Official Bethesda Store Officially Restored

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To: Bethesda fans

From: The Desk of Bethesda J. Softworks

Dear Friends,

After several weeks spent in the shop, I am happy to announce that the online Bethesda store has been returned to its former glory.

Most notably, the Oblivion DLC aisle is now fully operational, offering the complete selection of digital content for worldwide consumption.

Please note that the DLC store only includes content for the PC platform. There are no refunds on digital content purchased on this site. All sales are final. This content will not be compatible with versions of Oblivion downloaded from Steam.

As always, North Americans looking for a copy of anything from Fallout 3 to Breeders’ Cup can still order games directly from us.

We hope to soon see you back in the store, buying video games and sampling the latest digital wares. Just don’t steal anything while we’re asleep.

Sincerely,
Bethesda

Around the web

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With most of our department out on travel this week, Nick and I will be heading out in a few. But before we go, here’s some the latest we’ve seen around the web.

Brink Creative Director Richard Ham has been pretty busy with interviews as of late. This week he answered questions from UK site GamesTM, as well as a few community questions from Australian site Games On Net. Here’s an excerpt from the latter:

Otto-matic: If it is P2P, will you implement a strong localisation mechanism that makes it very unlikely for Australian gamers to suffer lag connecting to a US host?
Richard: On PC, we’re fully supporting a traditional dedicated server system so connections should be fine and dandy. For consoles, we’re peer-to-peer and are definitely focusing on quality of service for all our matchmaking. We’re also keying our matchmaking on friends, so that should help give console players control over the quality of the connections.

More after the break…

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Three Deals for One Blog Post (Updated)

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Wanted to let you know about three promotions — two that are ongoing and one that kicks off on Monday.

At Prima Games website, the Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition Official Game Guide (or F3:GOTYEOGG, for short)  is the “Guide of the Week.” As such, you can purchase it for 50% off.

Elsewhere, Gamestop’s Game-Days Sale continues with Fallout 3 on sale for PS3 and 360 for $19.99.

Lastly, between April 12th – April 19th, Direct2Drive will have sales on two of our titles: Fallout 3 (sale price: $14.95) and Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth ($4.95). That’s savings of 50% and 83%, respectively.

As new deals emerge, we’ll keep you in the know… have a great weekend.

UPDATE: The Direct2Drive sale has begun — click here for Call of Cthulhu, and here for Fallout 3.

Around the web

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We’re back with another “Around the Web” with plenty of good stuff to check out.

This morning on Kotaku, I spotted this awesome Fallout 3 fan art bey Deviant Artist Patrick Brown. Looks like I’ve got a new desktop background. You can find more of Patrick’s work here. And if you’ve got artwork to contribute to the blog, send it in…we’ll be putting up new entries soon.

In other Fallout community news, we got an email letting us know about a song titled “Vault 101″ by Kirby Krackle. Head to their website to give it a listen (lyrics can be found here).

Moving to Brink news, IncGamers has a new online interview with Splash Damage’s Paul Wedgwood, Richard Ham, and Ed Stern. The interview covers the gamut: Splash Damage’s roots, their staff, and their plans and goals for Brink. Props to IncGamers for their clever edits.

Elsewhere, check out Girl Gamers UK preview on Brink..

Neilie Johnson of GameShark has posted her impressions of Hunted: The Demon’s Forge. Head here to read the full preview, but first, here’s a snippet discussing some of the attacks you’ll have at your disposal:

“During the demo we were shown spells ‘Hellfire’, which shot a big ol’ fireball, and ‘Levitate’, which rendered enemies helpless by lifting them off the ground. We were also shown a co-operative mechanic called ‘Battlecharge’, in which one character charged up another with spells, giving both of them more power.”

Finally, at this year’s MI6 awards for marketing, our promotional video for WET, “Shot at Love”, won a Silver award. Congrats to the marketing teams here at Bethesda and Ayzenberg for their work.

As more news comes in, we’ll keep you posted.

New Look Nexus

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Recently Robin Scott (aka DarkOne), the site admin for TES Nexus and Fallout 3 Nexus, let us know that both sites have received an overhaul. If you head over to either, you’ll notice the front page now is easier to navigate — with helpful links to image galleries, files of the month, forums, hot files, and more. While browsing Fallout 3 Nexus front page, I came across this cool mod, My Mansion Player Home (shown above), by Ez0n3.

Both sites continue to grow in popularity. Robin also informed us that TES Nexus recently added its 20,000th file, while Fallout 3 Nexus is catching up with 8,700 files.

Congrats on the milestones and the new look!

Professor Burgess talks level design at GDC

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Earlier this month, Fallout 3 Lead Level Designer Joel Burgess headed out to San Francisco for the 2010 Game Developer’s Conference. At the conference, Joel joined other LDs (including Splash Damage’s Neil Alphonso) as a speaker for an all-day tutorial called Level Design in a Day: Best Practices from the Best in the Business.

We thought you guys might be interested in hearing about Joel’s experience. Heeere’s Joel…

This month I attended my first-ever GDC.  There were a lot of great talks I got to attend, and the expo floor was full of cool new tech.  I had the honor of sharing a stage at GDC with some great minds in Level Design.  I spoke with Jim Brown (Epic), Ed Byrne (Zipper), Matthias Worch (Visceral), Neil Alphonso (Splash Damage), as well as Forrest Dowling and Coray Seifert (Kaos).

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Fallout 3 DLC Savings on LIVE; QUAKE savings on Steam next week

As previously announced, Fallout 3 DLC is the Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week. For one week only, Xbox LIVE Gold Members can purchase Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout and Mothership Zeta for 400 Microsoft Points each.

In other 50% off news, Steam is slashing prices in half for all QUAKE games between Monday, March 29th (starting at 5PM PST) and Thursday, April 1st (ending at 4 PM PST).

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Now if Nick can just make some cookies in celebration of the QUAKE Sale.

Fallout 3 DLC savings on Xbox LIVE next week

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As announced on Major Nelson’s blog, Fallout 3 DLC will be the Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week between March 22nd and March 28th. During this time, all DLC for the game — that’s Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout, and Mothership Zeta — will be half off and cost only 400 Microsoft Points.

Around the web: Phobos Anomaly

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A few important reminders to kick off this roundup:

1. You can still win a big TV, game console and sound system on GameStop courtesy of Brink.

2. Phobos is not, in fact, populated by cyberdemons. Yet.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get on with the cool links. Fallout fans should be sure to check out the last one.

Let us know in the comments if you’ve seen anything else out there that’s worth a look.