The Road to Award Season – GDC & D.I.C.E. Nods for Wolfenstein

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We like Wolfenstein. You like Wolfenstein. And this week, MachineGames’ industry peers let it be known they have a thing for B.J. Blazkowicz, too.

Both the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ D.I.C.E. Awards and GDC’s Game Developer Choice Awards honored Wolfenstein: The New Order a Best of 2014 nomination.  Unveiled this morning, Wolf received a D.I.C.E. nomination for Action Game of the Year,  and the GDC Awards nominated MachineGames for Best Technology.

The D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony will take place in Vegas on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the conclusion of D.I.C.E, while the GDC Awards run on March 4th in San Francisco.

Congrats to the whole team at MachineGames!

Weekend Update

As we head back into the work week, here’s some Sunday night entertainment from around the web…

When a website has a name like Bloody Disgusting, you’d think The Evil Within would have home field advantage. But when the category is Horror Game of the Year, it’s a game in good company. Help it win the award by voting here.

Elsewhere, VG247 examines how a game like Wolfenstein: The New Order succeeded as a first-person shooter without multiplayer. Here’s an excerpt:

“For this is a game from the past that should not work in the modern market. Wolfenstein is an offline-only, big-budget first-person shooter. It’s an anachronism, a modernisation of a dead genre. No one makes this type of game anymore, and that isn’t an exaggeration. If there were an Offline-only, Big-budget First-person Shooter Award for 2014, Wolfenstein would win by default. It led a market of one.”

Supporting VG247’s claim, this roundup offers even more Wolfy accolades, including:

Slate – Chris Suellentrop still has room for console shooters like Wolfenstein in his Top 10 list dominated by mobile titles.

The Escapist — The always-hard-to-please Yahtzee was actually quite pleased with Wolfenstein: The New Order, as he included it in his top 5 games of the year at numero dos! Watch his video here.

Hardcore Gamer — Selects Wolfenstein as its favorite Dark Horse game of the year.

Play.TM — Ranks Wolfenstein as their #5 GOTY!

G4TV (Canada) – Editor pick for GOTY (John Powell)

Game Spark — Wolfenstein gets acclaim from Asia — winning Game Spark’s PS4 GOTY!

Wrapping up this roundup is an interesting feature at GamaSutra discussing one of Wolfenstein’s throwback features — manually retrieving in-game ammo. Learn how this decision was managed in new feature written by MachineGames’ Jerk Gustafsson.

Oh wait, and then there’s 2015’s biggest dance craze — The Wazer Wifle! Watch the Fallout 3 tribute from Caedo Genesis in the embed at the top of this post.

Partied Like It’s 2015

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January’s Vault Boy Tee of the Month depicts the Party Boy Perk, and it’s imagery is one many can identify with right now  — a New Year’s hangover of returning to school, work, and other routines that were blissfully ignored during the holiday season.

Keep the party going with the shirt — available in men’s and women’s sizes — at store.bethsoft.com.

Modding Interview – Beyond Skyrim

We’re starting the new year with a all-new Skyrim modding interview. This time around we’re talking to Will Hillson, part of the Dark Creations team. A post-grad student in the UK, Will is an integral part of DC’s ambitious project known as “Beyond Skyrim”.

What’s the mod all about? Find out below…

Can you give a general overview of Beyond Skyrim and where the mod project currently stands?

Beyond Skyrim is a series of interlinking mods which will ultimately allow players to visit other areas of Tamriel within the Skyrim engine. Assets for each new region are being painstakingly created from scratch, including architecture, creatures, weapons, landscapes, textures and objects created by our artists and modelers. We pride ourselves on our fidelity to Elder Scrolls lore, and our ultimate aim is to create a player experience which will fit together seamlessly with Skyrim itself, allowing players to continue their existing character’s adventures in other lands, or perhaps even sidestep Skyrim’s story  entirely and experience what the rest of Tamriel has to offer.

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Around the Web – ‘New Life Festival’ Edition

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It’s Morning Star 1st — Happy New Year to all! Writing in from the home front, here’s some things to know from around the web.

At Coub — a site dedicated to creating video shorts — they’re kicking off the new year with a competition giving tribute to Skyrim’s Dragon Shouts. By submitting your #fusrodah clip, you’ll have a chance to win a Skyrim print, a Jeremy Soule-signed soundtrack, and a copy of Skyrim Legendary Edition signed by Todd Howard. For details on how to submit your own Coub (and learn the official rules), visit here.

With a new year ahead of us, many gaming sites are taking one last opportunity to reflect back on some of their favorite moments in gaming from 2014. Back in May, Polygon heralded Wolfenstein: The New Order as one of the best shooters of the year — scoring it as a 9/10. Months later, they’ve also decided it’s one of the very best games of the year — ranking it as the #2 game of the year! Here’s a snippet from reviewer Arthur Gies:

“But it’s the people in it and their stories that hold everything together and setWolfenstein: The New Order above so many of its action contemporaries, that place it above so many story-based games in general. It’s the stories within that make it one of the best games of the year.”

