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Falllout 4 tech

Bethesda explains how the Creation Engine made Fallout 4 so pretty

Enhancing the engine post Skyrim
Nov 04
// Steven Hansen
Lotta folks think Fallout 4's plum ugly, but a lotta folks think Bob Dylan's a bad singer and that didn't stop him from schilling for Chrysler in a Super Bowl commercial. The point is: never like or believe in anything. And ...
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Girl you look familiar

Bethesda doesn't mind if you don't like Fallout 4's graphics

Long hair don't care
Aug 20
// Steven Hansen
Boston-bound Fallouts acting like they federal. A lot of people were upset that Fallout 4 looked more like Fallout 3 than, say, The Witcher 3. Bethesda's Pete Hines has a pretty zen attitude about the whole thing, explaining ...
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7 minutes Fallout 4

Fallout 4 gameplay leaks via porn site

Not the only thing that's leaking
Aug 12
// Steven Hansen
Fallout 4 was at gamescom 2015 in the form of a closed off theatre demo you could wait in a real long line for. But why wait in a line when you can just watch "Hidden Camera Shows Audience Teased by Big Butt Man in Tights Liv...
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Not surprising

Fallout fallout: 'Very long time' until Skyrim sequel

Don't expect Elder Scrolls VI soon
Aug 10
// Steven Hansen
Maybe the wasteland isn't your bag and, really, you just want a Skyrim follow up. Well, you're out of luck and wrong. Bethesda’s VP of Marketing Pete Hines confirmed to Dual Shockers that it would be a "very long time" ...

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Fallout 4

Fallout 4 is a never-ending time sink that will consume you and your relationships

Pick a vein and get to work
Aug 06
// Mike Cosimano
According to multiple posts from the Bethesda family of social media presences, Fallout 4 has no level cap and will not end once the main storyline is complete. So, if you were so inclined, you could spend the rest of your li...
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Elder Scrolls

Elder Scrolls Online's Imperial City is DLC, costs roughly $20

2,500 Crowns
Jul 15
// Chris Carter
Elder Scrolls Online is still chugging along with its free-to-subscribe model on PC and consoles, and now you can get a look at the Imperial City pack, which is set to arrive on August 31 for PC, and September 15 on PS4 and ...
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Fallout 4

Bethesda will show new Fallout 4 gameplay to QuakeCon 2015 attendees

A private showing for the fans only
Jul 09
// Alessandro Fillari
Since that massive wave of info about Fallout 4 back at E3, I've counting the days till its November release. I'm a big fan of the series, and seeing its debut on the current gen was incredibly satisfying. Unfortunately, Beth...

Elder Scrolls Online feels fine on consoles, but it doesn't fix the core game

Jul 09 // Chris Carter
In my time testing the PS4 version I noticed a lot of dead areas, likely due to the lower install-base, compared to all of the MMO players out there who already had a PC version and didn't feel like buying the game all over again. Dungeons are still fun (and far more active with a controller), but open world exploration hasn't really been addressed. At times leveling can be a crawl, and most world events fall flat. The next bit of content coming to ESO is Cyrodiil and Orsinium (Imperial City and the city of Orcs respectively), which will launch later this year. Also, the Dark Brotherhood is being teased. which is likely enough to pull me back in to complete their questline. In the meantime, I'm going to be playing other MMOs instead.
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Waiting for an overhaul
To my surprise, The Elder Scrolls Online works pretty well on a console. In fact, it feels almost identical to my experiences with Morrowind and Skyrim on the Xbox and Xbox 360 respectively (first-person mode h...

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Elder Scrolls

Bethesda teases The Dark Brotherhood in Elder Scrolls Online

Hopefully sooner than later
Jun 14
// Chris Carter
It was a bit muted, but during Bethesda's E3 conference today, new zones were announced for The Elder Scrolls Online. The Imperial City and Orsinium will be playable, and one more bit of content was teased for release later t...
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The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online suffers totally unexpected launch issues

Baffling scientists and all religions
Jun 10
// Joe Parlock
A well-known MMO suffers major launch-day issues that prevent people from being able to play. Shocker. In a turn of events surprising nobody, players of The Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are rep...

Fallout 4 officially announced

Jun 03 // Joe Parlock
Fallout 4 photo
A little bit early, but who cares?
[Update: Shortly after our news post went live, the site was pulled. Thankfully, we captured screenshots while it was public.] [Update 2: We have managed to pull the YouTube thumbnail from the trailer that was embedded on th...

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The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online's console versions will require a key to activate (Update)

You're stuck with it just like PC users
May 14
// Joe Parlock
[Update: The original statements out of ZeniMax were inaccurate. Here's the latest word: "The physical console version of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited does not require a one-time game code. As with any other b...
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Elder Scrolls Online to offer 'welcome back' weekend for prior beta participants

If you skipped out on the full release
Apr 09
// Chris Carter
Did you try out the beta for The Elder Scrolls Online and promptly dip out before the final game was actually out? You'll have a chance to jump in and see what the new subscription-free version is all about next weekend,...
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Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online goes subscription free today on PC

Check out the new trailer
Mar 17
// Chris Carter
The Elder Scrolls Online hasn't made many headlines since its launch, but it certainly went back into the spotlight recently after the news that it would be dropping its subscription fee requirement. Like Guild Wars 2, ...
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ESO cash shop details

ZeniMax details The Elder Scrolls Online's upcoming pay-to-play store

The road to hell is paved with novelty skins
Feb 13
// Jason Faulkner
The latest MMO to go the pay-to-play route is The Elder Scrolls Online. Last month's announcement was a bit of a shocker to some, as going subscription free is an indicator of bad news for MMOs. However, ZeniMax is trying its...
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Surprise, right? Guys, are you surprised?
When I reviewed The Elder Scrolls Online back at launch I thought it had potential, but not enough to keep people paying for subscription time. Plenty of MMOs have enjoyed a subscription-based model, and games like ...

