Around the web – ‘Pass the Cyberdemon’ edition

Tomorrow we’ll be at home celebrating Thanksgiving, but before we get to glorious Detroit Lions football and turkey legs, let’s check out some highlights from around the web. Setting the table is a dinner-themed tribute to DOOM — Dovahbear’s hilarious Dinner with Mancubus — shown in the embed above.

Speaking of DOOM, every second of Zero Master’s record-breaking speedrun for DOOM II is must-watch internet. After watching, head to reddoorbluekey.com for more details on DOOM speedruns.

Looking for a second serving of links? Fill your plate with these…

That’s all for now. Safe travels, everyone!

Around the Web – Bunker Down Edition

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With frigid temperatures in our nation’s capital, it’s time to get under a blanket, grab a warm bottle of mead, and check out the web’s best Bethesda fun from around the web — none more fitting than IGN’s look at the best winter levels in gaming.

While we hunker down, Fallout fans are bunkering down underground to celebrate birthdays in Vault 30 — a vault used to celebrate the birthday of Reddit user VaultoftheSix. Get more pics here.

Meanwhile down under…

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Members from BattleCry Studios have safely made their way back to Austin from Melbourne and were nice enough to bring back plenty of new previews and interviews for the game — including The Escapists’ hands-on impressions describing the game as “a deliciously in-your-face alternate reality brawler with a beautiful art style”. For more on the game, check out the stories below…

Explosion — “The new PAX video revealed a new gameplay mode for Battlecry–Land Grab. Basically, Land Grab looks like a zone control multiplayer battle. I am glad there will be alternate modes besides a basic team deathmatch mode. I expect more gameplay modes will be incorporated to the game later.”

Geek Bomb — “As a huge fan of online multiplayer games and in particular free-to-play, I was immediately drawn to the highly-stylised visuals and breakneck pace. It’s clear to see the game is aimed at the competitive market and it’s a perfect fit, with a learning curve that’s quick to understand but incredibly difficult to master, it requires skill, precision and most importantly teamwork.”

Interviews — Read and watch new interview with design director Lucas Davis at both GameCloud and KayleGames.

As a reminder to those down under, BATTLECRY’s Beta is coming first to Australia. Visit the official site to sign up.

And tonight’s update ends with a short, but amazing rendition of Skyrim’s theme from opera singer Kari Kirk, whose son, David, captured it live. Great work, mom!

PAX Aus – Thanks for coming out to #playBATTLECRY

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It’s Shahin back again hot off the heels of PAX Australia, I wanted to give you a glimpse at some of the awesomeness that went down (under)!

Australia and New Zealand get first dibs on the BATTLECRY Beta

We had an amazing time meeting and hanging out with fans in Australia, and we’re really excited to share that they will be the first to get their paws on the BATTLECRY beta. Get the full scoop here.

Opening the show: Storytime with Pete Hines

Pete was invited to open the show with a keynote and, with the main theater packed to the rafters, shared stories from his 15 years with Bethesda. Watch the archived stream below…

Storytime!
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Get a gameplay tease of BATTLECRY!

While fans down under get their first chance to play BATTLECRY this weekend, we’ve got an all-new gameplay teaser for the rest of the world to check out!

Want more from BATTLECRY? Be sure to tune into Twitch tomorrow to catch the “Welcome to the WarZone” panel — streaming live at Twitch.TV/PAX tomorrow night at 11pm ET (that’s 2pm AEDT if you’re in Australia).

For more BATTLECRY updates, you can follow us on both twitter.com/BATTLECRY_game and facebook.com/BATTLECRYTheGame

BATTLECRY Beta Begins Down Under!

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Good news for fans in Australia and New Zealand. Announced today at PAX Aus, you’ll be the first to play BATTLECRY in Beta!!!

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES BATTLECRY BETA TO DEBUT IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND IN 2015 

Sign Up for Beta Now for BattleCry Studios’ Free-to-Play Online Team Action Game

October 31, 2014 (Melbourne, Australia) — Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced that the first beta tests for BATTLECRY™, the all-new online multiplayer action combat game from BattleCry Studios, will begin exclusively in Australia and New Zealand starting in early 2015. Featuring 32-player battles, BATTLECRY’s team-based combat combines visceral brutality and competitive multiplayer action to create a new gameplay experience that’s free to play.

Led by long-time industry veteran Rich Vogel (Star Wars: The Old Republic, Ultima Online), the team at BattleCry Studios is comprised of seasoned developers with decades of experience working on critically-acclaimed action and competitive multiplayer franchises. BATTLECRY is the first project for the Austin-based studio since it was formed in 2012 with one goal: to create fun, high-quality online experiences for a connected world.

