It has now been a week since Quakecon ended and all the dust has settled. Everyone is back home adjusting back to their daily routine, reminiscing on a time when responsibilities didn’t matter. Quakecon is a home away from home to many including myself. Its the time of the year when you can drop everything, head to a massive resort as the Gaylord Texan is and relax. Days upon days of gaming, hanging out with friends you dont get to see often, Bawls energy drinks, ungodly amounts of alcohol and more.
This years theme was a bit different though. Quakecon donned another name alongside its original, this was the year of Doom. With Doom celebrating its 25th anniversary, Quakecon became DoomCon as well this past weekend. Doom Eternal was teased with trailers, game play, hands on previews, panels and more. Im not going to lie, I’ve never played Doom for large amounts of time in one sitting but wow, Doom Eternal is on another level. It was been years since Ive been this excited for the release of a game. Needless to say, I headed over to my local Gamestop and pre ordered the game shortly after the con was over.
The BYOC was at full strength as usual this year. The amount of seats was downgraded from last year briefly but I honestly didnt really noticed. The BYOC was jam packed and I wouldnt have it any other way. Quakecons BYOC is something that words alone cant do justice when describing it to someone who has never experienced it. The BYOC is its own seperate little world. A city built in a week, inhabited for 4 days and then torn down. For that period of time, it lives and breathes through the lungs, eyes, mouse trigger fingers, and souls of every BYOC attendee. Its the most peaceful, chaotic place ive ever experienced. The best kind of oxymoron.
Charities were a huge prescence this year in the exhibitors hall. Quakecon and its community has done an amazing job in giving back. This year 1 up on Cancer, Gamers Outreach, Stack up, Anime for Humanity, and Dallas Pets Alive all had booths. Dallas Pets Alive had T shirts donated by Bethesda that could be acquired by making a donation to the non-kill animal shelter (Did i get one? You bet I did!). Its heart warming to see the gaming community care this much about these charities and I am glad we could all shine some light on the various issues addressed.
All in all it was an incredibly successful year for Quakecon and im sure we are all counting down the days until Quakecon 2020. Upon exiting the atrium, the dates for nexts years con were revealed! See you all next year August 6th through August 9th!!