Bethesda Announces Elder Scrolls Card Game

You read that correctly, no need to rub your eyes. Game developer Bethesda announced some new follow-ups to their A-list game series at E3 yesterday, such as Fallout 4, Dishonoured 2, A brand-new Doom installment and a strategy card game for The Elder Scrolls series entitled “The Elder Scrolls: Legends”.

Up until now TES has always been an RPG series gaining more and more fans with each installment; especially since the release of the third game, Morrowind. TES has risen to fame particularly for its breathtaking environments, ability to pop in and out between first and third-person perspectives, huge worlds to explore, and ability to create characters, shape them, and play the game however you wish due to the intricate skill and leveling system within.


Above: Example of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim’s beautiful environments.


Bethesda recently launched the console versions of their Massive Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game version of the series, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. So, what could they possibly have announce less than two weeks after said MMORPG gets a console release? Downloadable content for the game? Updates and patches to be expected for it? A single-player version of the game to draw people into it? A… card game for PC and iPad?

That’s right, a strategy card game based upon the hit series is coming out; here’s the trailer.



Does this seem familiar to anyone else besides me? Does the animation and art direction spark any similarities to any other games? Perhaps another strategy card game comes to mind, particularly the one that started the craze many years ago? I’ll give you a hint:



Hmm, I can’t quite tell if Bethesda is paying homage to Magic the Gathering or blatantly ripping them off.

Well, what do you think? Is TES:L’s announcement odd to you for any reasons, maybe timing or just in general? Do you feel they are attempting to ride on the coattails of Wizards of the Coast’s popular TCG game’s video game adaptation? Are you looking forward to this game’s release or cringing at it instead?

I’ll admit, I have been a MtG player since shortly after the TCG’s initial release, so as an Elder Scrolls fan I’m a bit intrigued. I’m also wondering how much – if any – help Bethesda is getting from WotC, considering it would appear they’ve possibly obtained the artists from them for help with the cinematic trailer. I guess only time will tell.

Splatoon has been Recreated in Minecraft

Yes really:

What’s more, this isn’t just mimicking the feel of the game either.  The makers of this mod have actually gone and implemented many of the features from the original game, like painting the arena in your team’s colour, turning into a squid to go up and down walls and the ink having different effects based on whose team generated it.

It’s a pretty cool mod overall, I just wonder how long it’ll last before Nintendo gets all annoyed about it.  What do you think about this recreation of Splatoon in Minecraft?

Twitch Banning Videos of Adults Only Video Games?

In a questionable move that we’re sure won’t go down too well with gamers, Twitch has actually banned all footage of adults only video games from their service.

In other words, if a game has anything more than an M rating, the game cannot be broadcast in a Twitch livestream.  This includes such popular games as Grand Theft Auto San Andreas and Manhunt 2, as well as various less popular and indie titles.

So what do we think of the idea? Well to be honest, we’re not a fan of it.  And there are a few distinct reasons for this:

1. Video games are going to get more and more ‘edgy’ as the medium becomes more popular.  Remember, a lot of what was considered ‘obscene’ or ‘offensive’ in the 90s or 00s is now seen as rather tame, and that’s only going to get more and more the case as time goes on.  By banning games with a certain rating, Twitch is losing out on the popularity than games with said rating might bring, especially if they’re part of an extremely popular franchise like the GTA one.

2. It’s overkill to ban a whole rating worth of video games from a service just to be more ‘family friendly’ or ‘mainstream’.  Wouldn’t the easiest answer be just to add an age gate before videos of certain games and make the viewer enter their date of birth to continue?

Actually, doesn’t that already happen?  We swear we something similar on one of these live streaming services.  Why change it?

3. Wasn’t at least one of the mentioned games only hit with an age rating because of a hidden mini game that was supposedly cut before the release date?  Shouldn’t that just be ignored as far as age ratings go?

But yes, Twitch has banned video games of AO rating games.  It won’t apply to those only rated as such elsewhere (so no censorship because of the overly harsh German or Chinese censors then), but we think it’s still a questionable move that has no real positive effects for the service.

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