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Skyrim official texture pack comparison

Posted by Xenius01 Feb 13, 2012 at 20:30 UTC
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Last week Bethesda released the free to download High Resolution Texture Pack on Steam, together with the Creation Kit. Snoopey0 has created a video comparing Skyrim's original textures with the new high resolution ones. If you're not sure yet whether or not to install this pack, watch the video below to see the difference.

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Video highlight: Chinchilla Dave's Skyrim Adventure

Posted by Xenius01 Feb 10, 2012 at 16:05 UTC
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Today we will be featuring Chinchilla Dave’s videos. On YouTube he has an ongoing series of videos about his adventures in Skyrim, combined with hilarious commentary. Check them out if you enjoy comedy and watching how others play the game!

Here's one of the episodes:

<center><address></address></center> <address>You can find the full YouTube playlist here</address><address>More videos can be found on Chinchilla Dave's Channel</address>
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Skyrim Creation Kit now available!

Posted by Xenius01 Feb 07, 2012 at 19:32 UTC
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Bethesda has finally released the Creation Kit for Skyrim! Also a high resolution texture pack has been released, which can be downloaded from Steam, you can find it on the game's DLC page.

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The Creation Kit can be downloaded from Steam (View>Tools>Creation Kit).
For more information and tutorials you can find the official wiki here

Modders rejoice! We’re pleased to announce that the Skyrim Creation Kit is now available!

With the Creation Kit’s release, fans can now upload, download, and install custom content through the Skyrim Workshop on Steam. Get a crash course by reading level designer Joel Burgess’ blog post, and be sure to read up on our list of best practices for modding. Need more help? Don’t forget to to check out the official Wiki at www.CreationKit.com. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be sharing tutorial videos for beginners and experts alike. Check out the first tutorial above, and visit the Bethesda Game Studios YouTube Channel for more.

In addition to releasing the Creation Kit and Skyrim Workshop, today we’re allowing players to experience Skyrim as you’ve never seen it before with the Skyrim High-Resolution Texture Pack. Before downloading it from Steam, make sure your system requirements exceed Skyrim’s recommended specs before attempting to install, including Windows Vista/7, a minimum of 4GB of system RAM, and a DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with at least 1 GB of RAM and the latest drivers.

Original article on Bethesda's official blog

Have fun modding!

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Curse Announces the Winner of SkyrimForge's 15k Challenge!

Posted by wishfire Feb 07, 2012 at 03:39 UTC

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Curse is happy to announce the winner of the Skyrim 15K Challenge! The Grand Prize winner of $3,000 cash is Shawn Berlinghof, a.k.a. Shawkab, with the mod Dovahkiin Hideout

You can check out Dovahkiin Hideout and download the winning mod for yourself at Curse.com or through the Curse Client. You can also see all of Shawkab’s amazing Skyrim mods on his SkyrimForge author page.

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Dovahkiin Hideout is a mod that gives a hideout to every house a player can acquire in Skyrim. The basement door leads to a huge underground room featuring display cases, weapon racks and an enchanting and alchemy table. The hideout is shared between all houses the player owns, as long as you have the key for the house.

We talked to Shawkab about his experience and inspiration for creating Dovahkiin Hideout“I had a desire to collect things and the houses in Vanilla Skyrim did not accommodate it” says Shawkab.

He gathered player feedback throughout the process, but without the creation kit building the mod was no easy task.  “Learning how to do it was the hardest part because there were no tutorials or resources.  It was just trial and error,” mentions Shawkab.

The author has big plans for the future of Dovahkiin Hideout as he continues to refine the mod, “I will be adding follower/spouse support, unique textures, and a completely new structure.”  Other plans include a smaller version of Dovahkiin Hideout, an upgrade to a new mod called Dovahkiin Retreat and the creation of Dovahkiin Castle.

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Shawkab plans to participatie in Curse’s future contests and says, “I love Curse and everything they are doing for the modding community. Some people don't understand how many hours go into a mod like this and without the support from fans and from contests like Curse's, Dovahkiin Hideout would have never reached the point it did.”

Congratulations Shawkab!  Dovahkiin Hideout is definitely deserving of the grand prize.

The Skyrim 15K Challenge also awarded $10,500 cash in prizes for another 111 winning mods. Thirty five In-Game items and NPCs were selected along with thirty UI and Maps as well as eleven Quest and Dungeons mods.

We want to thank our community for their participation.  We received a ton of outstanding, creative and useful mods during the challenge.  It is mind blowing to see what everyone was able to do without the Creation Kit.  We are sure when it is released tomorrow we will see a flood of new mods inspired by all our entrants and ones we haven’t even dreamed possible yet.  Happy modding!

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Skyrim Creation Kit available tomorrow!

Posted by Xenius01 Feb 06, 2012 at 23:11 UTC
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Bethesda has announced that the Creation Kit for Skyrim will be released tomorrow. Aside from the release of the Creation Kit there is also a surprise in store for us. It is rumoured that this surprise might be an official high resolution texture pack, we will have to wait until tomorrow to find out if that's true!

See the official tweet from Bethesda's Pete Hines below.

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