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QuakeCon Preview: Falling through the TV with Oculus Rift photo
QuakeCon Preview: Falling through the TV with Oculus Rift
by Allistair Pinsof

[Destructoid is grabbing its rail gun and heading to Dallas, Texas this weekend for QuakeCon. Stay posted for game news, previews, and strange happenings from the infamous LAN room.]

Leave it to id Software mastermind John Carmack to make the industry change their opinion of virtual reality. Though Duct tape and an eight-year-old game are part of his presentation of the much tweeted about Oculus Rift VR goggles, they speak volumes of both the product’s current state and Carmack’s approach.

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QuakeCon Preview: Going to hell in Doom 3's Lost Mission photo
QuakeCon Preview: Going to hell in Doom 3's Lost Mission
by Allistair Pinsof

[Destructoid is grabbing its rail gun and heading to Dallas, Texas this weekend for QuakeCon. Stay posted for game news, previews, and strange happenings from the infamous LAN room.]

In 2004, Doom 3 was a disappointment. It neither captured the speed of the original game or the lofty cinematic ambitions it tried to chase after. Instead, it was a slow, methodical shooter that leaned on its horror elements far more than previous games in the series. The game was at its best when it left the tight corridors of the space station and took the player back to hell -- thankfully BFG Edition's exclusive Lost Mission expansion returns to this setting while offering a lot more.

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8:15 PM on 08.03.2012

The DTOID Show: Zynga, Dishonored, and QuakeCon 2012!

Happy Friday, lovelies! We've got a jam-packed show today, full of all the QuakeCon and copyright infringement news you can handle! We've also got footage of Assassin's Creed III's AnvilNext engine, a list of famous people l...

Tara Long



QuakeCon Preview: Murdering the homeless in Hotline Miami photo
QuakeCon Preview: Murdering the homeless in Hotline Miami
by Allistair Pinsof

[Destructoid is grabbing its rail gun and heading to Dallas, Texas this weekend for QuakeCon. Stay posted for game news, previews, and strange happenings from the infamous LAN room.]

Russian text, a neon colored flickering background, and haunting ambient music. Hotline Miami's title menu makes a strong first impression that can be mostly summed up in “WTF?” Even down to its nonsensical title, Hotline Miami is a strange game but, unlike its creator's past projects, it’s a focused, narratively driven game where all the obscure elements continually build a bizarre, twisted world and fun game.
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QuakeCon Preview: Dishonored is still amazing. Who knew? photo
QuakeCon Preview: Dishonored is still amazing. Who knew?
by Allistair Pinsof

[Destructoid is grabbing its rail gun and heading to Dallas, Texas this weekend for QuakeCon. Stay posted for game news, previews, and strange happenings from the infamous LAN room.]

For a game as rich with ideas and exciting as Dishonored, it sure does demo poorly. It's the price a game pays when it tries to achieve a real sense of player agency, an original setting, and unique game mechanics. Though the game is inspired by Thief and BioShock, it feels brazenly new. Though developer Arkane Studios could limit the player options for a demo, I applaud their courage and honesty in saying, "This is the game. Deal with it!"

Luckily, I played the game a bit at E3 a couple months ago so I wasn't as hopelessly lost as some others at QuakeCon. I still botched the mission miserably, but at least I recovered from my mistakes this time. And in doing so, I got my first glimpse of what really makes Dishonored an evolutionary leap in stealth game design.

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9:00 PM on 08.02.2012

Doom 3: BFG will include an exclusive 'Lost Mission'

id Software brought a new trailer for Doom 3: BFG Edition with them to QuakeCon this year, and it shows off "The Lost Mission" that will be exclusive to the HD remaster. It's not clear what exactly it's about,...

Brett Zeidler







QuakeCon: Rise of the Triad multiplayer hands-on photo
QuakeCon: Rise of the Triad multiplayer hands-on
by Allistair Pinsof

I never thought I’d play Rise of the Triad multiplayer again, and I especially didn’t imagine I’d be playing it at QuakeCon with others right beside me. It’s a surreal thing but Rise of the Triad is coming back thanks to some loyal fans at Interceptor Entertainment and a reformed Apogee Software. Though I only got to play a pre-alpha build for a couple rounds, I got a good sense of the direction that this reboot is taking. 

Yes there are jump pads and Excalibats, but there are new additions as well.

