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All right, first of all it sounds like Xbox 360 players of Oblivion can download Mehrunes Razor for free until the 31st of December. Does Bethesda's generosity know no bounds? Credit to Povuholo for spotting that, I didn't see it as it got bumped down the page by Bethesda's relentless reward boasts. You can read about this here.
As I say, Bethesda have also won a plethora of awards for Oblivion, so many that it's probably easier just to link you to their news page rather than post them all here!
As we come to the end of the year Oblivion will no doubt be in the press a lot as Game of the Year lists are published. On a similar note, GameDaily has been publishing it's "Person of the Year" awards. As voted by GameDaily, Todd Howard has come joint 5th place for his role in developing Oblivion.
I've installed a new piece of code into the file database today that manually checks file pages for broken areas. Many people have found mod pages that are only half complete, often missing the right hand side of the page. If you come across a file page with this problem you can click the "Page Broken?" link next to the file name and the system will first check to make sure the page is broken (to stop abuse of the caching system) then reload the cached page if a problem is found.
Hopefully this provides a fix to this annoying problem for normal members of the site.
Due to a security flaw found in the code today someone has managed to exploit a hole in the system and subsequently remove all download information for all files on the database. As a result I have had to restore the system to the last database backup, which was on the 26th of November (6 days ago).
I apologise for the inconvenience but all database related information, including download stats and any new downloads added to the database since this date will no longer be present.
The restore is now complete and you can reupload/edit your files as necessary again.
This has only affected those people who have uploaded or edited their files in the past week.
Over the past few days I've been busy at work trying to add a 'Download History' system to the file database for people who have paid for Supporter Time. Basically this new page allows you to see all the files you've downloaded over the past year. It checks the date of when you downloaded the file against the date of when the file page was last updated and lets you know whether there has been an update since then. This feature is up and running in a beta mode through the member area for TESSource.net You can use it both to see what files you've downloaded in the past (handy if your system has a nasty break down and you lose all your mods!) and check for updates.
One thing to note is that there was no way to check the version of the file you downloaded against the latest version that's been uploaded so a file may be flagged as 'updated' but may not necessarily have been updated with a new version (it may have a changed description, new images, etc. on the file page).
The file tracking/author tracking systems are still in place. This feature is for Supporters only since it's quite intensive on the server resources and would not be able to cope with mass usage.
In other news I've setup an IRC channel recently for visitors of TESSource to talk about things or get support on any problems they are having with the site. I'm in there, and hopefully more will join up from the forums soon. You can access the channel directly via your own IRC client (server: irc.quakenet.org , channel: #gamingsource) or you can use the web client I've setup (for people who have no experience with IRC).
Have fun and come idle with us :)
Knights of the Nine is now available for download on Xbox Live, and the retail version has hit the shelves, which includes Knights of the Nine and all downloadable content to date. The PC version of Knights of the Nine will also be available for download on OblivionDownloads.com on December 4th. Ohh, the excitement.
Another preview has been posted as well, but the link never works for me. I guess being linked on elderscrolls.com has killed their server!
IGN have posted a preview of the new KotN "expansion". They've also posted a bunch of videos and high resolution screenies. It sounds like the KotN questline consists of "go here and fetch/kill this" for pretty much all of it. Spectacular.
Important for Supporters
A bug was recently found and fixed in the "top-up" system that meant that, over the past fortnight if you paid for a subscription it more than likely won't have gone through (although payment has been received) unless you emailed me letting me know.
If you have paid for supporter time but are not receiving the benefits please contact me with the email you used to pay for the time as well as your username and I'll credit your account. Never fear, your supporter time will start from when I set it, not from when you paid :)
Lots of aesthic changes to the site have been done today. Most noteable change is moving the "Files" news, which mostly contained news on the day's uploaded/updated mods directly into the file system and out of the front page of the site. This was done because important general news to do with Morrowind/Oblivion/The site was getting quickly shunted down the page before being seen by a lot of people.
You can see the past 10 days worth of uploaded/updated mods in the left-hand navigation of the file system now.
I've also changed the "Support The Source" notice so that it only shows on the index page of the file system. On any other page it is no longer visible so less scrolling needs to be done to get to actual content.
There's a new interview over at Killer Betties with Pete Hines about Knights of the Nine that clears up quite a few questions. Most importantly, it confirms that this release does behave like an expansion pack:
The disc for PC includes Knights of the Nine plus all the other downloadable content (DLC). So you have to own Oblivion and have it installed to play it.
Unlike some of Pete's pre-release/pre-Knights comments, what he says in this interview should be reliable, as Knights of the Nine is close to release.
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