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Bethesda's Elder Scrolls team, having just returned from the snowy Nordic north in Skyrim, is announcing its plan to transform the traditionally hermetic series into a massively multiplayer online game with The Elder Scrolls Online. You won't just explore the frozen north, either, but "the entire land of Tamriel, from Elsweyr to Skyrim and everywhere in between," according to Game Informer.
Editor's Note: Troy Dreier told me about this iOS game he was hooked on, and the rather weird character who seemed to be at the center of it all: "GiantDong." It's interesting to think about the people behind the games we play. In World of Warcraft, say, players might get to know one another a little more, but in the mobile space such connections are fleeting, and yet here was a public, constant figure, greatly changing the shape of the game. Troy reached out to Dong, and this is what we found out. They call him GiantDong, and the Architects fear him. He is one of the master strategists of Shadow Cities, an addictive MMORPG for the iPhone and iPod Touch. In a game where many players seem to be focused only on the immediate mission at hand, GiantDong plots far-sighted strategies that ensure the Animators (the green team) triumph over the Architects (the orange team) every time. A streak of campaign victories for his New Jersey battle group stretching back months speaks of his success. Read on to meet a player who not only helped define the fun for a whole group of players, but who contributed to changing the very rules of the game.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum has embraced video games as art and part of our culture through a new exhibit called "The Art of Video Games." The highly anticipated exhibit is the culmination of public input on what should be covered in the 40 or so years that games have moved from arcades to our living rooms and phones.
The last time Diablo reared his demonic head was back in 2000 with Diablo 2 (though his hellspawn would swing back for some rabble rousing in 2001's expansion, Diablo 2: Lords of Destruction). Now, over a decade later, Blizzard is rolling out the much anticipated third entry and the annals of its hack-and-slash: Diablo 3 officially ships out May 15.