QuakeCon is a computer gaming event that has been held in Dallas since 1996. Thousands of gamers attend every year. The QuakeCon nickname ”Woodstock of gaming” has been cited in print since at least 2004.
QuakeCon has also been called “four days of peace, love and rockets.”
QuakeCon is a bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) computer gaming event with a competitive tournament held every year in Dallas, Texas, USA. The event, which is named after id Software’s game Quake, sees thousands of gamers from all over the world attend every year to celebrate the company’s gaming dynasty. It is North America’s largest LAN party, the largest free LAN party in the world, and usually runs over a period of four days.
Now more than a multiplayer gaming event, QuakeCon is also a venue to showcase the newest games and hardware being developed by companies involved with id’s parent company ZeniMax Media including booths selling clothing, computer peripherals, and software.
To be able to keep QuakeCon a free LAN party, it is highly dependent on volunteer work. These volunteers, often described as the crew, cover most aspects of the organization of the party. For this QuakeCon has gained a reputation as “Woodstock of gaming”, and a week of “peace, love, and rockets!”.
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“QuakeCon is the Woodstock of gaming, with thousands of fans from around the world coming together for 4-days of non-stop competition, parties, and just hanging out with friends,” said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. “QuakeCon attendees expect the biggest and best—they won’t be disappointed. There simply is no equal.”
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Often described as the “Woodstock of Gaming,” QuakeCon was created in August of 1996 by a group of friends on the IRC network’s EFnet who had a desire to meet in person. Less than 100 attendees gathered at the Best Western in Garland, Texas that first year to play and talk games and compete in the first QuakeCon tournament.
5 August 2007, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Gamers plug in at QuakeCon” by Michael J. Mooney:
Sometimes called “the Woodstock of gaming,” the motto of QuakeCon is: “four days of peace, love and rockets.”
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QUAKECON This nonstop celebration is often described as the “Woodstock of Gaming.” It’s one of the largest video game conferences in the world that was created by gamers for gamers. Thousands of attendees are expected to come from all over the globe to play with their friends on a giant gaming network, see the latest technology and compete in three electronic gaming tournaments.