VGA Nominations: Honoring Dishonored and Dawnguard

Nominations for the 10th Annual SPIKE Video Game Awards were announced today and we’re happy to share that both Dishonored and Dawnguard received nominations. Huge congrats to both Arkane Studios and Bethesda Game Studios for this well-deserved honor.

Here’s the nomination breakdown:

Dishonored

Game of the Year
Best XBOX 360 Game
Best PS3 Game
Best Action Adventure Game
Best Graphics

Arkane Studios

Studio of the Year

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Best DLC – Dawnguard

See all the nominees and learn about the advisory panel behind the awards at Spike.com. Then tune in for the VGAs, hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, on Saturday, December 7th at 9 PM ET.

Dishonored Killer Moves Trailer — Feat. Your Best Clips

Above you can enjoy the result of the Killer Moves contest — a trailer featuring our favorite picks of the gameplay clips you sent us.

We can also announce that Francesco Certo is the big winner of the contest. Congrats Francesco!

You’ll notice that the trailer is scored with the winner’s track from the Drunken Whaler remix contest. Check out our Q&A with Chilton (Eddy Charlton) below:

Did any particular artists inspire your remix?

I heard ‘Alice’ by Pogo about 3 years ago and was blown away by the sounds he made just by chopping up samples. That was the song that made me start producing, and I’ve been chopping up vocals ever since.

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ESO ‘Ask Us Anything’ Answers (Part 1)

Ready to learn more about the Ebonhart Pact? ElderScrollsOnline.com has the first round of ‘Ask Us Anything’ answers. Here’s a sampling:

Obviously the Elves and the Nords have never got along too well – are the nations in the factions entirely happy with the alliance, or are there rogue/rebel groups within, say, Skyrim or Morrowind?– By George Trotter on Facebook

The foundation the Ebonheart Pact was built upon—one of mutual desire for survival—makes for a deeply complex and ever-shifting political atmosphere.  The Argonians, Nords, and Dark Elves have set aside their differences, for now, to unite under one banner against their shared enemies—but to say that everyone is happy or even content with the Alliance would be a far cry from the truth.  A certain level of distrust and resentment roils just beneath the surface for many members of the Pact.

While some are openly accepting or critical of the Alliance, most Pact members you’ll encounter fall somewhere in between, and hold their true feelings about the arrangement close to their chest.  It really depends on each individual character’s perspective and life experiences.  Most you encounter are not willing to bring up their personal feelings to a stranger, but you will meet some who are very open with their praise or disdain for the choices their leaders have made.

More, please? Read the rest here, and share what else you’d like to learn about in the comments below, or at the The Elder Scrolls Online Facebook page.

A nameless Dunmer needs your help

This is the story of a young and powerful Dark Elf, who is also an up-and-coming member of the Mages Guild.  He, along with the very best of his peers, was hand-selected by Mages Guild leader and founder Vanus Galerion to accompany you in the assault on Cold Harbor. When the mass portal to Cold Harbor went awry, these formidable Mages Guild members arrived, scattered over the icy wasteland of Molag Bal’s realm. Separated from their allies and you, their partner, the group was captured and imprisoned by Molag Bal’s Daedric army for use in torturous live training exercises.

The young Dark Elf is trapped in a cage with his fellow Mages Guild members. The imprisoned group is plotting an escape, but one, small thing is missing.

His name.

This is up to you in the newly announced “Name An NPC Contest” on the ESO official website. Visit here full rules and details.

Original DOOM 3 back on Steam

Put the duct tape away and grab your flashlight!

On the heels of DOOM 3 BFG Edition’s release, we heard feedback from fans: you still wanted a chance to purchase the game’s original 2004 release. Beginning this week, the original version of DOOM 3 and its expansion, Resurrection of Evil, are available at a lower price.

Discounted packs include:

For players with the BFG Edition of the game, you’ll be happy to know that we’ll be releasing the GPL source code in the near future. Stay tuned for updates.

Raptr Q&A with Raf & Harvey kicks off at 1 PM EST

Today on Raptr.com, Dishonored’s co-creative directors, Harvey Smith and Raphael Colantonio, will be answering questions your questions about Dishonored.

The top question (as determined by Raptr’s staff) will win a Dishonored prize pack, featuring a team-signed Boyle Party mask, a signed copy of the game, and an Astro A40 Audio System with Dishonored speaker tags – just like what we had at our PAX Prime Party. Additionally, the next five best questions will score a team-signed Boyle Party mask. Good luck!

Head to the Q&A page to submit your questions. The Q&A runs from 12-6 PM CST.

ESO Dev Diary featuring gameplay!

The team from ZeniMax Online Studios discusses how they are bringing the rich history of The Elder Scrolls series online in the newly released documentary-style video for The Elder Scrolls Online. Check out the first-ever released gameplay footage as the team talks about their vision for the game – from the basics to how they are developing one of the most socially-connected MMOs ever created.

For more on the game, visit these channels:

ESO Official Website
Facebook 
Twitter

Skyrim’s ‘Far Horizons’ played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Listen at IGN!

Tuesday marks the release of The Greatest Video Game Music 2 – a compilation of popular videogame tracks performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The soundtrack features ‘Far Horizons’, a favorite among Skyrim fans.

Visit IGN to hear the LPO’s take on the Jeremy Soule classic. You can also watch a fantastic behind-the-scenes video.