PAX East Contest: Win an ESO-themed Headset from Astro Gaming!

We know that not everybody gets a chance to go to PAX East, but that doesn’t mean you can’t score some great gear from the event. Our friends at Astro Gaming have kindly donated to us two Astro A40 headsets – complete with customizable speakertags for The Elder Scrolls Online.

If you are at PAX East, you’ll have additional opportunities to score these headsets at our special community event for The Elder Scrolls Online. Visit here for more details on the event.

Rules after the break…

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Computer Whiz Kids

If you followed QuakeCon coverage last month, you likely saw the amazing Fallout-inspired PC that was on hand at the event’s BYOC.

I recently caught up with the computer’s creators, Michael Kraft (case builder) and Adam Stark (configured computer and programmed game). With names like those, expect these two Plano, TX natives to build amazing computers for years to come.

When did you guys decide to do the Fallout computer for QuakeCon?

We first thought of it in 2009, but what really got things moving was winning a Sapphire Edge mini-pc at the PC Perspective Workshop at Quakecon 2011. Prior to that, we had tossed around the idea but couldn’t find a motherboard that would fit the form factor we were looking for. With this tiny PC we won, that changed everything and we realized that hey, we could really do this.

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Roundup: Mods and Mayhem

Gamespot continues turns to the Dark Side with their latest Skyrim update. Featured (and unbelievably sweet) mods include:

Haven’t started using the Creation Kit? Eurogamer put together an article on getting started. Check it out here, and don’t forget to check out www.CreationKit.com for more.

In other news, both Bethesda Game Studios and id Software have advanced to Round 2 of The Escapist’s March Mayhem Developer Showdown. Show your support as id takes on Nintendo, while  BGS challenges Hal Laboratory.

March Mayhem Round 1

Round 1 voting for The Escapist’s March Mayhem Developers Showdown is underway. You can support your favorite developers — including Bethesda Game Studios and id Software — and also have a chance to win an Origin PC or other great prizes.

Current pairings pit id Software vs. Sony Online Entertainment, while Bethesda Game Studios goes up against Level-5 Inc. As much as we’d love to see John Carmack and Todd Howard playing hoops, the winner will be determined by your votes.

Register at The Escapist and Vote!

Win prizes and support our developers in the March Mayhem Developers’ Showdown

NCAA March Madness is still a few weeks away, but The Escapist is already kicking off their annual March Mayhem Developers’ Showdown. We’re excited to hear that we’ve got two studios representing — both Bethesda Game Studios (South Division) and id Software (East Division).

In Round 1, BGS faces off against Level-5 Inc (best known for the addictive Professor Layton Games), while id Software matches up against MMO studio Sony Online Entertainment. To support our developers, be sure to register an account on The Escapist and start voting on March 8th. You’ll also be able to cast an additional vote by tweeting your choice with the hashtag #MM12.

March Mayhem also gives you an opportunity to win some cool prizes, including a top-of-the-line Origin gaming computer or an iPad 2. Visit the instructions page for details, and be sure to fill out a bracket before March 7th to get 25 entries into the random prize giveaways.

Press Release: Skyrim Workshop Launches with Over 2 Million Mods Downloaded

Just a week ago we launched the Creation Kit and Skyrim Workshop, and in a press release this morning, we can reveal that the Workshop has had more than 2 million downloads!!

On behalf of everyone at Bethesda, thank you for your continued support. You’re all playing a huge part of the game’s continued success and we can’t wait to share what else we’re working on.

Read the full release below…

THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM® WORKSHOP LAUNCHES WITH OVER 2 MILLION MODS DOWNLOADED

WORLDWIDE DEMAND CONTINUES FOR THE SECOND HIGHEST GROSSING TITLE OF 2011

NEW HONORS FOR SKYRIM AS GAME IS NAMED ‘GAME OF THE YEAR’ 
AT 2012 INTERACTIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

February 14, 2012 (Rockville, MD) – ZeniMax® Media Inc. today announced that the Creation Kit™, a free tool that allows PC players to create their own custom content for Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has been enthusiastically received by PC gamers who have been uploading, downloading, and installing custom content through the Skyrim Workshop on Steam. Within a week of the release of the Creation Kit, gamers have downloaded more than 2 million mods via the Skyrim Workshop. More than 2,500 mods have been published by the gaming community, all of which are available for free.

Worldwide revenues generated by Skyrim have placed it among the industry’s most successful titles, and demand for the title shows no signs of slowing. Measured by revenue, Skyrim was the second best selling game of 2011, and 2012 sales remain strong, with continuing digital downloads and large shipments of units to retail. Within the first month following its release in November, Bethesda Softworks® reported it had shipped over 10 million units of Skyrim across all platforms, representing approximately $650 million in retail sales, and those results have since increased substantially.

Data from Steam, the digital download service, reveal that the average number of hours that a gamer plays Skyrim exceeds 75 hours, underscoring fan devotion to the game. The PC version of Skyrim in North America outsold all other PC games by a factor of over three to one in the month of its release, and Skyrim is the fastest selling title in Steam’s history.

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Press Release: Fallout MMO Rights Restored to Bethesda Softworks in Interplay Litigation

FALLOUT® MMO RIGHTS RESTORED TO
BETHESDA SOFTWORKS® IN INTERPLAY LITIGATION

All Fallout® Intellectual Property Rights Belong Exclusively to Bethesda

January 9, 2012 (Rockville, MD) –ZeniMax® Media Inc. today announced that a settlement had been reached in the lawsuit filed by its subsidiary, Bethesda Softworks®, against Interplay Entertainment Corporation in 2009, Bethesda Softworks LLC v Interplay Entertainment Corp., seeking cancellation of the license granted to Interplay to develop a massively multiplayer online game (MMO) based on the Fallout brand. Bethesda maintained in its complaint that Interplay had failed to meet the conditions for the license and the license was therefore of no continuing validity.

Under the terms of the settlement, the license granted to Interplay to develop the Fallout MMO is null and void, and all rights granted to Interplay to develop a Fallout MMO revert back to Bethesda, effective immediately. Interplay has no ongoing right to use the Fallout brand or any Fallout intellectual property for any game development. ZeniMax will pay Interplay $2 million as consideration in the settlement, each party will bear its own costs of the litigation, and Bethesda will continue to own all Fallout intellectual property rights. Interplay will be permitted to continue to sell the original Fallout ®Tactics, Fallout® and Fallout® 2 PC games through December 2013, after which time all rights to market those games revert to and become the sole property of Bethesda. Under the original agreement pursuant to which Bethesda had acquired the Fallout property, Interplay was granted certain merchandising rights to sell those original Fallout games, but those merchandising rights will now expire on December 31, 2013.      

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Skyrim Tweak Guide Livestream

To help PC players get the most out of Skyrim, last month we shared info on NVIDIA’s official tweak guide. If you missed the guide or were overwhelmed by its massiveness, you won’t want to miss NVIDIA’s livestream event taking place tomorrow.

During the stream, NVIDIA’s Kris Rey and Andrew Coonrad will discuss the guide’s ins and outs. They’ll also be joined by two special guests from the Skyrim modding community — Martigen (Martigen’s Mutant Mod & Martigen’s Monster Mod) and Skyrim Nexus’ founder and operator, DarkOne.

Catch all the fun tomorrow (January 10th) on NVIDIA’s Twitch TV channel. The stream begins at 11 AM PST.