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Elder Scrolls Online beta signups now live, six-minute cinematic released [Updated]

Bethesda and ZeniMax want you to know that beta signups are officially open for The Elder Scrolls Online. A new press release trumpets the announcement (though “timing and details of the start of playtests will be provided at a later date”), and the firms have also released a slick new…

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Immersing yourself in The Elder Scrolls Online

Throughout my time as a gamer, I have seen game designers struggle with immersion because not everyone views immersion the same way and every designer wants his game to pull you in. The more you play one designer’s game, the more likely you will buy his or her next game….

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The Elder Scrolls Online is more than just dungeons and dragons

Although many fans of The Elder Scrolls cheered at the introduction of The Elder Scrolls Online at E3, the divisions within the fanbase since then have morphed into warring creatures like Godzilla vs. Mothra, and this column is Japan. Although all of our buildings are being smashed by the battling…

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Three pieces of ‘advice’ now that you’re in ESO beta

When I started this piece, I wanted a good strong Elder Scrolls oath or expletive to start us out, so of course, I jumped to the Imperial Library to find a good one. By the time I’d finished looking and being distracted by the incredible lore surrounding these phrases, by…

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Phasing Elder Scrolls Online

Today, I want to talk about a mechanic introduced most popularly in World of Warcraft’s expansion Wrath of the Lich King. Don’t look at me like that. I didn’t actually play WoW… I just heard about this second hand. I will call this MMO storytelling mechanic “phasing.” The Elder Scrolls…

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Tamriel Infinium: The Elder Scrolls Online’s community focus

When interviewing developers for Massively over the last three years, I’ve taken many opportunities to chat up multiple community managers. And when I was running my own community, I read article after article about how to gauge the health of a community. Although I don’t remember who said it or…

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TESO introduces the scamp

The world of Elder Scrolls is filled with colorful, fantastical creatures, and The Elder Scrolls Online is no exception. In the latest edition of Creating ESO, the team at ZeniMax Online details the mischievous and dangerous scamp, a small Daedra who will be familiar to players of Morrowind and Oblivion….

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Skyrim: The Women of Skyrim

Skyrim’s leading ladies, championed! Published on Nov 9, 2011 Back at Gamescom 2011, Bethesda’s Pete HinesĀ told us that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’s female quotient had been given an upgrade by saying, “We have attractive women now.” It was an odd quote to be fair, but a lot of people…

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The Elder Scrolls Online invites fans to a PAX party

You, yes you, are cordially invited to attend one of the least exclusive but most festive shindigs at PAX East this weekend. The Elder Scrolls Online team is throwing a party on Saturday evening for any and all who show up (on a first-come, first-served basis, of course) at the…

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The Elder Scrolls serves up a stack of answers about combat

The Elder Scrolls Online is going to feature combat, which should come as a shock to precisely no one. But how is that combat going to work? How important will the holy trinity be in practice? How ornate will your attacks and counterattacks be? These and more are all excellent…