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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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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Skyrim’s run of Game of the Year awards continues

Chalk up another big win for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Bethesda’s much-loved dragon-slaying role-playing-game has taken home another Game of the Year award, this time from one of the most widely respected bodies in the video game industry.

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences held its annual Interactive Achievement Awards Thursday night at the DICE summit, with Skyrim taking top honors — as well as four other awards. Uncharted 3 and Portal 2 each took home a trio of trophies.

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Bang for your buck: Games you’ll still be playing in 2013

Gaming’s an expensive hobby — and all too often, it’s questionable whether you get your money’s worth. Even if a game is plenty of fun, it’s a bummer when an experience is over in a few hours with no replay potential.

But the real gems race in the other direction, offering gameplay that keeps you coming back and enough content to keep the experience fresh even after many hours have been logged.

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Game sales climb, but industry treads water in November

Last month saw the biggest launch ever in the video game industry, but flat sales of hardware kept things about on par with last year saleswise.

All totaled, the gaming industry took in $3 billion in November, roughly $10,000 more than last year, according to the NPD Group. But the overall picture was rosy for the industry — as game sales were much higher than predicted.

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November game sales surge, hardware sales dip

Led by “Modern Warfare 3″ and a surprisingly strong “The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim,” video game software sales soared past analyst expectations in November.

Retail sales of console and portable software were up 15 percent to $1.67 billion. Analysts had expected a climb of just 3 percent.

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Parents name child after ‘Skyrim’ character

Here’s a good way to ensure your kid gets his lunch money stolen on a regular basis.

Meet Dovahkiin Tom Kellermeyer. That’s right, Dovahkiin. As in, the protagonist of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Born 11/11/11 — the same day that the game was released — he’s made his family the winners (?) of a contest that ensures free Bethesda games for life.

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‘Skyrim’ sells millions

Critics aren’t the only people falling in love with the latest installment of The Elder Scrolls.

Bethesda Softworks says it has shipped 7 million copies of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to retailers, with about 3.5 million copies being sold through in the first 48 hours. Making that number even more impressive? That was just for the Xbox 360 version.

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Woman goes into labor during Skyrim demo…and stays for demo

The annual QuakeCon video game expo in Texas draws a pretty dedicated crowd. Few, however, are as dedicated as engaged gamers Chaz and Stevi.

This past Thursday, the couple was sitting in a demonstration for Bethesda’s upcoming role-playing epic The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim when Stevi, who was nine months pregnant, began to feel what she thought were contractions.

This is when a normal person might go to the hospital. Not Stevi.

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