On last night’s episode of Conan, longtime sidekick Andy Richter shared a segment about his magnificent voice work for Skyrim. Too bad he wasn’t a member of the cast… apparently it increases your shot at landing an Oscar nomination.
Elsewhere, today’s front page of The Wall Street Journal includes a feature about players taking the peaceful/pacifist route when playing Skyrim. The article includes quotes from Todd Howard and Felix the Peaceful Monk creator, Daniel Mullins.
What better way to show your love than a Valentine based on the game that made you forget her birthday! Get a jump start on Valentine’s Day by grabbing this card (and three others) on eatfun’s deviantART page.
Last but not least, visit Game of the Year Picks Blog to check out an updated list of the GOTY awards Skyrim has received. By their count, the game has won 190 GOTY awards — making it the third Bethesda Game Studios title to be named their “Big Winner”.
Update 2/2: With the 1.4 update available, we have disabled the beta update. Thanks to everyone that participated.
Update 1/30: A third beta update (1.4.21) is now available on Steam. The update features one new change:
Fixed bug related to hitching between cell boundaries.
We really appreciate the feedback from our Steam Beta. We anticipate the 1.4 update going live this week for all on the PC and being sent to the console manufacturers. The Creation Kit won’t be far behind.
Update 1/26: A new version of the Beta Update (1.4.20) is now live on Steam. It addresses the following:
Fixed occasional audio issue that would play sound effects louder than intended
Master Criminal achievement/trophy unlocks properly in French, German, Spanish and Italian
Fixed issue where dragon priest masks would not render correctly
Fixed issue where player would be unable to become Thane of Riften if they purchased a home first
Original Post: Skyrim is using Steam’s beta functionality to give users an early look at the 1.4 Update currently in development.
What does beta mean? This patch is still in development. Apply the update at your own risk and only if you are affected by issues listed in the fix notes.
Be sure to back up your saved games or simply be careful not to overwrite your existing saves. If you decide to opt out of the beta program, your old saves will still work with the current release of Skyrim (v 1.3).
To get the beta, you need to do the following:
Log into Steam
Click on Steam in the upper menu
Under the Account tab, go to the Beta Participation section and select Change.
A drop down menu will appear. Select Skyrim Beta.
Steam will now restart. After Steam restarts, Skyrim will be updated to the Beta version currently available.
If you decide you don’t want to run the Beta anymore, redo steps 1 – 4. At the drop down, select NONE – Opt out of all beta programs. Let Steam restart, and Skyrim will automatically update itself back to the latest released version.
To provide feedback on the beta update, use our beta forum.
The nominees for the 2012 Academy Awards were announced this morning, and two Skyrim voice actors were amongst those honored in the Best Supporting Actor category.
Christopher Plummer — voice of Skyrim’s Arngeir — was nominated for his work in “Beginners,” while Max von Sydow — Esbern himself — was recognized for his role in “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”
It’s been a few weeks since our last update on Skyrim’s status, so we wanted to share details on what we’re working on.
The Creation Kit and Steam Workshop are nearly ready. We’re currently working with members of Valve and our modding community to do some final testing, and we’re on track for a public release near the end of the month. We think Skyrim modding is one of the game’s best features, and we have the best modders of any game. It’s been a lot of exciting work for us, and we can’t wait to unleash it.
Skyrim’s 1.4 update is currently undergoing testing on all three platforms. The update will include fixes and optimizations for the most common issues people have been reporting (see below). We’re hoping to finalize this next week, and submit it to the console manufacturers for certification, as well as release on PC.
Our current update plan for the PC is to first release our updates as “beta” versions through Steam. This is something you’ll be able to opt into through Steam and back-out of if needed. This is an extra safety check for everyone going forward and should expedite and improve our updating process for our PC users. We’ll have more info soon on how this will work.
Echoing what we said back in December, we’ll continue to look into issues that are being reported and subsequent updates will follow. You have all supported Skyrim in a huge way, and we’ll be supporting all of you, and continue to make the game better.
After the break, check out the current changelog for 1.4.
Today on Gamespot, the nominees for this year’s Interactive Achievement Awards were announced. We’re excited to share news that Skyrim was nominated in six categories (including Game of the Year), while id Software’s RAGE is up for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering.
Below is the full rundown of nominations…
Skyrim – Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Story, Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year, Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering, and Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction.
RAGE – Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
Join us in congratulating the teams at Bethesda Game Studios and id Software on their well-deserved nominations.
Welcome back for another roundup. Plenty of fun happenings Skyrim happenings around the web! We start with Skyrim: 2012, a fan video created by GoBroPros that shows what happens when Skyrim and real life cross over. The video has some pretty great post-production effects and definitely had folks smiling around the office. For more fun stuff, check out these links…
Game Informer named Skyrim their Editor and Reader pick for Game of the Year!
Our own Nick Breckon started a Twitter account (@SkyrimMom) featuring notable quotables from his mother as she plays through the game.
Game Informer does their best Highlights magazine impression by placing famous videogame items and icons within Alduin’s Wall. See if you can find them all.