John Carmack accused of stealing tech for Oculus Rift

The carmack-riftparting of the ways between rock star developer John Carmack and Bethesda Games parent company ZeniMax Media has gone sour.

Carmack’s former employer is accusing the now-CTO of Oculus of taking intellectual property with him when he left to join the virtual reality startup.

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The Elder Scrolls Online taps impressive, geeky voice cast

Bethesda’s elder-scrolls-online-voice-castnot fooling around when it comes to voice casting for its upcoming online role-playing game.

The developer has tapped a former member of Monty Python, a Golden Globe winner, Dumbledore and Wonder Woman to help bring The Elder Scrolls Online to life.

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19-year-old job seeker spends 2,000 hours building Skyrim mod

It’s falskaar-top630hard to get a job in the video game industry, but when you kick in the doors like Alexander J. Velicky, it might be just as hard for the industry to turn you down.

Velicky, a 19-year old gamer who wants to make the leap to game making, spent a full year creating a wildly ambitious mod in an attempt to turn woo renowned developer Bethesda Softworks. And it’s definitely turning heads.

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Castle Wolfenstein headed to the big screen

Another classic video game from id Software is on the way to movie theaters. Let’s just hope it turns out better than “Doom.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Castle Wolfenstein is ready for its close-up. Roger Avary, who co-created the story for “Pulp Fiction,” will handle the writing and directing duties. At present, there’s no estimated release date for the film.

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Oct. 9: The biggest gaming day of 2012

The big guns of the 2012 holiday season are still in their holsters — and will remain there for several more weeks. But we’re calling it right now: Today, Tuesday Oct. 9, is the biggest gaming day of the year.

Sure, Black Ops II and Halo 4 will sell more copies, but in terms of sheer quality, you’re not going to see a day like today for a long, long time.Of course, an embarrassment of riches comes with its own set of problems. Short of quitting your job and cutting ties with the people you love, there’s no way for you to consume all of this gaming goodness at once. That’s a cross you’re going to have to bear, though.

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New Skyrim expansion coming in September

After a long day of taking arrows in the knee, it’s nice to have somewhere to kick up your feet.

Hearthfire, the next downloadable expansion to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, will let players purchase land and build houses from the ground up. The add-on is set to release for the Xbox 360 on September 4 for 400 Microsoft points. There’s no set date at this point for a PC or PS3 version.

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‘Doom 3′ is coming back, playable with head-mounted display

Everything old is new again — even hell demons.

Eight years after its initial release, the first-person scarefest Doom 3 is about to hit store shelves again. Bethesda Softworks has announced the Doom 3 BFG Edition — a remastered version of the horror/shooter that includes all of the previously released expansions as well as seven new levels.

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Play legendary shooter ‘Wolfenstein 3D’ in your browser

Twenty years after revolutionizing gaming, the iconic Wolfenstein 3D is back. And it won’t cost you a dime to enjoy it.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first first-person shooter, id Software and its parent company Bethesda Softworks have released a free-to-play web version of the game that runs right out of your web browser. For folks who prefer their gaming on the go, the developer will also offer Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum free to iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch owners for a limited time.

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LulzSec leader turns informant, feds arrest key hackers

Hacker group LulzSec, whose reign of online terror last summer compromised companies ranging from Sony Pictures to Bethesda Softworks, has been dismantled by federal officials, with the group’s leader apparently acting as an informant.

The U.S. Attorney’s office on Tuesday announced it had charged five people with computer hacking and other crimes. Hector Xavier Monsegur, better known as LulzSec leader “Sabu,” had pled guilty to those crimes.

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LulzSec hackers face federal charges

LulzSec, the hacker group that focused its attacks on entertainment studios during the summer of 2011 before vanishing as quickly as it appeared, has been caught.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that it had charged five people with computer hacking and other crimes, and that a sixth — Hector Xavier Monsegur, better known as alleged LulzSec leader “Sabu” — had pled guilty to those charges.

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