By {DFM}Ice-IX

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No Ryly at Quakecon this year. She was in Palm Desert, California at the Toastmasters International Convention.

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I brought my computer to the BYOC Wednesday night but the check-in database was down. These guys were waiting for it to come back up.

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This is the line of people who backed up behind me while the database was down.

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A huge NOC was located in the middle of the BYOC.

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I had to park in the overflow lot most of the time. A quarter of the way to the hotel, I walked past this vehicle.

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The official opening of the BYOC was delayed Thursday morning because of some last minute issues. A large line quickly developed.

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One line was for people who had already dropped their equipment off and the other was for those who still needed to check-in.

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Finally, the line moved enough so I could get to the air conditioning.

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At 10:00 AM, the lights were still on in the BYOC but it was slowing beginning to fill.

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Here it is, home for the next four days.

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I immediately opened my browser to play some Quake Live and encountered this surprise … Network problems!

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An area was set up this year so spectators could watch the early tournament matches and listen to the shoutcasts.

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Yvonna Lynn (of Charisma +2) and Fatal1ty on the Quick Draw stage.

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Spectators watching a game from the 1v1 Masters Tournament.

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This is some of the equipment brought by to support the shoutcasts of the tournaments

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Ventrillo donated two Shelby Cobra Mustangs, one blue.

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… And one red.

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The Quakecon Girls on the Quick Draw stage.

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PCs were set up in part of the vendor area so gamers could try Quake Live.

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Clov3r coached the Quakecon Girls, teaching them the finer points of Quake Live.

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The Quakecon Girls played Fatal1ty in a Quake Live match.

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Afterwards, various gamers had the opportunity to play against the Quakecon Girls.

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Most of the Quakecon Girls had console experience but did not want to stop playing Quake Live.

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Two Quakecon Girls discuss their match with Fatal1ty.

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The Bethesda Softworks booth featuring their games Brink and Fallout, New Vegas.

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The center of the vendor area.

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The Air Force Reserve had a booth set up in the vendor area. It never seemed very busy.

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Patriot Memory had several laptops set up to demonstrate the speed of solid state drives versus hard disk drives.

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The nVidia booth.

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Asus had a great booth with lots of overclocking demos and cool gizmos.

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A first for Quakecon, the Retail Store.

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Alienware has their H1 Hummer decked out with multiple gaming PCs on display in their booth.

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Part of the large AMD + ATI + Sapphire booth.

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The guys from CPU Magazine were overdressed, as usual.

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The front of the Bethesda Softworks booth.

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Antec has this interesting little PC on display in their booth.

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The Guildhall at SMU was back again with a booth.

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The PCs in the tournament area were provided by Dell Alienware.

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Back in the BYOC, network problems continued. There was a local Steam repository but you had to logon to the Steam via the Internet to access it.

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The guy sitting on my right tethered his PC to his phone and played TF2 over a 3G connection.

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As the tournaments moved into their final stages, a large crowd gathered to watch Rapha vs. Stermy.

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Rapha lost, was eliminated, and finished 6th. It was his second worst finish at a major tournament ever.

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Cooller and Cypher chat before the 1v1 Masters Tournament finals.

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In the CTF finals, fnatic won the first game, played on Japanese Castles, against EG 3-2.

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EG came back on Siberia, a map that is not their strongest, to even the match.

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EG won 3-2 over fnatic on Stonekeep, a new CTF map, to win the $15,000 first prize.

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Cooller prepares himself for the 1v1 Masters Tournament finals.

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Cypher make final adjustments to his PC prior to the start of the match.

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Cooller's brother (and manager) watches the tournament action from the stage.

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Cooller won the first map, Lost World, 9-0 but forfeited the second map, Battleforge, to even the match one win each.

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Cooller won the third map, Furious Heights, 2-1.

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Cypher came back on Aerowalk in the final minutes to even the match with two wins each.

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Cypher again came back on the final map, Blood Run to win his second Quakecon Championship and the $14,000 first prize.

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A brief discussion took place at Cooller's PC following the match.

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Nice paint job on the case and interesting wallpaper on the monitor.

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Three views of this PC, one from the left …

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One from the right …

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And one from the front.

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The case had a nice skin applied to it.

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This PC had nice green lighting inside the case.

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Which nicely complemented the green highlighting on the exterior of the case.

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The PC was entered in the case modding contest.

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This monster was almost as tall as I was.

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It was very noticeable in the dark BYOC.

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This acrylic case was lit by six LED fans.

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This hand-built case was huge and required a large hand cart to move it.

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No towers of Bawls cans in the BYOC this year. This was about as complicated as the construction got.

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Possibly a Cooller fan boy?

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This case modding contest entry was quite small.

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It also looked really cool in the dark.

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This was a popular look, the second PC I saw with this skin.

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This Quakecon will be remembered for its network problems but when the network was up, I had a solid 4 ms ping in Quake Live.

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There were always a few Instagib, FFA, CA, CTF, and Freeze Tag games going on.

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Although the number of players seemed low. I keep running into the same people over and over.

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Everyone was given premium level access to Quake Live while playing in the BYOC.

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This was my last game of Quake Live at Quakecon 2010. Nice to finish with a win. :-)