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Dawnguard is now available for PC users photo
Dawnguard is now available for PC users
by Brett Zeidler

Making a surprise announcement at QuakeCon earlier today, Bethesda announced that the first expansion DLC for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim would be available for PC today. And sure enough, it's up on Steam this very instant for $19.99 (note: Skyrim is also half off for the weekend). Dawnguard has been hotly anticipated by PC and PS3 users ever since Xbox 360 have had their hands on it for about a month now.

Still no word on when Danwguard will make it to PS3 though, as that version appears to have been pushed back. They really have gotten the short end of the stick in terms of their version of Skyrim, eh? Hopefully it's not pushed back too far, those poor souls on PS3 just want to play some Skrim!

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5:15 PM on 08.02.2012

QuakeCon: Carmack apologizes about RAGE to PC gamers

[Destructoid is grabbing its rail gun and heading to Dallas, Texas this weekend for QuakeCon. Stay posted for game news, previews, and strange happenings from the infamous LAN room.] John Carmack opened his annual QuakeCon ke...

Allistair Pinsof

5:00 PM on 08.02.2012

Get all Bethesda games for $100 on Steam this weekend

Our intrepid Destructoid reporters are tweeting from the live Quakecon floor that an amazing deal is headed our way. For the duration of this upcoming Quakecon weekend, all Bethesda games will be sold on Steam for a total of ...

Holly Green



QuakeCon: Iconic FPS Rise of the Triad returns to PC photo
QuakeCon: Iconic FPS Rise of the Triad returns to PC
by Allistair Pinsof

[Destructoid is grabbing its rail gun and heading to Dallas, Texas this weekend for QuakeCon. Stay posted for game news, previews, and strange happenings from the infamous LAN room.]

Turns out those 17 years spent begging on your knees, like the dirty Nazi-monk you are, paid off!

Rise of the Triad, the zany 1995 first-person shooter helmed by post-id Software Tom Hall, will receive a sequel developed by Apogee Software and Interceptor Entertainment. This reboot will be available on PC and Mac (via Steam) later this year.

The developers are staying faithful to the original with five playable characters, a single-player campaign, and chaotic multiplayer. Even dog mode and the Excalibat will return! You can also play with the original sounds and music. Though nostalgia is a major goal of this release, the game is being made in Unreal Engine 3 and will feature a heavy metal rendition of the original soundtrack.

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4:30 PM on 08.01.2012

QuakeCon is a thing that will happen soon. Hurrah!

Last year was my first QuakeCon and I've been waiting for the next one ever since. Luckily, it's been a year and QuakeCon 2012 will kick off tomorrow! Though Bethesda's line-up isn't quite as full of heavy hitters as last yea...

Allistair Pinsof

10:30 PM on 07.18.2012

Play Dishonored & Doom 3 BFG at QuakeCon 2012

August is going to be one of the most jam packed months ever for gaming conventions. The crazy month starts off with the annual QuakeCon, taking place August 2 to August 5 in Dallas, Texas. id Software's John Carmack will be ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:30 PM on 04.25.2012

Pre-registration for QuakeCon 2012 opens tonight

After seeing Allistair's report of QuakeCon 2011, this year's convention sounds rather appealing. Pre-registration will open up tonight at 8:00pm Eastern; those in the audience who are afraid of time zones can simply watch th...

Jordan Devore

12:45 PM on 01.24.2012

QuakeCon 2012 dated

If you're already planning out your travel for 2012, mark down that QuakeCon 2012 will take place on August 2-5 this year. It takes place in Dallas, Texas, at the Hiltone Anatole Hotel. QuakeCon is always the world's largest ...

Dale North



Interview: Arkane Studios on Dishonored photo
Interview: Arkane Studios on Dishonored
by Allistair Pinsof

After posting my glowing Dishonored preview last week, I received some comments saying my post was overflowing with hyperbole – they must not be familiar with the track record of Arkane Studios’ Harvey Smith and Raphael “Raf” Colantonio.

Arkane been keeping immersive, original first-person games alive with titles such as Arx Fatalis, Dark Messiah of Might and Magic and the level design of Bioshock 2.

During QuakeCon, I got to sit down with the two Austinites and discuss The Crossing’s current status, the fate of dungeon crawlers and what games inspired Dishonored’s development.

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