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Today we have launched our new Video Share functionality across the Nexus sites. The concept of the Video Share section is much like the Image Share section; it's an area where you can showcase the videos that you have made that relate to the games we support in some way. Interviews with modders, reviews of mods you like, story-driven machinima and so on and so forth. It's something we've had on our to-do list for two and a half years now so I'm pleased to finally get this out the door.
First and perhaps most importantly, the Video Share section will only work with YouTube videos. We made a conscious decision to forego hosting videos ourselves for a variety of reasons:
- Most prolific video creators are already using YouTube and a lot are entwined with their commission scheme so it seemed pointless to force them to upload their videos again, here, when a ready made and proven service is already available.
- YouTube have a great and powerful API we can easily hook in to.
- It's unlikely a lot of people already using YouTube would want to upload their videos here anyway as it may result in a loss of subscribers. By linking in with YouTube's API our relationship with YouTube is symbiotic, advantageous to YouTuber's and non-detrimental to prolific YouTuber's.
- Hosting videos, that are often large files that require resource intensive encoding, is a costly investment (it can easily run in to the hundreds of thousands of dollars). It seemed more prudent to continue to direct funds towards the ongoing stability of these sites rather than on a new feature.
- Coding a video player seemed pointless, and a waste of what would likely have been months of programmer time, when YouTube works fine.
- More liability falls on YouTube than us if someone uploads something they shouldn't.
While I understand some of you will not be fans of YouTube it is the most convenient service for us to hook in to. We do not have any plans to support other video services at this time.
As a result the Video Share system becomes an indexing service for videos users upload to YouTube. You might ask, "What's the point, I might as well just go to YouTube". Well, not really. If you go to YouTube and type in "Skyrim mods" you'll get a crap-ton of results with very little filtering options past that. The idea of the Nexus Video Share is to provide a better indexing service than what YouTube can offer, specialised to what users of this site are going to be more interested in and allows authors to showcase their videos, and especially the mods showcased within those videos, more easily to users who are interested in such content.
We've added a new feature to our video share system that I'd like to have implemented into the Image Share section at some point soon. When adding videos to our database you can specify which Nexus mods are being showcased in the video. Something I see time and time again in YouTube comments are users asking the video author what mods they're using. The idea of this system is to allow authors to quickly and easily add these mods to their video pages, providing exposure for those mods while similarly relieving the burden of continually answering the same questions for the author.
If you're looking to add your videos to our Video Share database then we've made it easy for you. We've plugged an importer in to YouTube's API that will connect to your account (via YouTube's API servers, and not ours, for obvious security reasons!), find all your videos and provide you with an easy to use interface to choose the videos you'd like to add to our Video Share. If you're a weekly mod reviewer and you've been releasing a video every week for the past 3 years then you'll probably find it a lot quicker to use our importer than you would manually adding each new video in to our database. Alternatively you can easily add your videos to our database manually using our video adding wizard.
The Video Share guidelines will follow the same rules as the Image Share guidelines which most importantly includes a no nudity/sex rule. I don't currently have any plans to offer a Supporter Video Share that has more liberal rules. We'll just see how it goes.
A Video Share section has always seemed like a logical extension of our Image Share section. I've no idea how much it will be used but considering the two and a half year wait to get around to doing this work I'm just pleased we could finally release it.
An ambitious project known as Beyond Skyrim aims to bring all the provinces of Tamriel to the game of Skyrim. The team has released an official trailer announcing that we will be able to play in Bruma as early as Summer 2014.
Visit the Beyond Skyrim Forums if you want more details, or if you want to help out in any way.
We've released version 0.49.0 of NMM today which includes support for both Starbound and State of Decay. Both are compliments of modders within the community, KrazyTheFox for Starbound and MrxknownJG for State of Decay. Their help in getting support for these games in to NMM has enabled our dedicated NMM programmers to carry on with other projects in NMM (profiling, mainly) so they have my thanks.
Here's the full change log:
- New Feature: Added support for State of Decay.
- New Feature: Added support for Starbound.
- New Feature: Improved the “The Elder Scrolls Online” game detection.
- Bugfix: Fixes the installation of ESO addons on the EU version of the game.
- Bugfix: Some instances of visual category duplication while in category view.
- Bugfix: Clicking on add new category while in plain view was adding the category to the mod list.
In other news the last beta weekend before the game launches has just begun for The Elder Scrolls Online. If you're stuck for things to do this weekend there's no harm in giving it a go if you haven't already.
This is a heads up announcement to please, for the love of all that is good, always keep your wits about you when downloading from here or anywhere on the internet.