In BATTLECRY, step into a bold, expressive world envisioned by Viktor Antonov (Half-Life 2, Dishonored) where gun powder has been banned following a cataclysmic world war at the dawn of the 20th century. Traditional warfare is now a relic of the past and all conflicts are settled head-on by elite teams of chosen warriors in sanctioned WarZones. Choose your warrior – each with a meaningfully distinct suite of attacks and abilities – from one of several factions from diverse parts of the world. With strategy, brutal attacks, and unique weapons, fight for power and glory across the WarZones.

“It will be extremely exciting to see people from Australia and New Zealand jump in and play the game when beta begins in 2015,” said Rich Vogel, president and executive producer at BattleCry Studios. “Everyone at the studio is looking forward to working with players in these two countries as we begin testing the game. They are paving the way for the rest of the world and will have a hand in helping us shape the future of BATTLECRY.”

Australians will have the chance to experience BATTLECRY for the very first time during PAX Aus 2014 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from October 31 to November 2.

Players in Australia and New Zealand can now sign up for beta at: www.battlecrythegame.com.au.

For more information on the game or to view the first gameplay video, visit the official BATTLECRY website: www.battlecrythegame.com.au.

About ZeniMax Media Inc.

ZeniMax Media is a privately owned media organization headquartered outside Washington, DC with international publishing offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Eindhoven, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. Through its subsidiaries, ZeniMax Media creates and publishes original interactive entertainment content for consoles, the PC, and handheld/wireless devices.  ZeniMax Media divisions include Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, BattleCry Studios, ZeniMax Europe Ltd., ZeniMax Asia K.K., ZeniMax Asia Pacific Limited and ZeniMax Online Studios.   For more information on ZeniMax Media, visit www.zenimax.com.

About Bethesda Softworks

Bethesda Softworks, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software. Titles featured under the Bethesda label include such blockbuster franchises as The Elder Scrolls®, DOOM®, QUAKE®, Fallout®, Wolfenstein®, Dishonored®, Prey® and RAGE®.   For more information on Bethesda Softworks’ products, visit www.bethsoft.com.

About BattleCry Studios

BattleCry Studios, located in Austin, TX, brings together a group of seasoned developers with one goal: to create fun, AAA online global experiences for the connected world. Drawing on decades of experience from places like BioWare, Valve, 343 Studios, Treyarch, and more, BattleCry isn’t just a place where great games are created. It’s where designers, engineers, and artists work side by side to redefine a genre.

BATTLECRY, BattleCry Studios, The Elder Scrolls, Bethesda Game Studios, Dishonored, Arkane, The Evil Within, PsychoBreak, Tango, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, Prey, Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda, ZeniMax and their related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of ZeniMax Media Inc. in the United States and/or in other countries. Fallout is a registered trademark or trademark of Bethesda Softworks LLC in the United States and/or in other countries.  id, id Software, id Tech, DOOM, QUAKE, Wolfenstein and RAGE are registered trademarks or trademarks of id Software LLC in the United States and/or in other countries. Other product and company names referenced herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. All Rights Reserved.

The WarZone Begins With You!

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This weekend BattleCry Studios descends upon Melbourne, Australia to give folks down under a first chance to play BATTLECRY. Joining the team for the long journey is the studio’s brand-new community manager, Shahin Kanafchian.

Today he’s here to introduce himself, and you can expect to hear plenty more from Shahin in the future…..

Hey guys!

My name is Shahin Kanafchian, and I’m really excited to introduce myself as the Community Manager for BATTLECRY. As a lifelong gamer, I love engaging with players and I understand how important it is to put you at the heart of everything we do. It’s still early days, but that’s why I’m excited – it gives me the chance to work with you to build things from the ground up. So, here’s a rundown of where I think we’re at so far, and what you can expect in the future.

Communication

I’m a huge believer in transparency, and as a studio, we want to foster a real relationship with you by communicating openly and honestly. This game is for our players, and so your feedback will be incredibly important! The team and I will be doing our best to listen, communicate and collaborate with you to make it awesome. For me, nothing is more satisfying than seeing the crazy ways you’ve managed to min/max your way to victory.

Right now, you can find us on Twitter and Facebook – so expect plenty of information through those channels. You’ll also be able to find news, videos and content through our friends at Bethesda – such as their blog, forums, YouTube and Twitch channels. There may come a time when we outgrow these pages as this pre-alpha game becomes a real boy, but you’ll definitely be in the loop along the way.

