Happy 20th, DOOM! (Updated)

Update: For retrospective pieces on DOOM, be sure to visit Games RadarPolygon, Wired, IGN, Eurogamer, and The Verge.

Hard to believe, but today marks the 20th anniversary of DOOM’s original PC release. To help celebrate, we’re sharing some of our favorite DOOM community creations, DOOM memories from the team at id Software, and for one day only, you can purchase a commemorative anniversary t-shirt on the Official Bethesda Store.

Want to share your memories? Post in the comments below or include #DOOMemories on Twitter.

Tim Willits — “DOOM is the sole reason I am in the video game industry. I remember downloading the game, without knowing much about it, playing it, and then having the game consume most of my life for two years — until id Software hired me!

For me, the greatest thing about DOOM was the ability to create and play my own levels. The limitless possibilities of what I could do in the game fascinated me so much that the entire direction of my life changed. I knew, after creating my first DOOM level, that the only thing I wanted to do in my life was make video games. And to this day, I still feel very blessed and a little amazed that I work at id Software and that I have had the chance to shape the DOOM franchise.

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On the Storefront: Shriner’s Edition

As we close in on the the end of the year, there’s plenty of new items — big and small — that will be make the perfect gift for your loved ones… even if that loved one is yourself.

By the Nine… we have a Talos Shrine! Beginning this week, you can pre-order the limited-edition Shrine of Talos statue — available both at the Official Bethesda Store and in regular & exclusive edition flavors at GamingHeads.com. The statue is 1/6 scale of the statue in game, and you don’t need Dragon bones or scales to build it. Oh, and did we mention this is just the first in a new collection of Elder Scrolls shrines? More to come in 2014.

Being that it’s the end of the year, it’s time for the final 2013 Vault Boy Tee of the Month. We’re putting the L in SPECIAL with the release of the Luck tee. This limited-run shirt will be available until next Friday, both on the Official Bethesda Store and our European lvlp store — so order now.

Finally, it celebration of Dishonored’s VGX nomination for Best DLC, Treehouse is running a special sale this weekend on any purchases over $50. Save on our assortment of Dishonored items, or other new items — like the leather messenger bag and wallet for Skyrim.

Have a great weekend!

Skyrim mash-up for Minecraft available today on Xbox 360

Today on Xbox LIVE you can purchase the Skyrim mash-up for Minecraft: Xbox 360 for $3.99. Big thanks to Microsoft, Mojang, 4J Studios, and everyone here at Bethesda for making this happen.

If you missed it, here’s the content breakdown for the pack:

  • Skyrim themed texture set to apply to any existing or newly created Minecraft world.
  • 40 Skyrim characters skins to apply to player’s in-game avatars: Dragonborn (male), Dragonborn (female), Ancano, Elenwen, Argonian Fighter, Argonian Mage, Bosmer Archer, Bosmer Mage, Breton Mage, Forsworn Shaman, Dunmer Mage, Dunmer Assassin, Imperial Soldier, Vex, Khajiit Merchant, Stormcloak Soldier, Lydia, Orc Blacksmith, Orc Warrior female, Nazir, Saadia, Vampire Lord, Isran, Astrid, Aela the Huntress, M’aiq the Liar, Greybeard, Frost Troll, Flame Atronach, Dragon Priest, Hagraven, Draugr Deathlord, Sheogorath, Spriggan, Dwarven Centurion, Wispmother, Dremora Lord, Master Necromancer, Vilkas, Orc Warrior Male
  • Skyrim themed Menu, UI and Inventory including integrated Skyrim logo.
  • Skyrim music score featuring the following original tracks: Watch the Skies, Dragonborn, Awake, From Past To Present, The City Gates, Dragonsreach, Distant Horizons, Dawn, The Jerall Mountains, Secunda, Frostfall, Unbound, Far Horizons, The Streets of Whiterun, The White River, Standing Stones, Tundra, Journey’s End, Aurora, Solitude, Wind Guide You, Tooth and Claw, Into Darkness, Shadows and Echoes, Towers and Shadows, Death in the Darkness
  • Pre-made World recreating the area of WhiterunRiverwood and Bleakfalls Barrow (on a smaller scale in order to fit with technical constraints of the games map size limits)

Dishonored savings on Xbox LIVE

Looking for a little more out of your Xbox 360 before the launch of Xbox One? This week there’s some big time savings on Dishonored and it’s add-on content — including the VGX-nominated The Knife of Dunwall.

Xbox LIVE Gold savings through November 25th include:

Dishonored – $9.89

The Knife of Dunwall – $4.99

The Brigmore Witches -$4.99

Void Walker’s Arsenal – $1.99

Dunwall City Trials – $2.49

Dragons are Forever

Recently, via Twitter, we learned how Skyrim fan Caleb Gayle proposed to his fiancé, Dara, with a ring inscribed with Dragon language. We recently caught up with the soon-to-be-married couple, who have planned their wedding date for December 31st, 2013.

How did you pop the question?

Caleb: Well it was quite the challenge keeping the secret for so long. At first I was telling her that I owed my father money so week by week I saved a little. Then one day I let her know that we would be visiting my Uncle in Manhattan for about a week, as a mini vacation.

Once we were in Manhattan my uncle called and said lets go see the sites. I then asked dara “Would you like to see the Empire State Building?”, and of course she said, “YES!”

While at the top of the Empire state I started doing a vlog video for our site, 2ndOpinionPod.com, and asked Dara to get in the shot. My uncle knew all along what I was planning and once I had the chance I said “The trip so far has been amazing…..but it would be even better if….. (kneeled down on one knee)… Dara I want to spend the rest of my life with you will you marry me?” That’s when I realized there was about 50 people surrounding us smiling and clapping while she said “YES!”

Dara: I was already very excited to be in New York. All the extremely tall buildings and structures were just so mesmerizing.  It was a lot to take in all at once. Then I was standing on top of the tallest building in New York when Caleb, being Caleb, was making a video once again, tugging on me to get in the shot. I wasn’t really sure what to do so I pulled a Vanna White trying to show off the building. That’s when I was given the biggest surprise in my life. Caleb plopped down on one knee crying like a baby and I’m thinking “HOLY CRAP!!”  After I said yes and Caleb told me everybody knew and that he lied to me about giving his dad money, I impulsively punched him in the stomach.

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VGX Nominee: The Knife of Dunwall

2013 brings a new era to Spike’s annual video game award show. Now known as VGX, we’re excited to announce that Dishonored’s The Knife of Dunwall has received a nomination in the Best DLC category! It’s a great honor for Arkane Studios, who took home the VGA for Best Action/Adventure Game last year.

Nominees were voted on by the VGX Advisory Council, a group comprised of game journalists from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Game Informer, Joystiq, Kotaku, Polygon, IGN, GameTrailers, Gamespot, Wired.com, USA Today and Associated Press. Winners will also be determined by the council, with the exception of the Most Anticipated Game and Character of the Year categories, which will be voted on at VGXLIVE.com.

Want to see who wins? This year’s awards will be streamed in nearly a bazillion ways — including but not limited to Twitch.TV, Xbox LIVE, PlayStation 3, and VGXLIVE.com. The three hour stream begins on Saturday, December 7, beginning at 6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT.