QuakeCon 2008 Roundup

It has been about a month since QuakeCon 2008 and I have finally settled into my senior school schedule enough to have the time to write about it. 0v3rk1ll and I flew out to Dallas, Texas for QuakeCon and stayed at the Hilton Anatole from July 31st to August 3rd. We were pre-registered for the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) so we only had to wait in line maybe 10-15 minutes to get our BYOC badges and update our list of belongings that we brought into the BYOC.

My brother, Cody, painted up a football helmet for me to wear as Commander Keen for the convention.

The Hilton Anatole is quite a sight, it is filled with amazing Asian artwork. There are a lot of statues of Gautama Buddha and there is even a piece of the Berlin Wall on display outside.

Here is a Ctrl+Alt+Del comic on convention hygiene and my BYOC pass.

0v3rk1ll and I brought our laptops and were glad that we did since they’re a lot easier to fly with than a computer would be.

The BYOC was full of interesting computers and case mods.


There were many vendor booths there as expected. AMD & ATI had the main booth in the center where most of the excitement happened at. They had a couple of AMD Build-Offs where two people go head-to-head at trying to assemble a computer as fast as they can. There were a lot of companies that just had computers set up for LAN play within the vendor area so you could try out their computers with games that you are familiar with. 0v3rk1ll got called up to the AMD booth from a raffle and won a motherboard, he talked them into shipping him a Radeon 4850 with it. We entered in some Quake 3 & 4 tournaments at the PNY booth, I came in 2nd place in a Quake 3: Arena tournament (lost by one kill!) and won 4 GB of RAM that I gave to 0v3rk1ll so he would have more parts to build a new computer with.

There were two Wolfenstien booths, one was playing the trailer to the new Wolfenstein that is coming out and the other was for Wolfenstein RPG on the phone. I won a Wolfenstien RPG t-shirt after trying the game out.

I got called up to the stage for a big AMD raffle with a couple of other people to compete for a computer that was assembled by Maingear. For the first round we played The Price Is Right and guessed at prices of selected computer hardware on Newegg.com, I guessed the closest prices on the first two questions without going over so I moved on to the next round with another con-goer. We then played The Dating Game. I ended up winning the computer and was very happy.

At the end there was a big party. There were ET:QW and QuakeLive tournaments, prizes were awarded, and the Frag Movie was played.

I had the computer that I won shipped to my house, it arrived within a week of returning home. I brought it to my friend Zildjian’s house for a LAN party and found out the hard way that lugging around a 55 lb full-tower computer is a real pain in the back. Since the case that the computer came in was very large, heavy, and lacked USB ports on the actual case, I replaced it with an Ultra E-Torque mid-tower case that is a lot smaller and lighter. It even has USB ports on the top of the case, which is the best place for them in my opinion. Here are some photographs of it with the original case and then some of it with the new case that I put it in.

The current specs of the system are:

  • Power Supply: 750W MAINGEAR Ultra Quiet Power Supply
  • Motherboard: MSI K9A2 Platinum AMD 790FX Chipset
  • Processor: AMD Phenom X4 9950 BLACK EDITION (2.6GHz x 4)
  • Memory: CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC 6400)
  • Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache – SATA II (I also added a 160GB SATA drive that I had in my old computer)
  • Optical Drive: 20X Dual Layer DVD.RW Drive w/ LightScribe Technology – black
  • Video Card: Visiontek ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB GDDR5

Hopefully ATI will release some solid radeon drivers for Linux sometime soon so I can boot the penguin on that machine to play games instead of having to go into Windows XP.

That’s all for now. I am already stoked for QuakeCon 2009 😉

~ Tinny


Quake Live Beta and QuakeCon 2008

It’s almost here, QuakeCon is in 11 days, 23 hours, and such and such minutes! 0v3rk1ll and I are flying out to Dallas, Texas for it this year. We are registered for the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) LAN party. We hope to compete in many of the tournaments and to get lots of free stuff from the sponsor booths. I will be bringing my camera and taking pictures, so you can expect to receive a report on our experience there.

Quake Live

Quake Live is what has been made of Quake Zero, id Software’s project to make a Quake III based game that is free through in-game advertisements and can be played from within the user’s browser using an application plugin. It was discussed in John Carmack‘s QuakeCon 2007 keynote speech.

Late Thursday night I received an e-mail to confirm my acceptance into the Quake Live beta. I had to reboot to Windows since it is only a beta and their website currently weeds out anyone who isn’t running Windows since the beta release is for Windows. I’m under a non-disclosure agreement, so let me just tell you that I like the weapon set and I couldn’t ask for a better set of maps for competitive Quake III playing. If you want to have a good look at it, check out the E3 Quake Live trailer.

Everyone who is registered for QuakeCon has received or will be receiving a Quake Live beta invite according to the QuakeCon News, I think this is a great idea and I can’t wait to play it there. It’s on the Quake III engine so it does look dated, but the point isn’t to make a new game out of it, the point is to make the game free through in-game advertisements. Quake III has been my favourite game engine for a while now, so I’m not complaining about it looking dated, as long as it plays well.

