Category Archives: BethSoft

Play it now – The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall

Play it now! It’s fifteen years old now, which is young for a person, but positively venerable for a computer game. It’s one of the most expansive computer RPGs ever written, making Bethesda Softwork’s followups Morrowind and Oblivion seem positively cramped by comparison.

It’s always been buggy, DOS-based, low-res, the graphics are dated, and don’t have even a lick of hardware acceleration. It’s The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall, and it is still a darn fine game, if you give it a chance.

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ZeniMax buys ID Software

That puts Bethesda (The Elder Scrolls, Fallout 3, et al) under the same banner as ID Software (Doom, Quake, all of that), plus the PR bonus of having John Carmack on the mantlepiece.

Definitely a feather in the cap for Zenimax, who now have a stable of some of the strongest brands and two of the top games development studios.


Fallout, the television show

Bethesda/Zenimax (you know those folks, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout 3, that sort of thing) registered some new trademarks just recently.

On 5 February 2009, Bethesda Softworks LLC applied for the Fallout trademark for “Entertainment services in the nature of an on-going television program” (s/n 77663853) and for “motion picture films about a post-nuclear apocalyptic world” (s/n 77663852). Obviously they already own all the other US trademarks to do with this game property at present.

Fallout, the film. Or the TV series. Hmm. Interesting notion.