Thumbing through PC Gamer, I read about PC Gamer contributor Andy Kelly’s video series “Other Places.” The video series focuses on the visual eye candy of various game worlds. Among the world’s already featured are Dishonored’s Dunwall and various areas from Skyrim. Definitely worth checking out both videos which are embedded in this post.
Elsewhere on the web, we recommend checking out these links.
- Metro UK talks about The Evil Within and getting the right balance when implementing action into a survival-horror game.
- Both The Elder Scrolls Online and Wolfenstein: The New Order are included in Gameranx look at the Best PC Games of 2014.
- Watch Gamespot’s newest episode of Skyrim Mods.
- In time for Halloween last week, GameFront took a look back at DOOM in two parts. In part 1, they reflect on the game’s impact after 20 years, while part 2 highlights 23 memorable mods made by the community.
- On the subject of DOOM, we spotted perhaps the finest game-related tattoo of all time on Tumblr user Saguzar’s page. For more proof that is awesome 20 years later, check out the tat below.
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One of the defining principles of Skyrim is that it allows you to be who you want and do whatever you want. That ideal takes on new meaning following today’s that a Skyrim mash-up is coming soon to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition.
Developed by our friends at 4J Studios, the mash-up features an exclusive Skyrim-themed texture set, 40 character skins, themed menus and user interface, craftable items, and more than 20 iconic selections from the original Skyrim soundtrack. On top of these features, the pre-set world recreates memorable areas including Whiterun, Riverwood, and Bleak Falls Barrow. Check out the screenshots above for a first look.
As fans of Minecraft, we’re very excited to be working with Mojang, Microsoft, 4J, and Notch to make this happen. If you happen to be at Minecon this weekend in Orlando, you can try the Skyrim mash-up at the show. For more information, read the content breakdown and FAQ after the break.
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With two days until Halloween, we put together some haunting links to check out as you finalize your costume and ready your candy bag.
Starting at Gamespot, there’s a special edition of Skyrim Mods featuring these spooktacular mods:
The scares don’t end with Skyrim. Recently, The Evil Within was featured in Yahoo’s 10 terrifying new horror games list, as well as Technology Tell’s own top 5 horror list.
Related, here’s a final reminder for Wikia’s ‘Thinking Outside of the Boxman’ Halloween Sweepstakes. By sharing your Evil Within-themed fan art or costume, you’ll have a chance to win an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 graphics card and a Shinji Mikami-signed poster. To participate, share your submission in the comments section here through 10/31 (read full sweepstakes rules).
Already entered, check out Chinduism’s spot-on Boxman costume below.
Much better than my effort.
Carved by our very own, Jenny McWhorter
Halloween is drawing near and we’ve been spotting some fun and creative uses of talent in celebration of the Fall holiday. With all of the vampires, werewolves, ghouls, and Boxmen we’ve had through our office we thought this could offer you guys the chance to show off your artistic skills. We’ve seen Jack-o-lanterns, illustrations, and costumes of all kinds over the years and would love to see more.
If you happen to be scaring children while dropping from trees as Corvo, or carving a pumpkin into the Pint Sized Slasher we want to see it and everyone else to see it as well! Submit your Halloween-themed pictures and pieces to email@example.com or any one of our social media pages and we’ll post our favorites.
Here’s some inspiration to get the creatives juices flowing!
Just in case you need some help with carving ideas, nothing says SURVIVAL HORROR like taking a knife…to a pumpkin! Here’s a template for our Evil Within logo if you want to make a jack-o-lantern like Jenny’s.
Dovahkiins are waiting for a home. They are immobilized by Styrofoam, unable to move they cannot explore as they once did through the vast lands of Skyrim. The Dragon Priest-masked Dragonborns have sat and watched their maskless brethren be adopted by loving homes, hoping….waiting….to be as fawned over as their helmeted kin. Today is that day.
