One of the biggest conferences gamers look forward to every year is QuakeCon, the annual conference put on by id Software. A bring-your-own-computer LAN party held in Dallas, Texas, QuakeCon is the largest North American LAN party and the largest free LAN party in the world. It was first held in 1996 among members of the #quake channel of the EFnet IRC network and has since grown to its current size. More than just a multiplayer frag fest, QuakeCon is id Software’s premiere venue for showcasing new games, along with hardware and peripherals developed by companies with ties to id Software.

This year’s event will open with a keynote address from John Carmack, co-founder of id Software. Various panels will take place throughout the event, including topics like “The Game of Making Games”, “Designing Multiplayer Games That Last”, and “Idle Thumbs Podcast Live: Arena”. Members of the panels will include many big industry names, such as Marty Stratton of id Software and CEO of Insomniac Games Ted Price.

Along with the games played for competition and fun, many new and upcoming games will have playable demos, including Dishonored and DOOM 3 BFG Edition. QuakeCon will be taking place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas, beginning on Thursday, August 2nd and ending on Sunday, August 5th.

For more information, visit the QuakeCon website here.