Skyrim Xbox 360 Contest for the United Kingdom

To celebrate the release of Dawnguard, our UK office is giving folks a chance to win a custom Skyrim Xbox 360 with Kinect. For full details on how to participate, be sure to check out the contest rules after the break.

Not in the UK? Visit our German, French, and Spanish Bethesda Blog pages for contest rules in those countries.

Contest rules after the break…

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Critical///Path

If you’re here on Bethesda Blog, it’s a given you care about video games. And if you care about games, you owe it to yourself to visit Artifact Studios’ years-in-the-making look at game development, CRITICAL///PATH. Over the past few years, they’ve talked to some of the industry’s brightest and most influential minds — a list that we’re proud to say includes both Todd Howard and John Carmack.

John Carmack: First Person vs. Third Person, What An Artist Sees, I Supply the Plumbing, Rediscovering the Magic, No Apologies, Diverse Spectrum of Games, The Elegant Design

Todd Howard: Beware of the Long Design Doc, Character Customization, Omniscience, Less Fail Modes Today, Edge of the World, Cutscenes as a Reward

Check out their segments, and for that matter, take a break from what you’re doing and watch all the segments.

Artifact promises that the CRITICAL///PATH Project will continue to be updated, so we recommend bookmarking it and seeing where its path leads.

QuakeCon 2012: RU a BYOC VIP?

With just over a week until QuakeCon, Alienware wants to give you VIP treatment at this year’s BYOC. 10 lucky attendees will have a chance to get upgraded with the following:

  •  Upgraded chairs and tables for better comfort as you play late into the night
  •  30” Dell Ultrasharp IPS Monitor setup at each seat for superior clarity and color
  •  Daily VIP gift bundles, GUNNAR Optiks glasses, and more goodies throughout the weekend

To enter, visit alienwarearena.com

QuakeCon 2012: Panels & Keynote

We’re very excited to announce the schedules and times for QuakeCon 2012’s keynote and panels. As is tradition, the keynote will be given by id’s co-founder and technical director, John Carmack!

Then on both Friday and Saturday, we’ve put together an entertaining slate of panels featuring folks from across the gaming industry. Details below…

Thursday, August 2nd 

Welcome and Annual Keynote with John Carmack (2:00 PM)

Friday, August 3rd

The Game of Making Games (11:30 AM)featuring Todd Howard (Bethesda Game Studios), Jens Matthies (MachineGames), Raphael Colantonio (Arkane Studios), and Ted Price (Insomniac Games). Moderated by Blair Herter (G4TV).

Capture the Fan: Making Multiplayer Games That Last (1:00 PM) – featuring Chet Faliszek (Valve), Marty Stratton (id Software), and Max Hoberman (Certain Affinity). Moderated by Kevin Kelly (Wizard World).

Looking Back at Looking Glass Studios (2:30 PM) – featuring Tom Leonard (Valve), Austin Grossman, and Emil Pagliarulo (Bethesda Game Studios). Moderated by Harvey Smith (Arkane Studios).

Talking Shop: Skyrim, Modding and Steam (4PM) – featuring Chet Faliszek (Valve), Matt Scott (Valve) and Joel Burgess (Bethesda Game Studios). Moderated by Nick Breckon (Bethesda Softworks).

Virtual Insanity (6:00 PM) – featuring John Carmack (id Software), Michael Abrash (Valve), and Palmer Luckey (Oculus). Moderated by Todd Hollenshead (id Software).

Saturday, August 4th 

GameTrailers’ Bonus Round (11 AM) – featuring industry veteran Adam Sessler, Harvey Smith (Arkane Studios), Michael Pachter (Wedbush Securities), and Raphael Colantonio (Arakne Studios). Moderated by Geoff Keighley (GameTrailers TV).

Celebrating id Modding (12:30 PM) – featuring Brendon Chung (Blendo Games), Robert Duffy (id Software), amd JP LeBreton (Double Fine). Moderated by Justin Blankenship (Hit Detection).

Idle Thumbs Podcast: Arena (1:30 PM) – featuring Chris Remo (Double Fine), Jake Rodkin (Telltale Games), JP LeBreton (Double Fine), Nick Breckon (Bethesda Softworks), and Steve Gaynor (The Fullbright Company).