There is currently an individual who is placing trojans within well known pieces of Skyrim software, such as the Skyrim Character Editor and even Skyrim Mod Organizer, and then uploading them as new files here on Skyrim Nexus (note, the original files here and here are NOT compromised, this user is uploading new files to the site masquerading as these files). This trojan has code within it that will retrieve any passwords you have stored in your browser and send them to the script kiddy's email address. The script kiddy is then using the details he has stolen from users "unlucky" enough to be exploited in this way, logging in to their accounts here on the Nexus and then uploading another trojan via the same method.
If you believe you may have fallen for this exploit then ALL the passwords you have stored in your browser have been compromised. You should change your passwords immediately for any and all sites you use, and change your passwords on any sites where you have used the same password, even if you don't have that site's login stored.
If you stick to common sense practises while browsing the internet then this will not be a problem for you at all. Things you should always be suspicious of or do:
- Files with comments disabled that have only been uploaded in the past day
- Elaborate and complex files uploaded by new users or users who have previously not uploaded a single file or made a single comment on the sites
- Software that has absolutely no business using your internet connection trying to make a connection to the internet
- Executable files, or files containing .DLL libraries unless you are absolutely sure it can be trusted.
- Always, always run a virus scan on any files you download from this or any site you download from
- If in doubt, don't download or open the file and wait to see what other more experienced users are reporting
I sympathise with the people who have been caught by this, but you got caught by this because you aren't using your common sense. Please, for your sake, keep your wits about you and don't let your guard down when downloading files on the internet.
If you don't have a firewall, or if your firewall does not warn you when new, unrecognised and untrusted software is trying to connect to the internet please follow these steps:
- Find your router
- Rip your router away from any connected cables
- Open the nearest window
- Throw your router out of it
- Close the window
Honestly, get a firewall, install it, and understand how it works. Without one it's very possible your system is a drone in a botnet and likely a part of the perpetual problem of the internet that is DDoS'ing, something that we're no stranger to here.
The latest Elder Scrolls Online beta weekend kicks off today from 12pm EST (well, in fact, it's working already for me, which probably means it's live right now!), and what better way to see it in than with the official launch of our Elder Scrolls Online Nexus site, complete with Nexus Mod Manager support for the game.
Though ESO is an MMORPG that doesn't support the typical type of open modding we've seen in previous Elder Scrolls games (for obvious reasons, it's an MMO), it does have a very open addon platform for the UI, and many mods have already been released while the game is in beta. I've been contacting the mod authors I can get a hold of on the official forums for their permission to upload their files to our ESO Nexus site before launch and all of them have responded very positively to the question, which is always nice to see. As such our site is already populated with multiple different mods to kick-start the ESO beta weekend. On a side note, if you've released addons for ESO and you haven't heard from me, it's not because I don't like you, it's just because I couldn't find you on the beta forums to contact you, and it would be rude to contact you on ESOUI or other sites, outside of the official forums, about the subject.
On top of the site launch we've also released an update to our Nexus Mod Manager today that comes complete with direct mod support for ESO. ESO modding is pretty darned simple, all you need to do is extract the files in to a specific folder on your PC, but using NMM to manage your files will obviously enable the perks of using a mod manager such as easy installation, activation, deactivation and uninstallation of your mods (without having to mess around in your file system each time) and notifications when mods you're using are out of date. Even better, our open source NMM will work with mods from other greats sites, like ESOUI, so even if you don't want to or can't get some mods from the Nexus, you can still use NMM to manage your ESO mods from other sites. I think that's a pretty important feature of any mod manager.
I'll be taking part in the beta weekend, though I won't be able to get on this evening as it digs in to my usual Friday night festivities and I can't bring myself to cancel on friends for an MMO beta. I am playing as my usual game name, "iPokeZombiesWithSpoons". If you'd like to add me and meet up in game, in a completely platonic way, then by all means send me an invite.
In other NMM news, and perhaps exciting news if you're easily excitable, we've implemented a search box in to NMM at long last. It should be pretty self-explanatory as to what it does; typing in the search box will show you mods that contain the text you've written. And a quick-tip: pressing CTRL+F will focus the search box for you when in the mod tab.
Update 0.48.0 also brings with it a few bug fixes as well as some better tracing for us to help diagnose user login and mod updating issues. As always, you can download the update from our NMM download page, which, incidentally, shows we hit the 3 million unique downloads mark over the past few days. Whew, that's quite a lot.
Just a quick heads up to let you know that we are aware that the sites were down for two hours today between the hours of 10am and 12pm GMT. For once, it wasn't us!
This problem rose above our server provider and above the data centre in which our servers are hosted to a huge internet hub in the UK at Telehouse London. Telehouse London is the main hub of the UK, so if something goes wrong there, it trickles down to everything that connects to it.
As you're reading this now things should, fingers crossed, be back to normal again. If this occurs in the future, and I'm actually online and aware of the problem at the time, I will always try to update the Nexus Twitter account account with the details. I'd use Facebook, but now that Facebook wants to charge me to actually reach everyone who has liked us there, it doesn't work as an announcement platform.
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