VGA Nominations: Honoring Dishonored and Dawnguard

Nominations for the 10th Annual SPIKE Video Game Awards were announced today and we’re happy to share that both Dishonored and Dawnguard received nominations. Huge congrats to both Arkane Studios and Bethesda Game Studios for this well-deserved honor.

Here’s the nomination breakdown:

Dishonored

Game of the Year
Best XBOX 360 Game
Best PS3 Game
Best Action Adventure Game
Best Graphics

Arkane Studios

Studio of the Year

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Best DLC – Dawnguard

See all the nominees and learn about the advisory panel behind the awards at Spike.com. Then tune in for the VGAs, hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, on Saturday, December 7th at 9 PM ET.

Dishonored Killer Moves Trailer — Feat. Your Best Clips

Above you can enjoy the result of the Killer Moves contest — a trailer featuring our favorite picks of the gameplay clips you sent us.

We can also announce that Francesco Certo is the big winner of the contest. Congrats Francesco!

You’ll notice that the trailer is scored with the winner’s track from the Drunken Whaler remix contest. Check out our Q&A with Chilton (Eddy Charlton) below:

Did any particular artists inspire your remix?

I heard ‘Alice’ by Pogo about 3 years ago and was blown away by the sounds he made just by chopping up samples. That was the song that made me start producing, and I’ve been chopping up vocals ever since.

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Raptr Q&A with Raf & Harvey kicks off at 1 PM EST

Today on Raptr.com, Dishonored’s co-creative directors, Harvey Smith and Raphael Colantonio, will be answering questions your questions about Dishonored.

The top question (as determined by Raptr’s staff) will win a Dishonored prize pack, featuring a team-signed Boyle Party mask, a signed copy of the game, and an Astro A40 Audio System with Dishonored speaker tags – just like what we had at our PAX Prime Party. Additionally, the next five best questions will score a team-signed Boyle Party mask. Good luck!

Head to the Q&A page to submit your questions. The Q&A runs from 12-6 PM CST.

Weekend Update: ESO coverage, BFG reviews, and other abbreviations

As you enjoy your Saturday afternoon, here’s some highlights from around the web.

We start with The Elder Scrolls Online. This weekend, be sure to grab the all-new Ebonhart Pact wallpaper on the game’s official website. And if you want to learn more about the Alliance comprised of Nords, Dunmer, and Argonians, be sure to read up on ZeniMax Online’s first ‘Ask Us Anything’, which will focus specifically on this pact.

Want more ESO news? Check out these highlights from our recent press event:

Episode 43 of The Elder Scrolls Off the Record Podcast features lengthy impressions from playing the game at ZeniMax Online.

MMORPG continues a flourish of new content. On their latest podcast, interviews Matt Firor, Nick Konkle, Brian Wheeler, and Paul Sage. They also highlight 21 facts fans should know about the game, detail their visit to Crow’s Woods, explain how you’ll build your character, and describe the game’s “spot on” combat.

YouTuber Jesse Cox (aka ) gives his impressions on playing the game for four hours.Watch the video here.

MMO Attack shares hands-on impressions plus interviews with Matt Firor and Brian Wheeler. Meanwhile Ten Ton Hammer covers the game in new interviews with Firor and Sage.

More news, including reviews for DOOM 3 BFG Edition, after the break.

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Dishonored roundup

Nearly a month has passed since Dishonored’s launch, but the web is still full of stories related to the game. Here’s some highlights worth checking out…

Definitely start with GameFront’s 1-On-1 feature with Dishonored’s Lead Designer, Ricardo Bare. The article examines his career — going full circle from Deus Ex to Dishonored. Here’s a quick tease from the article:

“A twelve-year gaming industry veteran, he made his bones as a junior designer on the original Deus Ex, a game he acknowledges is the spiritual predecessor to Dishonored. An impressive achievement in universe-building and gameplay, Dishonored is built around his view that interactivity, more than story, is key to making a great game. But Bare also writes fiction, with several published short stories and his debut novel due for release in spring, 2013.”

