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DICE 2012: Skyrim Mod/DLC Teaser


If you thought Skyrim was a wonderful game, you’re in good company. If you thought Skyrim was a bit of a hollow experience, you’re also in good company with many of Skyrim’s detractors. You could be a part of both camps, in which case it probably means you’re playing, but wish there was more in it. Like it didn’t feel quite… complete.

This teaser, taken from Todd Howard’s DICE 2012 keynote, generally proves you right.

Here’s a good summary of the video at Skyrim Nexus, though you should allow for the servers being crushed under the weight of new Skyrim mods coming out of the CK.

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Skyrim mod streamlines gameplay, wears out nerd vocal cords

I don’t know about you, but playing Skyrim, I hardly ever used the Dragon Shouts given that they were a third layer of powers after inherent racial powers and magic– the menus to sort through, even with mods installed, broke action far too long and often for me to use them enough, not to mention the hard-coded global shout cooldown timer which, depending on which Shout you used beforehand, took your Voice out for the length of the entire fight. It was nice, but ultimately a story-related contrivance that had little impact on gameplay.

Enter DeadlyAzuril and PsychoHampster on

Their mod: Thu’umic, Real-Life Dragon Shouts, relies on your PC microphone and a neat bit of voice-recognition tech to pick through your utterances, normally guttural, but in the case of the Thu’um cleanly enunciated and with vigor, to find the Words of Power necessary to set someone’s face on fire or toss thousands of goats off of a mountaintop. The result is quite striking. After you train the voice recognition software and to an extent your own voice for a while, the process gets surprisingly intuitive and responsive, allowing you to trigger a Shout effect in the middle of combat and keep moving, where at least on the PC version this gets difficult to do given the demand for your fingers on WASD and then mashing Z.

Now, actually learning the syllables involved in the Dragon tongue is a necessity (not unremedied by a cheatsheet, mind you, but still faster memorized), and the satisfaction of actually screaming FUS RO DAH to knock someone off of a cliff is pretty hard to beat.

Suggested modifications: removing the hard-coded Shout cooldown by fiddling with the console. This ensures that the only realistic limits on the poewr of the Thu’um are your aim, the endurance of your vocal cords and the electricity surging into your machine.

The mod is also tagged as “100% FREE,” which, as a mod by a third-party author, would make sense since they’re not legally allowed to sell it without express authorization by Bethsoft. Whatever the case, you’d be crazy not to at least try this mod once… just make sure it’s a private environment you have to make a fool of yourself in. Or a very public one. No such thing as too public.

UPDATE: One funny side effect of having tried this mod; if you sneeze while playing, you will knock someone off of a cliff. It’s hilarious.

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Skyrim Hadouken


Small plug for my own video edit. Yes, the Creation Kit for Skyrim isn’t out until January. Mark my words, though…

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Top PS3 Mods


We have seen all kinds of limited editions come out for the PS3, and several design changes as well.

Some talented individuals have went ahead and made their own enhancements and have Modded the PS3. These were some of the top PS3 Mods that we saw. If I still had my PS3 (someone shot it with a gun – a long but enjoyable story), I would go ahead and make modifications to mine too.

Here are our Top 7 Modified PS3s

# 7 – Wood-backed PS3

Wood PS3

Some was able to alter the outer shell of their PS3.

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Life After Game Over: More Mods, More Gameplay


I love games, but what I love even more is a game that runs on a mod-friendly engine. The reason? This extends gameplay for a game well beyond its original campaign material and the multiplayer offerings. With the plethora of mod-making tools out on the Internet and the rabid fan-modding communities out there, more than enough mods are out on the Internet to make your games from three or more years ago play with a totally different experience.

While I’ve never seen a mod to be the reason to get a copy of a game (it’d actually have to be a pretty terrible title built on a fantastically flexible engine), some of these become great reasons to keep those copies around. Best of all, these mods are always of high quality and are always FREE.

Free high quality content: what more could you ask for?

Here I am to guide you to the best of the best. Today’s moddable title of choice: Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War and its stand-alone expansion: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade.


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