For more information on QuakeCon visit: quakecon.org.

 

Win cool ESO swag in the ‘Sun’s Height Lore Contest’

Ready to TESt your knowledge again? The community team at ZeniMax Online Studios has put together a new contest giving you a chance to win great ZeniMax Online and ESO prizing (as modeled by PvP designer Brian Wheeler) .

Calling all Tamriel historians and loremasters! Starting today, we’re kicking off the Sun’s Height Lore Contest. This contest runs through the end of Sun’s Height (July 31st) on the official The Elder Scrolls Online Twitter account, and will put your knowledge of The Elder Scrolls lore to the test. Be one of the first 100 people to correctly answer each question for a chance to win a prize pack of awesome The Elder Scrolls Online and ZeniMax Online Studios loot.

Read on to learn how you can enter, and get ready to show off your Tamriel lore expertise!

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QuakeCon 2012: Ventrilo’s “Ultimate Power Up” Sweepstakes Returns

We’re pleased to announce that Ventrilo is once again sponsoring our “Ultimate Power Up” sweepstakes — this year giving you a chance to drive home from QuakeCon in a 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe!

Get the full details in the press release below…

July 24, 2012 (Rockville, MD) – Ventrilo, the premier group voice communication program used in tournaments and multiplayer games, is returning once again to QuakeCon 2012 with its fifth annual sponsorship of the “Ultimate Power Up” Sweepstakes. This year one lucky attendee will drive away from QuakeCon 2012 in a brand new race-red 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe.

“We’re very excited to work with our friend Brian Knapp and everyone at Ventrilo in order to provide QuakeCon attendees the chance to win this spectacular car,” said Todd Hollenshead, president of id Software. “This year someone will ride home in style in this sleek new vehicle.”

”It is the passion and camaraderie of the gaming community that helped spawn the creation of Ventrilo, and nowhere is that community more well represented than at QuakeCon.” said Brian Knapp, president of Flagship Industries. “We are proud to return as a major sponsor of this unique event for our fifth year in a row, and excited to provide one fan with the chance to win a Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe.”

The “Ultimate Power Up” winner will be randomly selected at 9:30pm CST on Saturday, August 4th as part of the tournament finals event on the QuakeCon Dell Main Stage.  A total of 100 coveted tickets for the 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe will be awarded to attendees throughout each day of the show through QuakeCon contests, random drawings, and other events. Valued at approximately $58,000, the 550 horsepower V8 engine 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe will be on display in the main exhibition area throughout the event.

For the latest news on this year’s event, visit the official QuakeCon site.

Wednesday on Reddit: Ask Raph & Harvey anything! (Updated!)

Updated: The AMA is now live. Join the conversation on Reddit.

While we’ve answered plenty of Dishonored questions this summer on Bethesda Blog, we realize there’s plenty more you want to know about the game. On Wednesday (3-7 PM EST), Harvey Smith and Raphael Colantonio will be answering community questions with an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit.

As the AMA starts on Wednesday, we’ll provide everyone with details on where they can submit their questions. In the meantime, you can learn more about Dishonored’s co-creative directors in articles up at Gamasutra and  The Verge.

1.7 Beta Update Available on Steam

Today on Steam you can grab the Beta version of the 1.7 title update. In addition to Steam, the update is planned for release on Xbox 360 and PS3 — we’ll provide more details as soon as possible. Specific to PS3 players, features included in the 1.6 title update, including Mounted Combat, will be rolled into 1.7.

Release notes below:

Update 1.7 (all platforms unless specified)

BUG FIXES

  • General memory and stability optimizations
  • Fixed crash related to new water shaders
  • Fixed rare crash related to dragon landings
  • Fixed logic error with loading screens from add-ons (Xbox 360)
  • Using vampiric grip and swimming no longer prevents swimming animation from playing afterwards
  • Improved recognition with Kinect voice commands (Xbox 360)
  • Kinect-enabled dragon language shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish work properly (Xbox 360)
  • Fixed issue with Dawnguard Kinect-enabled dragon shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish (Xbox 360)

To provide feedback on the beta update, use our beta forum.

After the break, get details on how to participate in the Steam Beta.

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