MAGFest: A long weekend of games, music, and heavy drinking (interview)

Nick “the newibe” Marinelli talks MAGFest: a long weekend of playing the Atari 2600 all the way through the PlayStation 3, listening to bands like Minibosses and Earthbound Papas, cosplaying, attempting game challenges, watching discussion panels featuring Sid Meier and Chris Hazard, and drinking with abandon.

The 5 different games you’ll be playing in Dishonored (preview)

I’m certainly not the first to say that Dishonored is a blatant amalgamation of other games. Though publisher Bethesda Softworks (Rogue Warrior, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim) and developer Arkane Studios (Dark Messiah of Might & Magic, BioShock 2) have been deliberately avoiding the words “bio” and “shock” while referencing inspiration for their upcoming hybrid FPS, it’s still pretty easy to dissect Dishonored into its various individual ingredients. But being the “mother of all gaming cocktails,” as Atomic’s Nathan Lawrence puts it, is not necessarily a bad thing, especially when your product is derived from some of the more unique titles gaming has ever known.

How Dishonored’s artists created an oppressive, Victorian, steampunk world from scratch

Creating an original gaming world is hard. But when you do, the effect is memorable. That was the case with the makers of last year’s Deus Ex Human Revolution. They steered clear of the dull, gray, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi worlds and, after four years of work, created an orange-tinted universe that blends conspiracy theories and Blade Runner into something all together different.

With Kinect, Skyrim’s Dragon Shouts are easier to bellow (hands-on)

Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing system is making its way into hardcore games, but not in the way everyone thought. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, one of the hottest-selling games from the fall, will exploit the voice-recognition feature in Kinect so that you can more easily navigate through the game’s complex interface. And you can cast spells more easily by shouting them.

Elder Scrolls MMO to be revealed in May

“Inside sources” have allegedly confirmed with tech blog Tom’s Guide that Bethesda Softworks is preparing an Elder Scrolls Online massively multiplayer game and is set to reveal it in May of this year.

Did the Skyrim map app update just eat all of your in-app purchases?

Bethesda recently released The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Official World Interactive Map app for the iPhone and iPad. Free-to-download, the app provides an interactive map of the expansive virtual continent of Skyrim, and will undoubtedly come in handy for those of us still exploring every nook and cranny the gargantuan game has to offer. The app offers a number of premium upgrades that will expand its database to include dungeon maps, item locations, and much more.

Activision claims blacklisting was a “misunderstanding”

French gaming site Gameblog.fr claimed that Activision blacklisted them after they ran a Call of Duty-related article earlier this week. The article pointed to Amazon.fr, which had posted a product page for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which hasn’t officially been announced yet.

New Skyrim patch coming, will actually fix stuff

Bethesda has announced that a major update for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is currently undergoing testing on all three platforms. Version 1.4 is expected to be finalized next week and submitted to Sony and Microsoft for certification.

Original Doom game now available on Xbox Live

For those of you who are nostalgic for the BFG 9000 gun and its ability to lay waste to hordes of demonic monsters, there’s a little ray of sunshine. The original Doom video game is now available on Xbox Live. You can download the game for 400 Microsoft points, or about $5.

Top 10 new game brands of 2012

Earlier this month, VentureBeat published a list of 10 of the most anticipated video games of 2012. Some of you had plenty to say about our picks, especially the fact that most of them were sequels. With many established franchises moving to a yearly release schedule, one might start to wonder where all the originality in gaming has gone.

The DeanBeat: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception tops our list of the 10 best games of 2011

This year, with our ramped up our GamesBeat review team, we’ve taken our Game of the Year choices much more seriously than we have in the past. We asked our reviewers to select the semifinalists and then picked the final winners ourselves. But our vote on the best game of 2011 ended in a tie, so we had to hold a tie-breaker round to pick our winner.

Breaking Skyrim: The best tricks, secrets, and exploits

Free houses, infinite XP, unlimited magic…the list goes on. The Elder Scrolls titles are notorious for being overrun with bugs and glitches. Even the patch that was supposed to patch the game now needs its own patch. But not all of these imperfections are necessarily bad. In fact, a few can be quite humorous, or more importantly, allow the player to reach otherwise-insurmountable wealth and power. Plus, even as Bethesda continues to fix/break the game further, you can always delete the patch from your hard drive whenever you want to use a specific trick.

Fixing Skyrim would take a lot of time, according to developer

Bethesda Softworks is undoubtedly looking at numerous game of the year awards for their epic role-playing game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, but their long-running history with releasing utterly broken games continues to dampen any design achievements. While there is no end to the list of complaints, bugs, glitches, exploits, and miscellaneous issues players have experienced, the severe slowdown that’s demolished the playability of the PlayStation 3 version (see video below) has endured the recent patch intended to fix it.