is a bit more varied.

Lemon Grenades!

Who needs to buy a shirt when you can threaten people with Lemon Grenades and steal theirs?

Symbiote Studios Awesome Figurines

Symbiote Studios partners with many of the big industry publishers, including Zenimax. The latest addition to the store is Dishonored's Corvo and his awesome mask of death.

Hand-Crafted Desk Decorations

Even the Dragonborn look cute when they're hand-painted with love!

Rise Of The Triad Booth

Arguably, the best booth on the QuakeCon expo floor was Apogee and Interceptor showing Rise of the Triad multiplayer action. This game has only been in development for five months, so this early alpha build has one map so far. There are bazookas, jump pads, and dual pistols galore. The game's speed should make the Quake III Arena and Unreal Tournament crowd very happy.

MCPVP: Minecraft For The Bloodthirsty

Minecraft is about building things, but MCPVP is about killing those blocky little jerks and capturing their flag. This PVP-focused mod serves up deathmatch and capture the flag for anyone tired of recreating Lego sets in the virtual world.

Hook Them While They're Young!

I returned to the MCPVP booth a few days later and witnessed the next generation of gamers honing their skills. There is hope for the future after all!

  • dannyboy3210
    Would squeezing lemon grenades give you lemonglycerin?
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  • Branden
    52" HDTV as a monitor? and still sit 2' from it? why? no wonder minecraft isn't being played fullscreen!
    a HDTV is 1920x1080 (at best, assuming it's fullHD and has no overscan), LESS resolution than my 24" 1920x1200 LCD (which is small enough to be able to see the entire screen at 2' away, and likely has better contrast ratio & response times too).
    some people have more money to spend on tech than knowledge of tech, there is one such person.
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  • seymour bodies
    Ha! That's me in pic #20. I'm the one NOT playing minecaft. ;)
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  • spookyman
    BBQ pit PC case for the win.
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  • Prey
    Rise of the Triad, yea, I remember that game, it was awesome!! shrooms mode FTW
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  • chaosgs
    Didnt go this year, kinda sad. But Quake con just isnt what it used to be with out that AMD girl there. "FIRST PERSON BRINGS ME A PAIR OF UNDER WEAR WINS A 5990" (back when it first came out).


    Antec is a great booth though. My first Quake con I changed shirts and ended up with like 16 tickets from that booth, didnt win crap lmfao.
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  • chaosgs
    I stand corrected, was a 5870.
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  • XZaapryca
    Branden52" HDTV as a monitor? and still sit 2' from it? why? no wonder minecraft isn't being played fullscreen!.
    The response time on many HDTV's is 8ms or less. If you're old or have eye strain issues, it's the perfect solution. 3x47" HDTV's FTW. YMMV
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  • Soulmachiklamo
    I have a 50 inch screen I use as pc screen myself, it's awesome to play Minecraft on it (fullscreen ofcourse)
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  • blazorthon
    XZaaprycaThe response time on many HDTV's is 8ms or less. If you're old or have eye strain issues, it's the perfect solution. 3x47" HDTV's FTW. YMMV
    Many monitors have response times that are far lower than 8ms and many HDTVs have response times that are above 8ms.
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