IGN remembers the 2000s

In the past couple weeks, IGN has recounted their top games of the past decade. Within the lists, Oblivion made their top 10 list for 2006 (at #4), while Fallout 3 took the top spot for 2008. In addition to a year-by-year countdown, they also put together their overall top 10 for the decade – naming Fallout 3 to the list at #7.

Head to IGN to read the full list for each year for both movies and games.

Planet Elder Scrolls names Hall of Fame mods for January

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Planet Elder Scrolls has announced the latest Hall of Fame mods for Morrowind and Oblivion. Here’s a look…

Morrowind mods

  • Leveled Magicka by hessi9: This mod increases your maximum magicka at 4% per level (at level 26 your starting magicka has been doubled. The mod requires having either the Bloodmoon or Tribunal expansion.
  • Rise of House Telvanni by Pozzo, Bhl, and Karpik777: Pictured above, this mod is an extended version of Pozzo’s Rise of House Telvanni. By a series of quests and political decisions the player can either lead House Telvanni to political predominance or expand it moderately.
  • Hilgya the Seamstress by Plangkye: A new shop in Dagon Fel selling some fancy threads for Better Bodies 2.o.

Oblivion mods

  • Benirus Manor – Necromancer’s Lair by Vypress: Vypress’ first mod, Benirus Manor adds a necromancer’s lair to the basement of Benirus Manor in Anvil.
  • Harvest [Flora] by Quarn and Dejunai: This mod changes the physical appearance of plants if you have harvested them.
  • The Heart of the Dead by BFreyermuth: A sizable new quest mod that features new characters, hours of new quests filled with new dungeons, and more.

Congrats to all these modders for their contributions to the community.

Around the web

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This week at USA Today’s Game Hunters, Todd Howard shares his favorites games of the Naughties, Aughties, Oughties, or simply the 2000′s. Already his comments about Gran Turismo 3 have had traction (tires…traction…get it??) with readers. To see the rest of his favs, head here.

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Around the web: Back to the Future edition

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Great Scott! As one of the few creatures scurrying around the office, today already feels like the night before Christmas, even if it’s two nights before Christmas. Most everyone has left for the holidays, and I’ll be doing the same soon. But before I head out, I thought I’d round up some of the latest online coverage — this time dominated by coverage of the 2000s, 2009, and 2010.

Top games of the decade, top stories of the year, best dinosaurs of all time — with both the year and decade coming to an end, these lists keep coming in. We start with IndustryGamers’s Top 20 Stories of 2009 –which features ZeniMax’s aquisition of id Software at #18. Speaking of id, RAGE makes Telegraph’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Games for 2010.

Elsewhere, Fallout 3 is in good company in Big Download’s Best PC Games of the Decade, while Morrowind and Oblivion share a spot in GameStooge’s Top 50 (with the countdown still going). Also, at The Yorker, Bethesda Game Studios ranks #9 in a list of the Top Ten Game Developers of the Decade.

While most sites are looking back at 09 and the decade as a whole, Joystiq revisits 2008 to help gamers find great titles with better deals. Making the list is Fallout 3.

Heading back to the future, head to Splash Damage’s site — where they have news on the “most wanted” lists Brink is making for 2010.

On the subject of what people want — see what Pete and Todd (and other industry folks) told Kotaku they want for Christmas. More on that soon.

Holiday Mods for Oblivion and Fallout 3

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Here’s a look at some holiday-inspired mods the community has been working on…

Up first, check out TES-Alliance, where there’s an interview with WhoGuru and InsanitySorrow, who created the Happy Holidays Mod. Here’s an excerpt from the interview…

What is your favorite element of your holiday project?

InsanitySorrow: My favorite aspect of the project is working with friends; I have WhoGuru building the mod alongside me and Nicoroshi modeling some nice little things for us. I think more important than that is it’s a festive project, something that should be enjoyable for all that play and I just love that aspect of the project.

Find out more on the project here. Meanwhile, Princess Stomper has put together a new mod for Fallout 3 called Winter Wonderland. This mod adds festive lights and decorations (from Dukov’s house) to key locations in Fallout 3. The mod also bring holiday treats, and some hidden Easter Eggs stocking stuffers (16 holotapes featuring A Christmas Carol).

Echoing what St. Nick noted earlier this week, let us know if you’ve worked on some cool stuff for the holidays — whether it’s cookies, mods, ornaments, etc.

Update: As mentioned in the comments below, be sure to check out Oblivion Real Estate’s 12 Mods of Christmas, where they’re sharing a new mod everyday. The countdown can be found here.

Bethidsoft Makes PCGamer’s Top 100

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The editors over at PCGamer put up their annual “Top 100 Games of All Time” list today.

The democratically-determined list features several games developed by Bethesda and id; Oblivion and Fallout 3 both made the top 10, while Quake III: Arena and DOOM II cracked the top 30. Check the whole deal out here.

Those interested in voting for the reader-selected top 100 can do so through this link. Luckily, you don’t need to put together your own 100-game list to participate.

November Hall of Fame Entries from Planet Elder Scrolls

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Planet Elder Scrolls has the latest inductees to their modding Hall of Fame. Here’s a quick  look at November’s inductees, including encore honors for Plangkye and Dimitri Mazieres .

Morrowind mods

  • Mesh Improvements v1.6.1 by Armed_Defender: A simple mesh replacer that replaces older meshes in Morrowind.
  • Better Almalexia by Plangkye: Changes Almalexia’s creature models with updated graphical replacers.
  • Dark Brotherhood Armor Replacer – Expanded by Dimitri Mazieres: According to the author, this mod changes the Dark Brotherhood assassin’s armor to a look reminiscent of concept art released for Oblivion.

Oblivion mods

  • DarNified UI by DarN: An extended update to the game’s user interface.
  • Clocks of Cyrodiil by WillieSea (pictured above): Adds plenty of clocks to Cyrodiil — building clocks, wall clocks, clock towers and more. All clocks actually feature “accurate game time.”
  • Extra Robe Pack by tegeal: Adds 15 new robes and 10 new hoods, which are available for purchase in towns throughout the game. They make great Christmas presents!

Congrats to these modders. We’ll be back in a month or so with the final inductees of 2009!

Epic RPGs Sweepstakes on Xbox LIVE

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While recently navigating through Xbox LIVE, you might have noticed The Epic RPGs Sweepstakes — which gives you a chance to level up your living room with a “Gamer Lounge” — an amazing prize pack featuring the following items:

  • (2) Lovesacs chairs (ARV, $438)
  • A 42″ HDTV (ARV, $699.99)
  • A Home Theater System (ARV, $399.99)
  • (2) Lava Lamps (ARV, $49.98)
  • 4,000 Microsoft Points (ARV, $50)
  • Xbox LIVE 12 Month Subscription (ARV, $49.99)
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Controller (ARV, $49.99)

Register by downloading the Epic RPGs Gamer Picture on LIVE, or simply grabbing it off Xbox.com. You can increase your chances (i.e. gain experience) by downloading select RPG content via LIVE — including Fallout 3 DLC, Shivering Isles, Knights of the Nine, and the Games on Demand version of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

There’s plenty more RPG content to choose from, and you can even enter by watching a movie on Netflix or signing up for Last.FM or Facebook. Just keep in mind the level cap is 20 (even if you purchase Broken Steel), and content must be purchased between 12:01 A.M. Eastern Time (ET) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 P.M. ET on December 14, 2009.

To learn more about the sweepstakes, including the official rules, head to Xbox.com

200 and counting!

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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.