August 15-18, 2002
Mesquite Convention Center
Mesquite, Texas


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Doom III... 'nuff said


I won't keep you waiting. Here's the good stuff:


id Software� to Conduct First Fan Demonstration of Game at Ultimate LAN Party

id Software and Activision�s DOOM III theater, which unleashed its fury at E3 2002, last May in Los Angeles, will endure a 1,000 mile journey to arrive in Mesquite, the home of id Software, in time for QuakeCon 2002. The theater will showcase a demonstration of DOOM III, a mind-searing mixture of cutting-edge graphics, design and revolutionary 5.1 sound design.

Members of the id Software team will also host a special session, offering a guided tour of the DOOM III world and talking about the game�s development. The preview at QuakeCon 2002 is a terrifying journey through over 12 minutes of gamplay running completely in-engine. This exclusive opportunity for gamers is only available to registered attendees of QuakeCon 2002. Each attendee will receive an admission ticket for the preview upon registering at the event.

Wipe that drool off your chin and start packing!

Also, if you are participating in ATI's Return to Castle Wolfenstein Team Tournament, you will want to take a look at the at the rules page. We have added a list of acceptable cvar setting which must be used during matches at QuakeCon. You can check them out here on our Tournament page.

UPDATE! - 1:02am - There have been a few additions and one correction to the cvars originally posted. Please double check that you have the right ones.

Have a pleasant evening, and drive safely.

10:31PM EDT, 8.1.2002 -Nok www.quakecon.org

We love VIA!


With less than two weeks left until QuakeCon 2002 opens it's doors, things have really begun to pick up pace. I know I speak for the entire QuakeCon team when I tell you we are just as excited and anxious as you are. There are still a few more big surprises in the works, and we can't wait to share the fun with everyone!

One new feature we would like to introduce for the website is a Sponsor Spotlight. I can't stress enough how important our sponsors are in terms of making QuakeCon a reality. It is their contributions (both financial and physical) which get the 'Con off the ground and make it the fun it is. So in gratitude, we would like to call attention to some of the fine companies and the products they will be demonstrating at QuakeCon in a series of spotlights. We are starting off with VIA, purveyors of the best chipsets in the business. Their hardware will be powering all of our tournament machines and game servers. Find out more about their exceptional product line by reading our Sponsor Spotlight on VIA!

And speaking of VIA, we briefly mentioned the BBQ planned for Thursday afternoon but perhaps we should further explain. This will be a free party and Texas-style BBQ for all attendees of QuakeCon. It is being brought to you by the aforementioned fine folks at VIA, and will also feature beverages from... drumroll ...BAWLS! This BBQ will be held in the parking lot of the Mesquite Convention Center and should be a lot of fun for all involved. Make sure you arrive at QuakeCon bright and early on Thursday so you don't miss the fun!

3:41PM EDT, 8.1.2002 -Nok www.quakecon.org

Q3 tourney prize breakdown


Tonight we are pleased to announce how prizes will be distributed for ATI's QUAKE III Arena Championships at QuakeCon. Cash prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • First Place: $20,000
  • Second Place: $10,000
  • Third Place: $5,000
  • Fourth Place: $3,000
  • Fifth Place: $2,000
Please make a note of it.

Also worthy of your attention is another fun contest sponsored by id. Here are the details via Bohle, id's press agency:

So you think you're a real QuakeCon fan?

Come down a little early to the Mesquite Convention Hall parking lot on Thursday, Aug. 15 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and strut your stuff with your Quake-ified self and car! Deck out your body and your ride with paint, tattoos, stickers, masks, wigs, and costumes - anything that is QuakeCon 2002! Don't hold back - prepare to surprise and amaze.

There'll be a free BBQ lunch for all and prizes for the winner and
runner-up in two categories: car decorating and body art. All contestants and their tricked-out "QuakeCon-mobiles" must arrive by 10 a.m. on Thursday at the Hampton Inn parking lot, to line up their vehicles for judging.

QuakeCon is fast approaching! All participants must email RSVPs to James Espinoza at james@bohle.com by Tuesday, Aug. 6 to sign up for the contest and reserve a spot; entrants must specify which contest they will join.

Have a blast decorating!


The madness continues!

11:00PM EDT, 7.31.2002 -Nok www.quakecon.org

VIA plans to amaze QuakeCon


We somehow neglected to post this announcement last week concerning VIA's sponsorship of QuakeCon 2002. VIA is a manufacturer of fine chipsets, powering today's fastest computers. VIA is providing hardware to be used in all tournament machines as well as demonstrating a unique "audio immersion room". Here's an excerpt from the official press release:

VIA to Define Next Generation Gaming Experience at QuakeCon

VIA Audio Immersion to Complement Premium Performance Chipsets and Mainboards in Driving Gaming Standards at North America's Greatest LAN Event

Mesquite, Texas and Taipei, Taiwan, 26 July 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced Title Sponsorship of QuakeCon 2002, the ultimate gaming convention being held at the Mesquite Convention Center on August 15-18. Participants will get the chance to experience the ultimate gaming hardware platforms, as well as a great end to three days of gaming with an awesome party night brought to QuakeCon 2002 by VIA.

