Breaking and Entering: Make Oblivion Mods. Now.

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Some of our best developers working here came from our modding community. They step into their jobs already understanding our tools, processes and pipelines.

So your first step (or one of many possible first steps!) to breaking into the game industry is to make mods. We’re not the only developers who release tools for their games, but assuming you want to make big crazy RPGs like we do, you’re best bet is making mods for our games.

If you are thinking of trying your hand at making mods for Oblivion (or Morrowind), now is a good a time as any. Why? Since Oblivion shipped over a year ago, an enormous amount of documentation, tools and mods have sprung forth along with an amazing modding community to help you learn.

Easy four step process. Ready? Here we go.
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Shivering Isles, Fallout 3 continue to appear on lists…

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Well, we made it into 2008, but coverage looking back at 2007 and looking ahead to this year continues to surface.

Looking back at 2007, Robert “Apache” Howarth has put up Voodoo Exteme’s “Game of the Year Awards.” In the “Best Expansion Pack” category, we’re happy to see Shivering Isles came away as the year’s best.

Over at Joystiq, Justin McElroy has put up a post of his favorites games of the last year, and declares that Shivering Isles was his favorite RPG of the year. He writes:

“I’m going to need you to deal with something: TES IV:O:THS [sic] was, hands down, the best RPG released last year. “What? What did he say?” I’ll repeat it. Thanks to its beautiful graphics, engrossing story and overall radness, The Shivering Isles was the best RPG of 2007. I feel much better now with that off of my chest.”

Moving on to Fallout 3, a few more folks are chiming in that they have high expectations for the game. Charles Husemann at Gaming Nexus put together 20 questions for 2008 that concludes with the question: “How awesome will Fallout 3 be?” You can read his thoughts on that question here.

On non-gaming specific sites, Christopher Fong of the San Francisco Chronicle and John Gaudiosi of WRAL (Raleigh-Durham) both declare Fallout 3 to be one of their most anticipated games of the year. To our north, the Canadian Press has also included Fallout 3 on their list.

Finally, Fallout 3 has received mentions of being at the top of folks’ lists for 2008 on a few blogs. A couple of days ago on Gamers with Jobs, Sean Sands declared that Fallout 3 is his “Game of the Coming Year.” In similar fashion, Mark Wilson of Kotaku sees Fallout 3 as being the game he’s most looking forward to this year.

On that subject, what games are you most looking forward to this year?

Around the Web — one last time in 2007

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Before taking off in celebration of the New Year, I thought I’d share a few nuggets of information that we’ve come across recently…

Various websites continue to forecast which games they’re pumped to play in 2008. The staff at CVG have put up a list titled “2008’s Essential PS3 Games,” which includes Fallout 3. It’s nice to see the game make the list with such great company (MGS 4, LittleBigPlanet, and GTA IV were among some of the other games that made the cut). Discussing Fallout 3, they wrote:

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Vote for “Best Game Add-On” on Xbox.com

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Today it’s been brought to my attention that within the community forums of Xbox.com, they’re running a vote for the “Best Game Add-On” of 2007. Among the choices are downloads for Boom Boom Rocket, Crackdown, Gears of War, Guitar Hero 3, Halo 3, Rock Band and last but not least, The Shivering Isles, the expansion for Oblivion.

If you’re a fan of Shivering Isles and like participating in these year end polls, head here and cast your vote. If you decide to vote for the Black Sabbath Track Pack for Rock Band, we won’t hold it against you.

Mod Interview: Razorwing of Silgrad Tower

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This week’s mod interview is with Razorwing (or Gloomwing over at the BGS forums). In “reality”, Razorwing is known as Patrik Jonasson. Patrick lives with his wife and kids, and during the day, works as a fork lift driver. In regards to the Elder Scrolls, Patrik heads the Silgrad Tower mod team that has been working from scratch to recreate the visual look of Morrowind within Oblivion.

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Mod Interview: TES Nexus’ DarkOne

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In a bit of a twist, this week’s mod interview is with Robin Scott (aka DarkOne), the site administrator over at The Elder Scrolls Nexus. Before working on TES Nexus, he was also the brains behind The Elder Scrolls Source. Currently, Robin in a university student living in Exeter, a small city in southwest England.

On to the interview…

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Mod of the Year Contest

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Since it’s the end of the year, everyone’s talking about their picks for Game of the Year (right now I’m torn between Super Mario Galaxy, Bioshock, Halo 3, and Everyday Shooter). In similar fashion, over at Mod DB, they’ve already kicked off the nomination process Annual Mod of the Year Awards. Looks like there are some great prizes for the winners: Gaming Rigs, Logitech prizes, cold hard cash, and more.

You can nominate a mod from one of our games (Oblivion, Morrowind, or Star Trek: Legacy) or one of the other games listed…it’s all good (Fallout 2 is even a choice). To give an example of how to nominate a mod, first head to this link. You’ll see that you can select a game from the drop list that says “Any Game.” For example, if you select “Oblivion,” you’ll get a list of choices. For example with Oblivion, if you click on the first choice, NPCs with Jobs, you’ll then go to a page that has a “Vote for Mod” link at the bottom…it’s that easy.

Good luck to all the modders out there.

Oblivion (PS3) on sale for the holidays

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Just noticed that Amazon is once again selling Oblivion for $19.99, so if you know someone that hasn’t had a chance to play the game yet, it might make the perfect stocking stuffer for a friend or family member. And with Shivering Isles now available on PSN ($29.99), this deal would save you $10 if you were considering the Game of the Year edition of the game.

Click here to view the deal. Offer is valid while supplies last.

New Hall of Fame Members at Planet Elder Scrolls

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It’s coming a little late, but we thought we’d give a shout out of “congrats” to the following modders that achieved “Hall of Fame” status over at Planet Elder Scrolls for the month of December.

For more details about each of the mods, check out the links below.

For Morrowind:

Harlequin sword and bow resource by Phijama: Adds 4 katanas, 2 bows and 1 two-handed sword to the game.

Kirel’s Interior Weather by Kirel: Allows you hear the exterior weather from inside buildings.

For Oblivion

Loading Screens Themed Replacer by Trollf: Adds new, unique loading screens for the game.

Qarl’s Harvest by Qarl: Adds new harvesting options and brings apple and orange trees (see above) to Cyrodiil.

Book Placement by Erik Peter: Improves the way you can place books on a shelf.

Congrats!