Win prizes and support our developers in the March Mayhem Developers’ Showdown

NCAA March Madness is still a few weeks away, but The Escapist is already kicking off their annual March Mayhem Developers’ Showdown. We’re excited to hear that we’ve got two studios representing — both Bethesda Game Studios (South Division) and id Software (East Division).

In Round 1, BGS faces off against Level-5 Inc (best known for the addictive Professor Layton Games), while id Software matches up against MMO studio Sony Online Entertainment. To support our developers, be sure to register an account on The Escapist and start voting on March 8th. You’ll also be able to cast an additional vote by tweeting your choice with the hashtag #MM12.

March Mayhem also gives you an opportunity to win some cool prizes, including a top-of-the-line Origin gaming computer or an iPad 2. Visit the instructions page for details, and be sure to fill out a bracket before March 7th to get 25 entries into the random prize giveaways.

Web Roundup: These are the links you’re looking for

Here’s a look at some notable links from around the web…

  • A trip to the Skyrim Reddit page revealed an amazing Skyrim tribute to Star Wars. See the full-res image here
  • Both GameFront and UGO share their favorite Skyrim Workshop mods.
  • GameRevolution shares photos from Reddit user Freezing0verHell’s trip to the Mojave Wasteland. Check here to see some of the real world locations that made it into New Vegas.
  • Read Game Informer’s DICE interview with Todd Howard.
  • NVIDIA shares details on their new drivers that bring a significant performance boost to Skyrim.

New Beta Update available on Steam (Update)

Update 2/23: A new version of the Beta Update, 1.4.27, is now live. It adds the following change:

  • Followers now sneak properly when player is sneaking.

Original Post: Today on Steam we’ve uploaded a new Beta Update (1.4.26) highlighted by some tweaks modders have requested for the Skyrim Workshop.

Reminder: This patch is still in development. Apply the update at your own risk and only if you are affected by issues outlines below.

UPDATE 1.4.26

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

If you opt into the Beta, be sure to back up your saved games or simply be careful not to overwrite your existing saves. If you decide to opt out of the beta program, your old saves will still work with the current release of Skyrim (v 1.4).

As a reminder, to get the beta, you need to do the following:

  1. Log into Steam
  2. Click on Steam in the upper menu
  3. Select Settings
  4. Under the Account tab, go to the Beta Participation section and select Change.
  5. A drop down menu will appear. Select Skyrim Beta.
  6. Select OK.
  7. Steam will now restart. After Steam restarts, Skyrim will be updated to the Beta version currently available.

If you decide you don’t want to run the Beta anymore, redo steps 1 – 4. At the drop down, select NONE – Opt out of all beta programs. Let Steam restart, and Skyrim will automatically update itself back to the latest released version.

To provide feedback on the beta update, use our beta forum.

Now on iTunes: Skyrim Interactive Map App

Update 3/2: Some folks have reported issues with their in-app map purchases following the 1.2 update. If your in-app map purchases reset, please read this post on Prima’s official site.

Original Post: Need help exploring Skyrim’s massive world? Prima, makers of Skyrim’s Official Game Guide, has released a new iPhone/iPad app to help. You can download the app for free and purchase additional information through in-app purchases.

Features of the map include:

  • Official world map of Skyrim and all 9 hold capital cities for (free)
  • Over 160 interior maps, 350 primary locations, 200 secondary locations and over 1,000 points of interest can be unlocked through in-app purchases
  • Toggle points of interest on or off and zoom in on the map as far as 3200%
  • Add your own custom points of interest by dropping a pin anywhere on the map
  • Fully integrated search function
  • Screenshots of all 9 hold capital cities as well as primary and secondary locations
  • Easily keep track of what you’ve discovered along the way

Download the App

Update: Received news from Prima that the guide is only available in the US.

Double the Fun with the Fallout 3 & Oblivion Double Pack

On April 3rd, BGS fans can pick up the award-winning classics, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout 3, in a new double pack combo. Available in North America, the Double Pack will be available on Xbox 360 and PC for $29.99 and $19.99, respectively.

I was going to put up Double Mint-inspired lyrics to get you excited, but after seeing this video on Kotaku, I thought you’d enjoy it more….

Web Roundup: Fallout 3 marathon, BAFTA Nominations, and more

A few news items to share from around the web.

A group of teenagers in Washington state are participating in a 60-hour Fallout 3 marathon this weekend in an effort to raise money for Child’s Play. Their goal is to reach $2,000, and to help out, we’ve sent them some cool Fallout 3 prizes — including (2) limited Fallout 3 bobbleheads signed by Todd Howard. Visit the Fallout 3 Marathon site for more information.

Across the pond, nominees for the 2012 BAFTA Video Game Awards have been announced. Skyrim has received nominations in categories for Best Game, Artistic Achievement, Design, Original Music, and Story. Additionally, as announced last week, you can vote for Skyrim in the Game Award of 2011 Category.

And finally… just when you thought you’d see everything, here comes Fus Ro Dog!

Remembering Adam

Last week our dear friend and colleague, Adam Adamowicz, passed away. Adam touched the lives of everyone that knew him, and his spirit will live on in the games we create.

This week we put up a page so that everyone — family, friends and fans alike — can visit and remember him. The page includes memories and reflections from the team, plus a comprehensive collection of his work on Oblivion DLC, Fallout 3, and Skyrim. And as the introduction notes, you haven’t seen the last of his work.

We also encourage you to “squeeze the nun for service“ by donating to the American Cancer Society.

With Adam’s passing, I’ve spent some time going back and looking at some of the stuff we’ve done with him — here on the blog, on The Bethesda Podcast, and elsewhere.

G4TV — Not long after Fallout 3′s release, G4TV learned about Adam’s work as a concept art. Watch the video above.

Fallout Official Site — Before Fallout 3 launched, we did several developer diaries. In Adam’s diary, he shared details on how his inspirations for the game’s vault suit, creatures, weapons, and more.

The Bethesda Podcast – A few weeks before Skyrim’s launch, Nick and I did a podcast interview with Adam and his longtime friend, concept artist Ray Lederer. No one at the office knew Adam better than Ray, and you can read his reflections on his personal blog.

Bethesda Blog – Adam did an early Inside the Vault interviews for Fallout 3. Even today, it’s a hilarious read. After I posted it, he emailed me and asked me to add this picture. I thought he was nuts, but I’m happy to add it again.

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Rest in peace, Adam.