Brink Character Customization Video, and Some Slick Posters

Want to get a look at just how deep the character customization is for Brink? Splash Damage director Paul Wedgwood gives us a taste in the above walkthrough video, now available to view in HD on the Bethesda YouTube Channel.

The new clothing-centric clip was also sent to several sites via mail, with some snazzy posters and unique packaging to accompany it. Many of them have since shared shots of the various accoutrements, including Kotaku, Crave OnlineVG247, Destructoid, Major Nelson, Xbox 360 Achievements, TechlandGamingOnly, GameBlog.Fr and PS3trophies. If you’ve seen others, let us know.

And if you’re in Europe and looking for hands-on coverage of Brink, Splash Damage put together the following list of magazines featuring the game this month:

  • PC Zone
  • Play3
  • PC Jeux
  • Joystick
  • Xbox 360 – The Official Magazine
  • PlayStation – Official Magazine
  • PC Action
  • Power Unlimited
  • Hobbyconsolas

Plenty more Brink info is on the way soon, so stay on the alert — like this guy.


TESting Your Knowledge


Elder Scrolls fans, get your thinking caps on! In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing some tricky trivia — questions that even caused some of our BGS developers to scratch their heads — put together by the fine folks at The Imperial Libary. Big thanks to them, as well as Todd, Kurt, Bruce, and Emil for their fact checking and input.

Additionally,  we’ll be randomly giving away copies of The Infernal City: An Elder Scrolls Novel — signed by author Greg Keyes — to participants that correctly answer the trivia (see rules at the end of this post).

With that said, here’s the first question…

After Talos acquired and powered the Numidium, the mage Zurin Arctus supposedly became known as the Underking. However, records make mention of another Underking, long before Arctus’ time. What was this Underking’s name at the end of the Second Era?

Rules after the break…

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WET nominated for WGA

We’re pleased to share news that WET received a nomination from the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) for this year’s Videogame Writing Award. Written by Duppy Demetrius (featured in the video above), the game joins Modern Warfare 2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Assassin’s Creed 2, and Uncharted 2. WET also joins Fallout 3 as the second Bethesda Softworks title to receive a WGA nomination.

This year’s winner will be announced at the 2010 Writers Guild Awards on February 20. For more information on the awards, visit the WGA’s website.

Congratulations again to Duppy and the team at A2M for the nomination.

What we’re watching: Favorite flicks of 2009


2009 had some pretty memorable movies (well, not according to Sam Bernstein), and recently I asked folks at Zenimax HQ, BGS, id Software and Zenimax Europe to share their favorites. The list is pretty diverse, but you’ll see that sci-fi (Star Trek, Avatar, District 9, Moon) and animated features (Up, Coraline, and Fantastic Mr. Fox) were very popular. When told his unique film was a Bethesda favorite, Moon director Duncan Jones had this to say: “Bethesda rocked even BEFORE I heard that!”

Still, there’s something for everyone in the list below — other favorites include Inglourious Basterds, (500) Days of Summer, The Hurt Locker, and The Hangover. We even got a mention for She’s Just Not That Into You.

I also polled folks to determine the company’s favorite movie of the year. In a very close vote, Pixar’s Up edged out District 9 and Moon. Even Sam liked Up.

Here’s a closer look at our favorites. And coming soon to a blog near you — we’ll share our favorite games of 2009.

Nick Breckon: Up, The Hurt Locker, Moon, Inglourious Basterds, In the Loop, and District 9.

Andy Chang: 1) Black Dynamite, 2) Drag Me to Hell, 3) Avatar, 4) (500) Days of Summer, and 5)  Inglourious Basterds

Michael Musick: District 9, Inglourious Basterds, Zombieland… and Dead Snow gets a “awesomely terrible” nod. There are still several I have yet to see though.

Nathan McDyer: Up, The Hurt Locker, Star Trek, Avatar, The Hangover, Drag Me to Hell, and District 9.

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Now hiring: id Software


Since we get plenty of emails asking about job availability, I thought I’d let you know there’s a number of job opportunities at id Software. Within the current listing, they have several programming positions open, as well as positions in Animation, Art, Design, IT, and Management.

id Software is located in Mesquite, TX — located in north central Texas and just east of Dallas. If you’re wondering what folks there might be ramping up for, the ad above might give you an idea.