Underlining the strength and breadth of the VIA Apollo line of performance desktop chipsets, already well known to the hardcore PC gaming community as the premier gamers' choice, VIA will put its leading edge technology to the test with powerful demonstrations of its blisteringly-fast new VIA P4PB 400 motherboard based on the unbeatable VIA Apollo P4X400 chipset. In a new approach to enhancing the gaming experience, VIA will also show how the stunning quality of true 24-bit surround sound raises gaming to a whole new level of excitement and realism in a unique audio immersion room...

Yes, once again QuakeCon will feature the very finest hardware in the industry to better play the best games in the world! You can read the full press release here.

11:19PM EDT, 7.29.2002 -Nok www.quakecon.org

Tourny PC specs and PQ coverage


Tonight we are pleased to provide detailed information about the PC's to be used in both of our main Tournaments. This information has also been added to our FAQ and Tournament pages. Take a look:

AMD Athlon(tm) XP Processor 2000+*
Gigabyte GA-7VTXE+ Socket A DDR Motherboard (Via based)
512MB PC2100 DDR Memory
60.0GB IBM EIDE Hard Drive 7200 RPM
1.44MB Floppy Drive
Toshiba Bare DVD Drive
SoundBlaster Live! Value Sound Card
Inwin S700 ATX Mini Tower w/300W Power Supply
Microsoft� Windows� XP Professional Operating System
PCI 3Com 3C905 10/100
ATI Video Card to be provided (details will be provided)

Also of interest to anyone participating in the BYOC, the fine folks over at PlanetQuake are planning all sorts of fun. For starters, they will be giving away a killer gaming rig to one lucky person on the last day of QuakeCon. They also plan to sprinkle various forms of mini-games and entertainment over the entire 4 days.

Man, I'm started to get excited. Are you?

8:39PM EDT, 7.27.2002 -Nok www.quakecon.org

QuakeCon Newsletter!


Our own Director of Conferences, Zayb0, has been hard at work lately to bring you a brand new feature here on this site...

The Official QuakeCon Newsletter!

Check it out! It's packed with fun and useful information for QuakeCon attendees and fans alike! Plus a contest to win a fabulous prize!

We hope this can become a regular feature around here, but that depends mostly on reader feedback. Tell us what you would like to see spot-lighted, or what you would like more information about. Hope you enjoy!

12:26AM EDT, 7.27.2002 -Nok www.quakecon.org

Ratpadz and Mr. Sinus


Tonight it is my pleasure to announce that the gang at Ratpadz has promised to give a free prototype high-performance mousing surface to each BYOC attendee! The usual disclaimers of 'while supplies last' and 'one per person' apply here.

Also, we are going to do something new this year and provide fine comedic entertainment for your enjoyment. On Saturday August 17th, we will welcome Austin's own Mr. Sinus Theater 3000! Not only do these guys do sketch comedy, but they promise to personally lambaste a certain road-trip movie starring a certain blonde pop queen on a scene by scene basis. You don't want to miss this.

Oh yeah! We're gonna party like it's 1999!

11:08PM EDT, 7.25.2002 -Nok www.quakecon.org

Q3 Tournament maps announced


Although most details about ATI's QUAKE III Arena Championships at QuakeCon are still forthcoming, we can now announce which maps the tournament will be played on.

The maps are as follows:

The Free-For-All Elimination portion will be played on q3dm7 and q3dm12.

The 1v1 Elimination portion will be played on pro-q3dm6, pro-q3tourney4, ztn3tourney1, and ospdm8.

The Championship Match will be played on pro-q3dm6.

I know people were anxious for the list, so go practice!

12:31AM EDT, 7.24.2002 -Nok www.quakecon.org

Headphones and sponsors


This evening we have an important announcement for all participants in both tournaments at QuakeCon 2002. All players must bring their own headphones with at least a six foot cord to use on the tournament PC's. Please make a note of it.

Also of interest, you will notice that we've added several new sponsors to the menu on the right. Please visit their websites and buy their wares! It is their support of the gaming community which makes QuakeCon possible. Not only do they provide prizes and funding, but the entire event is built on their equipment and products. This is, no doubt, the best line-up of sponsors in QuakeCon history, and we're confident they will help make this show the most fun ever!

6:29PM EDT, 7.12.2002 -Nok www.quakecon.org

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