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Wish You Were Here: QuakeCon

Instead we're here, not smelling like nerd-sweat.

"Wish I were there" is more like it, actually. All the work required to launch this here web site prevented us from gallivanting down to Texas for the annual idstravaganza, but that's cool; my never-having-gone-to-QuakeCon streak remains unbroken for another year.

Plenty of other outlets are laying it down in Dallas with QuakeCon coverage, though, and as usual, tech wizard John Carmack is providing the most newsworthy quotes. I'll read or listen to anything Carmack has to say (I used to hang on his every .plan update back in the early Quake days). The guy just calls it like he sees it, without any hint of ego or agenda, at least that I can detect. He's obviously got the track record to back up his mouth, anyway.

My favorite is this mea culpa on Doom 3's big issues, which makes me a little more hopeful that Rage won't be completely out of date in the design department. This is in regards to a canceled survival horror game id was working on (courtesy of Shacknews):

"We would have been keeping Doom 3's faults," said Carmack, who agreed that complaints of the "contrived nature of monsters hiding in closets" and overly dark environments of Doom 3 were "completely valid."

Carmack's also made no secret in the past of his preference for the Xbox 360's development environment, which sure did get under a lot of Sony fanboys' collective thin skin. Talking about multiplatform development with Brian Crecente over at Kotaku, though, id's CEO Todd Hollenshead says the PS3's higher storage capacity will not surprisingly make that version of Rage better:

"Today we are saying that Rage may look better on the PS3 than the 360," he pointed out.

While id may not be fans of the Playstation 3's architecture, they are fans of how future proof the console seems to be

Then there's this quote from Carmack on that nebulous, elusive concept of weapon "feel" in first-person shooters, which to me is triple-A number-one priority for making a fun first-person shooter. That's something that a lot of developers don't emphasize in their shooters. Whatever other flaws id's games may have, their weapons are always pretty bad-ass. I will fight anyone who argues that the Quake rocket launcher is not the best shooter weapon ever made. Shacknews again:

...weapons are still one of things that as you survey first person shooters, there's this clear distinction between the "A" titles, and the "B" titles that just don't do their weapons very well. They don't look good, they don't feel good--they just don't come off nearly as well. So we're definitely gonna make sure that that aspect of it--the tactical, low-level [aspect of] the weapons--will be cool. They'll have their punch, they'll be fun to shoot, and you will have fun as you go around firing your weapons at the bad guys.

Oh yeah, they threw out a couple of new Rage screenshots, too. Like every other time id has ever shown off a new game, it's basically the best-looking thing ever. Some games' CG work doesn't even look this good. Also, Rage will apparently star Sloth from The Goonies.

Separated at...eh, you know the drill.






















Sorry, here's the real shots.

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Impressive, yes?

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Posted by Brad

"Wish I were there" is more like it, actually. All the work required to launch this here web site prevented us from gallivanting down to Texas for the annual idstravaganza, but that's cool; my never-having-gone-to-QuakeCon streak remains unbroken for another year.

Plenty of other outlets are laying it down in Dallas with QuakeCon coverage, though, and as usual, tech wizard John Carmack is providing the most newsworthy quotes. I'll read or listen to anything Carmack has to say (I used to hang on his every .plan update back in the early Quake days). The guy just calls it like he sees it, without any hint of ego or agenda, at least that I can detect. He's obviously got the track record to back up his mouth, anyway.

My favorite is this mea culpa on Doom 3's big issues, which makes me a little more hopeful that Rage won't be completely out of date in the design department. This is in regards to a canceled survival horror game id was working on (courtesy of Shacknews):

"We would have been keeping Doom 3's faults," said Carmack, who agreed that complaints of the "contrived nature of monsters hiding in closets" and overly dark environments of Doom 3 were "completely valid."

Carmack's also made no secret in the past of his preference for the Xbox 360's development environment, which sure did get under a lot of Sony fanboys' collective thin skin. Talking about multiplatform development with Brian Crecente over at Kotaku, though, id's CEO Todd Hollenshead says the PS3's higher storage capacity will not surprisingly make that version of Rage better:

"Today we are saying that Rage may look better on the PS3 than the 360," he pointed out.

While id may not be fans of the Playstation 3's architecture, they are fans of how future proof the console seems to be

Then there's this quote from Carmack on that nebulous, elusive concept of weapon "feel" in first-person shooters, which to me is triple-A number-one priority for making a fun first-person shooter. That's something that a lot of developers don't emphasize in their shooters. Whatever other flaws id's games may have, their weapons are always pretty bad-ass. I will fight anyone who argues that the Quake rocket launcher is not the best shooter weapon ever made. Shacknews again:

...weapons are still one of things that as you survey first person shooters, there's this clear distinction between the "A" titles, and the "B" titles that just don't do their weapons very well. They don't look good, they don't feel good--they just don't come off nearly as well. So we're definitely gonna make sure that that aspect of it--the tactical, low-level [aspect of] the weapons--will be cool. They'll have their punch, they'll be fun to shoot, and you will have fun as you go around firing your weapons at the bad guys.

Oh yeah, they threw out a couple of new Rage screenshots, too. Like every other time id has ever shown off a new game, it's basically the best-looking thing ever. Some games' CG work doesn't even look this good. Also, Rage will apparently star Sloth from The Goonies.

Separated at...eh, you know the drill.






















Sorry, here's the real shots.

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Impressive, yes?