So far there haven’t been any promises for Linux gamers, but from John Carmack’s 2007 keynote and various interviews it has been made clear that id Software wants to make Quake Live available for Mac and Windows.

I still have many unanswered questions about Quake Live, hopefully they’ll be answered at QuakeCon.

~ Tinny

June LAN

I was planning on having a LAN party and a bonfire some weekend after school ended, so I planned it for last weekend, but then we had some bad weather with thunderstorms and tornado warnings so I ended up just having a LAN party. The power went out three times, but that’s because we had about nine computers and an air conditioner all on the same fuse, we finally fixed that with extension cords.

The games of the night were: Age of Chivalry, a total conversion for Half-Life 2, and Crysis. This was the first time I had played Age of Chivalry and it proved to be a great mod for LAN play and it’s pretty good online too depending on who you’re playing it with. It still needs a lot of work done as far as balance goes, footmen seem too powerful to just be footmen. Crysis is great as long as the map you’re playing on has an aircraft base, VTOLs are my favourite part of the game.

LAN Table
I think this was our largest LAN party so far, we had nine people there 😛

CaBo0se and 0v3rk1ll
Spook, Ghost, TinMan, CaBo0sE, and 0v3rk1ll

Blind Fragging
Spook and I can frag with our eyes closed!

Voxx Lies
Voxx lies.

0v3rk1ll Airsoft
0v3rk1ll and his Airsoft gun.

Tree and Zild
Tree, Zildjian, Voxx, DeFAulT, and CaBo0sE

Mountain Maze
Sinkist, not Sunkist, look closely at the letters.
Mountain Maze = Jewel’s Mountain Dew

Mountain Maze
Some stay dry and others feel the tase
Mountain maze

That’s all for now. Peace.

~ Tinny

CPL Summer Event 2007

The Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL), has confirmed the date and venue of this year’s CPL Summer Championships, which will host the $40,000 USA Stop of the 2007 CPL World Tour, sponsored by Sierra Entertainment. The CPL Summer Championships will take place from Thursday, August 30th to Sunday, September 2nd, 2007 (Labor Day Weekend) at the Hilton Anatole, in Dallas Texas.The BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) will be hosted by the Cyberathlete Amateur League (CAL) and will have tournaments for several CAL supported games.

The online registration for the CPL Summer Championships will launch on Thursday, June 21, 2007 (Summer Solstice) at noon CST.

2007 CPL World Tour News

CPL Alert

Feisty Fawn and a LAN

Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) was released on April 19th, 2007. As you can probably guess, I’m running it now and it’s good. The first thing noticed is the increased boot speed, it gets faster with each version. I’m finally running 64-bit with no problems, I even have plugins running on a 32-bit firefox thanks to a guide on Ubuntu Forums.

I switched to the Listen music player after I noticed that Rhythmbox had created huge XML files to use as song info databases and it listed a large amount of files to “ignore” that weren’t even in my music directory. It looked was worse than an iTunes database to me. Listen has .db files that are small and non-intrusive. I also like that Listen has Last.fm, Wikipedia, and access to lyrics built into it, I commonly use them when I find a great song.

At the LAN Party we played some Unreal Tournament GOTY, UT2K4, Tremulous, DPBall 2, and World of Padman.

The Setup The Toms
Oh Snap! Smiley
Smiley Spook
Spook typing on a distant computer Crash and a movie, 300

Pictures from Events in 07

I went through my camera and decided to post some pictures here.

chickens
Chickens, yes… I have pet chickens.

 

Here are some photos from a LAN Party a while back.

Bob on eBay Airsoft Guns

0v3rk1ll TinMan

The Table Spook's elbow

Default (DFO) on NeonPulse Spook and Default (DFO)

0v3rk1ll's setup Default (DFO)

Voxx The inside of a soda can...lol

Bob, lord of the dogs. A Wii Offering

CaBo0sE

 

Some Wii Sports before seeing the band that keeps renaming play at Coffee House.

There's no wrong way to Wii Box.

 

Smiley brought his belegarth equipment to the last LAN, I recorded a video of him fighting Default (DFO) and 0v3rk1ll.

Default (DFO) Owned Default (DFO) and the Smiley Shield

Smiley attacking Default (DFO) Smiley PWNING Default (DFO)

Smiley and Default (DFO) 0v3rk1ll, Default (DFO), and Smiley

Smiley, 0v3rk1ll, and Default (DFO) Smiley with Belegarth Wounds

Zildjian Zildjian's TFC Setup

 

These are from the Chicago Hacker Meeting two days ago.

Xarow fixing his laptop's power button b1rd wearing awesome shades

 

b1rd took this of me Pac-Man and Tetroids on my Chucks

The last three pictures are from b1rd’s sidekick.