Case mod contest, Quake Live finals, Bawls chugging, Conclusion
Case mod contest finals
One of the final events on the main stage was the annual Quakecon case mod contest sponsored by Modders Inc. and PC Perspective. This monsterous Corsair Obsidian 800D full-tower case was a crowd favorite and utlimately took first place in the case mod category.
In the scratch build category, five-time Quakecon case mod champion Derrick Jackson used his "The Incredible Hulk" creation to bring home the gold. Their were medals awarded to first, second, and third place in each category, which I thought was a nice touch to award them for their individual accomplishments.
Quake Live finals
The "grand finale" to bring closure to Quakecon every year is always the Quake Live finals. Axema took first place in the Quake Live Dual Open Championship over Flysher as well as $1,000 in his pocket.
In the Quake Live Capture the Flag competition, Team ROOF took top honors over DaFoneMen to win $4,000 for their squad.
Cypher earned $9,000 when he edged out DaHanG to win the Quake Live Duel Invitational Masters championship. Cypher is currently the top Quake Live player in the world, but DaHanG won the first two matches 4-0 and 11-9 before Cypher rattled off three straight wins to take home first place.
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
Ventrilo, a voice communication program used in tournaments and multiplayer games, sponsored their fifth-annual “Ultimate Power Up” Sweepstakes that was won by Adam "Silence" Corvin who is driving away from Quakecon 2012 in a brand new race-red 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe.
The Bawls chugging competition has become a staple at Quakecon and this year's finals wasn't even close as KenCo12 beat out his competitor for the overall chugging crown.
With another Quakecon under my belt, I like to reflect on many of the sights and sounds I heard and experienced from throughout the BYOC area, exhibit hall, and main stage presentations. John Carmack did a fantastic job with his keynote address this year and I was able to actually understand most of what he was talking about until he started doing a deep-dive discussion about virtual reality technology. The expert game developer panels gave us a peek behind the scenes into what it takes for a game studio to develop and produce multi-million dollar game titles and I know everyone was excited to hear that Dishonored will be available on Oct. 9. Doom 3 BFG Edition also looked intriguing and will be out Oct. 16 for the PC, Playstation 3, and XBox 360.
Besides the announcements and demo play for Dishonored and Doom 3 BFG Edition, I was a little disappointed that other PC titles weren't touted as much on the Quakecon main stage. Maybe they set the bar too high last year with awesome demos of Skyrim and Rage, but we didn't get to see the same amount of new trailers or game walkthroughs that we experienced in year's past. The amount of swag tossed to the crowds in the exhibit hall was also lacking, but Ryan did a great job working with our generous sponsors for hardware workshop prizes.
Besides the major hiccup we had getting kicked off the main stage early at the end of the workshop, Quakecon was another three-day blur filled with awesome gaming, familiar faces duking it out in the BYOC, and informative discussions on the next big PC titles like Dishonored, Borderlands 2, and Assassin's Creed 3. The PCPer staff looks forward to making the trek to Dallas next year to meet with our readers and put on another fantastic hardware workshop too.