QUAKE CON 2004
Dallas, Texas. Lets start with the weather. It was the middle of August and
the weather was NicE. I was expecting the scorching sun and dulling humidity
of pervious QuakeCon events. If we did venture outside, even after sundown
it was not a pleasant feeling unless you were making a run for the front
doors of Denny's.
Hotel Gaylord was indeed a happy and colorful place. The gigantic glass
atrium with hundreds of hotel rooms facing this large, indoor area made you
feel like you were a productive little ant in your four star termite nest.
It was impressive, extravagant and it was full of gamers. It has been
such a long time since the last QuakeCon. Badges, dark T-shirts and various
gaming gear being carried around... It felt so great to be back once again.
QuakeCon felt SO much bigger than a regular con. It was a massive,
jaw-dropping organized mayhem that involved thousands of people.
Preparation, planning, volunteers helping out before, during and after the
event. The gamers with their setup in the byoc area, the companies
representing their products throughout the event floor. It was an amazing
experience to be able to see so many pc's set up on LAN, the tournament area
was nice as usual. The room set up for the finals felt like a large movie
theater, with the exception that it was a lot more exciting than any action
film that I can think of. I was at the edge of my seat watching the finals.
Somehow I find it a lot more nerve wracking to watch your friends play in a
close game against a strong opponent than to be playing in that match
Doom III. Ah, yes. It's just you, me and DOOM III. The "Kornelia Challenge"
was presented by Activision and
Alienware on the floor of QuakeCon
in the exhibitor area during the event. The event took place on Friday the
13th. Gamers attending QuakeCon could try their luck at playing against me
in a 1 on 1 DOOM III match. (Some encouragement from friends was sometimes
required.) DOOM III is out. The game looks incredible. I am going to stop
myself from getting too detailed here. I am sure that you know what
DOOM III is like from various angles. (Gameplay, Storyline, engine, levels,
Friday the 13th. 10am and the "Kornelia Challenge" event beings. Frag
limit 7, time limit 7. Map DM2. Four frags gives you a raffle ticket that
for a spiffy Alienware laptop. If you can beat me you get a DOOM III t-shirt
a raffle ticket and various gaming goodies. (Basically the stakes are high.
I must defend the shirts.) My first opponent of the day takes his seat
across from me, soon the countdown is nearing zero and the match begins. He
gets first kill. The crowd cheers. In the next couple of minutes he gets two
more kills. It is three zero with him in the lead. As I try to regroup he
frags me again. It is four zero with only a couple of minutes left of the
match. I am sitting there thinking to myself, this is interesting, I should
have eaten my spinach. I try to regroup again, I keep calm, we engage in a
battle and I frag him. Four to one. I end up keeping control of the match
and I frag him five more times. The final score of the game is 6-4 Kornelia.
My opponent is quite happy with his raffle ticket. The matches to come had a
more decisive outcome. Five people got one frag against me. (7 - 1) The
other thirty matches were won 7 to 0. At the end of the day one raffle
ticket had been given away for the chance to win the Alienware laptop, to
the first challenger. (What great odds, 1 to 1.)
36 matches played. 36
wins, 0 losses.
30 matches won 7 to 0.
5 matches won 7 to 1.
1 match won 6 to 4.
event was a success. I really enjoyed playing and watching matches being
played. It was great to be able to see my old friend and to meet plenty of
"new" people and spend time with them over the weekend. Thank you
for sending me
that I picked out. It arrived in the nick of time. (It literally got to my
hotel as I was preparing to head over to play my matches on Friday.)
Todd of id Software and I