Previously on Dishonored…

Need a refresher on where things left off with The Knife of Dunwall? Read an early journal from The Brigmore Witches: Thomas’ Journal.

Warning: Knife of Dunwall spoilers below…

Our troubles began with a name. Delilah. A mystery given to Daud by the face he sees in his dreams and whose voice he hears when kneeling at the shrines hidden in the lost parts of the city. None of us have ever heard this voice, but we know its power. It spoke to our master, telling him of his coming doom and saying that solving this riddle was the only way to escape.

We knew nothing of Delilah, except that we found a whaling ship by that name. A tenuous connection, but where the Outsider’s word is concerned there are no coincidences. We discovered the ship was named after a woman who once walked the halls of Dunwall Tower with Jessamine Kaldwin. Later she became a painter – an apprentice of Sokolov himself – until she snared an aristocratic patron named Arnold Timsh.

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Around the web

Taking a break from QuakeCon prep, here’s some of our favorite recent stories from around the web, including fan videos and amazing mods.

Last week at PAX Australia, Wade K. Savage debuted his Fallout: New Vegas tribute — Fallout: Lanius. The teaser is already up, and a recent tweet from Mr. Savage indicates we’ll be seeing the full film online very soon… we can’t wait.

Elsewhere, the newest Fallout: Nuka Break fan film from Wayside Creations has made it’s way online. Watch the 25-minute Fallout: Nuka Break – Red Star on the MachinimaPrime YouTube channel.

Looking for a video with more Skyrim flavor? Kotaku recently posted about TheDangerousBrew’s new fan flick, Journey’s End.

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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.