Todd Time at GameInformer.com

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Pull up a chair and listen to Bethesda Games Studios’ Todd Howard in three video interviews now up on GameInformer.com. Across three separate videos, Todd discusses how he got into the industry, the evolution The Elder Scrolls from Arena to Skyrim, and his take on the gaming industry today.

Fun fact about Todd: In the third video, he talks about his interest in sports games, and he specifically discusses NCAA Football. At the office, we have an online dynasty going, and I can tell you Todd’s insanely good at the game. In the next week or so, I have to play against him (Notre Dame vs. Michigan). First person to correctly guess the score of the game wins a small prize.*

*You only get one guess.  Multiple entries coming from the same profile/IP address/email address will result in disqualification.

Alduin’s Wall explained at Game Informer

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GameInformer.com continues their extended coverage on Skyrim tonight with an interactive look at Alduin’s Wall — first introduced last month in our annoucement trailer for the game. Wondering what this wall means? GameInformer’s Matt Miller explains it’s significance:

“It depicts a prophecy heralding the return Alduin to the world of the Elder Scrolls, as well as the history of the dragons and their interaction with humanity. Each section of the wall tells a different part of the story, and we’ll explain every area in detail. Each of the previous games in the Elder Scrolls series play a part in the prophecy.”

For a more in-depth look at the wall, head here.

Take the Todd Tour

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Game Informer continues their month long coverage on Skyrim with a video tour led by Todd Howard. See where the developers work, eat, play… and even battle. Keen observers will  notice Skyrim concept art and much more. And if you’re really paying attention, you’ll even get a glimpse at where Nick and I record the Bethesda Podcast — woohoo!!

Start your tour by heading to Game Informer. But remember, there’s no basement in the Alamo.

Skyrim Sing-along!

In case you missed it, GameInformer.com has revealed that the dragon text on the back cover their upcoming Skyrim issue relates back to last month’s announcement trailer. Here’s their explanation…

“Last month saw the release of the teaser trailer for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, also available at the bottom of this article. During the trailer, you probably noticed some mysterious language being sung. What you might not have known is that the words are in the tongue of the dragons, an entirely new language crafted by Bethesda for use in the upcoming game. This complete language plays an integral role in the story and gameplay of the upcoming epic, and introduces an intriguing new facet to the Elder Scrolls mythology.”

Once you’ve decrypted the text and know what it says, we suggest you celebrate by downloading the game’s announcement trailer from Xbox LIVE (or just using the video above) and start singing along* in English. And grab a camera — we want to see videos on YouTube.

*dressing up is optional

Decoding the Dragon Text

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As mentioned earlier today, the back cover for Game Informer’s Skyrim issue features some cryptic dragon text. All day we’ve seen some valiant efforts to translate it, but no one’s been able to crack the code.

Trust us, you’re going to have better results if you using Game Informer’s secret decoder ring translation key.

Head here to get started, and stay tuned to Game Informer’s Skyrim hub this month for more details on the game.

Game Informer’s Skyrim cover revealed

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GameInformer kicks off their coverage on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with a first look at the cover for their February issue. We hope you like it!

For those wondering when you’ll be able to read the magazine, we’re told subscribers should start receiving their copies of the magazine around January 10th (possibly earlier) and you should be able to find it at a GameStop stores beginning January 14th. In addition to their 14-page cover story (the largest cover story in the magazine’s history), this month they’ll be putting up additional info on the game and the team at Bethesda Game Studios on their website — so be sure to keep an eye on GameInformer.com/Skyrim.

Oh, and about that mysterious text on the back cover. If you’re Dragonborn, you should be able to figure it out. Otherwise, GameInformer.com hints you’ll have more to work with very soon…

What’s that on the back cover? The strange language seen there offers the first hints of Skyrim’s story, along with a unique tie to the singing in the recent teaser trailer. What does it say? The answer lies in translating the stanzas into English. Check back later today to solve the puzzle. It’s the first installment of our month-long extravaganza of online Skyrim stories, all of which will be found on the game’s hub page as they release, linked from the image below.

Stay tuned for more on Skyrim.

Decrypting The Elder Scrolls at Game Informer

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Happy Boxing Day!

A day after Christmas, GameInformer.com has a special treat for Elder Scrolls’ fans — a feature looking back at the series so far. From its lore to advancements in its tech, the article features commentary from Todd Howard and other team members at Bethesda Game Studios. Below is an excerpt from the feature in which Todd discusses the game engine for Morrowind.

“Morrowind was a major rewrite of the whole system, using world building techniques we had used in Redguard, but on a massive scale. The whole engine was redone again. Everything was built by hand, and now with the advances in 3D, we could build everything from forks to pillows to giant castles. This game also marked our first foray into the console world with Xbox, whereas before we were just a PC developer.”

– Todd Howard

Read the rest here. And don’t miss Game Informer’s exclusive cover story on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim — hitting shelves in January!

Skyrim featured in the next issue of Game Informer

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In a press release this morning, we announced the platforms Skyrim will be releasing on (no surprise: PC, Xbox 360, and PS3), as well as news that the game will be revealed in an exclusive cover story in the February issue of Game Informer.

To tide you over, check out the current issue (January 2010), which features four pages of looking back at the previous games and their lore.

Read the full release below…

Bethesda Softworks Announces The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Highly Anticipated Sequel to Launch 11.11.11

December 13, 2010 (Rockville, MD) — Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today confirmed the upcoming release of The Elder Scrolls® V: Skyrim™, the next installment in the award-winning Elder Scrolls series and follow up to the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®.

Developed by Bethesda Game Studios® under the direction of Todd Howard, Skyrim will be released on Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows® worldwide on November 11, 2011. Details on the game will be revealed in our exclusive cover story in Game Informer®’s February issue, which ships to subscribers in early January 2011.

“It’s exciting finally to announce the game,” said Todd Howard, Game Director on Skyrim. “We’ve been working for many years on Skyrim and the technology behind it. A new Elder Scrolls game has been a long time coming, and we can’t wait to show it off.”

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