Around the Web: Mt. DOOM Edition

QuakeCon might be North America’s largest LAN party, but it’s definitely not the highest. In a new mini-documentary, Tek Syndicate tells the story of players participating climbing the summit of Mt. Elbert — to have a LAN party at the summit!

The game of choice? DOOM! Watch how they battle elevation sickness (and each other) as they climb a 4500 ft.

Moving from CO to TX, BattleCry Studios ventured to QuakeCon 2014 for the game’s first-ever free-play matches and competitive tournament. In addition numerous attendees playing the game, some members of the gaming press also got their first stab at post-Black Powder Treaty combat. Get new impressions at MMOBomb.com, PCGamesN, and Shacknews.

And while players played BATTLECRY, members of the team talked about it. Design Director Lucas Davis answered a number of questions for MMORPG.com. Here’s an excerpt…

MMORPG: How does advancement work? Is it skill-based, weapon-based, or both?

LD: As your warrior progresses through levels, you’re able to unlock your skill tree, which is used to build customized loadouts with. The skill tree will allow you to power up your weapons, but whatever you want your weapon to look like, that’s what it will look like.

So what else is happening? We’ll ask you below.

That’s all for now. Look for more coverage of QuakeCon 2014 — including photos from the show — later in the week. 

Around the Web: ‘Extreme Character Customization’ Edition

A holiday weekend done right can feel like an eternity, but it also means missing everything that the world wide web has to offer — including the latest for The Evil Within, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Wolfenstein.

Starting light, in the embed above, watch The Onion’s in-depth look at new character customization features for The Elder Scrolls Online. It’s the best fun anyone’s had with mitochondria since A Wind in the Door.

Actually, there are new customization coming to ESO — including the ability to dye your armors. Learn more on that, combat improvements, guild enhancements, and much more in the July edition of ESO – The Road Ahead.

Elsewhere, Giant Bomb’s Patrick Klepek has a pair of posts worth checking out. DOOM fans will want to check out his interview with DOOM modder Sam Prebble, whose Total Chaos mod takes the DOOM engine in a haunting (and visually stunning) new direction.

Also on Giant Bomb, if you didn’t read Klepek’s interview with MachineGames’ Jen Matthies, you can now listen to the raw audio — a full 45 mintues worth — right here!

What else is worth checking up on? Highlights below…

  • New interviews with The Evil Within’s Shinji Mikami are now up at AusGamers and Telegraph UK.
  • The Mirror UK has it’s review of Wolfenstein: The New Order up, and they decide, “With its oppressive – yet thought-provoking – environment, explosive action and addictive nature, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a must-buy.”
  • The fun-loving folks at MTV have taken a break to share their 7 Video Games to Keep You Inside This Summer. Find out where Wolfenstein made the list (hint: it’s pretty high) here.
  • Total Xbox looks at The Evil Within and declares that the game is “the game survival horror fans have been waiting for”.

That’s all for now. If you see an article worth featuring on “Around the Web”, feel free to email us at bethblog@bethsoft.com.

Dead End Thrills for Wolfenstein: The New Order

We’ve seen our fair share of the video game eye candy that is Dead End Thrills. Back in October, we were happy to showcase their Dishonored artwork. It seems the that release of Wolfenstein: The New Order has inspired more gorgeous imagery.

And in case you missed them, have a look at the other incredible galleries Dead End Thrills has to offer.

Roundup: The Wolfen-wide Web

It’s only been a week since Wolfenstein: The New Order’s, but there’s already plenty of web highlights from around the web. On top of our initial review roundup, there’s plenty of must-read coverage to catch up on.

To start, recently we had the opportunity to send Wolfenstein’s collection of awesome goodies, The Panzerhund Edition, to MachineGames’ office so they could do a proper unboxing video. Watch their video, featuring Jens Matthies and Jerk Gustafsson, in the embed above. To purchase this collection, visit the Official Bethesda Store.

Elsewhere, catch these articles, features, and videos…

  • Polygon – As a story-driven experience, Polygon’s Ben Kuchera discusses how Wolfenstein manages to handle sexual situations the right way — unlike most pop-culture affairs. Elsewhere on the site, watch a 2-minute primer for playing the game.
  • Prima Games — Known for their prowess on gameplay strategy, Prima tackles beginner’s tips, Easter eggs, and throwback surprises.
  • Who is more imposing than B.J. Blaskowicz? Perhaps UFC middleweight/TUF Nations champ Elias Theodorou and UFC welterweight Sean Pierson. Watch them play Wolfenstein here.

