The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences held their award show last night at the DICE conference, and Skyrim took home five trophies, including Game of the Year.
The awards are voted on by the 20,000 members of the AIAS. In addition to the top honor, the distinguishments included Best Story, Role-playing/MMO Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering, Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction.
Update 2: The PlayStation 3 patch is now live in North America.
Update: The update is now live for PlayStation 3 users in many European territories. We expect the patch to hit US users later today. If we hear from Sony, we’ll let you know.
If you’re encountering any strange in-game behavior immediately after applying the patch, don’t be alarmed — this is a normal function of the script backlog temporarily correcting itself. For more information on this, and how to speed up the process of PS3 performance enhancements, please read this forum post.
Original post: Following the PC patch, the 1.4 update for Skyrim is now live for Xbox 360 users. For the full list of changes, you can reference this blog post.
Here’s the latest and greatest from around the web.
We start with a video found on Geekologie of a happy couple’s first dance to Malukah’s cover of “The Dragonborn Comes.” We wish the couple all the best in their marriage and if they reach out to us, we’ll send them a wedding gift.
In other news, both PC Gamer (US) and PC Gamer (UK) announced their Top 100 PC Games of All Time this month. In the UK magazine, Skyrim reigns as the #1 game of all time with DOOM (#84), Fallout 3 (#59), Quake III Arena (50), and Oblivion (#20) also making the list. Stateside, Skyrim ranked #2 all time and was joined by Quake III (#43), Quake (#13), Oblivion (#7), and Fallout 3 (#4).
Elsewhere, check out these links…
PC Gamer shares their favorite mods from the first 24 hours of the Skyrim Workshop.
Ready to start using the Creation Kit and Skyrim Workshop? Bethesda Game Studios level designer Joel Burgess gets you ready below…
When we created Skyrim, we set out to make the largest, most engrossing role-playing game we had ever attempted. Now it’s about to get a whole lot bigger, thanks to our amazing modding community.
Mod-makers have a long history with Bethesda Game Studios, bringing to life new quests, locations and characters, as well as making changes to game from subtle tweaks to full-blown overhauls. With the Creation Kit, the same tool we used to create Skyrim, there’s almost no limit to what can be accomplished – and we’re putting that power in your hands.
Best of all, access to the Skyrim Workshop and Creation Kit is free for anybody with a Steam account and a copy of Skyrim.
With the Skyrim Workshop, finding and installing your favorite mods is easier than ever before. Mod-makers will also enjoy a streamlined process for uploading mods directly to Steam.
Are you a mod newbie? Have you visited mods.elderscrolls.com and subscribed to some highly rated, popular mods? Here are some tips to help you get started.
Back up your saves. Your saves are located in your My Documents/My Games/Skyrim/Saves. Just make a copy of that directory as a backup.
Do not overwrite existing saves. Only make new saves while playing mods so that your original saves still exist if you decide you want to go back to playing without mods.
When you play Skyrim with a mod, in most cases, the new data for the mod will be written into any new saved games you create. For example, if you play Skyrim with Mod X and create a save, the next time you load that save, the game will expect Mod X to also be loaded. If you no longer want to play Skyrim with Mod X, it is best to unload Mod X (by unchecking the plugin under Data Files in your Skyrim launcher) and loading a save that does not require Mod X, usually an older save or a backed up save.
When trying mods with updated graphics settings, make sure your computer meets or exceeds Skyrim’s recommended specs <link>. We strongly recommended running with Windows Vista/7 with at least 4 GB of RAM and a video card with at least 1 GB of Video RAM.
Visit our mod forums. There are sticky threads and a decades old community of modding veterans – a treasure trove of information about creating and playing mods.
Click through for more frequently asked questions.
In addition to releasing the Creation Kit and Skyrim Workshop, today we’re allowing players to experience Skyrim as you’ve never seen it before with the Skyrim High-Resolution Texture Pack. Before downloading it from Steam, make sure your system requirements exceed Skyrim’s recommended specs before attempting to install, including Windows Vista/7, a minimum of 4GB of system RAM, and a DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with at least 1 GB of RAM and the latest drivers.
During Super Bowl week, it’s pretty common for gaming sites to use the latest iteration of Madden NFL Football to pick the winner of today’s big game. Kudos to 1Up.com in taking a new creative approach.
Speaking of the big game, anyone that correctly picks tonight’s winner and the final score correctly will be entered to win a random drawing for a Skyrim-related prize. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enter.