‘The Art of Videogames’ Exhibit Opens in DC

Yesterday the highly-anticipated exhibit, The Art of Videogames, opened at The Smithsonian’s American Art Museum. The exhibit features games like the original Fallout, Fallout 3, and id Software’s DOOM II on display — all voted in by members of the community.

If you’re planning on visiting Washington, DC between now and September 30th, you should definitely check out the exhibit. With the Cherry Blossoms near full bloom, I’ll soon be heading down to the National Mall to check it out and take some pics.

Now on Steam: 1.5 Beta Update featuring new kill cameras

From the memes to the mods to the amazing stories that continue to be told, we’ve been blown away by the continued community support for Skyrim. All of it has driven us to make the game even better, and we’re excited to start sharing news on upcoming features and content.

It all starts with our upcoming 1.5 title update – available now as a Beta Update on Steam and arriving soon for Xbox 360 and PS3. In the release notes below, you’ll notice we’ve not only made fixes to the game, but also introduced some new features. One of our favorite additions are the new kill cameras for ranged and magic attacks. Watch the video above for a sneak peek.

Look familiar? The new kill cams were featured as a concept in the Game Jam sizzle shown during Todd Howard’s DICE keynote. We plan on adding even more features with upcoming free updates and game add-on content.

After the break, read the current release notes for 1.5, as well as information on how you can grab the beta update on Steam.

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Roundup: Mods and Mayhem

Gamespot continues turns to the Dark Side with their latest Skyrim update. Featured (and unbelievably sweet) mods include:

Haven’t started using the Creation Kit? Eurogamer put together an article on getting started. Check it out here, and don’t forget to check out www.CreationKit.com for more.

In other news, both Bethesda Game Studios and id Software have advanced to Round 2 of The Escapist’s March Mayhem Developer Showdown. Show your support as id takes on Nintendo, while  BGS challenges Hal Laboratory.

Dishonored coverage hits worldwide

Gaming press from around the globe recently visited Arkane Studios’ Lyon office for a new look at Dishonored. Check exclusive in-game footage at Gamespot — featuring commentary from the game’s co-creative directors, Raphael Colantonio and Harvey Smith. And for our worldwide audience, get additional info at these sites.

Stay tuned for more on the game, and if you’re looking for more content, don’t forget to check out Game Informer’s cover story hub from last year.

March Mayhem Round 1

Round 1 voting for The Escapist’s March Mayhem Developers Showdown is underway. You can support your favorite developers — including Bethesda Game Studios and id Software — and also have a chance to win an Origin PC or other great prizes.

Current pairings pit id Software vs. Sony Online Entertainment, while Bethesda Game Studios goes up against Level-5 Inc. As much as we’d love to see John Carmack and Todd Howard playing hoops, the winner will be determined by your votes.

Register at The Escapist and Vote!

Tonight on Gamespot: Catch the Game Developers Choice Awards (Update)

Update: At tonight’s award show, Bethesda Game Studios won the night’s final award, Game of the Year! Congrats to the whole team!

To watch an Encore presentation of the awards, visit Gamespot. And for pictures from the event, visit the GDCA Flickr page.

Original Post: This year’s Game Developers Conference is underway in San Francisco. Last night BGS level designer Joel Burgess discussed Skyrim in a panel titled Pursuing Elegance, and tonight, the 12th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards will be announced.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is nominated for five awards in tonight’s ceremony, including Game of the Year, Best Game Design, Best Technology, Best Visual Arts, and Best Audio. If you’re interested in cheering the game along, you can watch Gamespot’s livestream beginning at 6:30 PM PST.

On the subject of awards, you can still vote for Skyrim in the BAFTA GAME GOTY award category. BAFTA winners will be announce next Friday.

Skyrim Roundup

We’re back with another round of updates on Skyrim…

In the video above, Gamespot continues their weekly look Skyrim mods — both from the Skyrim Workshop and Skyrim Nexus. Mods featured this time include:

Looking for more Skyrim mods. Techland’s Matt Peckham has a new feature sharing his top 20 mods for the game.

Elsewhere on the web, check out these links…

Before we go… we leave you with BenSpinSpace’s piano arrangement for Morrowind.

Follow Authors on the Skyrim Workshop

In a new update to the Skyrim Workshop, the team at Valve have added a new feature that allows you to  follow your favorite mod authors. For an explanation, here’s a snippet from the Valve’s Workshop blog:

“For any item, you can click ‘View all shared files’ to see what else the author has created, and then choose to follow that author. Following someone in the Workshop will let you easily discover the latest items and mods that they create, which is accessible through the “Followed Authors” filter on the right side of the Workshop. If you’re just getting started with the Workshop, let us point out a few of the more than 5,000+ authors that have been busy contributing.”

Pretty easy, right? To start following folks, visit mods.elderscrolls.com and make sure you’re logged into your Steam account.

Skyrim 1.4.27 released on Steam

The latest title update for Skyrim, 1.4.27, is now out of beta and available to everyone playing the game on Steam. For a full list of change, see below..

UPDATE 1.4.27 (PC Only)

LAUNCHER

  • Fixed issue with downloading mods when you are subscribed to more than 50 mods
  • Fixed crash when loading a subscribed mod that has been removed from Workshop by the author
  • Mod load order functionality

BUG FIXES (PC only)

  • Fixed occasional crashes when loading a save that relies on plugins/master files that no longer exist
  • Fixed issue where controls would become unresponsive while charging an enchanted weapon
  • Fixed issue where controls would occasionally become unresponsive while switching from third to first person while using the Arcane Enchanter
  • Fixed issue where controls would become unresponsive if activating a crafting station with autorun active
  • Fixed issue where keyboard would fail if Rename Item was selected before choosing the number of charges, while using Arcane Enchanter
  • Fixed several issues with remapping buttons while using an Xbox 360 controller
  • Fixed issue where pressing Escape button after fast traveling but before the loading would cause certain menus to stop working properly
  • Followers now sneak properly when player is sneaking

Our team continues to work on new updates for the game. As we have new information to share, we will put up new information on the blog.