What we’re NOT playing: Let the Party Begin!

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So tonight is our office holiday party….it’ll be my first here at Bethesda and it sounds like a great time: good eats, open bar, and a “Casino Night” to follow. It’s nice that it’s on Friday too because folks don’t have to worry about sludging through work the next day. Given that we’ll all be sleeping in tomorrow morning, we thought we tell folks what games we’re NOT playing and the reasons why. Continue reading full article ›

Oblivion (PS3) on sale for the holidays

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Just noticed that Amazon is once again selling Oblivion for $19.99, so if you know someone that hasn’t had a chance to play the game yet, it might make the perfect stocking stuffer for a friend or family member. And with Shivering Isles now available on PSN ($29.99), this deal would save you $10 if you were considering the Game of the Year edition of the game.

Click here to view the deal. Offer is valid while supplies last.

Inside the Vault: Kurt Kuhlmann

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Today’s Inside the Vault is about senior designer, Kurt Kuhlmann. Kurt has worked on a few Elder Scrolls titles including Oblivion. Much of how we implement quests in the Construction Set, especially when we transitioned to Oblivion from Morrowind, was conceived by Kurt. He once made a web version of the board game, Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation, after we became addicted to it in the office.

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New Hall of Fame Members at Planet Elder Scrolls

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It’s coming a little late, but we thought we’d give a shout out of “congrats” to the following modders that achieved “Hall of Fame” status over at Planet Elder Scrolls for the month of December.

For more details about each of the mods, check out the links below.

For Morrowind:

Harlequin sword and bow resource by Phijama: Adds 4 katanas, 2 bows and 1 two-handed sword to the game.

Kirel’s Interior Weather by Kirel: Allows you hear the exterior weather from inside buildings.

For Oblivion

Loading Screens Themed Replacer by Trollf: Adds new, unique loading screens for the game.

Qarl’s Harvest by Qarl: Adds new harvesting options and brings apple and orange trees (see above) to Cyrodiil.

Book Placement by Erik Peter: Improves the way you can place books on a shelf.

Congrats!

Excuse the gloom…

For a great deal of Elder Scrolls fans, Morrowind (or even Oblivion) was their first foray into the world of Tamriel. Given that Daggerfall (second game in The Elder Scrolls) isn’t the easiest game to find these days, I thought I’d share the introduction video that I found over on YouTube. For newcomers to the series (like myself) it’s cool to see Uriel Septim VII played by a live actor. For more information on the background of Daggerfall, check here.

For those that are looking to pick up Daggerfall on the PC, since I get asked frequently…we’re currently not planning to reissue the game. Your best bet is to look for a used copy on sites like Amazon or eBay. Pete also suggested sites like http://gametz.com where folks will often trade used games that are otherwise hard to find.

Mod Interview: AlienSlof

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For this week’s mod interview, we’re talking with AlienSlof, who is known for her numerous contributions to the Elder Scrolls community — whether it be her Goth Shop mods or her tendancy to help other modders in the community.

A resident of Leeds, when Slof isn’t modding Morrowind or Oblivion, she works as a freelance professional artist. In her spare time (away from modding), she’s also an avid fan and collector of anything related to Giger’s Aliens (yes, those nasty creatures that battled with Sigourney Weaver). Hmm, I suppose that explains why her online name has “Alien” in it.

On to the questions…

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Top Xbox Live Downloads: November 2007

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Fighter’s Stronghold stays at #1 for November, selling more than twice as much as #2, Spell Tomes. I’m still amazed that tens of thousands of people still play Oblivion, to date.

Fun Fact: The average length of a typical Oblivion play session is around 1 1/2 hours**.

Top Five Oblivion Xbox Live downloads for November 2007*

1. The Fighter’s Stronghold
2. Spell Tomes
3. The Wizard’s Tower
4. Mehrunes’ Razor
5. Thieves Den

*ranked by number of times downloaded

**per unique user playing Oblivion while logged onto Xbox Live, worldwide

What we’re playing: Playing Catch Up with the Holiday Hits

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Week after week, folks at the office were picking up the latest “AAA” titles to play, and as a result, I’m guessing most everyone now has a pile of games to play. Luckily, most of the big releases are now out, so we can put away our wallets and focus on the games we’ve got.

Here’s what you’ll see our team playing over the weekend:

Daryl Brigner, Level Designer: Rock Band, Kane and Lynch, and Super Mario Galaxy

Megan Sawyer, Environment Artist: Rock Band, Catz 2, possibly breaking out some older DS games I haven’t played yet like Trace Memory.

Jay Woodward, Death, Shatterer of Worlds: Mass Effect, Star Trek: Conquest.

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In case you’ve missed it…

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…our Fan Art section on the blog is continuing to grow. We’re continuing to get some pretty cool contributions from folks — for both The Elder Scrolls and Fallout (c’mon Trekkies…pick it up). The image above comes from Ali Tunç, who has contributed a few of his Fallout drawings.

If you’ve got some art to share, send us an email.