The Beards of Bethesda

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Last week at Kotaku, Luke Plunkett saluted the in-game beards of Fallout 3. After reading it, I found it only fitting to pay homage to Beards of the Bethesda Game Studios. Earlier in the year, devs at the office competed in a “beard off” between the months of February and May. Like hockey players refusing to shave during the playoffs, many of our team members were able to fight through the itch and keep the beards on.  While not pictured, I tried to go without shaving for about two weeks, but my scraggly mess was driving me mad.

Anyways, above is the before, and below is the after…

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Someone grab the Gillette Fusion!

Reader Comments

  1. The horror..beyond horror.

    Then again it could just be a gathering for the latest D+D convention with hairy outcast dwarves too tall to be dwarves yet strangely are.

    Hey wait a minute! Where are the women?

  2. I’m enjoying the majesty of the beard on the right! You are officially an honorary member of the Regal Bearded Society, Bethesda Chapter.

  3. You may not notice, but I also abstained from cutting my hair during the Great Bethesda Beard-Off and ended up with a nice ‘fro by the end.

    As for the ladies, you’d surprised how many shoulder- and face-slaps you can amass by asking a woman to not shave her beard for five months.

  4. [You may not notice, but I also abstained from cutting my hair during the Great Bethesda Beard-Off and ended up with a nice ‘fro by the end.]

    Quite the rugged Charlton Heston with the machoness of Ken Foree from DAWN OF THE DEAD.

    [As for the ladies, you’d surprised how many shoulder- and face-slaps you can amass by asking a woman to not shave her beard for five months.
    Left by socrates200X on November 6th, 2008]

    Oooo I wonder if its triangle shape or more like a three leaf clover :D

  5. hey guys, just got one question, the same lots of player out there is asking, what happened to the 200+ endings suppose to be in Fallout 3?

  6. Us womenfolk also participated – we all got haircuts and then didn’t cut our hair again til Beta. As exciting as it was, none of us could compete with Dane’s beard. heh.

  7. @ Fallout3 player, if you look at the official Game Guide, they do a breakdown of the different variables that can affect the ending.

    These include 9 different Karmic influences, the race of your character, the sex of your character, as well as different choices you make and their impact. I won’t go into those, as they’re spoilers.

    If you have the guide, flip to page 543. If my math is right, it would put you at over 600 permutations of the ending.

  8. Well, you guys should be happy to know it’s No-Shave November(Trimming is allowed). Let’s carry on the good facial fight of manliness!