By SS*Ryly and {DFM}Ice-IX

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The location and date for QuakeCon 2008 were announced last year but registration was not announced until mid-April

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April 30, Registration night

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Running through the registration checklist

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Registration actually began about 10 minutes early

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Driving to QuakeCon we encountered the usual traffic in the Mixmaster

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Reunion Tower, a Dallas landmark

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The Bank of America building with Renaissance Tower on its left

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New construction around the American Airlines Center

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Storm clouds gathering to the west

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After a grueling 8 mile trip, we arrived at the Hilton Anatole

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Our room was on the 25 floor and had been recently remodeled

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Double vanity in the bathroom

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The desk and seating area (human provided for scale)

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A large walk-in shower

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The only drawback was the bath only had one sink

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The view from the 25th floor of storms north of Dallas

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The storms quickly passed and we had no rain the rest of the week

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At 9:00 PM, early registration had not yet opened

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Obviously a Quake 4 player

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Some people had been waiting in line for early registration since 10:00 AM Wednesday morning

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The tournaments began Thursday afternoon

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These are the tourney computers for QuakeLive and ET:QW

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kgb, Clov3r, and pyro wait for the tourney bracket announcments

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1v1 brackets for QuakeLive were announced at 5:00 PM

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Pyro readies his machine for the first 1v1 round

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Killing time before the start of the first 1v1 round

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There were some technical issues that delayed the start of the first round games

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Players were asked not to leave the Tourney area but eventually, nature called

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Team rage preparing for their first round QuakeLive CTF match

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Dell and Intel had a huge booth area which included a large trailer set up as a store

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Ryly lights it up on Guitar Hero

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Nice paint jobs on the GameRigs PCs

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This is a Flac jacket-type vest that transmits the impact of gaming hits to your body . . . Sounds like fun :-/

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Electronic Arts was promoting the upcoming Wolfenstein RPG with posters and booth babes

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amBX, in conjunction with Micro Center, had a nice booth and gaming area

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AMD and ATI had a large booth area with stages, gaming PCs, and real live Rubys

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Unfortunately, they also had a complicated scheme for getting swag that involved walking around getting coupons stamped

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Chillin' in the comfy chairs in the Activision booth

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Finally, Bawls is allowed to sell their product in the vendor area

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Girls with machine guns in the Activision booth . . . We need more of that :-)

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Another of the Wolfenstein Girls

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Just the thing on a hot August day, Sno Bawls!

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Triton was displaying their gaming headsets

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FRAG, the movie, was screened on Friday night while copies of the DVD were available at this booth

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PNY had a nice booth with demos and gaming PCs

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Steel Series was at one edge of the PNY booth with mice, mousepads, and headphones

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Cooler Master was also sharing space with PNY and Steel Series

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DLP was a last minute addition to the vendor area

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A single DLP HDTV with a ghosted image . . .

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With the special glasses, each player sees their own full-screen ingame view

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The Linksys booth

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The new Linksys N Wireless Router

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The Cybertron booth has several demo PCs setup

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FSP Group gave away several gaming rigs during the convention

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Power supplies of all sizes

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The team from CPU Magazine were a bit overdressed but had good taste in beverages

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This funky box was suppose to provide 3-D visuals for your games

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The Quake Girls and Todd Hollenshead on the Quick Draw stage

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Despite the name, it took quite a while to draw two names that were actually present

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Ventrilo was giving away a 2008 Corvette

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Not bad . . .

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The Quake Girls seemed to approve
(photo by Quakecon Staff Photographers)

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The Wolfenstein Girls
(photo by Quakecon Staff Photographers)

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The Quake Girls, the Wolfenstein Girls, and Ruby
(photo by Quakecon Staff Photographers)

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The "other" Ruby

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More views from the 25th floor, Parkland Hospital, Southwest Medical Center, and the Renaissance Hotel

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The Dallas World Trade Center

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Stemmons Freeway (I-35) with Las Colinas in the distance

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The Double Tree Hotel (for the fans of the Dallas TV show)

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The Galleria area

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Between the Tower and the Convention Area, a section of the Berlin Wall (with graffiti) is on display

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Double-wide PC case with lights

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With three fans drawing air into this case, I would suppose there are no cooling issues with this rig

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This rig has an LCD screen mounted on the side of the case which functions independently of the main LCD display

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Whataburger FTW \o/

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Very ornate design on this case

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This case has a Wofenstein logo cut out from the side panel

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Overall, a very nice job

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Large, liquid-cooled rig

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The wire mesh side panel was a popular addition this year

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I don't know, I would get a bigger monitor

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This case is double high with CPU and drives on top and the cooling unit below

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A really poor shot of Ic3-IX's gaming rig

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The barbequer PC

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A look inside the barbequer PC

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Sitting next to the BBQ PC, was the Ice Chest PC

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Another shot of the Ice Chest PC

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Saturday afternoon and thee were still plenty of empty seats at the BYOC and people were still trickling in

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Praetorian and the rest of the network staff kept the BYOC network running at peak efficency

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The family that frags together stays together

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Ryly *ahem* chats on DC++

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The masses wait to enter the Main Stage area for the Saturday night party and finals

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Like the Black Gates of Mordor, the portal swings open

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The Saturday night party featured free food, drinks, and beer

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The Main Stage

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The money winners from the ET:QW console tournament

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The money winners from the ET:QW PC tournament

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The CTF finals, billymaysdaze came from the winners bracket

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rage came from the losers bracket, having only lost to billymaysdaze

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Oh, that hurts!

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billymaysdaze scored with less than 60 seconds left to win the first game 1 - 0

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rage tried to come back in the second game but fell short 3 - 2

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In It For The Money (pyro's team) won third in the CTF tourney

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rage took second place

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billymaysdaze collected the first place prize money

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The CTF winners

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The winner of the Bawls chugging contest on the right with a time of 17.3 seconds

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The winner of the Guitar Hero singles competion

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Collecting his trophy from Spicey

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Playing for third place in the Guitar Hero Co-Op competion, one team scored 654,937

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The other team failed out!

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The first place Co-Op team scored 1,195,834 and had a 1571 note streak on One by Metallica

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Collecting their trophies from Spicey

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. . . And getting mobbed by the Quake Girls

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The winner of the 2008 Corvette seemed a little subdued

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Finally the QuakeLive 1v1 finals began with Zero4 coming from the losers bracket

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Cypher came from the winners bracket

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Cypher dominated the first map, only losing control for a brief period in the middle of the game

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Zero4 tried to come back on the second map but simply ran out of time

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Waiting for the 1v1 awards presentation off stage

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Griffin won third on the 1v1 tourney

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Zero4 finished second

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Cypher receives his prize money

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Cypher is the 2008 Quakecon 1v1 champion

We played quite a bit of QuakeLive FFA during the con and have lots of screenshots and demos but the QuakeLive Beta NDA prohibits their distribution at this time.

Check back once QuakeLive has been publicly released!

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We played until 7:00 AM Sunday morning, a new Quakecon record for Ryly and Ice

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Sunday morning, people were lined up to check out of the BYOC

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A few diehard souls were still playing QuakeLive

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Fatal1ty was playing his final games as well

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The BYOC was starting to look pretty devoid of computers

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The last computers were being broken down

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Chairs were being stacked to begin the tear down

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Even Praetorian had packed his equipment for the trip home

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Nothing left now but the cleanup