All the RAGE: Erica Stead

We’re back with another All the RAGE profile. This week we meet QA tester Erica Stead…

What do you do at id Software and how long have you worked at the company?

I’m a QA tester. I’ve been at Id for over a year.

When did you decide you wanted to get into game development?

When I was in high school, I spent most of my weekends alone with the Playstation, thinking about how cool it would be to work on games. But it didn’t really seem like a realistic goal, so I don’t think I ever mentioned it to anyone. It was a long time later, after I had gotten a degree in something else, moved to Texas and went to QuakeCon for the first time that I realized I really did still want to work with games.

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Website maintenance coming tomorrow

“Hey, it looks like the Bethesda forums are down, do you mind if I head home a little early?”

That’s our recommended messaging for your boss this Friday at 4 PM Eastern Time, as we’ll be taking down all of our Bethesda sites for a maintenance overhaul. In total, we anticipate our sites will be down for approximately four hours. While our sites are down, we’ll keep you posted on all the latest news on the Bethesda twitter account.

To help pass the time, I hoped that we could put up a Magic Eye image of Alduin, but it sounds like our IT department has a “Connection Timeout” message planned instead.

What’s new at Tango Gameworks??

It’s been awhile since we shared news on Tango Gameworks, our development studio in Tokyo headed by Resident Evil creator (and action figure-extraordinaire), Shinji Mikami. While we can’t talk about what they’re working on yet, we can tell you they have a mini-indoor soccer arena, papier-mâché heads, and new staff profiles and web comics on their official site.

See more at their official site, and be sure to check out the office slideshow above.

TES Modding: Check out the trailer for Andoran: Prologue

Above is the newly-released (and awesome) trailer for Andoran: Prologue — the second part of a Russian mod trilogy for Oblivion (part 1, Axis, is already available for download).

The mod is planned to be completed later this year. For more details on the project, visit the Andoran website. Just be ready to use Google translate if you’re not fluent in Russian.

Thanks to forum member Mehrunes Artem for pointing me to the trailer.