Happy Thanksgiving!

As you get ready for a turkey feast, here’s some notable links worth reading…

  • Flickr user Midhras has an assortment of must-see stereographic screenshots for Skyrim, Fallout 3, and RAGE. Amazing stuff that you should experience in all their full-resolution glory here.
  • As the countdown to Dragonborn continues, IGN Rewind Theater examines every moment of the add-on’s announcement trailer.
  • OXM UK shares nine places they would like to visit in Dragonborn.
  • MMORPG.com examines how The Elder Scrolls Online will feel like the TES games you’ve come to love.

And if you’re looking to do some holiday shopping this weekend, don’t forget to check out Steam’s Autumn Holiday Sale – featuring savings on Bethesda and id titles. The sale runs between today and November 26th.

On behalf of everyone at Bethesda, we wish you and your families a happy and safe holiday.

Dishonored Roundup

While visiting IGN, I spotted this fantastic homage to Dishonored created by Minecraft user Swuu. Watch the video above and learn more in the MinecraftForum.net boards.

There’s plenty of other great community creations out there. Recent fan art contributions, including @MandaBush’s Outsider watercolor and Kasimova’s Boyle Party drawing at deviantArt, are among our favorites.

Speaking of art, The London Games Festival is giving you a chance to bid on art from Dishonored and other games. See the current (and future) pieces being auctioned on their official site.

For more Dishonored news, check out these links:

  • VG Cats has a fun comic starring two of the industry’s best known assassins.
  • Eurogamer peels back of the metaphorical layers of Dishonored’s onion in a new post-release interview with Harvey and Raph.
  • G4TV has kicked off their “Game of 2012″ Videogame Deathmatch voting. Track and vote for Dishonored here.
  • Gaming Gourmet wants you to know how to make the game’s most appetizing treat, the Apricot Tartlet.

Finally, a week after Dishonored was nominated for six VGAs, the game is nominated for Machinima’s Gamers’ Choice Award. To vote, head here.

Weekend Update: ESO coverage, BFG reviews, and other abbreviations

As you enjoy your Saturday afternoon, here’s some highlights from around the web.

We start with The Elder Scrolls Online. This weekend, be sure to grab the all-new Ebonhart Pact wallpaper on the game’s official website. And if you want to learn more about the Alliance comprised of Nords, Dunmer, and Argonians, be sure to read up on ZeniMax Online’s first ‘Ask Us Anything’, which will focus specifically on this pact.

Want more ESO news? Check out these highlights from our recent press event:

Episode 43 of The Elder Scrolls Off the Record Podcast features lengthy impressions from playing the game at ZeniMax Online.

MMORPG continues a flourish of new content. On their latest podcast, interviews Matt Firor, Nick Konkle, Brian Wheeler, and Paul Sage. They also highlight 21 facts fans should know about the game, detail their visit to Crow’s Woods, explain how you’ll build your character, and describe the game’s “spot on” combat.

YouTuber Jesse Cox (aka ) gives his impressions on playing the game for four hours.Watch the video here.

MMO Attack shares hands-on impressions plus interviews with Matt Firor and Brian Wheeler. Meanwhile Ten Ton Hammer covers the game in new interviews with Firor and Sage.

More news, including reviews for DOOM 3 BFG Edition, after the break.

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Dishonored roundup

Nearly a month has passed since Dishonored’s launch, but the web is still full of stories related to the game. Here’s some highlights worth checking out…

Definitely start with GameFront’s 1-On-1 feature with Dishonored’s Lead Designer, Ricardo Bare. The article examines his career — going full circle from Deus Ex to Dishonored. Here’s a quick tease from the article:

“A twelve-year gaming industry veteran, he made his bones as a junior designer on the original Deus Ex, a game he acknowledges is the spiritual predecessor to Dishonored. An impressive achievement in universe-building and gameplay, Dishonored is built around his view that interactivity, more than story, is key to making a great game. But Bare also writes fiction, with several published short stories and his debut novel due for release in spring, 2013.”

Elsewhere, check out these links:

Finally, GamesRadar recently ranked their Top 100 Heroes from games and Corvo cracked the list at #67. Joining him on the list was Wolfenstein’s B.J. Blazkowicz (#93) and Skyrim’s , Dovahkiin at #71.
Spotted a cool Dishonored news story or video? Hit us up at bethblog@bethsoft.com.

