“Are You Dragonborn?” Contest Winner Announced

Congratulations to Adam Carini (shown above) on winning UGO/IGN’s Are You Dragonborn” contest! As the grand prize winner, Adam will receive a trip to QuakeCon, a limited edition Skyrim map signed by the team at Bethesda Game Studios, a limited edition Skyrim Xbox 360, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector’s Edition. He also gets a free pass to wield a tinfoil battle axe for the rest of his life.

There were plenty of other great entries. In the slideshow below, check out the runners up below…

Skyrim CE Game Guide Reprint

Exciting news from Prima. Due to unprecedented demand, they have — for the first time ever — printed a Second Edition of a Collector’s Edition Game Guide.

The Skyrim CE guide has all of the original CE guide’s features: hardback cover, two bookmark ribbons, and free access to the Interactive World Map. Oh, and they even corrected a few spelling errors.

The Second Edition of the CE guide is available today for $39.99 (US) and $46.99 (CAN). Look for it wherever strat guides and games are sold.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Prima Official Game Guide Collector’s Edition is available at select retailers in North America. Below is a list of retailers distributing this guide (availability may vary)…

Amazon
Amazon Canada
Barnes & Noble
Books A Million
Best Buy
Chapters Canada
EB Canada
Fred Meyer
Fry’s Electronics
Game Stop
Hastings

Skyrim in the news (Updated)

We’re back with another round of Skyrim news from around the web.

The picture above features members of Bethesda meeting with X-Play after learning Skyrim won their 2011 Game of the Year Award. Congrats to Todd Howard and his team on this award! In addition to X-Play, Skyrim has recently received GOTY honors from Machinima (watch the video), Jeux Video (who awarded RAGE Best Shooter), Gaming Bolt, Planet Xbox 360, The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy, MMGN, Kotaku AU and Official Xbox Magazine.

In other news, check out these stories…

  • Xbox 360 Achievements has a mega Bethesda swag pack featuring Elder Scrolls, RAGE, and Fallout swag.
  • French site Jeux Video has ranked Skyrim the #1 RPG of all-time – with Fallout 3 (#40), Daggerfall (#23), Oblivion (#11), Morrowind (#4) and Arkane’s Arx Fatalis #6.
  • G4TV shares a hilarious Thundercats-inspired mod
  • Todd Howard briefly discusses DLC plans with Joystiq
  • Popular GTA IV modder Hayssam Keilany gives a first look at his killer mod project for Skyrim
  • IGN and Destructoid announce their year-end award nominees
  • TIME and Slant include Skyrim in their Top 10 games of the year
  • You can vote for Todd Howard as Industry Gamers’ person of the year. Vote here
  • At The Escapist, listen to Miracle of Sound’s Sovngarde Song
  • Arnold is back in a new Skyrim mod shown at GameSpy

Annnd my personal favorite story of the week: how one fan made a Skyrim mask out of bacon.

It doesn’t get any better than that!

Win a customized Astro A40 Wireless System

Nothing’s worse than when you get a new game and the real world interrupts: loud roommates, crying babies, pots & pans. Sometimes you just want to scream out, “I have no idea what Paarthurnax just said… you’ve ruined everything!”

The good folks at Astro Gaming know how you feel, and they want to help out. Two lucky winners will win an Astro A40 Wireless System – complete with customizable RAGE & Skyrim speakertags.

Need these headphones to block out that special someone during game time? Read the contest rules after the break…

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Around the Web

A little late to the party, but we’d be remiss to call out the fantastic Dragonborn Comes/Main Theme cover by YouTube user malufenix. It’s been mesmerizing folks at our office for weeks now.

Other highlights from around the web…

That’s all for now. Don’t get forget to tune into the SPIKE VGA Awards tonight at 8 PM EST. Skyrim, RAGE, Prey 2, and Fallout: New Vegas are all nominated for awards.

Skyrim Update 1.3 now on Steam (Updated)

Update 12/20: The 1.3 update is now available on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Additionally, an incremental update, 1.3.10, is now available on Steam.

Update 1.3.10 Notes (PC)

  • Support for 4-Gigabyte Tuning (Large Address Aware)
  • Fixed issue with accented characters not displaying properly at the end of a line

Update 1.3 Notes (all platforms unless specified)

  • General stability improvements
  • Optimize performance for Core 2 Duo CPUs (PC)
  • Fixed Radiant Story incorrectly filling certain roles
  • Fixed magic resistances not calculating properly
  • Fixed issue with placing books on bookshelves inside player purchased homes
  • Fixed dragon animation issues with saving and loading
  • Fixed Y-look input to scale correctly with framerate
For more information on future updates, read our what we’re working on blog post.