Around the web

Matt back with another update from around the web.

Up first, G4TV let us know today they’ve kicked off a new deathmatch to determine the greatest game franchise of all time. Both Elder Scrolls and Fallout are in the tournament and up against stiff competition. In the first round, the Elder Scrolls faces Street Fighter, while Fallout squares off with Civilization. To vote, head to G4TV.com and register. I recommend listening to “You’re The Best” from the Karate Kid soundtrack as you vote.

Speaking of fan votes, we’ve got news that Bioware bested us in the March Mayhem Developers’ Challenge. Put on those headphones and prepare the training montage for next year!

It’s been awhile since we updated you on Skyrim. For all of you looking for every bit of info between now and 11.11.11, you might find something of interest below…

  • OXM UK brings their Skyrim coverage online with a preview, podcast interview with Pete, and an interview with Todd. And for those with Xbox LIVE in the UK, you can check out video interviews conducted with Todd Howard and Bruce Nesmith.
  • Planet Elder Scrolls interviewed me to celebrate the site’s 10th anniversary (congrats!).
  • G4TV and IGN show how far BGS have come with Skyrim in comparison to Oblivion.
  • A nice user-made piano tribute to Skyrim’s theme.
  • Rolling Stone leads off their feature on the biggest games of 2011 with Skyrim. Article also mentions RAGE.
  • NowGamer and Game Rant discuss what’s been learend about the game so far.
  • CVG discuss what they want to see in Skyrim.

Switching gears to Brink, be sure to check out The Video Game Writers, who have new features on Brink each day this week. So far they’ve talked with lead writer Ed Stern about how Brink takes notes from previous games, how Splash Damage is decreasing the learning curve and increasing the game’s fun, as well as conceptualization and replayability for Brink.

Speaking of Brink, if you’re wondering about the Ark image above, it was sent to our blog inbox from fan Tsenttachi,who created it in Minecraft. If you’ve made any Bethesda-themed creations in the game, feel free to email them to us at bethblog@bethsoft.com.

That about does it for this round. See ya next time.

Spread the joy with these community contests

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Wanted to share word on a few community contests that were brought to my attention.

The Nexus community sites (as in New Vegas Nexus and TESNexus) are closing in on reaching 2.5 million registered members. To celebrate the occasion, they’ve kicked off a modding competition on both site. The site’s administrator, DarkOne, details the competition’s rules here. Here’s an excerpt…

“Ergo the theme of this modding competition will be “The community we are in”. I’m hoping to see some great mods that cover users in the community that might have influenced you during your time here, the various sites of the community that you are a part of (it doesn’t just have to be the Nexus!) and what you like about the community.

The type of mod you make, be it a quest, a new landmass, a house or castle, NPCs, weapons, armour, etc. is totally up to you but I will look more favourably upon entries that have a quest in them because I’m a sucker for a good quest! That doesn’t mean a mod with a quest in is going to win, however, and if you come up with something really unique then I’ll probably love it! A Nexus defence mod, for example, where you defend fort Nexus from a horde of trolls with your fellow moderators wielding ban hammers by your side is something I’ve dreamt about… “

Elsewhere, TES Alliance has already kicked off their Salute to Skyrim contest. As the title indicates, it’s a competition where users are encouraged to pay tribute to Skyrim — whether it be a mod for Morrowind or Oblivion, artwork, poetry, etc.. For more details, check out the contest page on TES Alliance.

Around the web: Great feature on Brink at CG Society

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We’re back with another roundup!

We start off with a great new feature up at CG Society on Brink. The piece delves into the game’s unique art design — with a look at the games characters, environments, and more. Definitely check it out — there’s plenty of never-before-seen concept art.

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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.

Brink pre-order bonuses announced

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Moar Brink news! We’ve also just announced Brink’s digital pre-order bonuses for North American retailers. Extend your customization options even further with the exclusive DOOM, Fallout, Psycho and Spec Ops packs. Each contains unique apparel, tattoos, weapons and weapon attachments for your in-game character. These pre-order bonuses will be offered exclusively through participating North American retailers and will be made available in Europe and Australia in the coming weeks.

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