Greatness up for grabs

Remember the Greatness Awaits PlayStation commercial we shared? With tons of leftover props from the shoot, PlayStation.com is allowing you to bid on items using your PlayStation Trophy collection as currency.

It’s a great idea and they still have some Skyrim goodies to auction off this month, including:

  • July 26th at 1:00 PM PST — Dragonborn’s Shield
  • July 30th at 1:00 PM PST – Dragonborn’s Sword
  • July 31st at 1:00 PM PST — Dragonborn’s Stalhrim Mace

For more, visit bidforgreatness.com

PC Gamer’s Top 100

This morning I received the newest issue of PC Gamer. Across the cover it reads “The 100 Greatest PC Game of All Time”, and immediately I thumbed through the issue to see where my favorite games made the list. Or in some cases, rechecking the list to see why a certain game didn’t make the list.

Lists like these are always fun to go through and debate with friends/colleagues where they nailed it and where you disagree. Sharing lists like these has always been fun to share on the blog, too. Yes, we know, Morrowind should be higher.

That brings us to the roll call of games in the Bethesda family that made the list, including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ranking #1! Amongst PC Gamer’s Top 100, these games were selected by the magazine’s editors:

  • Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth — #98
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind — #93
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion — # 73
  • QUAKE — #72
  • Fallout 3 — #63
  • QUAKE III — #44
  • DOOM — #43
  • Return to Castle Wolfenstein — #42
  • Dishonored — #40
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim — #1

Look for the Top 100 PC Games issue on newsstands or in your mailbox… and let the debates begin!

Announcing this year’s QuakeCon 2013 tournaments

Today we’re pleased to announce details on this year’s official tournaments of QuakeCon 2013! This year’s events include The Intel® QUAKE LIVE Duel Invitational Master, QUAKE LIVE Clan Arena 3v3 Open, and a very special 20th Anniversary DOOM Challenge.

Here’s a quick rundown on each tournament…

The Intel® QUAKE LIVE Duel Invitational Master (official rules, register here)

The Intel® QUAKE LIVE® Duel Invitational Masters Championship will feature known professionals and top QUAKE LIVE competitors in an exclusive tournament. Up to thirty-two (32) of the world’s best QUAKE LIVE players, hand selected by tournament staff from the open online registration, will face-off in the 1 vs.1 duel for $18,000 in a double elimination bracket, with each match played in a best-of-three-games format. With two competitors remaining, thousands will gather to watch as these two best-of-the-best survivors go head-to-head in a single elimination, best-of-five-games throw-down with a $9,000 check written to the champion.

QUAKE LIVE Clan Arena 3v3 Open (official rules)

The QUAKE LIVE® Clan Arena 3v3 Open will feature 3 vs. 3 competitions for up to thirty-two (32) teams battling it out in a single elimination bracket and best-of-three games format, with the two top teams advancing to a best-of-five Grand Final. Teams who come out on top will share prizes of $6,000, including $3,000 for the team of champions.

20th Anniversary DOOM Challenge (official rules)

The 20th Anniversary DOOM® Challenge will feature old school DOOM II gaming. Battling for a share of prizes, including $1,000 for the champion, players will compete in sixteen player Free-For-All matches that will qualify 32 players for the single elimination bracket, where each match will be played in a best-of-three-games format.

Players can register for the Intel QUAKE LIVE Duel Masters online. Registration is extremely limited, so sign up as soon as possible. Registration for the QUAKE LIVE Clan Arena 3v3 Open and the 20th Anniversary DOOM Challenge is first come, first served, on-site registration only. Interested parties please visit the tournament area on-site at QuakeCon from 10:00am to 3:00pm CST on Thursday, August 1st for tournament registration.

For more on tournament regulations, visit here.

Double the Carmack = Double the Knowledge

We’re excited to announce that in addition to his annual QuakeCon keynote address, John Carmack will return to the stage for lecture-style presentation focusing on light transport and rendering.

Titled “The Physics of Light and Rendering”, the talk will take place on Friday, August 2nd at 5:00pm CST. Learn how light behaves in the real world, and the approximations and compromises that are involved in simulating the behavior with computers. This lecture will be geared towards those interested in the interactions of light in the world and how computer software simulates it. Note: Not for the technically faint at heart. :)

If you missed John’s 2012 keynote, watch the embed from our QuakeCon YouTube channel.

The Great Battles of Valhalla

Valhalla sounds like a location in Skyrim, so it’s no surprise that the six-day wargaming event put on by Blue Table Painting has a few connections with our game. So far, I’ve come up with three…

  • Blue Table Painting is hard at work on a Skryim-themed board. Attendees of this yea’r's event will be able to see the completed board. See early progress in the video embedded above.
  • The event takes place in the mountains of Utah. Kinda looks like Skyrim.
  • Like many of our developers, BGS’ Nate McDyer is a fan of tabletop gaming and will be discussing game development at the event.

I’m sure there’s many more connections — frost trolls, alchemy tables, and possibly an appearance by Eorlund Gray-Mane. For more on Valhalla, visit Blue Table Painting’s YouTube channel, as well as the website for next month’s event.

ESO Update: Interviews, Food Trucks, beards, and more!

While The Elder Scrolls Online continues to invite new players to closed beta, there’s plenty of happenings happening outside of the game world.

At ElderScrollsOnline.com, the newest ‘Ask Us Anything’ feature delves into community questions on Dungeon gameplay. Here’s a sampling:

Will there be a lockout timer for dungeons, or can we run the same dungeon with different friends over and over if we want to? – Jeramiah Linscott

We don’t currently have any plans to use lockout timers. You can run through a dungeon as often as you like.

Looking to get more questions answered? You’ll definitely want to visit MMORPG.com tomorrow night. Starting at 7 PM EST, creative director Paul Sage will be taking fan questions… LIVE!

One thing that cannot be questioned is your dedication to ESO — that is if you decide to order ThinkGeek.com’s all-new ESO Nord mask/beard. Wear it during beta, at Comic-Con, or when reading the popular Christmas book, “The Nord Before Christmas”.

Speaking of Comic-Con, if you’re lucky enough to be in San Diego this week, stop by and visit the Elder Scrolls Online Food Truck. Running from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM tomorrow, you can score some free eats and giveaways. Details can be found on the ESO Facebook page.

That’s all for this update. Stay classy!