The Christian Science Monitor recently visited Bethesda Game Studios to learn more about why people play videogames. The feature is worth a read for any gamer, and perfect to share with that family member that doesn’t understand your favorite past time. Here’s a quick excerpt:
“I was a latchkey kid,” remembers production director Ashley Cheng, 38. “When my grandmother came home, she’d feel the TV. If it was warm, that meant I was playing games – instead of practicing piano.”
In addition to Ashley, the article includes insights from Todd Howard, Matt Carafano, and Bruce Nesmith. Read the entire eight page feature here.
Across the pond, nominees for the 2012 BAFTA Video Game Awards have been announced. Skyrim has received nominations in categories for Best Game, Artistic Achievement, Design, Original Music, and Story. Additionally, as announced last week, you can vote for Skyrim in the Game Award of 2011 Category.
And finally… just when you thought you’d see everything, here comes Fus Ro Dog!
Here’s the latest and greatest from around the web.
We start with a video found on Geekologie of a happy couple’s first dance to Malukah’s cover of “The Dragonborn Comes.” We wish the couple all the best in their marriage and if they reach out to us, we’ll send them a wedding gift.
In other news, both PC Gamer (US) and PC Gamer (UK) announced their Top 100 PC Games of All Time this month. In the UK magazine, Skyrim reigns as the #1 game of all time with DOOM (#84), Fallout 3 (#59), Quake III Arena (50), and Oblivion (#20) also making the list. Stateside, Skyrim ranked #2 all time and was joined by Quake III (#43), Quake (#13), Oblivion (#7), and Fallout 3 (#4).
Elsewhere, check out these links…
PC Gamer shares their favorite mods from the first 24 hours of the Skyrim Workshop.
On last night’s episode of Conan, longtime sidekick Andy Richter shared a segment about his magnificent voice work for Skyrim. Too bad he wasn’t a member of the cast… apparently it increases your shot at landing an Oscar nomination.
Elsewhere, today’s front page of The Wall Street Journal includes a feature about players taking the peaceful/pacifist route when playing Skyrim. The article includes quotes from Todd Howard and Felix the Peaceful Monk creator, Daniel Mullins.
Last but not least, visit Game of the Year Picks Blog to check out an updated list of the GOTY awards Skyrim has received. By their count, the game has won 190 GOTY awards — making it the third Bethesda Game Studios title to be named their “Big Winner”.