Office Antics: Halloween Edition

It’s Halloween again, and there were several people that came to work dressed in costume — here at our office and across some of our other studios. We hope that you enjoy the group shot of everyone at Bethesda HQ. We had quite the big turn out this year compared to last year. It looks like we need a bigger hallway!

We received a great many photos from id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, and Battlecry Studios.

Finally, we received and saw tons of wonderful Halloween pumpkins and costumes. Here’s an album of some of our favorites!

Thanks to everyone that jumped on the Halloween creativity bandwagon and sent us or shared their pics. Happy Halloween!

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!

Show us your costume

Who are you going as for Halloween tomorrow night? Vault Boy? Dovahkiin? Pinky?

One thing’s for sure, Joe Swedenhjelm from Iowa has a costume ready to go, as he was recently announced as the winner of GamesRadar’s Dishonored sweepstakes – winning a custom-made version of Corvo’s mask and jacket.

As you finalize your costumes and jack-o-laterns, be sure to take pics and share them with us. We’ll do a roundup of our favorite later this week.

Prove that you’re Dragonborn & Win!

You put all that effort into your Khajiit costume for Halloween this year… why not wear it twice??

In celebration of Skyrim, and in the cosplay spirt of the 2011 New York Comic-Con and Halloween, the Greybeards at UGO/IGN are on a search to find a fan that is truly Dragonborn. Visit their site to upload a picture of yourself dressed as your favorite race from The Elder Scrolls for a chance to win some great prizes.

The Grand Prize winner will win the following:

  • A trip for two to QuakeCon 2012
  • A limited edition Skyrim map signed by the team at Bethesda Game Studios
  • A limited edition Skyrim Xbox 360
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector’s Edition
For full contest rules, visit here.

Wastelander of the Coast

Halloween’s long gone now, but recently BGS concept artist Ray Lederer emailed me these awesome pics from Wizards of the Coast (makers of Magic: The Gathering) employee Mat Smith. Taking a look at the various pics, you can see he went the extra mile to look like a wastelander (check out his books!).

Got a great costume to share with us? Send it in! Bonus points if you just wear it any day other than Halloween.

Happy Halloween – New Vegas style

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Halloween’s not until Sunday, but a number of folks at our office got into the spirit early — dressing up on Fallout: New Vegas’ release date as their favorite characters from the game.

From left to right, we’ve got Sam Berstein as Fantastic, Larry Waldman as a King, Ian Rogers as Mr. House,  Joe Mueller (sitting) as a White Glove greeter, Greg Ruddick as President Kimball, Jen Tonon (sitting) as White Glove member, Kurt Weaver as Boone, Christopher Krietz as “Yes Man,” Jason Bergman as a member of the Brotherhood of Steel, Andrew Scharf as Benny, Tihana Tresnjak as Cass, and Marisa Lyon as Rex.

More pics after the break… Happy Halloween!

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So you didn’t win that Bethesda jacket…

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With GamesRadar only giving away a couple Bethesda track jackets, as a consolation, I thought I’d share another way you can show your support. Elder Scrolls fan Eugene Nesci sent in pictures he took with his brothers showing off their Elder Scrolls costumes. He writes:

“My brothers and I have been massive fans of the Elder Scroll’s series for a long time…

What do you get when you combine that with too much spare time and an infinite supply of cardboard?

Behold!”

See… who needs track jackets? Awesome work by Eugene and his brothers. Now I just need to know how to make cardboard look like chainmail for my Commando party.

A couple more pics after the break…

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Web Roundup: Fallout 3

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Plenty of cool stuff I’ve found recently for Fallout 3. Read on…

On Twitter, I came across a link to a blog called The Adventures of Tobasco da Gama. In this post, our hero (we’ll call him the Lone Wanderer), discusses his plan to tour DC in a Vault Suit. A man of his word, check out the pics on Flickr.

Recently the 2009 MIXX awards were announced — celebrating creativity in interactive advertising. Among the award winners, Fallout 3 was awarded a Gold Award for Product Launch. Special thanks to AKQA (who also won an award for McDonalds and Flip Video) and everyone else that worked on the campaign.

At Planet Xbox 360, there’s a new list of the Top 10 Gaming Moments to Experience Before You Die. It’s a good list that points out how many great titles there have been this generation. Click here to find out what Fallout 3 moment made the list.

Ready to take on some Fallout trivia? The Escapist has two quizzes — in Heroic and Legendary flavors.

At Kotaku, Todd Howard was featured in a recent piece titled, “Is Single-Player Gaming In Danger Of Extinction?” — written by Michael McWhertor. Here’s a snippet from Todd:

“[Multiplayer is] the most requested feature we get,” says Todd Howard, executive producer of The Elder Scrolls series and Fallout 3 at Bethesda Softworks, so far resistant to the trend this generation. “So we do consider it every time… and every time it loses, but I suppose you never know.”

Moving on, I caught this pic from EPICponyz that you might recognize from here..:)

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To conclude this wrapup, here’s three videos to check out from YouTube. This one caught my eye because of the great work done on creating the BoS armor. Also be sure to check out this Fallout 3 Medley, and yet another fantastic fan video from Drakortha.

Fan-Made AER9 Laser Rifle

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This morning while drinking my daily glass of grape juice, I saw this blog post at Destructoid — depicting a fan-made Fallout 3 AER9 Laser Rifle. As my jaw dropped, I nearly spilled the grape juice all over myself and my laptop. Upon not destroying my laptop, I immediately sent the link to Pete, Todd, and others at the office.

The rifle was created by Harrison Krix (who also created an awesome  Bioshock Big Daddy), who is a self-proclaimed “27 year old dork working in Graphic Design and living in Atlanta.” Be sure to read more on how he assembled the rifle (complete with some step-by-step pictures) at his website.

Great work!