I played a couple matches of the new Doom over the weekend at QuakeCon. I come to you bearing Thoughts.
Face-to-face LAN parties—local game gatherings, usually PC-focused—just aren't what they used to be in this modern, always connected age. Not even one of the biggest in the world can escape time. But the thousands of PC gamers who gather in Texas every summer are pushing off the inevitable as heroically as they can.
During the "Future of Elder Scrolls Online" panel at Quakecon this weekend, Zenimax Online Studios explained how it plans on bringing wholesome thievery, mass murder and retribution to its massively multiplayer online world.
The game's been in development... hell for years now, but today at QuakeCon, id is showing off the first actual footage of Doom 4.
QuakeCon is moving to July this year—Bethesda's annual convention, usually held in August, will instead take place from July 17-20 in Dallas. No word on whether Doom creator John Carmack, usually the premiere speaker, will be on stage now that he no longer works for Id.
In a recent interview at QuakeCon, Bethesda's Pete Hines explained to Joystiq why they're not bringing any of their upcoming titles—The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Evil Within—to Nintendo's console in the near future:
This past weekend in Dallas, Texas, a gamer known as Chris "Fukubear" stepped away from the PC he had hauled to the cavernous Bring Your Own Computer area of QuakeCon 2013. When he returned, his computer had transformed into a multi-colored display of human nature.
Last weekend's QuakeCon was not only about tournaments and John Carmack. Bethesda Softworks and Arkane both showed new gameplay footages from their upcoming titles: The Elder Scrolls Online and Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches, which will be the final downloadable content for the game.
This year's QuakeCon kicked off yesterday, not just with John Carmack's annual marathon keynote, but with some skillful Quake III duels.
QuakeCon 2013 begins today in Dallas, TX. John Carmack will be back on stage with a keynote presentation at 5:30pm eastern time that we'll have streaming live on Kotaku for you. Hang tight.
One of the highlights of QuakeCon each year is the baked-in LAN party, in which 3000 people get together in a giant hall, plug their desktop PCs into a desk and just go at it.
Here's a short, cute clip from id boss John Carmack's keynote address at this year's QuakeCon, in which the brutality of Super Mario Bros. 3 is compared to the more pedestrian Mario games of today.
Speaking at QuakeCon today, Id's John Carmack said they're hard at work on first-person shooter Doom 4 and it will be "done when it's done."
This year's QuakeCon Bundle Steam sale is crazy. It'll save you over $200 and get you the following games for just $100...Gee, that's it?
Skyrim's Dawnguard downloadable content is out on Steam right now, Bethesda's Pete Hines announced at QuakeCon today. You can buy it for $19.99.
Apogee Software's mid-'90s cult-classic first-person shooter Rise of the Triad is coming back, with the help of the Danish studio that remade Duke Nukem 3D. The new Rise of the Triad will be developed by Interceptor Entertainment and Apogee and will be out as PC download through Steam later this year.