Quakecon 2021 is virtual but still wants you to 'bring your own PC'

Quakecon 2021 is virtual but still wants you to 'bring your own PC'

I mean, it's kinda hard not to.


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QuakeCᴏɴ wᴀs ꜰɪʀsᴛ ʜᴇld ɪɴ 1996 ᴀɴd ɪs ᴛʜᴜs ᴏɴe ᴏꜰ tʜᴇ ᴍᴏsᴛ venerᴀʙʟᴇ gamɪɴg celebrᴀᴛiᴏɴs aʀᴏᴜɴᴅ. Tʜᴇse ᴅᴀʏs ɪᴛ's obvioᴜsly bᴀɴkrolʟᴇᴅ ʙʏ Zenimax ᴀɴd ᴛʜᴜs tʜᴇ sʟɪɢʜᴛ ᴄᴏᴜɴᴛer-culture viʙᴇ ɪᴛ ʜᴀᴅ ɪɴ tʜᴇ '90s ɪs ʟᴏɴɢ-ɢᴏne: ʙᴜᴛ ʜᴇy, ɪᴛ's sᴛɪʟʟ ɢᴏt ɢᴀᴍᴇs. Tʜᴇ pᴀɴdemic ꜰᴏʀced QuakeCᴏɴ 2020 ᴛᴏ ᴍᴏᴠᴇ ᴏɴlɪɴe ᴀɴd, takɪɴg ɴᴏ chᴀɴces, QuakeCᴏɴ 2021 hᴀs ɴᴏw ʙᴇen ᴀɴɴᴏunced ᴀs a digɪᴛal-ᴏɴly ᴇᴠᴇɴt, ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ʜᴇld ᴏᴠᴇʀ Augᴜst 19-21.

The event's main attraction is livestreams which will feature "updates on existing and upcoming games", which almost certainly means another Deathloop trailer, as well as tournaments and giveaways. Apparently there are puppies too.

An aspect of QuakeCon from the earliest days has been the concept of 'bring your own computer' (BYOC), which is to say that attendees bringing their rigs and setting up massive LAN parties. QuakeCon 2021 is doing a 'virtual' BYOC which, well, OK I guess? It's always been such a big part of QuakeCon that you understand why, but it's pretty daft.

The event begins Thursday, August 19 at 2:00pm ET, and throughout the various streams and events will be raising money for charitable causes including Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, The Trevor Project, and UNICEF. In addition, there's Doom Eternal and Deathloop t-shirts which will see money go to animal welfare charities. See, id may make games about ripping things apart in the goriest manner possible, but all they really want to do is pet the dog.

QuakeCon will run August 19 to 21. The event's full schedule is yet to be released, though it does have an official Discord.

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