Max would date a woman who gets that hype on Taco Bell
In the third part of our ongoing investigative series on what it would be like if heavy metal pioneer Ronnie James Dio was, in fact, a mage in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In this installment, we forget more lyrics, and Max's girlfriend gets home from work, only to find a very special surprise waiting for her. Is it tacos? (Yes. That's exactly what it is.)

That raccoon is probably Dio's pet in the netherworld
Continuing our adventures through Skyrim; Max lays out the lengthy tale of what he did the day Dio died. Max's romp involved bottomless mimosas, a 40oz of malt liquor with a condom taped to it, and a deformed raccoon named 'Scary'. I don't really remember what I did that day. Probably listened to Dio.

We've been down too long in the midnight sea
Max and I decided to start a playthrough of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as the late Ronnie James Dio, the heavy metal legend who had a music video that kinda looks like Skyrim. There's only one problem; Max can't remember any Dio lyrics correctly. It's okay though; we had good beer and bad tacos.

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Rorschach is telling you to buy this game
Ever wanted Watchmen's Jackie Earle Haley to taunt you? Now you can with Haley lending his voice as The Evil Within's main antagonist, Ruvik. But he's not the only recognizable celebrity to have climbed aboard The Evil Withi...

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Evil Within CENSORED in Japan, Gore Mode DLC unlocks Western version

The evil contained within slightly less evil than anticipated
Jul 08
// Steven Hansen
So Japan gets the ability to cattle prod moaning, ass-up anime girls and the rest of the world doesn't (quite). Meanwhile, we get a gross out Evil Within, while in Japan it has been edited down. I assume the same people mad a...
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ZeniMax vs. Oculus

Oculus responds to ZeniMax's virtual-reality lawsuit

ZeniMax is after that Facebook money
Jun 25
// Jordan Devore
ZeniMax sued Oculus VR and founder Palmer Luckey over trade secrets related to the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, and now we have the defendants' side of the story. A representative of Oculus shared the company's court ...

ZeniMax sues Oculus VR for misappropriating trade secrets

May 21 // Jordan Devore
In a press release, ZeniMax said "The suit arises from the defendants' unlawful exploitation of intellectual property, including trade secrets, copyrighted computer code, and technical know-how relating to virtual reality technology that was developed by ZeniMax after years of research and investment. ZeniMax provided this valuable intellectual property to defendants under a binding Non-Disclosure Agreement that specifies such intellectual property is owned exclusively by ZeniMax and cannot be used, disclosed, or transferred to third parties without ZeniMax’s approval. ZeniMax’s intellectual property has provided the fundamental technology driving the Oculus Rift since its inception. Nevertheless, the defendants refused all requests from ZeniMax for reasonable compensation and continue to use ZeniMax’s intellectual property without authorization. "All efforts by ZeniMax to resolve this matter amicably have been unsuccessful. Oculus has recently issued a public statement remarkably claiming that 'ZeniMax has never contributed IP or technology to Oculus.' Meanwhile, Luckey has held himself out to the public as the visionary developer of virtual reality technology, when in fact the key technology Luckey used to establish Oculus was developed by ZeniMax."
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You just knew this was coming
The ZeniMax vs. Oculus VR situation has escalated following comments from both sides about how intellectual property and key technology driving the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset may or may not have been worked on while ...

Enough news to Baja Blast your brains out
Lots of things happened in the game-o-sphere this week. Kevin Spacey scored the manliest name for his character in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. We found out the Halo TV series may be produced in conjunction with Showtime,...


Oculus responds to ZeniMax intellectual property claims

'We are disapointed but not surprised by ZeniMax's actions'
May 05
// Dale North
For those just tuning in, ZeniMax Media sent a formal notice of rights to Oculus VR and new parent company Facebook over intellectual property claims. Long story short, ZeniMax feels that work that happened with them carried ...
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ZeniMax gives out an extra five days of gametime for The Elder Scrolls Online

As a thank you for dealing with gold spammers and bugs
May 02
// Chris Carter
It's been about four weeks since The Elder Scrolls Online launched, so we've reached that fated point in any subscription based MMO's life -- the date where everyone who got their first month free now has to choose ...
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ZeniMax vs. Oculus VR

ZeniMax seeking compensation over the Oculus Rift

Asserts Carmack worked on IP while at id that went into the headset
May 01
// Jordan Devore
id Software parent company ZeniMax Media has sent a "formal notice of its legal rights" to Oculus VR and Facebook over intellectual property worked on by chief technology officer John Carmack while he was still at id that Zen...
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It's 'Stealth vs Mayhem' in latest Wolfenstein: The New Order trailer

I will not apologize for the following wordplay
Apr 29
// Brittany Vincent
Wolfenstein: The New Order’s new trailer is out, and the good folks at Bethesda play the same segment twice for our amusement: the first, a little like Hitman, and the second time, like Serious Sam. From the moment I s...
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Nuka Cola

'Nuka Cola' trademark applications filed by Zenimax Media

It's definitely not for a beverage
Apr 17
// Brittany Vincent
Could a new Fallout game or property be in the works? Recently, ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks, quietly filed three separate trademarks for "Nuka Cola." Delicious and informative, yes? Nuka Cola is a favo...
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Elder Scrolls Online

ZeniMax confusingly endorses an online forum to support trading in Elder Scrolls Online

It's not in-game
Apr 14
// Chris Carter
As I've mentioned in my review in progress for The Elder Scrolls Online, the game did not ship with an Auction House -- a system in place in nearly every MMO that allows players to conveniently buy and sell goods within the g...

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