Around the web… (Updated)


Welcome back to another web update…shall we get started?

At The Escapist, we’ve got two things for you to check out. First, Emil shared a cool gaming anecdote with the site for a series called First-Person Gaming. To find out who pwn’d him in Call of Duty 4, click here. Also on the site, part-time mycologist Zach Miller has a column this week titled, “The Shrooms of Oblivion.” Here, he discusses the realism of Oblivion and how real-world plants (err mushrooms) add to the player immersion. Here’s a snippet of the column, where he talked with one of our artists, Noah Berry:

Noah Berry, an artist at Bethesda, said that using real-world plants was entirely in keeping with the Elder Scrolls series. “Personally, I’ve always found that some of the most vivid and absorbing fantasy worlds – in fiction, film or in games – have familiar elements operating as touchstones for the participant. Even if they only register on a subconscious level, the more realistic trappings can provide contextual grounding for the player.”

We’ll move along (since I hate mushrooms) to Bitmob, who have 21 Random Questions with Todd Howard. Learn about Todd’s favorite book and 20 other random things.

In other news, gaming site Pwn or Die has a feature on 11 of the Worst Virtual Jobs in Video Games. Check it out to see what Fallout 3 job was included (as well as two careers from Fallout 2).

There’s new coverage for WET and Brink too. Gamespot has a new interview with Ed Stern, Senior Lead Designer at Splash Damage. Elsewhere, a new preview for WET is up at Gamervision.

Gamervision also got a chance to see Brink at E3. Check out that preview here. For more on Brink head to Gaming Angels, Maximum PC, and finally Kotaku (AU) — who feature the game as one of The Top 10 Best Original Games of E3.

Update: MTV Multiplayer has an interview with Jeff Gardiner from E3 in which he gives a few details on Fallout 3’s final DLC, Mothership Zeta.

Reader Comments

  1. You know whats even more immersive then real-world plants, Bethesda? FANTASY PLANTS! Goddamn, Morrowind had some amazing flora and fauna, and what did Oblivion get? Corn and deer? Please go back to something interesting with TES:V.

  2. Remind me why we’re supposed to be impressed that Bethesda has access to Wikipedia. Noah and Todd’s notions about familiarity and video game sales would be a little more palatable if Oblivion’s fantasy elements weren’t the most familiar of all.

  3. Actually i doubt that a lot of people know quite how fantasylike plants, animals and mushrooms can be. I agree in part that some of Oblivions flora, funga and fauna was a bit too common for this kind of game at times, but as the column says, it is posible to do something good with real world stuff, even though, the guy that wrote it clearly hasen’t payed much attension to his hobby of mushroom picking!
    Mycology is very usefull in other fields than mycology. Like medicine and agriculture, I’m surprized he doesn’t know that after 10 years collecting mushroms. and he forgot several serious effects that will occur if eating raw Amanita muscari, as well as some of the effects he points out will only occur if the mushroom is proccesed properly. (sorry if that was too nerdy).

    But Envy you could easily draw paralels to real world flora and fauna in morrowind aswell even though some of it is made up.

    I would definitely like to see some more flora and funga with roots in the real world (hehe), and a broader spectrum of effects ect. not that I was ever into Alchemy in the TES games, but it would make for some stunning scenery aswell as giving some depth to the game, and something new to play with for all thouse butting Alchemists out there of course.

  4. Interesting plants? Hmmm… Carnivorous plants would be interesting. Beautiful plants that draw you to them… then WHAM… they’re eating you.

    On an aside, is it healthy to have that kind of mushroom obsession? (referring to the author of the mushroom article.)

    I will agree that there does need to be more unique and Tamriel-specific flora and fauna. It’s nice to see some familiar stuff occasionally but this is supposed to be a fantasy world, after all.

  5. Khevor what would be unhealthy about mycology as a hobby? It’s hardly an obsession for him, he doesn’t seem to know a lot about it.