In a couple months of working at Bethesda, I’ve gotten several requests from new fans of the The Elder Scrolls series about how they can try the older games.
For those that aren’t already aware of it, The Elder Scrolls: Arena, is available as a free download off of the official Elder Scrolls site here. To help run it, try downloading DOSBox 0.70. We don’t provide tech support for this version of Arena, so use at your own risk and head to the Past Games section of the BGS Forums if you need help.
I’m sure many of you have heard of Barbara St. Hilaire, she’s the grandmother that’s been covered in the news over the last few years for being a hardcore gamer. For those that haven’t seen her blog, she often has videos posted of her playing various games. Below is a footage of her playing Oblivion:
For more videos, check out her blog. It appears she just recently got out of the hospital. We hope she’s doing well.
One last thing, I should warn you, Old Grandma Hardcore gets upset when she gets caught with stolen items.
Just a little bit ago, we got confirmation that on GameSpy, Fallout 3 finished as the runner up in three categories: Best of Show, Xbox 360 Game of Show and PC Game of Show. Congrats to Bioshock for beating us in all three categories. Still, lots of really good games on that list that we’re excited to play ourselves, so we’re thrilled to be on the list.
In other award news, Kotaku has Fallout 3 only below Rock Band and Super Mario Galaxy for their “Best of Show” award. Among their other categories, Fallout finished 3rd for “PC Game of Show”, as well as second for “Best RPG.” Here’s some of the other recent media coverage from E3…
Another week, another Inside the Vault. Brian Robb is here to answer some forum questions. Before working here, Brian wrote some awesome mods for Morrowind that were more than mods, they added brand new features to the game. Amazing stuff.
Okay, not really. But I saw on Planet Elderscrolls a new mod for Oblivion that makes all alchemy ingredients (other than rat poison) weightless. So if you’re finding yourself a little overencumbered, give this mod a try. With that smile from Mr. Hawking, how can you say no?
Last week, Oblivion fan Bradley Chick e-mailed me to let me know about Oblivion-related comics he creates on his site, Septim’s Pride. Using characters and screens from within the game, he creates short comics. It’s kind of like to doing Red vs. Blue, yet in comic format.
His most recent post is soon to be a favorite around our office…thanks for the props!
Infuze Magazine recalls the details of the game’s E3 demo.
Also, Joe Markert pointed out that I forgot to mention Game Helper’s six pages of coverage.
Back at the office, the folks that headed out to Santa Monica are filing back in today (nope, Todd didn’t get lost at baggage claim). I’ll see about getting some wrap-up impressions from those who were there.
Slashdot has a short preview of the game on their site (in tandem with a preview for Fable 2).
Russ Pitts from The Escapist gives his impressions of how the game measures up with past Fallout games.
From the what I’ve read, seems like most everyone was impressed with the game, which is great. Also, I’ll need to talk more with Pete and Co. when they get back, but from what I’m hearing the new look of E3 was a success.
Last night I saw on Major Nelson’s blog that The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is now (finally) backwards compatible with the Xbox 360. I’m not only excited for the many fans that have contacted me about this (Pete figures he’s gotten about 5,000 e-mails on this in the last two years), but now finally I get a chance to get back into the game myself.
I just did a test on a retail 360 at the office (which was more of a scavenger hunt then I expected), and I confirm that after an Xbox Live update, you can play Morrowind, whether it’s the original release, Platinum Hits, or the Game of the Year Edition. For those without Xbox Live, there’s still ways to get the necessary update. Check here for more details.
For information on other games that are now compatible with the 360, check here.