Staff
Posted by asian_pride

Lol very impressive. It's looking good

Posted by Alphazero

I thought Doom 3 was alright until I got to the Hell level, and then I was loving it.

The monster closets were silly, but I just loved that Hell.

Don't tell Jesus.

Posted by Kraznor

I will remain cautiously optimistic.

Posted by Blacknight

Maybe over time ill come to love this game

Posted by Spencer

Hopefully the gameplay holds up this time...

Posted by broqz

i'm more impressed at id for not only making a video game engine this advanced, but how they seem to have as their major design to get the engine to run equally as well across all the platforms they are gonna offer it on. 

Posted by Paul

Fucking disgusting. Nice to hear some acknowledgment from a dev that their game isn't the best thing since the sun sparked.  

Posted by igpx407

I think Rage is looking pretty cool. I would like to see some gameplay videos though.

Posted by kainen

ill always have a soft spot in my nuts for id.  And Brad you should know something about rocket launchers, as you used to eat mine regularly.

*ahem Quake 2  cough hack arhemm*

Posted by Vinchenzo

Interesting.

Posted by albedos_shadow

I have been waiting for years for a high-def version of Sloth from The Goonies. Today, my dream comes true.

Posted by Milkman

Rage looks awesome. I love the atmosphere and just the overall feel of things.

Also, I wrote the id Software page. Hooray for me.

Posted by FengShuiGod

I'm loving GB's game coverage. It' great to come to GB at the end of the day and see a handful of gaming articles to be read. I hope the trend continues.

Posted by TheGTAvaccine

Rage has big potential.

Posted by DavidSnakes

I thought those screenshots were concept art.  Amazing

Posted by Tarsier

w00t

Posted by KS0L0

I'm definitely intrigued and eager for more info.

Posted by CitizenKane

Very impressive.  This game definitely has my eye.

Posted by mrsmiley

wait... those are SCREENshots? look 'shopped to me. ;)

Posted by The_Icon

John Carmack and the id team are the masters of game engines, UE 3 beware!

Posted by Yit

RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE!

Posted by Erdie

I can't wait to see how it plays!

Posted by Rowr

yeh im not buying those are in game screens.

Maybe a few screens photoshopped together.

Posted by TheFrostedGamer

If those are actual screenshots (probably 'shopped), not that impressive.  When's the last time ID came out with a game worth purchasing? Quake 2? I think this is one of those cases where its better to be a skeptic. I'll save my anticipation for games like Project Origin, Farcry 2, Brothers in Arms 3 etc

Posted by Dante_the_Jedi

Rage look cool, lets hope it is and not just a lovely looking game but a good game to play.

Posted by Shadow71

I'm hoping Rage ends up being a cross between Doom and Burnout, but with a better storyline. So far it looks like it has a nice theme to it.

Posted by Kohe321

Rage is looking cool.

Posted by FireBurger

The cerebral bore from Turok 2 might be a good challenger...

Posted by xruntime

There's a quake live tournament. Btw, anyone have an invite to teh beta?

Posted by ahoodedfigure

"The rocky... road?"

Posted by Rmack

Carmack always seemed like a cool guy, and it's true: the weapons in id games just feel...better. I'll never forget the first time I fired a shotgun in Doom. I still have no idea what to make of RAGE, though, besides that it is called RAGE.

Posted by Crimacabre

I'm dissapointed to hear that Rage will be a T-Rated game. I want my shooters to have blood.

Posted by Derios

Dude Rage rated T? That sucks....

Posted by Jon2309

T-Rated? F*ck you EA.

Posted by TheGreatGuero

Running over the same old ground. What have we found? The same old fears. Wish you were here. ;)

Posted by Pandawatch

FireBurger might just be right about the cerebral bore, it did feel pretty badass.

Posted by Haklin

Man I am so pumped for rage!

Posted by s10129107

those are the most disturbing characters i've ever seen in a game.

Posted by igl

Already more scary than doom 3.

Posted by Pro_137
A game is a succes when it has a great single pleyer with awesome graphics and multiplayer offline and online. If Rage does a great job in both parts than its going to be a great game, also considering the storyline and multiplayer.
Posted by schnitz76

If Rage ends up being T-rated then that is because id decided on that.  I don't know for a fact, but I am totally confident that id has whatever freedoms they want to working on this game.  I am certain that they have used Valve as an example of dealing with EA because the situation is exactly the same. 

Posted by ante

I would never ever shoot at Sloth. He was chunk's best friend.

Posted by TheRizzle

What I would have really liked to have seen from Quakecon is more videos of how they are creating the environments for Rage. I really loved the first few videos that came out last year of Carmack explaining how they can pretty much have unlimited detail in the world.

In my opinion the last great iD game was Quake 3: Arena, but it's not like they've ever put out anything shitty, but they are certainly guilty of not meeting the lofty expectaions they've set for themselves.

Posted by solideagle

I got my hopes up that this was about Pink Floyd.

Posted by DarthStone

HEEEEY YOOOOU GUUUUUUYSSSS!!!!

Posted by MisterMouse

Rage is looking interesting and it will be interesting to see how it turns out, this is a new game after all and unless it is amazing and gets a lot of press it wont be bought that much...

Posted by Raven_Sword

So does this mean well be wanting to buy Doom 4 on PS3 as well instead of 360, becasue there probaly going to experince the same issue?

Posted by Cyclonus
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