QuakeCon gets twice the Carmack

If you’re headed to QuakeCon this year, you’ll be treated to John Carmack’s traditional keynote plus an additional presentation from one of the godfathers of modern gaming… or, if you’d prefer, there’s a handful of fun tournaments you can get in on.

Carmack’s speech isn’t one for casual fans, though: The Bethesda blog explains the lecture-like presentation is “not for the technically faint at heart”, focussing on light transport and rendering.

Titled “The Physics of Light and Rendering”, the talk will take place on Friday, August 2nd at 5:00pm CST. Learn how light behaves in the real world, and the approximations and compromises that are involved in simulating the behavior with computers. This lecture will be geared towards those interested in the interactions of light in the world and how computer software simulates it.

QuakeCon 2013 tournaments

Just a peek at what’s in store

…if you prefer to play games rather than make them (nothin’ wrong with that), there are three official tournaments on the way at the event:

  • The Intel Quake Live Duel Invitational Master
    The Intel Quake Live Duel Invitational Masters Championship will feature known professionals and top Quake Live competitors in an exclusive tournament. Up to 32 of the world’s best Quake Live players, hand selected by tournament staff from the open online registration, will face-off in the 1 vs.1 duel for $18,000 in a double elimination bracket, with each match played in a best-of-three-games format. With two competitors remaining, thousands will gather to watch as these two best-of-the-best survivors go head-to-head in a single elimination, best-of-five-games throw-down with a $9,000 check written to the champion.
  • Quake Live Clan Arena 3v3 Open
    The Quake Live Clan Arena 3v3 Open will feature 3 vs. 3 competitions for up to 32 teams battling it out in a single elimination bracket and best-of-three games format, with the two top teams advancing to a best-of-five Grand Final. Teams who come out on top will share prizes of $6,000, including $3,000 for the team of champions.
  • 20th Anniversary Doom Challenge
    The 20th Anniversary Doom Challenge will feature old school Doom 2 gaming. Battling for a share of prizes, including $1,000 for the champion, players will compete in sixteen player Free-For-All matches that will qualify 32 players for the single elimination bracket, where each match will be played in a best-of-three-games format.

For all the contest rules and the relevant details, pop over to the Bethesda Blog.

QuakeCon 2013 is kicking off in Dallas, Texas at the Hilton Anatole Hotel from August 1-4. General admission is free, but you’d better get in quick.

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