If you're a fan of id Software, you no doubt have a love for all things DOOM, Quake, and Wolfenstein. The convention puts id Software's legacy into perspective by allowing fans to adoringly gather, show off their rigs, and get to play some games. While the convention started out as a LAN party, it has turned into one of the biggest cons in the world, and is also a celebration for publisher Bethesda Zenimax as a their own mini, private E3.
At QuakeCon Bethesda doesn't hold back. For the past several years they've helped showcase some of the best indie games around, they've had floor presentations showcasing their upcoming games, and they've even had closed door reveals for titles not previously announced.
With games such as Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, The Evil Within 2, and Wolfenstein 2 set to release in the fall, this will be a big year. However, those aren't the only games that will be headlining the event. Id Software and Bethesda Game Studios are both set to release VR variants of 2016's smash-hit titles DOOM and Fallout 4, which will give players a new look at the worlds they know and love.
So what should you do while you're there? Let's take a look.
Book A Hotel Near The Gaylord Texan Hotel & Resort
Unless you have family near by the hotel, it's going to be important you stay close. The Gaylord Texan Hotel & Resort is a nice and luxurious place to visit. It has restaurants, bars, shops, and even a full blown water park. However, it comes at the cost of a pretty penny, and that could be a bit problematic.
Can't afford the hotel? Find something near by. There's some great options out there such as the Great Wolf Lodge and even some of Marriott's own hotels within a few miles.
Plan Your Attendance At QuakeCon 2017 To Allow Free-Time To Explore The Booths
If you are a first time, you'll no doubt be overwhelmed. Trust me, I've been there, and it's a lot to take in. QuakeCon is known for its rather robust line-up of developers, PC hardware companies, and swag shops. However, QuakeCon is also known for its stage presentations, and with this year being a big one you'll want some free time to explore.
Since the showroom floor usually closes around 6pm, you'll want to find a way to shop, play some games, and even partake in the charity events. The only issue you may have? There's a lot of giveaways, and most of them require you to be on site at the stage where the drawings happen. You may want to also take some time to play the games they have there, and meet some of the people making them.
The LAN party is usually filled with some fantastic folks that are always up for talking, playing games, and showing off their stuff.
Plan Your Downtime So You Can Enjoy Dallas
Last, but not least, food is one of the biggest things to hunt down. Tired from a long day of walking? Check out the BrainDead Brewery. Not only do they have a killer tap list, their Coma Burger is absolutely worth a shot. So if you want a beer, a burger, and some good service? Check the place out.
Dallas also has one of the best bar and grills I've been to. The next one I highly suggest after having attended QuakeCon last year. Being it is owned by Richard Rawlings from Gas Monkey Garage, definitely expect the hot rod theme he is known for. Gas Monkey Bar & Grill is a must visit, even if only once.
Up for some motorcycles and food? Rick Fairless' Strokers is one of the best places to grab a cold drink and some grub. If you're over 21, this is the place to go. The food is great, the bikes are gorgeous, and the menu's is a solid one with plenty of appetizers.
Last but not least is a personal favorite. I've been a regular customer since I started going back during random visits to Dallas. Sal's Pizza & Restaurant is a must do, especially if you are a fan of New York style pizza and don't mind getting your hands messy. The pizza's great, the price is awesome, and it's a place where the entire family can go while enjoying your post-convention day.
If none of these match your to-do-list, remember: Dallas has a lot to offer and their art exhibits are definitely worth checking out.
Don't Forget Your Swag
One thing's for sure: There's a lot of swag up for grabs. A few dollars goes a long way at the event and it never hurts to grab some Bethesda swag that is exclusive to QuakeCon events year in and year out.You'll also get some nifty little discounts during the event.
So keep your eye on the Bethesda Store, PlayStation Network, Steam, and Xbox Live from August 24 through 27 for some outstanding buys.
Also, if you're there? Feel free to give me a shout out! You can track me on Twitter.com/@GamingAnomaly to see where I'm at!