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  1. Gaming

    Live Preview of Wolfenstein: The New Order Straight From Bethesda at 2:00PM ET [Replay Added]

    The classic Wolfenstein is getting a sequel from MachineGames, and they're giving everyone a preview of all the Nazi-shooting fun today on Twitch. Unlike a lot of modern shooters, Wolfenstein is going to focus entirely on its single-player campaign set in an alternate 1960s where the Nazis won World War II, and it looks bananas.

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  2. Gaming

    Skyrim PlayStation 3 DLC Finally Gets Release Dates

    Hell must have frozen over, pigs are surely flying, and dozens of other tired phrases have obviously come to pass. It's the only explanation for the PlayStation 3 downloadable content for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim finally receiving release dates. Bethesda had promised that they'd come in February, but only a fool completely believes such claims. It's been months -- four months short of a year for Dawnguard -- since they released on Xbox 360, but PlayStation 3 users will finally get all three this month.

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  3. Gaming

    Debut Trailer for Skyrim DLC Dawnguard [Video]

    Bethesda has released the debut trailer for Skyrim's first piece of downloadable content. Dubbed Dawnguard, the trailer depicts what could be a two-faction war between some sort of every-generic-fantasy-demon-you-can-think-of group (vampires, winged imps, gargoyles, etc.) going up against the titular Dawnguard. The trailer doesn't quite let loose if you can choose either faction, though the narration provided by someone from the anti-Dawnguard camp asks the typical "which will you choose?" question. We won't have to wait much longer until E3, where all of the juicy DLCtails will most likely be divulged.

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  4. Entertainment

    Bethesda’s Office Now Has a Real-Life Alduin’s Wall From Skyrim

    Bethesda has had Alduin's Wall from Skyrim just lying around after it was used for E3, PAX, and the Skyrim launch party. So, instead of letting that gigantic art wall go to waste, they shoved it into their place of work, where it is now a permanent fixture of how cool it must be to work at the place that makes The Elder Scrolls games. More pictures after the break.

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  5. Gaming

    Play Wolfenstein 3D In Your Browser, For Free

    I wasn't allowed to play Wolf 3D as a kid; I distinctly remember being scolded for doing so. When I found the illicit diskette years later in high school, however, I burned through that sucker like nothing. Now you can do the same, online, no archaic storage medium required! To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the game's release, Bethesda, the current rightsholder, has published a browser-based version of the game, complete with the first 3 episodes.

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  6. Gaming

    Bethesda’s Facebook Tease Yesterday Was For Dishonored, Which Now Has a Trailer [Video]

    Yesterday, Bethesda posted a single screenshot of a grizzled man to their Facebook account, with the simple caption of "tomorrow." Well, yesterday's tomorrow is now, for it is today, and Bethesda released a trailer to go along with that screenshot, which is for the steampunk-em-up, Dishonored. The trailer is over four minutes long and contains no gameplay, but it is certainly worth a watch.

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  7. Gaming

    Bethesda Teases Us With Screenshot of Grizzled Man, With a Caption of “Tomorrow”

    Earlier today, Bethesda posted the above screenshot to their Facebook page with a simple, yet mysterious caption that reads "tomorrow." What could it mean?!

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  8. Gaming

    Someone Actually Did Name Their Baby Born On 11/11/11 “Dovahkiin” to Get Lifetime Supply of Bethesda Games

    Back in February, Bethesda announced that if someone had a baby on November 11, 2011, the release date for Skyrim, and named that baby "Dovahkiin," a name used in the game that translates to "Dragonborn," they'd get a prize. If this IRL quest was accepted and completed, instead of a few points to dispense between health, magicka, or stamina, Bethesda would provide free Bethesda games -- past, present and future titles -- for life. Well, a couple took Bethesda up on the offer and gave the world 8 pound, 1/2 ounce Dovahkiin Tom Kellermeyer.

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  9. Gaming

    Mojang Wins Interim Injunction, Gets to Keep the Name Scrolls

    Internet overlord Notch tweeted that Mojang won the interim injunction versus ZeniMax regarding the Scrolls naming lawsuit, wherein ZeniMax claimed the name to Mojang's next game was too similar to their venerable franchise, The Elder Scrolls and people would confuse the two. The case never made any sense, and though ZeniMax can still appeal the ruling, this initial ruling is probably a step toward Mojang (and us) not having to deal with the nonsense any longer.

    What always seemed especially odd about the case, is that ZeniMax claimed the name was too similar and people would confuse the two titles, but not only are both games wildly different in presentation, but are geared more toward the hardcore gaming crowd -- a crowd that wouldn't make such a mistake as to confuse the two. It looks like maybe Notch's offer to settle the dispute via a match of Quake 3 might've faired better for ZeniMax than taking Mojang to court.

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  10. Gaming

    Doom and Doom 2 Were in Same Classification as Porn In Germany Until Yesterday

    Germany is up there with Australia when it comes to countries that are hard on violent games. However, both have recently been making strides to become a little more accepting. Apparently starting with the backlog, yesterday Germany re-rated Doom and Doom 2, giving both a 16+ rating where before they had been indexed by the Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons, which put them in the same restrictive category as pornography.

