Bethesda TwitchWorks: Something Wicked


It’s officially October, and with that comes Halloween! While we’re still a ways off from the 31st, our first October stream kicks off with some sci-fi horror to build atmosphere and get us in the spirit (no pun intended).

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September 30th marked the 20th anniversary of DOOM II’s release date, so this week we will be going taking the DOOM Marine on a journey through Hell on Earth. After that, we’ll head back to Mars for a look at DOOM 3 BFG Edition.

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Throughout the stream be on a lookout for our trivia. We’ll be giving away two limited edition numbered prints and an accompanying DOOM marine plush.

Tune in today at 4pm EDT for a jump into horror only on Twitch.tv/Bethesda

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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Hellish DOOM prints descend on Bethesda Store

Decorate your dorm room, man cave, or even the dining room (you devil, you) with our limited edition DOOM poster and & giclee.

On the left you’ll see our new high-quality giclee print, “Echoes in the Darkness” from artist WAY$HAK — featuring one of DOOM’s iconic baddies, the Cyberdemon. And on the right you’ll see Godmachines’ tribute to DOOM II’s final boss, the “Icon of Sin“.

Both 18×24 prints are limited to 333 individually-numbered prints. No clue why they’d be numbered that way :)

Order at store.bethsoft.com

‘The Art of Videogames’ Exhibit Opens in DC

Yesterday the highly-anticipated exhibit, The Art of Videogames, opened at The Smithsonian’s American Art Museum. The exhibit features games like the original Fallout, Fallout 3, and id Software’s DOOM II on display — all voted in by members of the community.

If you’re planning on visiting Washington, DC between now and September 30th, you should definitely check out the exhibit. With the Cherry Blossoms near full bloom, I’ll soon be heading down to the National Mall to check it out and take some pics.

Smithsonian Exhibit looking for game-inspired art

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Beginning March 16, visitors to the Smithsonian American Art Museum in DC will be able to check out The Art of Video Games — featuring Fallout 3 & DOOM II!

Before the exhibit begins, the Smithsonian Institute is seeking photographs and artwork that show how games can inspire creativity. If you’ve got something Fallout or DOOM-related (or any game for that matter), be sure to upload it to the newly-created Art of Video Games Flickr page.

Around the web: Checklist edition

There’s three things you should do this week.

  1. Vote for the the games to be featured next year for the Smithsonian’s ‘Art of Video Games’ exhibit. Among the games (spanning five eras), you can vote for DOOM II, Oblivion, and Fallout 3. Deadline: Extended to April 17th
  2. Vote in G4TV’s Game Franchise Deathmatch. Round 2 features Fallout vs. Gears of War and The Elder Scrolls vs. StarCraft. Deadline: Voting ends Friday.
  3. Do your taxes!

With that out of the way, here’s some other stuff you’ll want to check out

  • Inc Gamers has a two part interview with Brink creative director Richard Ham. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is over here.
  • The Sixth Axis learns from Ed Stern how many areas are in Brink (and more).
  • Todd Howard appears in the G4TV special, Gamers Heart Japan. It’s a really nice feature, but if you can’t wait to watch Todd, he’s at the VERY end.
  • PC Gamer explains how Brink starts to make perfect sense once you have time to play it.
  • OXM UK goes hands on with both Brink and Hunted.
  • VG247 looks ahead to our 2011 lineup and also makes predictions about the future.
  • GameDynamo looks forward to Hunted.

Beyond that, don’t forget there’s still time to bid on a Todd Howard-signed deluxe bobblehead, a team-signed Skyrim cover (above), and a Fallout: New Vegas neon sign. 100% of the final sale price will support Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund – a GlobalGiving Project.