New Creation Kit Tutorial videos (Updated)

Update: Episode 7, covering traps, is now up.

Watch the sixth episode of our Creation Kit tutorial series as level designer Daryl Brigner demonstrates how to place enemy actors in the world and design their patrols.

Missed an earlier episode? Visit our BGS YouTube Channel and learn more.

Episode 1: Introduction to the Kit
Episode 2: Basic Layout
Episode 3: Basic Layout II
Episode 4: Clutter
Episode 5: Navmesh
Episode 6: Basic Encounters
Episode 7: Traps

Spending more time downloading mods than making them? The team at Valve has added new Workshop features, including a search function. If there’s more features you’d like to see, share your feedback in our Creation Kit forumsValve’s dedicated Workshop forums, or in the comments below.

Skyrim soundtrack nominated

On the heels of the AIAS awards comes the announcement that the Skyrim soundtrack has been nominated by the International Film Music Critics Association.

The score has been recognized in the category of “Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media.” The winner is set to be announced at the show on February 23, 2012.

For a full list of the nominees, head to the IFMCA site. And if you dug the Skyrim soundtrack, don’t forget you can still grab a 4 CD set of the music on DirectSong.

Skyrim takes home five AIAS awards

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.

Congrats to the team!

Skyrim 1.4 patch live on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

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.

Roundup: First Dance Edition

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.

Another video to catch is YouTube creator Tyrannicon’s video, The Great Battle of Skyrim

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…

That’s all for now. If you see something online that belongs here on the blog, drop us a line.

Skyrim just got even bigger

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.

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Skyrim Mod Troubleshooting: Best Practices

Skyrim Mods Best Practices and Troubleshooting

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.

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Happy Modding Day! Creation Kit, Skyrim Workshop, High-Res Texture Pack released!

Modders rejoice! We’re pleased to announce that the Skyrim Creation Kit is now available!

With the Creation Kit’s release, fans can now upload, download, and install custom content through the Skyrim Workshop on Steam. Get a crash course by reading level designer Joel Burgess’ blog post, and be sure to read up on our list of best practices for modding. Need more help? Don’t forget to to check out the official Wiki at www.CreationKit.com. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be sharing tutorial videos for beginners and experts alike. Check out the first tutorial above, and visit the Bethesda Game Studios YouTube Channel for more.

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.

1Up.com predicts Super Bowl with Skyrim

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 bethblog@bethsoft.com to enter.