“I already mentioned some of my comments on the main page. Here are my final comments. In my opinion, this was not only the best Quakecon ever, but the best LAN party ever. As smoothly as everything ran, you’d think everybody running it were robots that planned for years in advance. Some people this took away from the soul of past Quakecons but I’ll take this over soul anyday. I think the soul of Quakecon is getting together with friends you may see all the time and ones that you don’t get to see often or just met for the first time and having fun. Whether it be outside talking the night away, going to dinner, or fragging them over and over. I certainly can’t wait for next year’s event and I hope other LAN party organizers pay attention to what happened in Mesquite this hot Texas summer.
On Sunday, I finally got to check out the Activision area a bit. I got to play Soldier of Fortune for a little bit in death match. The single player looked as great as ever. I was told that this was the first playable deathmatch build. That being the case, I did run into some problems like not being able to bind the alt key to anything (part of my config) among a few other issues. I did not have as much fun as people led me to believe I’d have while playing but part of it was due to the problems playing and the boring old deathmatch map style. It can’t really be judged based on that though so I’m taking a wait and see attitude. Vampire: The Masquerade looked great as always even though I couldn’t get in for a personal demo.
Sunday evening some of us headed over to Ritual Entertainment, including DieharD-r3v, Zith, Zoid, sCary, and a few others. We got a bit of a demo of what’s going on in F.A.K.K. 2. The environments still look great. The animations are going to be great too since Ritual has moved to a skeletal based system. Their swampy levels are amazing. Of course it could be the giant-redwood like trees that make me like them but I don’t think that’s it. :) It’s amazing what kind of stuff you can do with the Q3 engine.
To all my friends that I saw while at Qcon, I miss you already and hope you come back next year or for the Frag 3. Also, I was lucky enough to meet Anand from AnandTech and he’s very cool, intelligent, level-headed bloke. As Blue would say, he’s good people.”