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12 Things to Expect at QuakeCon 2013, the Biggest BYO Computer Party in Dallas

12 Things to Expect at QuakeCon 2013, the Biggest BYO Computer Party in Dallas
Photo by Flickr user Owen "01kenobi" Long for QuakeCon

Today QuakeCon 2013 kicks off its 17th annual celebration of id Software, their legacy and the love of gaming. The BYOC (bring your own computer) party has grown into a music-festival-type atmosphere in which 3,000 gamers camp out to live and breath video games for four days. This year the event will once again be held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas from 10 a.m. today until 6 p.m. Sunday evening. If you're a first time attendee, here are just a few things you can expect from this weekend:

1. Miles and miles of cables.Thank the crew for their tireless organization so you can play with ease.

12 Things to Expect at QuakeCon 2013, the Biggest BYO Computer Party in Dallas
Photo by Flickr user Owen "01kenobi" Long for QuakeCon

2. Workouts for the sedentary. The ultimate BYOC party means bringing your entire gaming system along for the ride.

12 Things to Expect at QuakeCon 2013, the Biggest BYO Computer Party in Dallas
Photo by Flickr user Owen "01kenobi" Long for QuakeCon

3. Waiting. Be prepared to camp out pre-registration. Games and pillows recommended.

12 Things to Expect at QuakeCon 2013, the Biggest BYO Computer Party in Dallas
Photo by Flickr user Owen "01kenobi" Long for QuakeCon

4. Thousands of gamers staring at computer screens for four straight days.

12 Things to Expect at QuakeCon 2013, the Biggest BYO Computer Party in Dallas
Photo by Flickr user Brian "Wendigo" Hess for QuakeCon

5. John Carmack X2. In addition to his annual keynote speech, the revered creator of id Software will be giving an additional presentation on the Principles of Light and Rendering in video games. Not to be missed!

12 Things to Expect at QuakeCon 2013, the Biggest BYO Computer Party in Dallas
Photo by Flickr user Larry "Neocane" Gipson for QuakeCon

5. Opportunities to compete with the best-of-the-best in Quake and Doom tournaments for cash prizes to be spent on more games and pimping out your system.

12 Things to Expect at QuakeCon 2013, the Biggest BYO Computer Party in Dallas
Photo by Flickr user Brian "Wendigo" Hess for QuakeCon

 

6. Experience the latest technology and software surrounding the gaming industry in the Exhibit Hall.

12 Things to Expect at QuakeCon 2013, the Biggest BYO Computer Party in Dallas
Photo by Flickr user Brian "Wendigo" Hess for QuakeCon

7. Super-sweet set-ups.

12 Things to Expect at QuakeCon 2013, the Biggest BYO Computer Party in Dallas
Photo by Flickr user Brian "Wendigo" Hess for QuakeCon

8. Costumes, of course. Not necessarily video game related.

12 Things to Expect at QuakeCon 2013, the Biggest BYO Computer Party in Dallas
Photo by Flickr user Brian "Wendigo" Hess for QuakeCon

9. Mini Games IRL (In real life). 60 seconds. It is what it sounds like.

12 Things to Expect at QuakeCon 2013, the Biggest BYO Computer Party in Dallas
Photo by Flickr user Larry "Neocane" Gipson for QuakeCon

9. Massive amounts of BAWLS. Learn to like it.

Fuel for gamers.
Fuel for gamers.
Photo by Flickr user Larry "Neocane" Gipson for QuakeCon

10. BAWLS. Chugging. Contest.

12 Things to Expect at QuakeCon 2013, the Biggest BYO Computer Party in Dallas
Photo by Flickr user Larry "Neocane" Gipson for QuakeCon

11. Booze. Necessary to neutralize high sugar and caffeine consumption. Take note: Booze. BAWLS. Repeat.

12 Things to Expect at QuakeCon 2013, the Biggest BYO Computer Party in Dallas
Photo by Flickr user Brian "Wendigo" Hess for QuakeCon

12. A collective of North America's most dedicated gamers coming together for the biggest LAN video gaming party on the continent.

12 Things to Expect at QuakeCon 2013, the Biggest BYO Computer Party in Dallas
Photo by Flickr user Robin Walker for QuakeCon
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