Who else has Bethesda shout outs in their end of year awards? Read on below…

Total Biscuit — Named Wolfenstein his #1 Game of 2014 (!!), and in his annual “The Arbitrary Awards”, Total Biscuit declares Wolfenstein “The Game That Most Surpassed My Expectations”.

Giant Bomb — The New Order received Top 10 recognition from a few of the sites staff and guests, including Will Smith, Drew Scanlon, and Dave Lang. Also worthy of note, the site got Horror Master John Carpenter to share his top 5 games of the year — a list that includes The Evil Within!

Rock, Paper Shotgun – Named Wolfenstein the “Best FPS of 2014″.

IGN –Voting for the Best of 2014 continues. Vote for Wolfenstein in the Best Xbox One, Best Xbox 360, Best PS3, and Best Shooter categories. You can also vote for The Evil Within for Best Action Game!

Ars Technica — Wolfenstein named #6 game of the year.

PCGamesN — Wolfenstein named as one of the “Best Games of 2014″.

Games Radar –The Evil Within (#21) and Wolfenstein: The New Order (#17).

Yahoo — Wolfenstien (#14) for Yahoo’s Top 20 Games of the Year.

Guardian UK — Named The Evil Within (#20) and Wolfenstein (#13) to their year-end Top 25.

The Onion AV Club — Wolfenstein a “Our Favorite Games” selection (Drew Toal).

PC Gamer — Wolfenstein a “2014 Personal Pick” (Tony Ellis).

God is a Geek — Ranks Wolfenstein their #10 game of the year.

Halfbeard’s Hub – FPS GOTY

Telegraph — One of 2014’s Top 40 Games (Wolfenstein).

Venture Beat — Runner-up accolade for Wolfenstein (Paul Semel).

Techno Buffalo — Wolfenstein highlighed as one of the year’s top 14 games.

That’s all for now. From everyone at Bethesda, we wish you all the a happy and healthy 2015!

Measuring Levels of Awesome

What’s an oscilloscope? I had to visit Wikipedia to get more information (spoiler: it allows one to read changes in an electrical signals). What’s important to this blog post? One Pekka Väänänen has demonstrated that the device is also capable of playing Quake.

Watch the video above to see E1M1 from the original QUAKE in action, and learn more about how Väänänen made it happen in his recent blog post.

Around the Web – Home for Holidays

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This post comes from home, as Team Bethesda prepares for some time off for the holidays! As you get ready to open some presents and spend time with loved ones, here’s some year-end news for The Evil Within and Wolfenstein.

IGN — Best of 2014  voting has begun! Support Wolfenstein in four categories (Best PS3, Best Xbox 360, Best Xbox One, and Best Shooter) & The Evil Within in the Best Action category.

Metro UK — Always entertaining in interviews, MachineGames’ creative director, Jen Matthies, returns for a new interview recapping the year of Wolfenstein, game reviews, and working with Bethesda.

Rely on Horror — Congrats to Tango Gameworks as The Evil Within has been named the site’s Community Game of the Year Award!

Associated Press — Wolfenstein appears in this year’s AP GOTY lists from both Lou Kesten (#7) and Derrik Lang (#9).

IGN AU — BattleCry Studios’ Lucas Davis discusses 2015’s beta program for BATTLECRY!

CTV — Toronto’s CTV ranks The Evil Within as their #1 game of the year!

Now on PSN — Skyrim Mashup for Minecraft

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PlayStation users can re-create and expand upon Skyrim’s world like never before with the Skyrim Mashup pack — now available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita.

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Developed by our friends at 4J Studios, the mash-up features an exclusive Skyrim-themed texture set, 40 character skins, themed menus and user interface, craftable items, and more than 20 iconic selections from the original Skyrim soundtrack. On top of these features, the pre-set world recreates memorable areas including Whiterun, Riverwood, and Bleak Falls Barrow.

More details below…

Skyrim Mash-up  — Content Breakdown

  • 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 Whiterun, Riverwood and Bleak falls Barrow (on a smaller scale in order to fit with technical constraints of the games map size limits)

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In addition to being available on PlayStation platforms, you can download the Skyrim Mashup on both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Ghost of Christmas Card Past

Big thanks to the retro game-collecting crew at n0w.co for sending a special Christmas gift — a mint 1996 Bethesda Christmas card highlighting the release of The Elder Scrolls Chapter 2: Daggerfall.

Nearly 20 years old, only a select few folks (including Todd) were around when these cards went out. Almost as scarce is finding people that recall the use of Bad Dog — the unofficially official mascot of Bethesda back then. Maybe I can talk to Pete about bringing him back. :)

See our cards from this millennium in the slideshow below.