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.

Around the Web: Looking back, looking forward

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Here’s a few interesting items I noticed while catching up on things after being away the past few days.

Game Informer has listed their top ten games they’re looking forward to in 2008 for the 360. Fallout 3 cracked the list at #3. Here’s a short sample of what they had to say:

“When word got out that Bethesda was working on Fallout 3, critics assumed the worst and the “Oblivion with guns” cry was born. Having sat through a demo of the game, we can’t say who’s right here, if making such a determination is even possible. All we know is that seeing your character step out of the nuke-proof vault for the first time in his life is a breathtaking gaming moment. We’re eager to explore this terrible world all over again, through a new set of eyes.”

On the Elder Scrolls front, both Oblivion and Shivering Isles have picked up some year end accolades and nominations. At IGN, the PS3 release came away with the Best RPG award. Sticking with PS3, it was also a runner-up in the Game of the Year, Best Graphics Technology, Best Original Score categories. In their PC category, Shivering Isles was a runner-up in the Best Expansion category. On 360, Shivering Isles was a runner-up in the Best RPG and Best DLC categories.

Over at Gamespot, Oblivion and Shivering Isles also received some recognition. On PS3, Oblvion is one of five finalists for PS3 Game of the Year. As for Shivering Isles, it was recognized in two categories, Best Expansion and Best DLC, on Xbox 360.

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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A Bethesda Holiday Wish List

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the development house,

Not a creature was stirring, not even Fred

The stockings were hung, by the chimney with care

In hopes that Rock Band, Mario Galaxy, and Bioshock would soon be there…

My apologies…that’s pretty terrible. Nevertheless, it’s Christmas Eve and folks at the office wanted to share what they’re hoping for this holiday season….whether they were naughty or nice…

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Holiday T-Shirt Giveaway Winner #1: Andy Barnes…come on down!

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A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that we would be giving away our new Vault Boy shirts to folks that came up with creative Fallout/Holiday “stuff.” We’ve received quite a few entries, and we’ll continue to accept them through the end of the year. That said, we thought we’d start sharing some of the winners.

The first winner (and actually, the first entry we received) is from Andy Barnes, who sent this post-apocalyptic gingerbread house and giant-sized Vault Boy.

Congrats to Andy.

What we’re playing: Home for the Holidays edition

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With Christmas being early next week, folks at the office have a little extra time to play some games. For those with plenty of vacation time (including folks who already left for the remainder of the year….BTW, I’m jealous), it’s the perfect time to catch up on all the year’s best games.

Since I’m heading out to Las Vegas tonight, I’ll be playing Phantom Hourglass on the plane. After that, I’ll be playing plenty of games, but not ones that require a console. C’mon big money!

Here’s what other folks will be playing…

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Bring Vault Boy home for the holidays!

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Today we will be releasing our final Bethesda Softworks Newsletter for the year of 2007. It’s been an exciting 2007 for us — releasing Shivering Isles, Oblivion GOTY, and Star Trek: Conquest, as well as finally unveiling Fallout 3.

To celebrate the holidays, the newsletter will give access to a couple of Vault Boy-themed wallpapers for your desktop. The first is the image you see above. Be sure to check out the latest newsletter to see the other one, which is currently on my desktop. Hope you enjoy them!

To sign up for the Bethesda Softworks Newsletter, click here.

Around the Web: Neapolitan Style

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Little bit of everything in this round up.

Over at Yahoo the YVG crew has put up their list of the 10 Best Games of the Last Decade and has included Oblivion as their pick for 2006, noting:

“There are big games, there are huge games, there are epic games, and then there’s Oblivion.”

Always cool to see your game on a list like this. Head over to see the full list and what else they had to say about their pick of Oblivion and their other nine selections.

I also noticed a note over at TGR that the videogame symphony tour Play! has announced some new dates, and since it features the music from both Morrowind and Oblivion, I thought it was worth nothing it’s headed to Fort Worth and Seattle in January ’08 for two shows at each stop. Visit the Play! site for more info.

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Inside the Vault: Gavin Carter

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This week’s Inside the Vault is about Gavin Carter, our lead producer on Fallout 3. Gavin is responsible for one of my favorite Elder Scrolls quests – Tribunal’s A Star is Born, which involved the player acting in a play. We tried to reprise the concept of the “play” quest for Oblivion, but unfortunately, it ended up on the cutting room floor. Gavin has been involved with Fallout 3′s development from the very start, and he will be responsible for getting it to the finish line, as well (No pressure, Gav).

This will be our last Inside the Vault for 2007. I believe these interviews are a great way to learn more about the passionate, fascinating people working here at the studio. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about them as much as I have.

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