Elsewhere, check out these links:

Finally, GamesRadar recently ranked their Top 100 Heroes from games and Corvo cracked the list at #67. Joining him on the list was Wolfenstein’s B.J. Blazkowicz (#93) and Skyrim’s , Dovahkiin at #71.
Spotted a cool Dishonored news story or video? Hit us up at bethblog@bethsoft.com.

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.

More Dishonored content on the way

Finish Dishonored, already? Completed a non-lethal playthrough, too? Congrats on being a true supernatural assassin! We recommend you continue honing your skills in preparation for the game’s upcoming game add-on content, Dunwall City Trials.

Dunwall City Trials will arrive simultaneously on PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360. Details on this add-on, as well as future plans, are outlined below:

Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials, being released in December for $4.99 (or 400 Microsoft Points), will include 10 challenge maps that will test and track your combat, stealth and mobility skills. Ten distinct trials await challengers – including an arena battle against waves of enemy AI, a gravity-defying run of drop assassinations, and a race against the clock. Dunwall City Trials also features a whole new set of achievements and trophies as well as a global online leaderboard that will establish the greatest assassins for each challenge.

The second and third add-ons for Dishonored will be coming in 2013 and will each feature story-driven campaigns. Pricing on these two packs will be revealed closer to launch.

Daud, the leader of a group of supernatural assassins known as ‘The Whalers’, will be the focus of the second add-on pack, scheduled for release in early Spring 2013. Make your way through new Dunwall locales and discover Daud’s own set of weapons, powers and gadgets in this story-driven campaign. How you play and the choices you make will impact the final outcome…

Additional story details on the third add-on pack will be revealed closer to its launch next year.

Stay tuned for more details.

Dishonored Remix Contest Finalists

The Dishonored Remix Contest entries are in, and we’ve been idly whistling and quietly commenting on your songs in the hallways of Bethesda for the past few weeks. Now the Lord Remix has finally passed down his judgment, and we are left with these ten musical assasssins:

  • Eddy Charlton
  • Mayank
  • Chris Williams
  • Kamil Wolter
  • Triune
  • Alex Simescu
  • Kjell Anderson
  • Marcus Banks
  • Robert Robinson
  • Xavier Paciocc

If you’re on this list, you’ve won a Dishonored t-shirt, a poster and a copy of the game. We’ll also be posting each of the finalists’ tracks next week for you to enjoy. Thanks to everyone for entering!

Dishonored Contest: Show Us Your Killer Moves

We’ve already seen some amazing displays of Dishonored skill on YouTube. Now we want to see what you can really do — and we’re putting up a cool prize.

Starting today, we’re looking for the most creative power combos, the craziest kill moves and the sneakiest feats of stealth on YouTube. To enter the contest, simply upload a direct capture Dishonored video clip to YouTube — under 60 seconds and at 720p quality — by 11:59pm EST on October 31.

There are two ways to submit your entry:

1. Email us a link to your video at “bethblog@bethsoft.com” with subject line “Dishonored Killer Moves”

2. Tweet a link to your video with hashtag “#DishonoredKillerMoves”

If we like your clip, we’ll request your high-quality raw video file from you, so hold on to that. We’ll then include your footage in a compilation video and credit you appropriately, while the player with the most impressive clip will win a framed Dishonored painting (pictured here). Preference will be given to clips with music disabled, and direct capture is a must.

For all of the details and rules, click through. Good luck!

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Dishonored news & reviews

Here’s a quick look at the latest Dishonored news from around the web…
  • Trying to be the master of stealth? Both Gamespot and PC Gamer provide lessons on playing through the game without being detected or killing anyone.
  • Haven’t decided what platform to play Dishonored on? Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry joins Gamespot in breaking down how game looks across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
  • The always-entertaining Giant Bomb team give Dishonored a 42-minute “quick look” – courtesy of Patrick Klepek and Ryan Davis.
  • In an interview with Kotaku, Harvey Smith reveals why Dishonored doesn’t have “Boss Monsters”. For more interviews with Harvey, visit Pure Sophistry and CNN.
  • WhatCulture.com shares 10 reasons you should play Dishonored immediately.
  • IGN examines multiple paths for playing through Dishonored’s first assassination mission.
  • Raf and Harvey relax with Xbox’s Major Nelson. Listen to the latest podcast on iTunes.
After the break, check out a sampling of the game’s latest reviews.