I also want to bring the discussion to players wherever we can. For example, a few amazing people have already set up a BATTLECRY subreddit and we love them for it! I’ll do what I can to chip in and hang out wherever possible. Word of warning, , I’ve even been known to frequent IRC in the past. Yes… it’s that bad.

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Program Guide – PAX Aus

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This weekend we will be in Melbourne for Bethesda’s first-ever showing at PAX Aus!

Attending? In addition to being able to play BATTLECRY at our booth (#2100), we have a full docket of panels that we’re participating in — highlighted by Pete Hines storytime keynote and our BATTLECRY: Welcome to the WarZone” developer panel — both which will be streaming globally on Twitch.TV/PAX.

But there’s much more. Get the full rundown below (all times listed in AEDT)

Friday, October 31st

Storytime with Pete Hines

10:30am – 11.30am | Main Theatre | Streaming live via Twitch.tv/PAX

The Customised Is Always Right: Pre-gen vs Custom Characters

16:30 – 17:30 | Galah Theatre

Panelists Include: Rich Vogel, Executive Producer, BattleCry Studios | Jessica McDonell, Video Journalist, GameSpot | Jeffrey Yohalem, Lead Writer, Ubisoft | Aidan Scanlan, Assistant Director of Design, Bioware | Moderated by Nic Healey, senior editor at CNET.

Halloween Horror Games Panel

19:30 – 20:30 | Dropbear Theatre

Panelists Include: Pete Hines, VP of PR & Marketing, Bethesda | Robert Dowling, Game Developer, Pixelpickle Games | Drew Hobbs, Writer and Game Director, IRL Shooter | Brian Hicks, Lead Producer, Bohemia Interactive | Moderated by Zorine Te, Associate Editor, GameSpot

Saturday, November 1st

BATTLECRY: Welcome to the WarZone

14:00 – 15:00 | Wombat Theatre | Streaming live via Twitch.tv/PAX

BattleCry Studios Panelists Include: Rich Vogel, Executive Producer | Lucas David, Design Director | Mark Tucker, Senior Systems Designer | Shahin Kanafchian, Community Manager | Moderated by Rae Johnston, Presenter, Tech Space

Building New IP- Pixel by Pixel

18:30 – 19:30 | Wombat Theatre | Streaming Live via Twitch.tv/PAX

Panelists Include: Pete Hines, VP of PR & Marketing, Bethesda | Siobhan Reddy, Studio Manager, Media Molecule | Randy Pitchford, President, Gearbox Software | Ken Wong, Lead Designer, UsTwo Games | Barry Meade, CEO, Fireproof Moderated by Bajo, Presenter, Good Game.

Sunday, November 2nd

The Importance of Diverse Skillsets When Making Games

14:00 – 15:00 | Fruitbat Theatre

Panelists Include: Lucas Davis, Design Director, BattleCry Studios | Randy Pitchford, President, Gearbox Software | Ken Wong, Lead Designer and Artist, UsTwo Games | John Nesky, Feel Engineer, thatgamecompany | Michael Hampden, Lead Game Designer, Ubisoft Singapore | Moderated by Jessica Citizen, Editor, Player Attack.

PAX Aus: Putting some BATTLECRY on the Barbie

G’day everyone, we have exciting news for Bethesda fans Down Under! This year we will be participating in PAX Aus for the first time — bringing BATTLECRY, our Austin-flavored multiplayer action game from the dev team at BattleCry Studios.

Alongside being able to play the game on the show floor, members of team — Executive Producer Rich Vogel, Design Director Lucas Davis, Senior Systems Designer Mark Tucker, and Community Manager Shahin Kanafchian — will take the stage for a panel entitled ‘BATTLECRY: Welcome to the WarZone’ on Saturday, November 1st at 2 pm local time. They’ll be on stage to discuss the ins and outs of their new game and look forward to debating the world’s best BBQ. And with tech/gaming guru Rae Johnston presiding over the panel as moderator, it’s sure to be entertaining.

In addition to BATTLECRY’s presence, you won’t want to miss Pete Hines’ “storytime keynote” address opening the show. Pete, Rich Vogel, and Lucas Davis will also be sitting on other PAX Aus panels throughout the weekend. More details to come!

PAX AUS runs from October 31st thru November 2nd.  For more information on PAX Aus, visit the event website and be on the lookout for new updates on Bethesda Blog, as well as our BATTLECRY Facebook and Twitter accounts.