Continuing our review roundup, read and watch full reviews after the break…
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Weekend Update: Wolfenstein Evolved

Happy Saturday, everyone! Here’s some fun links worth reading while you relax.

Let’s start with GamesRadar, who this weekend are taking a look at the visual evolution of Wolfenstein. In addition to showing how B.J. Blazkowicz cleans up after more than 20 years, they showcase changes to other key character from series — including both Caroline Becker and General Deathshead. Take the visual journey here.

Elsewhere, read a new PAX East hands-on preview from The Koalition. Here’s an excerpt…

“It is also worth noting that the difficulty level elevates over time to emphasize the dominance of the enemies. This feature was handled with finesse and is therefore a lot more balanced and refined than most of your typical first-person shooters out today.”

Other stories worth checking? Hit up these links…

GamesRadar — Game Director Jens Matthies and Narrative Designer Tommy Tordsson discuss making the newest Wolfenstein game in an all-new feature.
Ars Technica — Dennis Scimeca calls the game ”a blend of the satisfying old and the terrifying new”.
2nd Opinion Productions — Learn why this non-FPS fan found something to love in the PAX East demo of Wolfenstein.
Fast Company — Get an inside look on how the Neumond Recordings label was created for Wolfenstein.

Lastly, Rooster Teeth have returned a new gameplay video — this time focusing on some of the game’s achievements. Watch it below.

Around the web – beta access, interviews, and more!

We’re back with another web roundup.

The Elder Scrolls Online launches on PC/Mac two months from today, and today at elderscrollsonline.com, you can get details on the latest wave of invites for the game’s closed beta. And if you still haven’t gotten in yet, don’t worry, we’ll be sending out even more invites leading up to the game’s release.

Can’t wait to get into beta? Beginning this week, our friends at Curse will be giving away beta keys. Visit their site and follow them on Twitter.

Elsewhere around the web…

Finally, if you’re in the Dallas area and interested in providing feedback on future Bethesda titles, check out our new Temporary Play Tester position. You can apply for that job and others at jobs.zenimax.com!

T’was the Night Before Christmas…

The stockings have been hung and the lights are all out at the office. The Panzerhund is curled up on his platform while the Brotherhood of Steel keeps an eye on the premises. The Dovahkiin gets into a snowball fight with Boxman thus becoming Snowvahkiin. Just a normal holiday break when the team is away.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday as we go from Christmas into New Years. Here’s some festive art from us and the community. Happy Holidays!

Around the Web: Countdown Collection

As the end of the year draws near, more and more lists and countdowns are starting to sweep the internet. With the advent of new consoles and the opportunity for new titles, we take a look at some of the praise last generation titles received.

Crowning glory comes from Examiner.com who granted Skyrim the coveted title of “Game of the Generation”. This was the first of several “Best of a Generation” mentions we received in 2013. Kotaku included Skyrim as a Game that defined “last gen”, while Hardcore Gamer honored multiple Bethesda titles in their Top 100 Games of the Generation, including: Oblivion, Dishonored, Fallout: New Vegas, Skyrim, and Fallout 3.

And where there are last-gen countdowns, one should expect next-gen (err… current gen?) countdowns. In such a list, Gameranx listed Wolfenstein The New Order as one of the Top 10 games to look forward to in 2014.

Elsewhere in the land of the lists, something about the bitter-cold temperatures in Skyrim gave inspiration for Winter weather countdowns. Shortlist mentions the frigid temperatures found atop the Throat of the World in their list, while IGN celebrates Skyrim for being the perfect seasonal game. As you ready for the holidays, curl up in a blanket, drink some hot chocolate, and give Skyrim a revisit during your winter break.

Around the web: Other Places and Other Stuff

Thumbing through PC Gamer, I read about PC Gamer contributor Andy Kelly’s video series “Other Places.” The video series focuses on the visual eye candy of various game worlds. Among the world’s already featured are Dishonored’s Dunwall and various areas from Skyrim. Definitely worth checking out both videos which are embedded in this post.

Elsewhere on the web, we recommend checking out these links.

  • Metro UK talks about The Evil Within and getting the right balance when implementing action into a survival-horror game.
  • Both The Elder Scrolls Online and Wolfenstein: The New Order are included in Gameranx look at the Best PC Games of 2014.
  • Watch Gamespot’s newest episode of Skyrim Mods.
  • In time for Halloween last week, GameFront took a look back at DOOM in two parts. In part 1, they reflect on the game’s impact after 20 years, while part 2 highlights 23 memorable mods made by the community.
  • On the subject of DOOM, we spotted perhaps the finest game-related tattoo of all time on Tumblr user Saguzar’s page. For more proof that is awesome 20 years later, check out the tat below.

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