    It turns out that 10 years after something is indexed, an appeal can be entertained and Bethesda, who aquired id back in 2009, figured they might as well try. Well, it worked. It seems that this isn't just a lark either. The third Gears of War title has been granted a rating as well instead of being relegated to the index like the two previous games, and Microsoft is pushing Germany to reconsider the rest of the series. It seems that Germany might finally be lightening up on depictions of gratuitous violence, although when you put it that way, it seems a little bit weird to be celebrating it. Still, the Doom games are the historical foundation of the most popular video game genre today, so regardless of how much gibbing there is, there is certainly something to be appreciated there.

    (via Joystiq)

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  11. Gaming

    And Notch Did Say, “Let Them Play Quake”

    The law behind trademarks is somewhat of a sticky wicket. Similar can be said about patents, but that’s an entirely different set of loopholes and barrel rolls. In the world of gaming, there is perhaps no more well-known case than that of Tim Langdell, his trademark of the word “edge” and his many attempts to legally hustle various companies. The lengthy history of Langdell is best divulged by Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s coverage of the most recent court case and, by extension, the ChaosEdge blog. But to summarize a bit: Langdell has been legally (and allegedly extralegally) haranguing anyone and everyone that used the word “edge” in any way related to games. Sometimes, as was the case with Mirror’s Edge from Electronic Arts, he managed to tie up the trademark in such a way as to make sequels and the like a bit tricky for developers, publishers and anyone else involved. Flash forward to the here and now. Markus “Notch” Persson, famed developer behind Minecraft, revealed not all that long ago that the next game from his company, Mojang, would be a game taking bits from the collectible card and board game genres entitled Scrolls. If your first response to this announcement was along the lines of, “but wait a darn second, are they making an Elder Scrolls game or is this some sort newfangled contraption” then you seem to be in good company as that’s what the lawyers from ZeniMax Media would seem to believe.

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  12. Gaming

    Bethesda Threatens Minecraft Creator With Lawsuit, He Challenges Them to Quake 3 Match to Settle It

    Not too long ago, Minecraft creator Notch received word from Bethesda that they felt the name of Notch's team's next game, Scrolls, conflicted with the name of Bethesda's golden franchise, The Elder Scrolls. Of course, Notch claims that choosing to name their next game Scrolls has nothing to do with Bethesda's franchise, and felt the lawsuit was a tad unwarranted because the conflict is based on one common word -- it's like if Gears of War and God of War were encroaching on each others' trademarks because the word "war" is in the title.

    After praising Bethesda and assuming it's their lawyers being unwarrantedly confrontational rather than the actual game developers, what does Notch do? Challenges them to a Quake 3 match to settle the lawsuit.

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  13. Gaming

    Bethesda Offering Free Games for Life if You Birth a Child on 11/11/11 and Name it “Dovahkiin”

    Last Friday, The Elder Scrolls creators Bethesda took it upon themselves, in a serious act of public service, to let us all know that if we wanted to birth a child on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's release date--11/11/11--that was the best day to get on that (ha). Bethesda wasn't satisfied with simply putting this information out there, so they turned it into a quest--IRL--with an unknown reward being offered to anyone who could successfully birth a child on the designated date, then name it "Dovahkiin," which translates to "Dragonborn." They also provided this hilarious disclaimer:

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  14. Gaming

    Elder Scrolls V in Development, Direct Sequel to Oblivion

    According to Eurogamer Denmark, Bethesda is hard at work developing The Elder Scrolls V, which is said to be a direct sequel to the 2006 RPG masterpiece, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

    Eurogamer asked the author of the Eurogamer Denmark article, Kristian West, to translate the article:

    This source not only confirmed that the game is in current production, but also spoke briefly about the content - with fantasy-sounding phrases like Dragon Lord, something with The Blades - and that voice acting for the characters in the game is currently happening in the weeks to follow. The same source confirmed, with official game documents in hand, that this will be the chronological sequel to what happened in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which is the latest game in the now 16-years-old Elder Scrolls saga and by itself one of the better RPGs for PC and consoles. The sequel to Oblivion is coming, we can hereby confirm without hesitation. It's been a while since 2006, hasn't it?

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  15. Gaming

    15 Retro Video Game Company Logos and their Modern-Day Counterparts

    Last week, gaming developer Rare changed that golden logo we remember so well from Donkey Kong Country and Goldeneye to a new, more 'modern' logo in commemoration of its 25th anniversary and its newfound focus on Project Natal. It's always a bit of a shock when a brand we know well radically changes its look, like a friend getting a new haircut that we don't know what to think about, but Rare's redesign reminds us that a lot of the gaming logos that greet us on the sides of boxes and on startup screens haven't been around forever.

    Below, Geekosystem has put 15 video game companies' old-school logos side-by-side with their modern counterparts. Which do you like better?

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