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Doom 3 BFG Edition

If you're a fan of Doom, you've probably played all three of the seminal FPS games, so you might be wondering why you'd need Doom 3: BFG Edition. Here's why: You'll get to play new levels made just for this edition with the new id Tech 5 engine, as well as revisiting every other iteration of the franchise and playing over 100 maps and levels. Doom 3 BFG Edition is a lot of Doom, man.

Check out a taste of our Doom 3 BFG Edition preview:

The game is definitely built for players who appreciated the original games: two of the level designers worked on the original game, and two were brand-new, but none of them were under 40. "We're getting old!" joked id project lead Tim Willits. "All of the guys that were assigned to this were like, 'This is awesome! We're getting to make Doom 3 again! We're putting the band back together.!" But don't let the "3" on the box confuse you, as this packed version contains Doom, Doom 2, Doom 3, Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil. 49 levels, 8 multiplayer maps, plus the 32 Doom maps, and 40+ Doom 2 maps.

Read the rest of our Doom 3 BFG Edition preview.

QuakeCon keeps on rolling, people! Today is day two of the game show, and we've embedded a live video below so you can check it out.

Highlights of today's program include "The Game of Making Games" panel, hosted by X-Play's Blair Herter and featuring Ted Price from Insomniac, Todd Howard from Bethesda Game Studios, Jens Matthies from Machine Games, and Raphael Colantonio, Arkane Studios. That happens at 9:30 AM PST.

At 11 AM, watch Wizard World editor (and G4TV Alum) Kevin Kelly moderate "Capture the Fan" a discussion of multiplayer in gaming featuring Chet Faliszek from Valve Software, Marty Stratton of id Software, and Max Hoberman of Certain Affinity.




Dishonored

Dishonered sounds like one of the most innovative, brutal games coming out this year. In it, you can do things like teleport behind an innocent man and slit his throat. Or, you can attack a guard, have him turn and fire his pistol at you, then stop time and possess him and make him walk in front of his own bullet. Awesome.

In our latest preview of the game, we take a look at one of Dishonored's brand new missions and go about tackling it in a variety of ways.

From our preview:

For the second run through, I simply Blinked myself over the front gate, chased down a guest’s lost invitation that was caught by the wind, and entered the party as a legit invitee. Stealth was the order of business this time, and I stuck to the shadows and corners as I eavesdropped on conversations and slowly strolled through the house. But a Lord Brisby stopped me and said he needed to speak privately. As it turns out, he’s in love with the same Lady Boyle you’re looking for, and he asks you to bring her to the cellar instead of killing her.

For more, check out our full Dishonored preview from QuakeCon 2012.


















Steam Expanding To Television Sets, Plans To Dominate Entertainment

Bethesda and id Software have announced the QuakeCon 2012 pack, which is now on sale on Steam.  The sale, will last as long as QuakeCon 2012, which started today and will end on Friday, August 5, 2012. The pack comes with 20 titles, including the follow:

All of these games, and more, can be yours for a $63.56 on Steam.

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If you're not at Quakecon right now, I pity you. But don't worry people, you can watch the whole thing as it goes down: Chaos, free t-shirts and game announcements? Must be Quakcon! We already brought you news of the Rise of the Triads re-boot, so stay tuned for more.

Don't forget to watch at 2:30, when gaming guru John Carmack gives his Quakecon 2012 keynote speech! Check it out!

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QuakeCon 2012 Panel Schedule Announced

QuakeCon 2012's panel schedule has been announced. The con begins on Thursday, August 2nd with a keynote from id Software’s co-founder and technical director, John Carmack. Here at G4, anxiously await Carmack's keynote each year. He's seriously so insanely smart that just listening to him is +2 Dexterity and +2 Intelligence.

If you plan on attending QuakeCon then I suggest you attend The Game of Making Games panel hosted by G4's Blair Herter!

Keep reading for the complete QuakeCon 2012 panel schedule.

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At QuakeCon 2011 several community managers were on hand to discuss just what exactly their job entails. Panelists including ex g4ian Abbie Heppe (Respawn), Adam Pyle (id Software), Matt Grandstaff (Bethesda Softworks) Nick Breckon (Bethesda Softworks), and Ryan Schneider (Insomniac) were all on hand for the Community Managers: Un-moderated panel and were able to go in in to what it's like being a community manager and how they take care of their fans. Enjoy the panel in its entirety below.

Community Managers: Un-moderated! QuakeCon 2011 Panel »


20 Years of id Software. Has it really been that long? When you remember the glory days of Doom and Quake, it does seem like it's been a long time, but it's hard to believe that it's really been two decades since this iconic company burst onto the scene. At this year's QuakeCon, our own Morgan Webb moderated the "20 Years of id" panel, welcoming John Carmack, Todd Hollenshead, Kevin Cloud, and Tim Willits to the stage to reminisce about working at the company that gave us FPS games spawned from the pits of Hell itself. You can watch the full video below, and check out the highlights beyond the break. 

20 Years of Id QuakeCon 2011 Panel »


 



UPDATE: As you can see from the above video, the Quakecon Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim video has been taken off YouTube... sorry if you missed it.  But have faith: We'll have a ton of Skyrim content coming up for you in the coming days, so sit tight!

QuakeCon happened last week. Fans braved the Texas heat to check out the latest games from id Software and Bethesda Softworks, including the first-ever public demo of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. Don't be sad about missing it though-- that footage is now online.

