Around the web and on newsstands

Welcome to another round of Around the Web… step right up and read the news!

But first, with RAGE’s new trailer unveiled, we thought we share some archived coverage for those of you catching up on the title. Above is a GameTrailers’ interview (featuring gameplay) from QuakeCon last year with creative director Tim Willits. For more of RAGE (and Tim), check out the videos embedded here.

Moving along, one of my favorite stories of the year so far is this one I spotted a week back on Kotaku. It’s about a Fallout fan named Gareth. Unlike most of us, Gareth can’t play games with his hands, but he’s put together a setup that allows him to play games using his chin. Watch a video of him playing New Vegas here… cool, inspiring stuff.

Staying in the Mojave, last month we blogged about an ambitious mod project for New Vegas called Project Nevada. Those interested in checking out the mod can download it now at New Vegas Nexus.

Check out more on New Vegas at these sites…

  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts (that’s BAFTA) has announced their GAME British Academy Video Games Awards’ nominees with New Vegas receiving nominations for Best Strategy Game and Best Story
  • Game Industry News has nominated the game for Best RPG
  • GamePro includes New Vegas (and Oblivion) in a feature on the 10 Best RPGs you should be playing

Skyrim news (and more) after the break…

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That belongs in a museum!

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This… this IS history!

And by this, I’m referring to The Art of Video Games — a new exhibit coming to the American Art Museum in 2012. To prepare for it, Smithsonian is letting you vote for the games that will be on display.

It might take a second to load, but Fallout 3 can be found in Era 5’s Modern Windows category, while Oblivion is categorized under Xbox 360. Meanwhile, id’s DOOM II is listed in Era 4 under DOS/Windows.

Voting runs between now and April 7th. To get started, register here.

Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame – November Entries

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Planet Elder Scrolls has announced the newest Hall of Fame mods for both Morrowind and Oblivion. Join us in celebrating the latest inductees…

Morrowind mods

  • Hilgya the Seamstress Expansion 1 by Plangkye: More than 80 new articles of Better Bodies clothing have been added to Hilgya’s store in Dagon Fel. Requires Hilgya the Seamstress.esm.
  • Daedric Warhammer Replacement by Android (shown above): This mod replaces all generic daedric warhammers in the game with a new model and texture, stats remain the same.
  • Pursuit Enhanced by Yacoby: The chase is on. This mod makes up to six people or creatures that are chasing/attacking you follow you through load areas.

Oblivion Mods

  • Companion Share/Recruit by Talkie Toaster: Boss NPCs around or make friends with them! This mod allows you to recruit any NPC in the land to follow you, give them orders, and even access their inventories. Alternatively, you can make friends and influence people by giving gifts, then borrow things from them.
  • Expanded Hotkeys and Spell Delete by scruggs: Just like it sounds, this mod increases the number of hotkeys (to 28) and also lets you delete spells from your spell book.
  • Banes Witchking Lair by Bane: Lord of the Rings fans won’t want to miss this mod inspired by Tolkien’s masterpiece.

Congrats to all of the these modders for their work!

Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame

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Wanted to give a shout out to the recent inductees to Planet Elder Scrolls’ modding hall of fame. Today we look at the mods added for the months of August and October.

Morrowind Mods

Oblivion Mods

Congrats to the modders are their fine work!

Oblivion mod “Nehrim” now available in English

Back in June, Nick posted on the German release of Nehrim, a highly-anticipated total conversion mod for Oblivion. If you spent too much time schlafen in German class, we’ve got good news: the English version of the mod is now available!

For more details on the mod, visit Nehrim’s website or discuss the mod within our forums.

Update: You can read ModDb’s review of the mod here.

DOOM, Oblivion & Fallout make GamesTM’s 100 Greatest

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The Cacodemon’s perfectly pixel-crafted face graces one of the many covers of this month’s GamesTM. The magazine is celebrating its 100th issue by counting down the 100 greatest games of all time, with DOOM, Oblivion and Fallout 3 all making the list.

Impressively, all 100 games got their own cover for the month, so click below for a look at the Oblivion and Fallout spreads:
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IGN Top 25 Lists Honor Fallout 3 and Oblivion

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With the Xbox 360 nearly five years old, the editorial staff at IGN put together a new list of the Top 25 Xbox 360 Games. Bethesda Game Studios’ Oblivion and Fallout 3 both made the list — ranking #10 and #2, respectively.

Thanks to all of you for playing the games, and congrats to the devs that worked on these titles.

Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame — July

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The NFL added some greats to their Hall of Fame this weekend. Today we honor the Planet Elder Scrolls’ Hall of Fame mods for July.

Oblivion Mods

Morrowind mods

Congrats to these modders (and Jerry Rice, too!).

Deals, Deals, Deals

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Wanted to share a few promotions that are currently going on titles from Bethesda Game Studios…

Gamestop has some crazy deals on popular titles, including Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition (PS3/360) for $39.99. For more details head here.

Elsewhere, if you’re trying to save on Fallout 3 GOTY on PC — there’s notable deals at both Direct2Drive and Steam.  Through Friday, D2D is selling the game at $24.95 (that’s half off). Meanwhile Steam has announced the Bethesda Pack –featuring Fallout 3: GOTY, Morrowind GOTY, and Oblivion GOTY Deluxe for a package price of $69.99 (that’s a total savings of $24.98).

As always, if we see any noteworthy deals, we’ll keep you in the know.