It’s odd to consider that it’s been the better part of a decade since the initial release of Valve’s digital distribution network, Steam. Over the years, the service has become ubiquitous for PC gaming, both for direct distribution of titles and for management of online communities.
In 2008, Valve launched the Steamworks developer package—a suite of tools designed to closely integrate games with Steam and its attendant services. While many developers have taken advantage of Steamworks for individual tools (such as voice-chat and anti-cheating measures), it looks like its highest profile user will roll out in November. Bethesda Game Studios has announced that the eagerly awaited The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will feature many of Steamworks’ creative tools.
Bethesda’s Twitter feed shared the announcement of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’s Steamworks integration earlier today. While the full range of Steamworks features to be used by Skyrim is unknown at this time, it is more than likely that Bethesda will take advantage of the platform for DRM and cloud backup purposes. Other Steamworks features—such as in-game downloadable content and Steam-based social networking—could very well be in the cards for Skyrim players. Other notable games to have used the Steamworks package include Fallout: New Vegas, Audiosurf, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Though the full, exact nature of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’s Steamworks integration is unknown at this time, most commenters on the developer package agree that it greatly helps to streamline the gaming experience for PC users. PlayStation 3 owners may also reap the benefits of the integration, as Valve has been working to port Steamworks features to the console in the months since Portal 2’s release. Skyrim may be an opportunity for Steam to make even more console inroads.
What does all this mean for prospective Skyrim players? Well, anyone planning on dragon-hunting on the PC has to be rejoicing a bit with the news. Steam integration generally makes the process of purchasing, activating, and playing current-gen games much smoother. Steamworks DRM and anti-cheating tools are regarded as effective but low-impact on player enjoyment (so far). Combined with Steam’s robust community options, slowly expanding cloud save options, and the closing gap between PlayStation 3 and PC owners, it all seems like a win-win situation.
Nonetheless, detractors of Steam will no doubt find the announcement of Skyrim’s integration to be chafing at best. It’s also unknown how the use of the tool suite will affect the Xbox 360 release of the title. It’s likely that it will have no real effect, but it’s certainly an issue worth watching in the coming months.
Does Skyrim’s close integration with Steam fill you with warmth? Do you hold a dim view of Valve’s content service? Let loose your opinions in the comments!
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be released for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on November 11.
So For all of you PC users out there. YIPEE!!
At QuakeCon, during a demo of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a woman sitting with her fiance went into labor. The couple then stayed for the entire 40-minute clip before leaving for the hospital.
Now, there are a few ways you can take this story. It may just be a matter of bad timing and a couple that refused to run hysterically at the sign of one little problem. Others might read this and think that the couple in question–Stevi and Chaz–were out of their minds to not rush to the hospital, and maybe shouldn’t have been at QuakeCon in the first place. Or you can take a more “half full” approach and read this to mean that Elder Scrolls V: Skrim rocks so hard that it can shake babies out of their mothers’ wombs.
Last Friday during the QuakeCon presentation of Skyrim, expectant mother Stevi sat down with her fiancé Chaz to enjoy the clip of one of her most anticipated games of the year: Skyrim. But as the video began, Stevi began to have a slight issue—she went into labor. But rather than kowtowing to the demands of a fetus that obviously hadn’t developed far enough to know how awesome Skyrim looks, Stevi and Chaz decided to ignore the contractions and just hang out and watch the rest of the presentation. All 40-minutes of it.
Some might call that crazy, some may call it irresponsible, but to be fair, the contractions began just as the Frost Dragon was announced. And the Frost Dragon is awesome.
“During the demo Todd Howard [Game Director and Executive Producer for Skyrim] showed off the Frost Dragon. This is what started the whole thing, seeing this must have filled Stevi with so much excitement that it sent her into labor,” Chaz explained to Game Informer.
The couple has a fairly involved history at QuakeCon. Last year, Chaz proposed to Stevi on stage at the end of the convention, and they intended to tie the knot at this year’s event. But that was before the Frost Dragon rocked the baby loose.
But it isn’t really as nutty as it sounds. Stevi is not due until September 10, and both she and Chaz felt that there was a very good chance that it was a false labor. So they decided to wait it out to see if the contractions continued–which they did–prompting the couple to head for the hospital. After the presentation, of course.
As of this morning, Stevi has yet to give birth, but they do have a name all picked out for their unborn daughter—Atari Lynn. But according to the soon-to-be mother who explained the name to MSNBC, the name isn’t what you might think. “The name Atari comes from the name Ataru which means ‘to hit a target’ and the word Atari is used when a prediction has come true or someone has won the lottery. Her first and middle name together mean ‘To hit a target, from the lake’.”
Chaz also defended the decision to skip that whole bothersome “labor” thing and stay for the rest of the presentation by claiming that Stevi “is a trooper and LOVES Skyrim.”
Now your probabily thinking? Seriously? WTF?!! Yeah me too...... just suprised how obssesed Elder scrolls Fans are O_O
Question of the Day: After you do all the main quests and what not What do you think you will do to get away from all the quests? Pretend to be a god? Act like a hobo in the streets? Make up your own story? Or try and settle down and get married?
Me Im mostly gonna kill everyone in every city and see how high my bounty is afterwards........