This IS History

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In case you missed it, CVG put up a two-part feature over the weekend titled “The complete history of open-world games.” The staff at PC Zone take a look at the history and appeal of the genre, while talking with folks that make the games — including Todd Howard. Here’s a sample from the section entitled “Grand Theft Scrolls” in part 1:

Beginning with Arena (which you can now download for free at the game’s 10th Anniversary page at elderscrolls.com), which was followed by Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion and many expansion packs, Bethesda’s series takes in the empire of Tamriel and otherworldly realms such as the Shivering Isles, with the player character able to be a number of races (including Orc, Dark Elf, Imperial and Nord) and classes (such as knight, bard and sorcerer).

“I think that perhaps, the Elder Scrolls series has most of all pushed the idea that massive scale can also be manageable,” says Howard. “That all the little details can be done to an extreme, yet the whole world can still fit together and tell its own story as you wander through it.”

To read the rest, check out these links (part 1) (part 2).

Oblivion – The Musical??

I got an email this week from a dedicated Elder Scrolls’ fan named Kellen DeRuy. It seems the game made such an impact on him, that he just had to make his own musical for the game. Here’s what he wrote:

Just wanted all the people at Bethesda Games to know how amazing they are. My Brother and I made a video about how awesome Elder Scrolls IV is. Well, that and about how addictive it is.
Thank you for the game. The video we made is in complete honor of the game and is of course non-profit, Just wanted you all to see it…Kellen.

Having watched this masterpiece a few times, it seems more like a music video than a musical, but that doesn’t take anything away from it. After emailing it to Todd, his reply said it all: “Best. Video. Ever.”

Vive La France!

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For those of you living in France, Pete just passed on word of three magazines that should be on newsstands.

The June issue PC Jeux has a two page spread that covers aspects of the game that Pete showed while in Europe about a month ago. Similarly, Pete showed the game to the folks at JoyPad, where the game is featured in their May issue. Not to be confused with JoyPad, be on the lookout for Joystick’s cover story on Fallout 3 in their June issue (on newsstands now).

If you’re like me and you don’t know a lick of French (still puzzled as to why I took Latin), there’s a new interview with Fallout 3 Original Composer Inon Zur (I know, he’s not French) on IGN’s Insider page. Here’s a sample:

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Bethesda Makes a Splash (Damage) (Deal)

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Just sent out a press release announcing a long-term development partnership with U.K. studio, Splash Damage. These are the guys behind award-winning titles like Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. We were just really impressed with the team they’ve got, their ideas, and where we think they’re headed and felt like it was a team we really had to work with.

I’m personally very excited to work with these guys going forward as they’re a very likeable, enthusiastic, and smart lot, though admittedly it will be a while before we reveal any specifics. To find out more about Splash Damage, head over to their web site where you’ll find they have their own developer blog.

It is worth mentioning that if you’re in London, or would like to live in London, and are a talented programmer, artist, or designer, they are growing and definitely hiring.

Fallout 3 has lots of friends

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A couple months back, Ash let me know that he put up a Fallout 3 fan page on Facebook. When we started it, it was mostly guys from around the office that joined in, but checking today — I noticed that we passed the 1,000 fans plateau over the weekend. Awesome!

So if you’re on Facebook and want to meet people that are looking forward to the game, sign up here.

New Fallout 3 coverage to follow

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Here at Bethesda HQ, we just got the June 2008 issue of Game Informer, which includes a new Q&A with Executive Producer Todd Howard. Here’s a snippet:

Game Informer: Are there going to be location-based encounters, or events not tied to particular quests or missions — such as the unicorn or goblin caves from Oblivion?

Todd: Absolutely, lots of that. We can’t stop ourselves from squeezing as much content as we can into every inch. I think the density is getting really good.

Be on the lookout for the new June issue of Game Informer on newsstands.

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Fallout 3 soundtrack/poster for GameStop pre-orders

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I’ve received several emails from fans inquiring whether or not GameStop is providing a Fallout 3 CD with pre-orders for the game. The answer? Yes, yes we are. With a pre-order of the game, fans are given a 5-track disc with “featured selections” from the soundtrack, along with a Brotherhood of Steel poster.

GameStop should have started receiving their stock of this pre-order giveaway late last week, so if your local GameStop doesn’t have them yet, they’ll probably have them in a few days. I’d venture to guess that GameStop’s website will show the offer sometime soon.

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Fallout 3 Fan Interview: Vote for your Favorite Question

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At the stroke of midnight, the submission period for our latest Fallout 3 fan interview concluded. Since then, Briosafreak, Alexander, and Gizmo have sorted through all the submissions and have compiled a list of 40 questions — which now needs to be cut in half….by you!

To do this, we’ve got a new thread pinned in the Fallout 3 forums that lets you vote for the questions you like best. When the voting closes a few days from now, we’ll hand over the most popular questions to the development team to answer.

So head on over to the forums and place your vote.