Mod Interview: Korana

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Yarrrr, for this week’s mod interview, we’re chatting with Korana of the BGS forums. Korana, whose real name is Cheryl, lives a pretty exciting life. She recently got engaged, sells booze for a living, and as a resident of Idaho has somehow never seen potatoes grow. Oh yeah, and she’s got a birthday coming up in a few weeks. Congrats on a quarter century of excellence!

As for modding, Korana had done a wide variety of stuff for the Elder Scrolls…just take a gander at her website.

On with the show…

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What we’re playing: Friday Night Fight vs. EA Mythic

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As many have noticed, we definitely have plenty of folks that take Team Fortress 2 very seriously. In matches against developers from other companies, the Vault 101 Dwellers have amassed a record of 3-0 — beating the likes of Breakaway, Retro and Bioware. Tonight, the boys from Bethesda are aiming their sites on another win, this time against EA Mythic (makers of Dark Age of Camelot). Rumor has it a match against Blizzard…err…Activision Blizzard is being negotiated by Don King…keep an eye out for that.

So will the office team move to 4-0, or will this blog post serve as a jinx? Stay tuned!

Here’s what the Vault 101 Dwellers and everyone else are playing this weekend…

Cory Dornbusch, An Unwashed Villager… err QA Tester: The Witcher, and TF2 – Bethsoft vs. Mythic Friday night…place your bets!

Nate Purkeypile, Uber Pyro: TF2 match against Mythic to hopefully maintain our undefeated streak, Mario Galaxy and sending back my busted Rock Band drums and guitar.

Mike Lattanzia, QA: Hellgate: London (testing out new Blademaster builds), Rock Band, Team Fortress 2, Call of Duty 4 (I finally gave in), Savage 2, Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness (getting close to finishing the main story!), Super Mario Galaxy; way too many games right now, I’m almost glad that Smash Bros was delayed.

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Oblivion Tabbed ‘Best Game of 2007′ in Japan

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I got a note from my colleague in Japan on this and thought it was worth sharing. A group of 12 editorial staff from Enterbrain (the folks that put out Famitsu in all it’s various iterations) sat down and voted on the game they felt was the best title of the year in Japan without regard for sales figures, fame of the franchise, etc. Only one vote per person, game with the most votes wins. In the end, Oblivion took home the honor as the best game of 2007 with 5 votes. The tally was:

#1 – Oblivion (5 votes)
#2 – God of War 2 (2 votes)
#3 – Super Mario Galaxy (1 vote)
#4 – Legend of Zelda DS (1 vote)
#5 – Monster Hunter Portable (1 vote)

I emailed him twice to say “are you SURE we won?” Needless to say we were all surprised, and thrilled, that the game is that well thought of in Japan given that it’s completely different than the RPGs one usually finds in Japan. So thanks for the nod, we do appreciate it.

Around the web…

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Thought I’d point out a couple of interesting tidbits I’ve noticed across the web this week…

Over on Voodoo Extreme, there’s a fan poll titled, “Most Wanted 2008 PC Games.” There’s a lot of good choices to vote for. Currently, Fallout 3 is receiving the second most votes behind Blizzard’s hugely-anticipated Starcraft 2.

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Nuclear Winter

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It was bound to happen at some point…today we were hit with our first snowstorm of the year. While nowhere near as bad as what my Michigan blood is accustomed to, the storm was bad enough to cause our internet to be on the fritz today. With some extra downtime, we decided to have a little fun in the snow. We were going to try to make snow angels using this Vault Boy mock up display…but it didn’t turn out well. So instead, we just let Vault Boy hang out while we threw some snow balls at each other.

Alas, the internet is back up, so it’s back to work!

This week in Elder Scrolls modding

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Welcome to another mod update for The Elder Scrolls. Just thought I’d point out some interesting mods that I saw while looking through some fansites over the past few days…

For Morrowind, those of you who can’t get enough of fighting pesky skeletons might want to give Wildman’s Skeleterra mod a try. This mod adds a new dungeon featuring several new skeleton creatures including a Lich Queen (see image above) and a Skeleton Spearme. To use this download, make sure you have both the Bloodmoon and Tribunal expansions installed.

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Let’s hear it for the nominees

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Yesterday, the Writer’s Guild of America announced their nominees for their inaugural videogame writing awards. As spotted on Variety, the nominees are as follows:

  • “Crash of the Titans,” written by Christopher Mitchell for Sierra Entertainment
  • “Dead Head Fred,” written by Dave Ellis and Adam Cogan for D3 Publisher
  • “The Simpsons Game,” with lead writer Matt Selman, written by Tim Long and Matt Warburton, dialogue by Jeff Poliquin for Electronic Arts
  • “The Witcher,” with lead story designer Artur Ganszyniec, dialogue by Sebastian Stepien, additional dialogue by Marcin Blacha and writers Sande Chen and Anne Toole for Atari
  • “World in Conflict,” story design by Christofer Emgard, story consultant Larry Bond and script consultant Ed Zuckerman for Sierra Entertainment

So, who do you think will win the award? I’ve already put up a new blog poll so folks can vote for the nominee they think will win. Also, feel free to discuss in our comments section the nominees, as well as games you thought deserved a nod.

Congrats to all the nominees!

Decision ’08: It’s going to be a real horse race

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Since starting up a few months back, MTV’s new gaming blog, MTV Multiplayer, has become one of my favorite sites to check daily. Yesterday, the site kicked off a year long venture to find the “Greatest Animal in Video Game History.” To kick off the event, they’ve created a list of potential candidates for the Greatest Horse in Video Game History — a list that already includes the horses of Oblivion. It should be noted that this isn’t a final list, as they’re always looking to hear from the community on what other memorable horses from gaming should be considered.

It should be interesting to keep an eye on this as the year progresses. Hopefully, the winners will square off in an NCAA Tournament-esque bracket. I for one am eagerly awaiting the Best Gorilla vs. Best Marsupial match-up in the Sweet Sixteen.

If you’d like to see your favorite horse come in first, head over to the Multiplayer blog and speak your mind. If you want to start thinking of other animals in Oblivion that deserve to get some props, you might want to check out the updated Oblivion Bestiary — which was written up by Sinder Velvin over at The Imperial Library.

Lutemoth mod interview

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This week’s Elder Scrolls mod interview is with William DeJeu, otherwise known as Lutemoth. Since joining the Elder Scrolls community, he’s become known for his conceptual drawings working with the Tamriel Rebuilt mod team. William, who lives in the Vancouver area, is a Scorpio, enjoys long walks on the beach, and his favorite color is transparent.

Let’s get to know Lutemoth a little better….

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Post-Nuclear Football

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So in my travels to London last week I was fortunate enough to get my fill of football in the span of a few short days. First, my colleague Sean was nice enough to take me to see Arsenal host bitter rivals Tottenham in the first leg of the Carling Cup semifinals. Much like my visit to Emirates Stadium last year, Arsenal played pretty poorly but still managed to eek out a tie thanks to a timely goal from my favorite Gunner Theo Walcott (from whom I got a signed soccer card thanks to my another colleague, Greg).

THEN, my buddies Kat and Chris at Lunch PR had a surprise for me as they’d gotten me an Arsenal jersey (if I haven’t mentioned, I’m a big football/soccer fan in general and an Arsenal fan and have several older jerseys, but not the new one). And this was no ordinary Arsenal jersey, but one that they had gotten personalized with my name on the back and the number they felt was most appropriate for me.

Someone email Arsene Wenger and tell him I’d ready to fill in for my boy Theo if needed!