Posted on August 5, 2007,

QuakeCon Draws Dedicated Fans

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Peace, Love and Rockets is what QuakeCon is all about, and it drew thousands of attendees to Dallas, Texas this weekend. And when I say attendees, this may or may not include hard-core nerds.

“I may have a limited circle of friends in the real world,” Dennis “SpinDoc” Gedeon told the Dallas Morning News. “But when I’m here, I have thousands of guys to talk to and hang out with. Everyone comes together with their own kind.”

To give you an idea, there was an official deodorant request, and it seems that it was obvious that most of the attendees weren’t used to, you know, interacting with the outside world. But being a hard-core gamer sometimes means devoting your life to something else besides society as we know it.

“These guys are entertaining for us to watch,” Todd Hollenshead, CEO of id Software, told the DMN. “They are so enthusiastic. Some of them put it into the color of their hair. Some show it with how they modify their computers.”

And building computers, indeed. John Mangus, a gamer from Stoystown, Pennsylvania, showed his devotion by building a 6′ 10″ life-size Optimus Prime computer, from the loveable Transformer series. It was playable, and he competed as other gamers stopped and stared. At least from the picture the DMN has provided, it was a sight to behold.

I don’t know what I’ll say for myself now that I have a disposable income when Starcraft II comes out, but until then my Dell is in its standard black box.

via The Dallas Morning News

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