When I woke up today, I was really excited about going to QuakeCon. I wasn’t able to make it yesterday but I did go today – Day 2. A few highlight of the days convention were of course, the one-on-one Quake matches for prizes, the Dishonored demo, Minecraft PvP, Minecraft EDU, and looking in awe at all the computers people brought in.
The first thing I did after getting my neon orange wrist band for admission was make my way towards the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) area. On my way there, I saw a lot of people still waiting to get their equipment checked out. A few gamers were zoned out, watching a movie or TV shows. After passing all of that, I made a visit to the very large BYOC area. The first thing I noticed was that it was beyond cold in the room, but I still decided to explore and see what people were playing. I walked to the very back of the room, stood there staring some more, then walked back to the room entrance.
It was 9:30 in the morning, and people were already playing games such as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, Battlefield 3, Doom, Quake, Skyrim and many others. A few people were asleep at their chairs, and I don’t blame them. A lot of them more than likely planned on being at the convention for the next few days as well. In the BYOC area there was also a section titled “Console Village”. Here, I saw some guests playing other games. One of them was playing the Witcher 2 on Xbox, while another was joyfully beating his friend at Street Fighter X Tekken.
Another highlight of the convention was one of the stages having one-on-one Quake matches. The way it worked was if the players name was called, they got to compete. As we waited, the “QuakeCon girls” would throw free shirts and cups into the crowd. The first victory of the day went to a girl who goes by “Reaper”. She won the intense match 4-3. As a result of her victory, she received a ticket allowing her to be in the drawing for a Ford Shelby Gt500 Coupe and got a free graphics card.
Minecraft also went to QuakeCon. They had Minecraft PvP set up, and if you tried it out, you would get a free shirt for simply participating. Not only did they have PvP, they also had Minecraft EDU, a program that encourages teachers to get Minecraft for their classrooms. Minecraft teaches not only computer skills but science, engineering and math explorations. Some history teachers are even using Minecraft to recreate ancient civilizations as class work! Minecraft EDU offers special discounted rates for schools and modded versions of the game to fit the class room needs. Knowing all of this makes me wish I had a history teacher that made me play Minecraft in class.