This is essentially the same demo that the press has been talking about since E3. It picks up at the very start of the game, right after the usual character creation and tutorial sequences. You get to see some nature, some village exploration, a pair of towering giant herding some woolly mammoth-like creatures and, of course, dragons. Plural. Just hit play. Then go read Kevin's hands-on preview.

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QuakeCon started off with a brand-new Rage trailer, showing off some new details of the game. Then the pony-tailed and country music star-resembling Todd Hollenshead came out to welcome the audience and kick things off. "How's that for a welcome to QuakeCon? What do you think?" To which the crowd thundered their approval through applause.

Todd was quick to thank partner AT&T, who is bringing five times more bandwidth to the Bring Your Own Computer room. This brought some of the loudest applause of the evening, and only at QuakeCon would a crowd break into raucous clapping for a bandwidth announcement. Hollenshead then detailed the massive sales that usually accompany this four day event, which includes 50% off all id iOS games, and a massive Steam sale that culminates in a huge QuakeCon Pack that offers all released id and Bethesda games for $69.99.

Then it was time to bring out the star of the evening, id's John Carmack. Now, before you get too excited, I'm going to burst your bubble right here: he doesn't say anything about Doom 4. He sort of hints about it by saying "We cannot take eight years next time to make our next game. We need to figure out how to do these amazing things faster. Maybe we shouldn't have been quite so ambitious with Rage. Maybe we should have spent some time doing the other things that we know how to do really well." Head on for the full video of the keynote, along with the highlights.

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The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Premium Collector's Edition Announced

Todd Howard presented the first ever public preview of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Skyrim Collector's Edition to an extremely raucous crowd at QuakeCon. 

The set includes the game, a making of DVD, a cloth map of the world, an oversized coffee table art book with over 200 pages of art from the game, and a 12" statue of Alduin, the World Eater dragon from the series. "This is coolest collector's edition we've ever made," said Howard.

"We always say that we make the games we want to play. We can also say we create the collector’s editions we’d want to own,” said Pete Hines, VP of PR and Marketing for Bethesda Softworks. “We all want one of these!”

This extremely limited Collector's Edition will be available at launch for the Xbox 360, PS3, and Windows, and will retail for $149.99. Head after the break to see the full details.

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QuakeCon 2011 has begun in Dallas, Texas but if you weren't able to make the trip you'll be able to catch all of the action via the QuakeCon Live Stream! You'll be treated to world-class QuakeCon Live coverage. On hand for the tournament will be James “2gd” Harding, Alex “Jehar” Popa, and Steve “GreasedScotsman” Huff providing top quality commentary of the Quake Live tournaments.



The QuakeCon Live Stream will also feature interviews with pro gamers, tournament admins, QuakeCon staff, developers, and more. There will also be exclusive behind-the-scenes videos of the tournament, expo, and BYOC areas.

You won't want to miss the stream, or G4TV.com's coverage of QuakeCon featuring hands on with The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim for the first time, as well as spending a ton of time with Rage, Prey 2 and Dishonored.




The latest trailer for Bethesda's first person shooter RAGE, entitled "Uprising", shows the story of your character's epic journey from Ark survivor to heroic freedom fighter in the Wasteland's fight against the Authority. RAGE will feature fast action, breakneck vehicle combat, and an expansive world for you to discover.

Rage "Uprising" Trailer -- The Story Of Rage »


RAGE is coming out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on October 4, 2011.

QuakeCon Offers Massive Steam Sale

What's QuakeCon without a massive sale? Todd Hollenshead welcomed the cheering crowd by announcing that all of their iOS games would be at least 50% during the four day event, and if they reach 100,000 likes on the Rage Facebook page, they'll give away Rage on the iPhone and iPad for free for a week. 

But, the really juicy goods come via Steam, where id and Bethesda will be offering a different sale for the next four days, starting right now. Today, you can purchase the Doom/Quake Complete Pack for $29.99, which includes every Doom and Quake title, all the way up to Quake 4 which was just uploaded to Steam last week. There will be daily specials on everything from The Elder Scrolls to Fallout through Sunday, so check back daily to decide what you want to spend your cash on.

Or, go for the entire QuakeCon Pack which includes every id/Bethesda game for $69.99, a $494.66 dollar value. But, if you pre-order Rage or Skyrim during the show, that pack goes down to $39.99, and if you order both, it's only $29.99. That's like 20 years worth of gaming for $150 bucks. 













QuakeCon 2011 starts today, and G4 is there! Ever since Zenimax acquired id and partnered Bethesda with the iconic developer, the four day gaming celebration now houses a lot of different types of games. While in Dallas (where it's well over 100 degrees every day, yowtch!) we'll be putting our hands on The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim for the first time and telling you all about it, spending a ton of time with Rage, and checking out Prey 2 and Dishonored as well. 

There are also a lot of public panels at QuakeCon, which is free, by the way. So if you're in the Dallas area, come check it out! We'll be hitting the ones below the break, which include a panel about 20 years of id software, moderated by our very own Morgan Webb, and a community manager panel featuring former X-Play mainstay Abbie Heppe (who we miss very much).

Stay tuned to G4tv.com throughout the event and afterwards for news, videos, interviews, previews, and more! We're even planning on braving the massive Bring Your Own Computer room, so if you never hear from me again, have someone check in there.

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