“It’s Like Our Super Bowl”: Gamers Take Dallas for QuakeCon 2016

DALLAS -- When asked to describe QuakeCon in a nutshell, Collin Perry said it's "Four days of peace, love, and gaming."

Yep, thousands of video game enthusiasts packed the Hilton Anatole in Dallas for their annual convention.

Perry, who runs the exhibit hall, says participants come from all over.  "People drive from the Midwest, from New York, from California, Washington," he told NewsFix. "We also have people from all around the world."

Gaming companies also made the trek to the Big D, to show off their latest and greatest games and gadgets.

But the real gaming happened in the BYOC hall, where gamers - you guessed it - bring their own computers.  Up to 3,000 of them!

"You can just look around and see everyone's personality in their computer," said Brandon McCarthy, who goes by the handle "Gnarlkillin" and has a tricked out custom rig of his own.

"The people here are great, everyone's friendly," said Alex "orbv" Dillhoff.

Yeah, it's the sense of community that inspired the dozens of volunteers to spend their week converting the Anatole's event center into a giant LAN party, and it's what keeps players coming back year after year.

"This is like our Super Bowl," said McCarthy.

"This is something we look forward to every single year," said Jeremiah O'Connor. "We count down the days from the time QuakeCon ends to the time QuakeCon begins."

That countdown will begin again when the party wraps up on Sunday.  But until then, game on.