(credit: quakecon.org)

(credit: quakecon.org)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Some people think of it as the mother of all video game festivals and QuakeCon is taking place right now in North Texas.

The convention is being held at the Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas.

Each year thousands of people come from all over the globe to attend, and they don’t come empty-handed. “QuakeCon is in its 18th year and it is a giant gaming event that is taking place. It is a mixture of a giant bring-your-own-computer event, where we have over 2,800 folks that bring their PCs and spend, basically, three days non-stop playing games together,” explained Pete Hines, the vice president of Bethesda Softworks.

While the most serious of compete against each other for cash, prizes and bragging rights, Hines insists there’s room for everyone. “You’ve got clans — folks who like to play games together as teams – that come to QuakeCon as a group. But then you also have folks who just come to meet other people. It’s a really great, welcoming community.”

The QuakeCon website says the event is for gamers “from the hobbyist to the hardcore.” Attendees also have the chance to get a sneak peek at games that aren’t yet available for sale. Hines said, “You also have a chance to come and play some of our games that we have coming out. You get to see game demos [and] hear from game developers.”

There are a number of featured speakers and presentations that will happen during the 4-day conference. Since QuakeCon is North America’s largest bring-your-own-computer LAN party Hines said, “Lots of folks come down just to not only walk around the BYOC and see it, but again we have exhibits here so you can see the latest in PC hardware, get a chance to play games and all kinds of different stuff going on.”

Conference organizers insist that your knowledge on the latest gaming technology will not impact your ability to interact and have a good time. “Gamers come in all different shapes, sizes and ages,” Hines said. “My two boys are both gamers, but what they play and what I let them play is very different from what I play.”

(credit: leagueoflegends.com)

(credit: leagueoflegends.com)

In a world that often seems to be about all things Apple, Hines believes that PC games are still very relevant. “They continue to get bigger and bigger. You see games like League of Legends and World of Tanks that have 40 or 50 million active people playing. You see a game like Skyrim that we did a few years ago that just sells millions and millions of PC copies. There are still tons of PC gamers out there.”

QuakeCon 2013 runs through August 4 and is free and open to the public.

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