LEGO: BFG Edition Interview

Whether you’re searching Reddit or checking out news on numerous gaming sites, it would be hard to miss this amazing, spot-on LEGO tribute to DOOM. After sharing this Flickr page and YouTube video shown above, there have been plenty of “that’s [expletive] awesome” said this week.

This week we had a chance to catch up with the creator, Iain Heath — a.k.a. Ochre Jelly. Originally from the UK, Iain’s lived in Seattle the past 17 years, where he’s worked as a software engineer, aspired to be a wannabe stand-up comedian, and become a full-time LEGO artist and blogger for The Brother’s Brick. This weekend Iain will be proudly displaying his DOOM homage and other works at BrickCon — a celebration of all things LEGO taking place in Seattle.

Check out our interview below…

You’ve worked on a numerous LEGO projects, what led you to DOOM?

I played DOOM and DOOM II way back when they first came out, and was a huge fan, played loads of mod levels, and still play it to this day. And since my LEGO art generally focuses on popular culture, it was a natural fit. Since I usually build stuff that is in the public consciousness, I thought I’d built something just for myself for a change, for purely nostalgic reasons. To be honest, I had no idea anyone else really remembered the game, so the popularity of my DOOM layout came as something of a surprise!

You’ve been posting about the project for some time on Facebook, how long did the project take?

I started it at the very start of the summer, and it’s basically consumed all my free time. By my reckoning it required about 15,000 bricks to construct – most of which had to be special ordered, as my existing LEGO collection is relatively small (as are most of my previous models, compared to this one). I also ran out of time to add everything I wanted to, and had to scale it back a bit in order to be done in time for BrickCon. For example, I wanted to include an Arachnotron and Hell Baron.

What was the most challenging aspect of the project?

The scale of the background, definitely. I normally just build small characters. But with DOOM, the environment is a big part of the experience, so I decided to just bite the bullet and attempt a diorama at the same scale as the characters. I haven’t done much architecture before, so that was hard to figure out. With characters, I’m trying to emulate a very specific image. But for these backgrounds, there wasn’t a template to work from, I had to design the layout from scratch, which required greater imagination and planning on my part.

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Friday Fan Art

Panzerhund Papercraft by Chentzilla

Here’s what we’ve seen around the the web. Have some inspiration to complete that dragon painting or add the touching finishes to that Wolfenstein cosplay you’ve been working on.

Send us your ink, etchings, and outfits by emailing us at bethblog@bethsoft.com or tweeting to @BethBlog (add #BethesdArt for extra flair).

WANTED Undead or Alive: Playtesters for our games

Meet Alex. He’s one of many playtesters that’s helped us bring horror back in Tango Gameworks’ upcoming game, The Evil Within.

The past couple years we’ve been gathering helpful feedback from those of you that have participated in playtesting at our Dallas Play Test lab. This feedback has been imperative to improving games like The Evil Within and Wolfenstein: The New Order. As a result of the success from the Texas lab, we’re looking to add another one near our Maryland headquarters.

As always, we continue to look for new applicants — both in Texas and Maryland. You must be at least 18 years of age, have a passion for games, and be willing to take home some awesome giveaways.

To apply, visit playtest.bethsoft.com.

Friday FanArt: Gear Up!

Morrowind Ordinator by isugi

We’re nearing summer which means we’re going to be seeing more and move coverage of conventions and expos! We saw great cosplay at PAX East, and with San Diego Comic Con, Dragon Con, and PAX Prime only a few months away, we expect to see even more. If you need some inspiration or that last push to dress in your finest Dwarven Armor, or put the finishing touches on your Boxman mask box you’ve been working on… we’ve got you covered here! We have some of what’s been seen at PAX East, WonderCon, and other cons and expos so far this year!

Dressed to impress? Send them over to us on Facebook, Twitter #BethesdARt or email them to us: bethblog@bethsoft.com.

 

ESO Roundup

Harry’s back! Just a couple months after the original announcement of Skyrim, Harry Partridge celebrated the affair with a memorable video. Now just two weeks after the release of ESO, a new video pays tribute to the joys of playing Elder Scrolls with your friends.

In other ESO news, check out these stories…

  • A new feature at CNN compares the zeitgeist that is Game of Thrones with The Elder Scrolls franchise in numerous ways. Don’t worry, we won’t spoil how.
  • Following last week’s video feature on ESO’s first Adventure Zone, Craglorn, the game’s official website features a new ‘Ask Us Anything’ with your questions on the upcoming content.
  • The release of ESO has inspired even more community creations. See the newest fan art and more in the latest edition of The Tamriel Chronicle.

See you in Tamriel!

PAX East 2014 Showcase

PAX East seemed like a whirlwind this year! We laughed (a lot). We cried (not really). Most of all we had fun with everyone who visited the booth and those that came to our Wolfenstein community event — a Pop Muzik Showcase brought to you by your faux-vorite record label, Neumond Recordings.

We were happy to see so many of you having a great time — whether it was playing Wolfenstein: The New Order, dancing to the German music of the party, or watching The Evil Within gameplay presentation. Below are some of our favorite highlights spanning the course of the PAX three days.

If there are any photos of your PAX experience you’d like us to share, send them over to us on Facebook, Twitter, or email them to us: bethblog@bethsoft.com.

Wolfenstein PAX East Party! Pop Muzik Showcase on Saturday, April 12th

Ahhh, the ‘60s. Groovy music. Out-of-this-world fashion. Don Draper. Wolfenstein.

In conjunction with iam8bit, we cordially invite PAX East attendees to celebrate Neumond Recordings’ inaugural Pop Muzik Showcase. On Saturday, April 12th (during PAX East), the party will take place from 6-10 pm at the Royale Boston – a short distance from PAX East convention center. Come by and pick up some awesome swag, grab food and drinks with friends, listen to live music from Neumond’s finest bands, and have a chance to play Wolfenstein: The New Order. Click on the invite above for more details.

While at PAX East, be sure to also check out the Bethesda PAX East Booth. The booth provides another chance to play Wolfenstein: The New Order, check out gameplay presentations for The Evil Within, and purchase the latest goods from the official Bethesda merchandise store. More details to come!