For you may help Dragon Priest masked Dovahkiin feel the warmth of a home like he felt in Hearthfire. He can travel with excitement through a new world to get to your door! You can help Dragon Priest Mask Dovahkiin continue his adventures with you. Head on over to the store to adopt today and make the Dragonborn Statue (Dragon Priest Mask Variant) a part of your home, and your heart.
Here are some of our previous Dragonborns in their new forever homes!
The Elder Scrolls Online got off to a great start this week by headlining the new PlayStation 4 trailer. Here are some other exciting things you may have missed!
Take to the slopes of Skyrim with our new line of snowboards from Never Summer Industries. In addition to the Skyrim themed board, aptly titled “Alduin’s Bane“, the collection includes limited-edition boards for Fallout (“Vault 101“), DOOM (“The Forgotten Son of Phobos“), and The Elder Scrolls Online (“Ebonheart“).
Too early for snow? Take a look at what else is new this week…
We would like to welcome to the Bethesda Blog Mike Hancho — commonly known by the forum community as Balok, creator of Helgen Reborn for Skyrim. When he’s not too busy rebuilding Helgen, Mike is an Operations Manager for a construction company in Clemmons, NC.
Recently we caught up with him to discuss Skyrim modding…
How did you get involved with modding?
It all started with a radio! I loved the “Built for the Future” mod for Fallout 3 and wanted a radio near all the lockers I used to store my gear. Getting started, I was completely overwhelmed and not a little bit lost, so I went through the basic tutorials and figured it out from there. Since Fallout 3 was my first Bethesda game it eventually led me to the official Bethesda forums where I learned about Oblivion. I bought it and spent the next year playing it.
I made a couple of unreleased mods that I used for my personal enjoyment and then Fallout: New Vegas came out. After playing it for a while, I decided to write and build my New Bison Steve Hotel and Afterschool Special mods. Then I joined the Boulder Dome team and built all the interiors for Inner Boulder including the Haunted Toy Store as well as Harcort Positronics and the Android Manufacturing levels. That led to Skyrim and here we are!
When I think of Helgen Reborn, the first thing that comes to mind is Oblivion’s popular mod, Kvatch Rebuilt. Do you view this mod as a spiritual successor?
In all honesty, no, not really. Although I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that the name alone drew some attention to my project because of the popularity of Kvatch Rebuilt. In the beginning Helgen Rebuilt was a sort of working title, but I discovered someone had already uploaded a mod by that name. However, by this time I was well into development and into my closed beta test, and several of my testers liked my suggestion of using Helgen Reborn as they felt it was truly Reborn when it was finished, so I stuck with that. If anything, I see Helgen Reborn as the successor of my New Bison Steve Hotel and Afterschool Special mods for Fallout: New Vegas. I learned enough techniques building those mods that I felt confident enough to try something a little more ambitious. And since I like taking things you guys leave destroyed and turning them into places that are once again useable, Helgen was the obvious choice for my next project.
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Normally you expect to find Draugrs lurking in dungeons and tombs of Skyrim. This weekend a pair made their way across the country.
Skyrim fans Bill & Brittany Doran made their annual trip to Atlanta’s Dragoncon dressed as a pair of Draugr Deathlords. Taking advantage of the long weekend. we were fortunate to also see them on the final day of PAX Prime in Seattle. They posed for [many] pics, checked out The Elder Scrolls Online, and were nice enough to talk to everyone about their costumes.
Be sure to check out Bill’s blog, Punished Props, for an extensive look at the countless hours spent creating the Draugrs’ weapons, armor, and body suits. And as a bonus, see the costumes in action in the video below.
If you haven’t already, watch Warialasky’s new Skyrim machinima, Skyrim: Into The Void. Featured Friday on the LA Time’s website, the new project pays homage to Dawnguard and the Dark Brotherhood.
For more awesomeness from Warialasky, watch Skyrim: Modern Dovahkiin.