Friday, January 31, 2014
QuakeCon 2014 arrives at the Hilton Anatole early this year, July 17-20
Cue speculation about the date change.
DALLAS QuakeCon, the largest LAN party in America, is a staple of the Dallas video game scene. Now in its 19th year, it’s grown into a fun, free event where you can play cool, unreleased games (mostly published by Bethesda, but there are some others as well), buy cool gear and maybe win free stuff. But at its heart, it’s still a massive room full of thousands of connected computers for gamers to spend an entire weekend playing together.
Last year, several people even got engaged at the event. For people into PC gaming, QuakeCon is a big deal.
Registration for the show is free, but you can typically pay for things like priority seating and swag bags. You can’t sign up for the show just yet, but Bethesda tells us to expect details on registration “in the coming month.”
The show will take place a little early this year, compared to the last several events. The announced dates for the show are July 17 through July 20. You could start the rampant speculation machine on why this might be (“That date is closer to E3, which is closer to any big announcements, which means AHHHHH Doom 4!”), but it could be a matter as simple as booking the Anatole.
If you want to stay in the Hilton Anatole during the show, there is a special room rate of $159 per night for QuakeCon guests. Even if you’re local to Dallas, this would let you stay up later every night fragging friends in Quake Live.
Most notably, however, this will be the first year where John Carmack, in many ways the father of QuakeCon, is no longer with the company that started it: id Software. His keynote address always kicked the show off with a highly technical bang, and it would be weird to not have that. Still, Carmack is still in Dallas working at Oculus VR, and shortly after leaving id he indicated that he would still try to talk to fans at QuakeCon this year – even if it’s in the lobby.
Personally, it’s one of my favorite events of the year. There are a lot of unknowns -- What games will be shown? What will the energy be like without Carmack front and center? How many cans of Bawls will people be able to stack onto one tower? -- but I’m pretty excited to go back.
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