Thought I’d share this note sent emailed over to me by Alistair Hatch, our European PR Manager. It was included in a package sent to our UK office along with a copy of Morrowind. If you can’t see what the note says, it reads as follows:
This game is incredibly addictive. It’s the devil! All my precious time is being devoured by this monster. I must sent it back to you before I start playing again. I hope I never buy a game like this again! Mercy on the souls of the computer nerds out there.
Almost sounds like Frodo returning the ring to Mordor. Maybe y’all can make this person feel better by sharing how much precious time you’ve invested in the game.
Congratulations are in order for Game Informer, who are celebrating the release of their 200th issue. To commemorate the occasion, they’ve put together a list of The Top 200 Games of All Time. Among the games included on the list are DOOM (#6), Oblivion (#30), Fallout 3 (#65), Morrowind (#101), Quake 2 (#132), and Wolfenstein 3D (#139). Additionally, the top eight games on their list each received a special edition cover. Above is the cover made for DOOM. You can check out the other seven at Game Informer’s website.
Be on the lookout for the 200th issue on newsstands or in your mailbox.
Time for another web update…
This week 1Up has a new roundtable discussion near and dear to Bethesda Game Studios — it’s a discussion on The Future of Single-Player RPGs. The roundtable includes Bill Roper (Cryptic Studios), Alan Miranda (Ossian Studios), Marcin Iwinski (CD Projeckt) and Feargus Urquhart, the CEO of Obsidian Entertainment (the guys working on Fallout: New Vegas). The feature has several references to Fallout 3 and can be read here.
More news after the break…
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Last week Planet Elder Scrolls announced their October Hall of Fame Nominees. Here’s a list…
Congrats to all these modders for their great work!
I’m working on getting more Inside the Vaults. They’re a-coming! I promise! To get things rolling again, I thought I would go ahead and do one. So, this is me.
What’s your job at Bethesda?
I’m the Production Director (fancy name for producer) for Bethesda Game Studios. I’m responsible for the day to day of the development team, scheduling and budgets, QA and testing, localization, running team meetings when Todd Howard is traveling, game library procurement, weekend and evening catering, commissioner of our Madden online franchise league, purchaser of buckets to collect rain water leaking from our ceiling. I’m the last one who touches our games before they go out into the world to be replicated, boxed and shipped out to stores and/or downloaded via Steam/Xbox LIVE/PlayStation Network, etc… My office is full of gold masters of every version of every game we’ve shipped since 2001. I have one of the best jobs anybody could ever wish for.
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Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. While I wait for Michigan and Penn State to kick off, I thought I’d share some coverage I’ve seen online in the last week.
With Halloween just a week away, Kotaku is sharing fan-made Jack-O-Lanterns — including the one you see above of Vault Boy. If you happen to create one based on one of our games, be sure to shoot us an email.
Speaking of Kotaku, they posted information on a new community project called The Wasteland Commentaries. It’s purpose is for fans to “create an audio commentary track for Fallout 3 that is accessible in-game via audio holotapes. If successful the Wasteland Commentaries will take some discussions of the game into the spaces that inspired them and provide greater context for reflection.” Sounds cool. To read more about the project, head here.
On the print side, Game Informer #199 (complete with a brand new look) has an article called The Lore Masters, which includes Senior Game Designer Kurt Kuhlmann discussing the lore of The Elder Scrolls, as well as its effect on Greg Keyes writing The Infernal City. Check out the issue on newsstands now.
Finally, through my Google Alerts, I found this column at The Whitworthian, which looks back at The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Here’s an excerpt:
“The modding community for the Elder Scrolls games is huge and going strong. Almost anything that’s in the game can be modified, expanded, or completely removed, and nearly anything that can be dreamed up can be added in. My copy of “Morrowind” is currently running something like 50 mods, three or four of which are my own.”
That’s all for now.
Recently, Planet Elder Scrolls announced their Hall of Fame mods for Morrowind and Oblivion. Take a look below…
Congrats to all for their great work!
This week’s modding interview is with Morrowind modder sabregirl. When she’s not modding, she works as a college professor in the “Show Me” state of Missouri.
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The November issue of PC Gamer UK arrived on my desk today, and catching my eye was The PC Gamer 50 Essential Mods list. Three of the 50 mods included were from within our community. Tamriel Rebuilt for Morrowind and Oblivion ranked #4, Mart’s Mutant Mod for Fallout 3 ranked #21, and Oscuro’s Oblivion Overhaul made the list at #29.
In addition to these great mods, in the Top 10 Downloads section, three Oblivion quest mods were included — ed_conn’s Windfall, shadeMe’s Vector, and kane1045′s Haunted House.
Congratulations on getting your mods in print!
Here’s a look at the mods for Morrowind and Oblivion that earned Hall of Fame status in the month of August. Take a look…
- See You Sleep by mmmpld: This mod (shown above) allows your player to sleep in beds, rather than beside a bed.
- Hashshashin Armor by Dimitri Mazieres: New armor inspired by Assassin’s Creed.
- Myths and Legends: Weapons 2 by TemplarGFX, GrimDeath, SykoFox, GamerGirlx: Mod designed for high level characters that adds 14 unique artifacts to the game — each weapons having a different story to along along with it.
- Improved No Glow by Shadre: As the title indicates, this mod enhances the look of enchanted items.
- Antares’ Big Mod by Arcimaestro Antares: With this mod you have special privileges with the lower ranking members of your faction.
Head to Planet Elder Scrolls for more details on these mods. Congrats to all the inductees.