Around the Web: Baby Geniuses


We start this week’s roundup with a mention of Kombo’s sizable feature “Looking Back at Fallout 3’s DLC.” For those of you that haven’t yet dug into the add-on packs, it’s a good introduction to the breadth of content you’re in for.

Congratulations are in order for Splash Damage studio director Stephen ‘malarky’ Gaffney, who was recently named to Develop magazine’s 30 under 30 list. The feature highlights 30 prolific game developers under the age of 30 —  Stephen squeaked in at the ripe-old age of 29. Over 35 other members of Splash’s sprightly team (pictured above) were also honorably mentioned.

Folks are still putting together their lists of 2010 titles to anticipate. Here’s the latest crop:

  • OXM is keeping an eye on Brink and Fallout: New Vegas
  • RAGE makes an appearance on MTV’s 2010 feature
  • BigDownload is holding out hope for a look at ZeniMax Online’s big game
  • Gamasutra, Blackpanel and Videogamer all consider Brink and RAGE to be heavy-hitters this year
  • Gamersyde likes the look of those too, while adding Fallout: New Vegas to the bunch
  • Denofgeek devotes many words to Brink
  • NowGamer places RAGE (#1) and Brink (#4) in their list of the top new IPs for 2010l

We’ll be on the lookout for more Bethesda-related happenings in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Vault Boy is apparently keeping busy.

Todd making (radio) waves again


DJ Todd is at it again. Following an appearance on Kotaku Talk Radio yesterday, Todd was featured this morning in a news story on NPR.

Joshua Brockman’s story, When Pay Means Play: Video Game Jobs on the Rise, is apart of an ongoing series this week on NPR called New Jobs For A New Decade. Featuring Todd and a few others, the story focuses on the growing popularity of games in the United States, and the new jobs coming out of that demand.

Read or listen to the story here.

New Year’s Resolutions


This post comes a little late (you can find out why in my resolution), but I thought I’d share some of the New Year’s Resolutions from folks at our office, in Europe, and even over at Zenimax Europe.

Just like you guys without jobs in the gaming industry, many of us are looking to get a little more fit in this year — and with a gym being installed at ZeniMax HQ, many of these resolutions could make it through January. On the other hand, some of our resolutions deal with playing games — so that might be counterproductive.

So here’s a rundown of some of our resolutions. Wish us luck, and let us know what you’re shooting for in 2010.

Ashley Cheng: To break 100K in Bejeweled Blitz.

Devin Winters: Start going to 24 Hr. Fitness

Shane Liesegang: Stop over-committing myself to various projects so I can have more downtime, get out a bit more socially, and finally finish enslaving humanity.

Brent Krische: Sleep and exercise more and brush up on my programming.

Megan Sawyer, Environment Artist: I should make a resolution to never make resolutions again and see how well that goes next year. Heh.

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What we want for the holidays


If you’ve been checking the blog this month, you’ll know we’ve been recapping our favorites of 2009. We’ve already covered TV and Music, but I thought I’d give everyone a chance to see Avatar, The Lovely Bones, etc. and play through Dragon Age, Borderlands, and more before asking them to share their favorite movies and games.

So before getting to that, last week I asked folks to share what they’re hoping to get for the holidays (as Pete and Todd already did at Kotaku). Let us know what you’re hoping is under your tree.

Ryan Salvatore: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes, and enough free time to play my huge backlog of games.

Sean Palamino: Batman Arkham Asylum (how did I miss this one?), District 9 on Blu Ray, or maybe an HD camcorder — but I hear Santa is being cheap this year.

Natalie Gausden: In dream land: a Puppy. In reality: a new pair of boots!

Ashley Cheng: What I want for the holidays: new comfy pants, a new coach, general manager (check!) and owner for the Washington Redskins

Jennifer Tonon: iTunes and WoW gift cards (seriously.. I spend too much money on these things), some sanity, every edition of Zombies! The board game I can get my hands on, sleep, a new mattress, and Brutal Legend (I’m behind the times.. shut up).

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