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  • Blog Post: The 1000-Year-Old Gamer: A Look At Video Game Age Gates

    Age gates are the Internet's half-hearted attempt at preventing minors from seeing potentially objectionable material. Like most of you, my birthday is on January 1st, but I have found a good deal of variety in just how far back various game companies' website go in available birth year. Asking... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring Freedom In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

    As we continue our journey exploring freedom in games , I want to look back at a game that had a significant impact on my free time: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The Elder Scrolls is a series that comes to a lot of gamers' minds when they think about games where they've truly felt free to... More
  • Blog Post: The Hidden Humanity Of Wolfenstein: The New Order

    When I first previewed Wolfenstein: The New Order in a small, press-only gathering earlier this year, I came away surprised. The gunplay, alternate history, and even the traditional method of gathering ammunition with a button press all gelled nicely. What I wasn’t prepared for was the humanity... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The New Order is out now for just about every modern console, and we posted our mostly positive review earlier today. It does a great job of delivering the Nazi-slaughter that B.J. Blazkowicz has been dealing out for decades, and it's worth checking out for fans of the series or FPS... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber - The Elder Scrolls Online

    Bethesda's first foray into an Elder Scrolls MMO officially kicks off today with The Elder Scrolls Online for PC. In this Test Chamber we join a party to explore a mid-level dungeon and take down a boss at the end. Join Matt Miller and Daniel Tack as they take a dungeon dive into The Elder Scrolls... More
  • Blog Post: The Elder Scrolls Online First Impressions

    I’ve sunk a good 40 hours into Zenimax Online’s take on Tamriel, but MMORPGs require more time than others to fully evaluate. It may be too early to offer a definitive opinion on the latest iteration of the Elder Scrolls universe, but I have learned a lot from my time with the game so far... More
  • Blog Post: How To Get Married In The Elder Scrolls Online

    Looking to get married in the latest Elder Scrolls game? If you want to get married in The Elder Scrolls Online, the first thing you’ll need is access to a copy of the Imperial Edition of the game, digital Imperial Edition is $79.99 as compared to the digital Standard Edition at $59.99. You’ll... More
  • Blog Post: Elder Scrolls Online: Subscription's Last Stand Or Re-Emerging Trend?

    Once dominated by the subscription-based model espoused by hits like World of Warcraft and EverQuest, over the past decade massively multiplayer role-playing games have gradually shifted toward free-to-play. Juggernauts like WoW still fare well with subscriptions, but other publishers found it easier... More
  • Blog Post: Wish List – Doom

    In light of today's news that beta access to the new Doom game is accompanying pre-orders for Wolfenstein: The New Order, it got us thinking about what we'd want in a modern Doom. According to a Kotaku report last year, Doom has been in development hell for over five years. This beta announcement... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Open World Games

    Part of the thrill of gaming is being able to step into imaginative worlds that let us make our own marks in them. In an instant, we can be transported to virtually anywhere, such as places in history or fantastical lands. Therefore, we thought we'd celebrate some of the best, as we look forward... More
  • Blog Post: Developer Salute – Bethesda

    I push past the dark environs of the prison dungeons through the barred door and emerge into the sunlight. A river stretches out in either direction to my sides, and on the far side of the water ruined arches of an ancient building beckon. In the distance, the mountains promise even more adventure. And... More
  • Blog Post: Time Sinks – The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

    "Greetings, outlander." I've probably heard that phrase a few thousand times, partially because The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind didn't have an army of voice actors. Mostly, however, it's because it's the game I've sunk the most time into. I missed out on the first Elder... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: The Departure Of Caius Cosades In Morrowind

    The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind marked my first trek into true open-world gaming. The year was 2002, I was 12 years old, and I’d just purchased an Xbox copy of the game at a friend’s recommendation. I had a vague idea of what Morrowind was about – killing monsters, completing quests... More
  • Blog Post: Dishonored’s Knife of Dunwall DLC: Pros and Cons

    The mercenary assassin Daud stars in The Knife of Dunwall, Dishonored's first story-focused DLC (Dunwall City Trials doesn't count ). This addition to one of the best new IPs of last year brings in new powers and items that span three missions. Is it worth playing? Here's the breakdown of... More
  • Blog Post: Why Dishonored Is One Of The Best Games Of 2012

    A wild swing away from the sequelitis that dominated 2012, Dishonored from Arkane Studios and Bethesda empowered players with an alluring combinations of tactics, powers, and tools. This new IP was featured as our cover story from August 2011 ( click here to enter the content-filled hub from our studio... More
  • Blog Post: Character Building

    Due to the recent release of Skyrim’s Dragonborn DLC, I’ve been spending a lot of time in Bethesda’s massive world again. After playing for an unhealthy amount of time, I realized that I wasn’t paying too much attention to the developer’s story. However, I was still following... More
  • Blog Post: How Bethesda Can Bring Me Back Into Skyrim

    I love Skyrim. Bethesda’s exceptional RPG was my personal 2011 game of the year. After a hundred-plus hours in-game and a year of real time, though, I’ve moved on. Here’s what the DLC the company is teasing can do to convince me to return to the frozen north of Tamriel. Craft Some New... More
  • Blog Post: Spoiled! Dishonored

    Spoiled is a recurring show that focuses on spoiling the bejeezus out of a game's ending, beginning, and everything in between. We are particularly intrigued by games with multiple endings, and Dishonored's chaos "morality" system beautifully branches the possible outcomes for Corvo... More
  • Blog Post: My Favorite Gaming Collections

    In honor of today's official announcement of the Rockstar Games Collection, let's take a look at other collections that offer players absurd amounts of gameplay. The Rockstar Games Collection is a one-stop shop for the revered developer's biggest games this generation. All four included games... More
  • Blog Post: A Beginner's Guide To Dishonored

    Players can take a variety of paths through Dishonored, but some choices are better than others. Before you embark with Corvo on his quest for revenge, these spoiler-free tips can help you focus your efforts and make the most of your time in the city of Dunwall. Spend your first rune on Dark Vision Shortly... More
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