Zelda Inspired Mod

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Over the last few weeks, Christian of CCRE over on Planet Elder Scrolls has been working on this cool Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time-inspired mod for Oblivion. From the look of the screenshots, I think he pretty much nailed the look of the Master Sword and Hylian Shield from the game (a game that nearly cost me a failing grade my freshman year of college).

So now that we have The Ocarina Oblivion of Time. Does make me want to play some Zelda, or maybe just practice my Ocarina playing like this guy.

Star Trek Legacy: Aftermath Mod

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Within our Modding Forum for Star Trek: Legacy, I came across a new mod that’s showcased over on ModDb.com. Created by one of our forum members, tjoz, it’s described as a hybrid mod serving two purposes – to help other fans learn about how to mod Legacy, and also to help create a unique gameplay experience each time you play the game. Here’s a few more details:

“The tutorial half of the game has been designed to offer up and coming modders the info and encouragement they need to set out on their own mod. Whether they wish to create new game modes or add to the growing list of Historical battles they could create; the know how is there for them to go about and create their own gaming experience.

The mod half, with enhanced AI, challenging scenarios and much more push the foundations of Legacy to make it a different experience each time you play. With many new maps each with their own perils and wonders will see the Legacy engine in a different light. The re-designed interface that carries through every menu throughout the game is to provide a change of scenery to the generic look of the old stock look.”

For more on the development of this mod, check the development forums for the game, as well as our forum for the game

Gators Aided by Morrowind

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About a month ago, I got an e-mail from University of Florida instructor Dave Small regarding a “Game Design” class the university is offering this summer. For the class, Small is using the Game of the Year edition of Morrowind for its construction set (as well as other games) to help implement their game ideas. For those considering looking for a school with game design classes, check out the syllabus for the class. There’s also a discussion about the course within our forums, including participation from one of Small’s students.

Despite being jaded towards UF for making the BCS title game over my beloved Wolverines (even though they deserved it), this sounds like a cool opportunity those looking to get into game design. I’m a bit jealous, though I did get to take a blow off class that dealt with films of the 1990’s and gaming my senior year. It was the easiest class this side of Volcanoes and Earthquakes.

Via e-mail, I asked Dave for a little more information about the class. Click below for more details…

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Force Push ‘Em Real Good

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Over on Planet Elder Scrolls, which has tons of cool mods, I came across one this morning that I found particularly interesting. Looks like your hero will now have the ability to use the Force Push technique that the Star Wars prequels decided to overuse.

Only bad news is that Liam Neeson didn’t agree to add some Qui Gonn dialogue for the game. Anyhow, check out the mod here.

Better Homes and Goblins

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As TES fans know, you’re probably not going to find a home for your Oblivion character searching through Craig’s List. What you may not know is that the modding community has created a helpful real estate resource called Oblivion’s Real Estate. The site is described as, “A site dedicated entirely to houses that Modders have contributed for the game Oblivion. All the houses that re listed here have been categorized to enable visitors to find the house just right for them without the time consuming effort of downloading and trying each one…”

Sounds cool to me, though I’ll admit my Dark Elf is a bit of a squatter.

House hunters, begin your search here

Importing 3D Stuff into Oblivion

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The folks at Digital Urban have a pretty cool two-part tutorial on how to create models in 3D Max and import them into Oblivion (officially, “Importing SketchUp/3D Max into the Oblivion Engine for Architectual Visualisation,” which sounds much more important and academic-ish).

Part two of the tutorial is now up (Part one can be found here) and shows how they went about converting a model of the Quad at University College London and viewing it in game. Never been to University College, but it looks pretty darn good to me. They provide info on all the tools they used and where you can find trial versions of things like SketchUp and 3DMax so you can give it a try yourself.

Great info for anyone thinking of tinkering with 3D models for Oblivion, and perhaps some tips for the experienced modders out there. Also, check out the related video here