A semester of Skyrim sounds like a hoot

Received a note this week that the Rice University Department of English is offering a one-time course titled, “Scandanavian Fantasy World: Old Norse Sagas and Skyrim.” Check out the course description below:

This course has two goals. First, it introduces students to fantasy as both psychological concept and driving force in gamer culture; and second, using these paradigms, it considers how and why medieval Scandinavia serves as a locus of modern Anglo-American fantasy. To these ends, students will read selections from Old Norse and Old Icelandic sagas (in translation) as they play different quests within Skyrim. While the course begins by identifying moments of intersection between the worlds of the sagas and of Skyrim (inclement environments, supernatural figures, mythologies), the course is not in any means meant to map the former onto the latter. The purpose of establishing these connections is to then consider how elements of medieval Scandinavian culture have been taken out of historical milieu and literary context, morphed into unfamiliar shape, and appropriated towards other fantastic pursuits. We’ll consider the political saga of Skyrim, with its emphasis on Empire and rebellion, as pursuits made possible by way of Scandinavia in order to think through what Scandinavian fantasy worlds are really about and why they resonate with contemporary Anglo-American culture.

Note: This course is only for enrolled students at Rice. Fast travelling to Houston to see if you can participate is not an option.

More Skyrim highlights from around the web after the break…

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Dishonored news & reviews

Here’s a quick look at the latest Dishonored news from around the web…
  • Trying to be the master of stealth? Both Gamespot and PC Gamer provide lessons on playing through the game without being detected or killing anyone.
  • Haven’t decided what platform to play Dishonored on? Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry joins Gamespot in breaking down how game looks across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
  • The always-entertaining Giant Bomb team give Dishonored a 42-minute “quick look” – courtesy of Patrick Klepek and Ryan Davis.
  • In an interview with Kotaku, Harvey Smith reveals why Dishonored doesn’t have “Boss Monsters”. For more interviews with Harvey, visit Pure Sophistry and CNN.
  • WhatCulture.com shares 10 reasons you should play Dishonored immediately.
  • IGN examines multiple paths for playing through Dishonored’s first assassination mission.
  • Raf and Harvey relax with Xbox’s Major Nelson. Listen to the latest podcast on iTunes.
After the break, check out a sampling of the game’s latest reviews.

Are you ready for Dishonored?

Arkane is! With only a few days remaining until launch, they’re already counting the seconds in their Austin office.

If you’re anxious too, we’re pleased to announce the game is now ready for pre-load on Steam!

For more on the game, check out OXM UK’s hands-on preview of the Boyle Party, as well as IGN’s spoof of our recently released interactive video. Watch below.

Dishonored Roundup

T-minus one week until Dishonored’s release!!

In the pic above, Harvey and Raf are all smiles as they check out final copies of the game. While you wait for October 9th, here’s some Dishonored news to catch up on:

Finally, catch out this fantastic jam from the always entertaining Dan Bull.

All the Dishonored news fit for print

Here’s the latest on Dishonored from around the web and on newsstands…

UK mags PSM3 and sister mag Xbox World are so excited for Dishonored, they’re already predicting it will be their top game of the year. Anticipating the game’s release, both publications share new hands-on impressions and celebrate the game with four collectible magazine covers. Preview the covers in the Flickr slideshow below.

Looking for a digital version of the magazine? Download the enhanced iPad editions using the links below:

And to learn more on Dishonored, check out these links:

Official PlayStation Magazine UK  – After playing the Boyle Mission, Phil Iwaniuk calls Dishonored an “instant classic”.
PlayStation Blogcast – Sid Shuman interviews co-creative director, Raphael Colantonio. Interview starts at the 1 hour, 11 minute mark.
IGN – Keza MacDonald explains why she thinks Dishonored could be the most interesting game of the year.

As we count down the days to Dishonored’s release (19!), be on the lookout for more news and updates.

Around the web with Dishonored

Four weeks. You’re only four weeks from being able to play Dishonored for yourself. Until then, here’s a roundup of some of the latest online coverage…

To start, Revision3 named Dishonored their PAX Prime Game of Show. Watch their new interview with Raf Colantonio above.

  • Kotaku – reveals why they love Stealth games like Dishonored.
  • 1Up –  “…if Dishonored doesn’t end up being one of the best games of the year, I’ll be absolutely shocked.”
  • The New York Times – “The most intriguing original fiction of the next four months.”
  • Kotaku – Mark Serrels plays Dishonored, possesses a fish, and shares, “In Dishonored there are seemingly endless matrices of choice, multiple different ways to approach multiple different problems. Room to breathe, room to think, space to engage meaningfully with an environment.”
  • PC Powerplay – “Not only does Dishonored look set to be Arkane’s best title yet, but if Looking Glass were around today, it is undoubtedly the kind of game they would be making”.
  • CVG – Calls Dishonored “the most amazing new IP of the year.”
  • IGN – Executive Producer Julien Roby discusses why now is a good time to release a new IP like Dishonored.
  • VG247 – New interview with Raf Colantonio

Finally, take a photo tour of Arkane’s offices in a new feature at Business Insider.

Four weeks!