The massive gaming convention QuakeCon 2012 is around the corner, and details about its events are surfacing. The Quake Live tournament will see professional and amateur players compete for a share of the $30,000 prize. The press release states that events include the Duel Invitational Masters Campionship, Free For All, Capture the Flag Open, and Duel Open. Free For All will be available to all attendees at the Quake Live Free Play booth.

John Carmack, co-founder of id Software will be handling the annual keynote address. The full panel hasn’t been announced yet. According to the release, the panel will include Marty Stratton from id Software; Ted Price, president and CEO of Insomniac Games; Chet Failszek and Tom Leonard from Valve Software; and Geoff Kieghley, host of Spike’s GameTrailers.

At Bethesda’s booth, attendees of QuakeCon can get their hands on Dishonored and Doom 3 BFG Edition.

Doom 3 BFG Edition

Doom 3 BFG Edition

Doom 3 BFG Edition is slated for release in October 2012. The set will feature a re-mastered version of both Doom 3, and its Resurrection of Evil add-on, as well as seven new levels titled ‘The Lost Mission.’

The game is set to have enhanced graphics that bring it to the current generation. The game and its add-ons have also been optimized in 3D, featuring 5.1 surround sound, achievements on the Xbox 360, trophies on the PlayStation 3, new rendering and lighting, and a new checkpoint save system. The controls have been fine-tuned by id Software, so that the game’s fast-paced action translates better into the console versions. 

The game features an armor-mounted flashlight, allowing players to have the flashlight on and the weapon ready at the same time. In the original Doom 3 release, players couldn’t keep the flashlight on while holding a gun; you had to pick either. This added to the game’s creepy atmosphere, which unfortunately couldn’t do much by itself to make the game scary.

The Doom 3 BFG Edition will also include the original Doom, and Doom II, which were the main games that defined the first person shooter as a genre in the early days of gaming.

QuakeCon is a four-day annual event that celebrates games. Free to all and open to the public, QuakeCon 2012 will feature one of North America’s largest Bring-Your-Own-Computer LAN party for nearly 3,000 people. 

The event, first created by a group of friends on IRC is now in its fifteenth year. It is sponsored by id Software and other major names in the industry.

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