QuakeCon 2006 (Page 2)
It's funny going
to an event like QuakeCon. Unlike E3, which is filled with hoards
and hoards of nobodies and press, QuakeCon is comprised largely of
hardcore gamers who are actively involved in the communities.
Half the time you'll meet somebody and actually recognize their
handle. When the check-in lines finally opened up, somebody
looked at my Digital Paint shirt, looked at me inquisitively, and
asked, "Who are you?" "jitspoe." "Oh yeah? I'm
carcoal. I paid some guy $20 so I could cut in line." I'll
have to remember that next time. Certainly a better alternative
to waiting overnight. It was just odd that I happened to run into
basically the only other DP community member able to make it right
there at the front of the line.
The Happy Friar, from PlanetQuake, informed me that while he was in
charge of the computer network at school, he installed Digital Paint:
Paintball 2 on the computers there and they played it all the time,
since it was free. I also ran into Kedhrin of the Quake 10 year
project and played a few rounds with R1CH who developed R1Q2.
Even Jehar was actively involved with Doom editing and recently moved
up to Quake 2 mapping (along with being a part of the Tasty Spleen
The best moment, though, was when Jehar and I were wandering out of the
BYOC section for something. I paused and said, "Look who's behind
you." Jehar turned around and looked off in the distance,
confused. "No RIGHT behind you. Like 2 inches away."
"Holy @#%$!" John Carmack was just chilling there, talking
with somebody. Sadly I didn't have my camera handy at the moment,
but I'm sure you all know what he looks like anyway (and I'll have
pictures of him later). But that's just par for the course at
QuakeCon. The id guys are just hanging around, talking with
people, hosting tournaments, etc.
Ok, enough writing. Time for more pictures.
Here we see the
public's first chance to play Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. The
"problem" with QuakeCon is that there's just so much to do that you
inevitably end up missing out on things. This is one of the
things I never got around to checking out.
Lots of crazy
case mods there. I thought this nVidia chair mod was pretty
clever, and it could prove useful on cold days. Not that Dallas
I'm guessing this
was the guy who had 3+ TB shared on DC++. 8 drives on one side
and 4 or 6 on the other. Mostly anime, I'm sure.
mine. Not super fancy, but I like to think it looks decent.
Some people get
pretty creative with their attire. I'm guessing he was dressing
up as a Strogg, complete with stilt "enhancements."
On the topic of
attire, Jehar volunteered to get wrapped up in duct tape for the
"Creative Use of nVidia Swag" contest.
I guess I didn't
get a shot of the final product, but this is pretty close. We
added some more stickers and stuff later.
He was certainly
easy to spot, even from the opposite side of the BYOC.
And it just so
happened that he bore a strong resemblance to the player model he used
Sadly, we both managed to miss the actual competition. They
stated that it would be held at the nVidia booth. I assumed they
were going to hold it over at the nVidia stage area, where all the
other competitions were held, and they were currently holding the Bawls
chugging contest. I figured they'd wrap up the Bawls contest and
move on to the nVidia swag contest. They didn't. Jehar was
actually in the line for the chugging contest (despite our
advice). Later nVidia caught up with him and gave him a jacket,
though, which was pretty cool. I wish I would have seen who won
and gotten pictures. Here's a picture of what another guy worked
I don't think he
won, either, but it was a nice attempt.
Bawls Chugging Contest
So I missed the creative nVidia swag contest, but I did get a few good
shots of the Bawls chugging contest.
This one was
worth sharing just because of the shirt.
Here's a couple videos:
chugging 1] - I think he scored like 10.2 seconds.
chugging 2] - Even girls can chug!
Not everybody was
so successful, though.
I turned around
and noticed the stage made for a pretty good shot of the BYOC
area. Lots of pretty, glowing lights.
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