Dishonored Contest: Show Us Your Killer Moves

We’ve already seen some amazing displays of Dishonored skill on YouTube. Now we want to see what you can really do — and we’re putting up a cool prize.

Starting today, we’re looking for the most creative power combos, the craziest kill moves and the sneakiest feats of stealth on YouTube. To enter the contest, simply upload a direct capture Dishonored video clip to YouTube — under 60 seconds and at 720p quality — by 11:59pm EST on October 31.

There are two ways to submit your entry:

1. Email us a link to your video at “bethblog@bethsoft.com” with subject line “Dishonored Killer Moves”

2. Tweet a link to your video with hashtag “#DishonoredKillerMoves”

If we like your clip, we’ll request your high-quality raw video file from you, so hold on to that. We’ll then include your footage in a compilation video and credit you appropriately, while the player with the most impressive clip will win a framed Dishonored painting (pictured here). Preference will be given to clips with music disabled, and direct capture is a must.

For all of the details and rules, click through. Good luck!

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Playing Games for a Good Cause

Looking for a good reason to play games all day tomorrow? Tomorrow players around the globe will participate in a 24-hour gaming marathon for Extra-Life.org — a charity that donates money to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Among the many players participating, I talked to Bethesda QA testers Joe Mueller and Jen Tonon, who are participating with other Bethesda employees on a team appropriately titled, Children of Akatosh. Learn more about the event and their experience below…

How did you guys get involved with Extra-Life.org?

Our awesome coworker at ZOS, Megan Steckler, actually was the one to shed light on it to us and created the group. It was really a word of mouth thing, which she rallied folks early on. We’ve been promoting it since.

Are you guys planning to meet up together so you can participate with everyone else on the Bethesda/ZeniMax Online team?

There are talks to gather in one area for LAN party shenanigans, but we all have a lot of preferences for types of games and what to play them on. When you spend your full time job testing games, your preferences get pretty specific. One of our team members, Cory, is live-streaming with his twitch account so our craziness is visible there.

What games are you planning on playing? Have you set aside any games perfect for a gaming marathon?

It’s a widespread assortment, but the majority are planning to play WoW- Mists of Pandaria, Borderlands 2, Guild Wars 2, and Left 4 Dead 2. Several of us are actually setting up time slots for genres so a lot of the single-player hours were actually split between Dishonored and Skyrim. There’s even several of us dedicating time to the ridiculously-impossible-to-beat-old-school games, like Legacy of the Wizard for NES.

What’s the best way that others can get involved with Extra-Life.com?

Really at this point for 2012 Extra-Life Marathon, it’s to Donate and to share through social media. It’s so easy to retweet, share a post, or send an email;  trending can be so impactful for causes and it takes just a mouse-click or a touchscreen tap. Our team, Children of Akatosh, shares a variety of ways to spread the word.

For more details on how you can participate in Extra-Life.org, whether it’s playing or donating, visit the charity’s official site.

A semester of Skyrim sounds like a hoot

Received a note this week that the Rice University Department of English is offering a one-time course titled, “Scandanavian Fantasy World: Old Norse Sagas and Skyrim.” Check out the course description below:

This course has two goals. First, it introduces students to fantasy as both psychological concept and driving force in gamer culture; and second, using these paradigms, it considers how and why medieval Scandinavia serves as a locus of modern Anglo-American fantasy. To these ends, students will read selections from Old Norse and Old Icelandic sagas (in translation) as they play different quests within Skyrim. While the course begins by identifying moments of intersection between the worlds of the sagas and of Skyrim (inclement environments, supernatural figures, mythologies), the course is not in any means meant to map the former onto the latter. The purpose of establishing these connections is to then consider how elements of medieval Scandinavian culture have been taken out of historical milieu and literary context, morphed into unfamiliar shape, and appropriated towards other fantastic pursuits. We’ll consider the political saga of Skyrim, with its emphasis on Empire and rebellion, as pursuits made possible by way of Scandinavia in order to think through what Scandinavian fantasy worlds are really about and why they resonate with contemporary Anglo-American culture.

Note: This course is only for enrolled students at Rice. Fast travelling to Houston to see if you can participate is not an option.

More Skyrim highlights from around the web after the break…

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Make your own Dragonborn

Back at QuakeCon, I watched as members of Symbiote Studios painted their own customized Dragonborn figurines. Pretty amazing stuff, and something that I wished I could have done myself — despite the fact I’m a terrible artist.

Good news is, you can now purchase your very own DIY Dragonborn Figure from Symbiote’s website for a low price of $12.99. Once you’ve painted one on your own, we’d love for you to share your designs by emailing us.

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BFG Release Day!

Relive your favorite moments of DOOM with the newly-released DOOM 3 BFG Edition — available now in North America and this Friday in Europe on Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3!

BFG Edition includes the original versions DOOM and DOOM II, as well as  re-mastered versions of DOOM 3 and its Resurrection of Evil add-on pack. And for the first time ever, play eight never-before-seen DOOM 3 levels in ‘The Lost Mission’.

Later today, PS3 players will be able to download the game directly on PSN. And if you already own DOOM 3 on Steam, between now and November 13th you can save $10 on your purchase.

Dishonored news & reviews

Here’s a quick look at the latest Dishonored news from around the web…
  • Trying to be the master of stealth? Both Gamespot and PC Gamer provide lessons on playing through the game without being detected or killing anyone.
  • Haven’t decided what platform to play Dishonored on? Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry joins Gamespot in breaking down how game looks across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
  • The always-entertaining Giant Bomb team give Dishonored a 42-minute “quick look” – courtesy of Patrick Klepek and Ryan Davis.
  • In an interview with Kotaku, Harvey Smith reveals why Dishonored doesn’t have “Boss Monsters”. For more interviews with Harvey, visit Pure Sophistry and CNN.
  • WhatCulture.com shares 10 reasons you should play Dishonored immediately.
  • IGN examines multiple paths for playing through Dishonored’s first assassination mission.
  • Raf and Harvey relax with Xbox’s Major Nelson. Listen to the latest podcast on iTunes.
After the break, check out a sampling of the game’s latest reviews.

London’s ‘The Shard’ Receives Whalepunk Makeover

Happy Friday, everyone — especially to Europeans that can now purchase Dishonored!

To celebrate the today’s release date, our London office coordinated with visual design director Viktor Antonov and art director Sebastien Mittion to Dishonor-ize one of London’s most recognizable buildings, “The Shard”.

To see more pics, visit the official website of the UK newspaper,  The Daily Record.

After the break, see the latest news and reviews for Dishonored…

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Grab the Official Map App for Dishonored – Now Available on Android

Stuck trying to track down all of Dishonored’s secrets? You can now download BradyGames Official Map App — available for $2.99 for both iOS and Android devices.

This fully interactive map app reveals the game’s many collectibles. Use this app to locate all the hard-to-find items in the game. Over 30 maps complete with items and tips for finding the following:

  • Runes
  • Bone Charms
  • Books
  • Outsider Shrines
  • Sokolov Paintings

Download for iOS
Download for Android