• 19 March 2007

    New Site Poll

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    There's a new poll in town ready for the upcoming Shivering Isles release. Let me know if you're going to be buying the game or not because, well, I'm interested!

    The last poll asked "Have you bought Knights of the Nine?"

    Yes - 51% / 2369 Votes
    No - 40% / 1869 Votes
    I don't play Oblivion any more - 9% / 410 Votes

    Interesting how 9% of visitors to the site don't even play Oblivion any more. Got to wonder what they're doing here! Never mind.
  • 08 March 2007

    Fan Interview and SI Trailer

    posted by Switch Game News
    There's been a fan interview at the ES forums. Also, a trailer for the Shivering Isles has been released. Enjoy!

  • 03 March 2007

    Shivering Isles Interviews and Previews

    posted by Switch Game News
    Yes, more of them. Sorry I haven't updated in a while but I figure most people are watching the official site anyway. Probably simplest to just do a list:

    GameDaily Preview
    Pro-G Preview
    Edge Interview
    Game Industry News Preview
    GameSpot Preview
    gamesblog Interview
    Cosmos Gaming Preview

  • 19 February 2007

    Downloads Slow

    posted by Dark0ne Site News
    Hi folks,

    The downloads on the file server have been a bit slow lately. I wasn't aware of the problem and only got wise to the situation when someone informed me but, after close inspection, it seems a russian user was deliberately leeching the bandwidth off the same file on the site in order to saturate the connection on the server, slowing it down for everyone.

    Certain measures have been taken to stop this from happening in the future and, now that I'm wise to it, I'll hopefully monitor the situation a bit more closely over the coming weeks.

    Sorry for the problems.
  • 18 February 2007

    Interviews/Previews Galore

    posted by Switch Game News
    Yet more interviews and previews for Shivering Isles. Bethesda have added a ton of different interviews and previews to their respective interviews/previews pages. Can I be bothered to read them? Well, no. But I'm sure they're full of hyp-er, that is, useful information. Just an FYI!

  • 11 February 2007

    Previews previews previews

    posted by Switch Game News
    Gamehelper, Shacknews, and Voodoo Extreme have all posted Shivering Isles previews with a fair bit of new info in them, and even some screenshots that I don't think have been shown before. Just thought I'd post an FYI!

  • 07 February 2007

    Another Interview

    posted by Switch Game News
    Yes, another one about Shivering Isles. This time ActionTrip has sat down with Mark Nelson. Popular guy at the moment it would seem. There's not really any new info in this one, but maybe worth a look if you're obsessing about the release!

  • 02 February 2007

    Shivering Isles Interview

    posted by Switch Game News
    Firing Squad have sat down for an interview with Bethesda's Mark Nelson about the new Oblivion expansion, Shivering Isles. There's a bit of info in there (more hints) about the expansion, although not so good news for Xbox 360 owners:
    "Right now, a retail expansion isn’t an option on the 360. We’ve talked to Microsoft about it, and continue to do so, but our ability to do that isn’t up to us at this point. Certainly it’s an option we’d like to have, as you tend to sell more games when you make it available in as many places as possible."
    Though you can still get it via Xbox Live. And also, on the pay mods for Oblivion:
    "We're considering a couple more right now, but past that, we have no definite plans."
    So it sounds like they may finally be giving up on the idea... again not so good for the Xbox 360 players though.
  • 18 January 2007

    Shivering Isles Official Confirmation

    posted by Switch Game News
    Bethesda Softworks have officially announced that they are working on the Shivering Isles expansion pack for Oblivion. Details and the first screenshots can be found here. The listed features are:
    • Experience a branching questline surrounding the endless cycle of mania and despair.
    • See a world created in Sheogorath’s own image, one divided between Mania and Dementia and unlike anything you’ve experienced in Oblivion.
    • Battle the denizens of Shivering Isles, a land filled with hideous insects, Flesh Atronachs, skeletal Shambles, amphibeous Grummites, and many more.
    • Find and wield new weapons and armor, or have new ones forged for you by the talented craftsmen of Crucible and Bliss.
    • Explore a bizarre landscape filled with twisting, vast dungeons buried within the roots of the trees themselves.
    • Unravel the mystery surrounding the endless cycle of madness and destruction that threatens to destroy the Shivering Isles.
    Sounds quite promising thus far! We'll just have to wait and see whether it delivers.
  • 17 January 2007

    Top 99 Feature

    posted by Dark0ne Mod News
    Hi folks,

    Feedback suggested that people wanted a list of the top rated mods in the file database but I wanted to avoid a generic list of top files by mean averages for each individual file because, upon searching the database, it turns out that over 100 files in the database have a rating of "10" (the top rating) if doing rounding. Queue my trusty online site,, which has a top 250 movies section as rated by their members, but it uses the bayesian formula -- something I ignored completely on my Computer Science degree ;)

    The formula is as follows:

    weighted rating (WR) = (v ÷ (v+m)) × R + (m ÷ (v+m)) × C

    R = average for the file (mean) = (Rating)
    v = number of votes for the file = (votes)
    m = minimum votes required to be listed in the Top 99 (currently 30)
    C = the mean vote across the whole report (currently 8.26)

    The minimum number of ratings (one per user) a file needs to be considered for the top 99 is 30; obviously the lower this number is the easier it is for new mods to get in the top 10 and the harder it is for older mods, therefore I hope to increase this number as more ratings are made; so keep rating the files you download from TESSource and you'll see a more accurate top 99 listing. Currently almost 40,000 ratings have been registered on the site.

    Enjoy the new feature, it will be available in the menu on TESSource when the cache resets at midnight GMT (or right now if you're a Supporter).

    Thanks :)