Let out a Dragon Shout

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In February’s issue of Game Informer, one of the new gameplay elements revealed for Skyrim was dragon shouts. Learn more about how they work, and how the language was created from scratch in Matt Miller’s new feature up at GameInformer.com. Below is an small excerpt from the article…

“It’s in the lore,” declares game director Todd Howard. “It was like the classic barbarian battle cry. I’m not sure if it showed up in a book in Daggerfall, but it’s definitely mentioned in this pocket guide to the empire that we did for Redguard. It was the idea that the Nords had these battle cries, and they would shout at their enemies.” As the team at Bethesda began to design The Elder Scrolls V, they latched onto this little piece of mythology, and the way it could tie back to the dragons – powerful creatures that had been absent from the world for thousands of years.

Read more — including how Emil Pagliarulo worked on creating the language – here. Oh, and did we mention there’s a new screenshot and concept art!?!

Skyrim Sound Feature — Turn it up!

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Grab your headphones and head to GameInformer.com to learn more about “The Sound of Skyrim.” Across four videos, Bethesda Game Studios’ audio director Mark Lampert discusses in-game sounds, voice acting (including the contributions of one Max von Sydow), dragon sounds and shouts, and to cap it all off, he previews new parts of Jeremy Soule’s main theme for the game.

Wanting to hear more on the game? Fear not, Game Informer has plenty more to share in the upcoming weeks.

Todd Time at GameInformer.com

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Pull up a chair and listen to Bethesda Games Studios’ Todd Howard in three video interviews now up on GameInformer.com. Across three separate videos, Todd discusses how he got into the industry, the evolution The Elder Scrolls from Arena to Skyrim, and his take on the gaming industry today.

Fun fact about Todd: In the third video, he talks about his interest in sports games, and he specifically discusses NCAA Football. At the office, we have an online dynasty going, and I can tell you Todd’s insanely good at the game. In the next week or so, I have to play against him (Notre Dame vs. Michigan). First person to correctly guess the score of the game wins a small prize.*

*You only get one guess.  Multiple entries coming from the same profile/IP address/email address will result in disqualification.

Alduin’s Wall explained at Game Informer

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GameInformer.com continues their extended coverage on Skyrim tonight with an interactive look at Alduin’s Wall — first introduced last month in our annoucement trailer for the game. Wondering what this wall means? GameInformer’s Matt Miller explains it’s significance:

“It depicts a prophecy heralding the return Alduin to the world of the Elder Scrolls, as well as the history of the dragons and their interaction with humanity. Each section of the wall tells a different part of the story, and we’ll explain every area in detail. Each of the previous games in the Elder Scrolls series play a part in the prophecy.”

For a more in-depth look at the wall, head here.

Take the Todd Tour

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Game Informer continues their month long coverage on Skyrim with a video tour led by Todd Howard. See where the developers work, eat, play… and even battle. Keen observers will  notice Skyrim concept art and much more. And if you’re really paying attention, you’ll even get a glimpse at where Nick and I record the Bethesda Podcast — woohoo!!

Start your tour by heading to Game Informer. But remember, there’s no basement in the Alamo.

Skyrim Sing-along!

In case you missed it, GameInformer.com has revealed that the dragon text on the back cover their upcoming Skyrim issue relates back to last month’s announcement trailer. Here’s their explanation…

“Last month saw the release of the teaser trailer for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, also available at the bottom of this article. During the trailer, you probably noticed some mysterious language being sung. What you might not have known is that the words are in the tongue of the dragons, an entirely new language crafted by Bethesda for use in the upcoming game. This complete language plays an integral role in the story and gameplay of the upcoming epic, and introduces an intriguing new facet to the Elder Scrolls mythology.”

Once you’ve decrypted the text and know what it says, we suggest you celebrate by downloading the game’s announcement trailer from Xbox LIVE (or just using the video above) and start singing along* in English. And grab a camera — we want to see videos on YouTube.

*dressing up is optional