While Zenimax Online, sister company to Bethesda recently setup to focus on MMOG's, is not directly related to the Elder Scrolls series I think keeping on top of their plans might well be interesting to some (as it is interesting to me).
Matt Frior has been in the lime-light a lot recently after it was announced he has been pulled in from MMO developers Mythic (Dark Age of Camelot, Warhammer Online) to head Zenimax Online. This "pinging" interview with Matt focusing on the inception and direction of Zenimax Online.QUOTETen Ton Hammer: Can you tell us a little about the direction that ZeniMax plans to take in regards to an MMOG? Are there any game concepts in the works already?
Matt: I've only been on the job a little while, so we're putting our strategy together right now. We've kicked around some concepts and ideas, but nothing concrete yet. We'll announce those when the time is right.
Still no word on a game concept or whether it will be based on a current franchise. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
I thought I'd set aside some time to introduce two new (yet known) faces to the TESSource staff. LHammonds and Buddah, well respected members of this community and two of the most helpful and dedicated members in the entire Elder Scrolls community have kindly agreed to help moderate the file database at TESSource.
Joined by current staff member Povuholo, LHammonds and Buddah will help to clean up the file database by fixing dead links, erroroneous file information, irrelevent or nasty file comments. My thanks goes out to all three of them for their help with the site.
On a related issue I would like to bring attention to the new "File a report" feature available on all file pages. If you encounter a problem with a file that is not in-game then please use this feature to inform the file moderators of any issues.
People who have paid for Supporter access since last Wednesday might be experiencing issues with their site access. Unfortunately I made some prospective changes to the Supporter system last week in preperation for some new features to be added to Supporter accounts, but something obviously went a little screwy.
I will get onto rectifying the issue tomorrow and creditting your accounts with the necessary time to compensate for the hassle. Hopefully the new features I will be rolling out soon will be worth this slight annoyance.
Edit: this issue should now be resolved. All people who were experiencing issues have had their Supporter time updated to today (so no days were lost) and everything should be back to normal. Apologies for the problems!
I have now added a third file server to the site. Located in London, England, this server should help to accommodate the many European visitors who download from TESSource.
This server is paid for, in part, by the generous Supporters who have donated to the site. If you don't know what a Supporter is, or appreciate the service provided here and want to help with the heavy server bills this site incurs, please head on over to the becoming a supporter page to find out more info.
On a related note, Server #3 is kept up-to-date within an hour. At this time Servers #1 and #2 are both out of date by many weeks; meaning some of the files uploaded to the site recently might not be available there. I'm working on having the same setup for server #3 migrated to servers #1 and #2. This should help to reduce broken file downloads.
There is a known issue with file server #2 (Texas) at the moment, and I am working to fix it. Never fear :)
Edit: All fixed!
I found some intriguing news on my usual daily visit to Blues News; it turns out that ZeniMax, parent company of Bethesda, has opened a new MMO studio. What implications this might have for a future Elder Scrolls I don't know.
Personally I find it highly unlikely that any future Elder Scrolls game, or Fallout 3, will be an MMO or even feature a multiplayer aspect. Bethesda have always been adamant that their focus is on "massively-single-player" games.
Very interesting, none-the-less.
Keeping in-tune with the number of ratings for files, the Top 150 Files section of the file database has been updated to only calculate the bayesian estimate for files with 50 or more ratings. Generally speaking, the higher the minimum limit for ratings, the more accurate the listing will be.
Folding@Home is a project started by Stanford University to research the way proteins proteins fold and misfold.
Yasgur, Bethsoft Forums moderator:QUOTEThis concerns a distributed computing project (along the lines of SETI) from Stanford University in the US that deals with research in proteins, and hopes to result in ways of finding solutions to diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and others. I've had this installed on my system for a couple of months now. It runs completely unattended, has a small footprint and hasn't disturbed my gaming at all.
For every protein your computer finishes you get points, which are added to your total score. You can work together with a team as well, and share your points. There's an Elder Scrolls team, which is doing pretty good. There's a team ranking, and we're at 564 of 72614. Our team ID is 52286. You can use Folding@Home on your PS3 as well by the way.
There's a pinned Folding@Home thread at the Community Discussion forum of the Official Elder Scrolls forums. But I'm sure there are many people who don't check that place often.
The official forum thread is here.
The official Folding@Home site is here.
Thought I'd leave a little note to let everyone know that I will be off to Spain early tomorrow morning for a much needed holiday. Hopefully no rain! I'm due back next Tuesday.
The server has been a little rocky these past few days with several slow downs happening throughout the day. Hopefully the server will iron itself out because I'll likely not have any internet access while I am away.
When I get back I have several improvements planned for the site, including:
A new EU file server, and better synchronisation between the file servers
Improved Supporter funtionality and download mirrors
File tagging (already half done, but further work needed)
File reporting and moderation (staff announcements soon)
So there's always that to look forward to.
Hope you all enjoy your holidays (if you have any) and I'll be back in a week!
Over the past few weeks TESSource has been "under attack" from a Chinese hacker who targetted certain areas of the site in an attempt to infect visitors with multiple trojan viruses. This basically involved injecting code into the database of the site via an external site.
While it is unfortunate to have your work sullied by such a pathetic individual, the actions of this hacker have forced me to upgrade the site more, adding in more security checks and hack-proof additions that can only be good for the future of the site.
On Thursday, when it became apparent to the hacker that the holes he was using were being plugged up, he made some last ditch attempts to infect as many people on the site as possible. He changed all the author names in the file database, and all the download names in the database, to a nasty script call. This is the reason why many author names and download names have been lost.
I'm relatively confident that most of the holes have now been plugged and we should not be seeing a repeat of this problem any time soon. However, please remain vigilant of any suspicious areas on the site and report anything you find out of the ordinary to me.
An old backup for the author names and download names had to be used, so if you have recently uploaded or updated your files on the site you might want to check that everything is as it should be. I've also coded a small new feature that lets you change the name of the individual files you have uploaded, so you don't have to remove and reupload your files just to get the file name back.
If you are an Internet Explorer user and have visited this site regularly over the past few weeks then I strongly recommend running a full virus scan of your system, just to be sure.
I'd like to thank all the folks over at the official forums for their support and help.
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