Happy Halloween!

Halloween is always a fun day at Bethsoft HQ. We get plenty of folks that get dressed up for the affair. Even our new intern came ready to work in Mandalorian armor.

We hope you enjoy the group shot above. Sadly, I was so focused on getting Sal and Phil’s Panda costumes (hug!) in the shot, I completely left Jared’s Deadpool costume out of frame. Clever as he is, you’ll see we found an appropriate way to get him involved. Along with Jared, we hope you enjoy a mix of Bethesda-themed costumes and jack-o-lanterns in the Flickr slideshow below.

Thanks to everyone that shared their pics via email, Facebook, Twitter and tumblr.

 
And below, check out our favorite jack-0-lantern of the year — spotted on tumblr.
 

Until next year!

Playing Games for a Good Cause

Looking for a good reason to play games all day tomorrow? Tomorrow players around the globe will participate in a 24-hour gaming marathon for Extra-Life.org — a charity that donates money to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Among the many players participating, I talked to Bethesda QA testers Joe Mueller and Jen Tonon, who are participating with other Bethesda employees on a team appropriately titled, Children of Akatosh. Learn more about the event and their experience below…

How did you guys get involved with Extra-Life.org?

Our awesome coworker at ZOS, Megan Steckler, actually was the one to shed light on it to us and created the group. It was really a word of mouth thing, which she rallied folks early on. We’ve been promoting it since.

Are you guys planning to meet up together so you can participate with everyone else on the Bethesda/ZeniMax Online team?

There are talks to gather in one area for LAN party shenanigans, but we all have a lot of preferences for types of games and what to play them on. When you spend your full time job testing games, your preferences get pretty specific. One of our team members, Cory, is live-streaming with his twitch account so our craziness is visible there.

What games are you planning on playing? Have you set aside any games perfect for a gaming marathon?

It’s a widespread assortment, but the majority are planning to play WoW- Mists of Pandaria, Borderlands 2, Guild Wars 2, and Left 4 Dead 2. Several of us are actually setting up time slots for genres so a lot of the single-player hours were actually split between Dishonored and Skyrim. There’s even several of us dedicating time to the ridiculously-impossible-to-beat-old-school games, like Legacy of the Wizard for NES.

What’s the best way that others can get involved with Extra-Life.com?

Really at this point for 2012 Extra-Life Marathon, it’s to Donate and to share through social media. It’s so easy to retweet, share a post, or send an email;  trending can be so impactful for causes and it takes just a mouse-click or a touchscreen tap. Our team, Children of Akatosh, shares a variety of ways to spread the word.

For more details on how you can participate in Extra-Life.org, whether it’s playing or donating, visit the charity’s official site.

Visit the new Bethsoft.com!

We’ve just launched a new homepage for titles published by Bethesda Softworks. The redesign allows quick access to info, support, screenshots, and videos for our games. In addition to assets, it provides an easy way to keep up on the latest social media for our games, including Bethesda Blog updates.

Visit Bethsoft.com to check it out. We hope you enjoy it.

Feng Shui Dah!

This is the coolest wall decoration since Boba Fett sold Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt.

After being used for E3, PAX, and the Skyrim launch party, our 25′ x 8.5′ recreation of Alduin’s wall has made its way into the Bethesda Game Studios’ lounge. And in honor of its creator, the late Adam Adamowicz, we’ve added a plaque in his memory.

To see more pics of the wall, check out the Flickr slideshow below.

Skyrim Roundup

We’re back with another round of updates on Skyrim…

In the video above, Gamespot continues their weekly look Skyrim mods — both from the Skyrim Workshop and Skyrim Nexus. Mods featured this time include:

Looking for more Skyrim mods. Techland’s Matt Peckham has a new feature sharing his top 20 mods for the game.

Elsewhere on the web, check out these links…

Before we go… we leave you with BenSpinSpace’s piano arrangement for Morrowind.

Double the Fun with the Fallout 3 & Oblivion Double Pack

On April 3rd, BGS fans can pick up the award-winning classics, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout 3, in a new double pack combo. Available in North America, the Double Pack will be available on Xbox 360 and PC for $29.99 and $19.99, respectively.

I was going to put up Double Mint-inspired lyrics to get you excited, but after seeing this video on Kotaku, I thought you’d enjoy it more….

Roundup: First Dance Edition

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.

Another video to catch is YouTube creator Tyrannicon’s video, The Great Battle of Skyrim

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…

That’s all for now. If you see something online that belongs here on the blog, drop us a line.