AKB's Auto Korrect Blog: The Empire -- Dead and Buried?

  02:33:00 am, by AKB   , 1398 words  
Viewed 25339 times since 09/16/14
Categories: Elder Scrolls, Analysis

Tamriel

Ahh, the Empire. A truly amazing dominion of semi-independent states headed by the prestigious Septim Dynasty, who followed in the footsteps of the Reman Dynasty and Saint Alessia herself to forge a continent spanning regime. While the capital, the Imperial City is found in the central province of Cyrodiil, The Empire also controls the provinces of Black Marsh, Elsweyr, Hammerfell, High Rock, Morrowind, Skyrim, and the Summerset Isles. Truly, there is no more prestigious and grand nation in existence! And it is almost certainly doomed. Let's examine the troubled existence of the Empire after the break.

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AKB's Auto Korrect Blog: A Brief History of the UESP

  03:38:00 am, by AKB   , 1617 words  
Viewed 25501 times since 08/28/14
Categories: UESP
I wonder what the name of the sword is...

The UESP has expanded tremendously over the last few years, almost too fast for even an administrator like me to keep up all the time. As it turns out, when your site doubles the number of articles it has in less than a year, some people might lose the script. It doesn't help that we haven't been exactly diligent with recording our site's history. Okay, technically we've recorded every single thing we've ever done, but that doesn't count. I want an easy to read version. But when you're the nth generation user of a website which has gone through several different versions, additions, and changes, it's hard to retroactively fix this issue. And it is an issue, we might have really grown in more directions than we can comfortably track. For example, were you, dear reader, aware that the UESP has a Youtube Channel? Because I wasn't. I AM AN ADMINISTRATOR OF THIS SITE, AND I DID NOT KNOW WE HAVE A YOUTUBE ACCOUNT. Thankfully, no one else noticed it, but that channel is just the ultimate sign of how some confusion may crop up as a site expands if it does not keep a user friendly site history up to date. For goodness sake, our website is almost 21, in a little while it'll be old enough to drink... and I already made that joke in the last blog entry.

But in the interest in not doing another rant, I'm going to try to do a basic overview of the UESP's history. I'll give it an honesty try, at least. So here's A Brief History of the UESP From the Point of View of Someone Who Missed the Majority of it, But His Parts Are the Best Anyway So That Doesn't Really Matter, which you can see after the break.

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AKB's Auto Korrect Blog: 20th Anniversary Blues

  11:15:00 pm, by AKB   , 965 words  
Viewed 16819 times since 08/19/14
Categories: Elder Scrolls, UESP, Rants
What it all comes down to

You know what I hate? Complaining. Yes, I understand the intense irony of that claim, but it's absolutely true. I know that most of my blog posts are nothing but barely concealed rants about the smallest details relating to the series, ranging from complaining about swimming mechanics to lengthy tirades over a simple question, but that's not the kind of person I truly like to be. I don't like complaining about things I don't like, I think it's unhealthy for the mind to be focused on the negative. So in a daring move to free myself from these corrupting impulses, I spent the last few months meditating on any blog topic that would not revolve around some niggling little issue. So after that prolonged absence, I have returned with more minor issues to drone on about. Today, specifically on my mixed feelings about the twentieth anniversary of the Elder Scrolls franchise. See the rest after the break.

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News Roundup

  08:59:00 pm, by   , 168 words  
Viewed 11236 times since 08/15/14
Categories: Elder Scrolls, News

The new dye system seems to be receiving a generally positive reception from fans.

Some payment complications have arisen for ESO subscribers which may force some to remain offline for a short time. ZeniMax is working to address the issue and has issued assurances that all affected players will get their full 30 days' worth of playing time.

Update 4 has been promised for September (see the video below). Players will be able to continue the saga of Craglorn, this time in Upper Craglorn, where they will find a new Trial, group challenge, quests, difficulty modes, and the new Dragonstar Arena.

At Raptr, a PC online gaming site which publishes the top 20 games their roughly 22 million users are playing every month, ESO dropped from #8 to #20 from May to June, evidently due to the release of the new Wildstar, and fell off the list in July. TES V: Skyrim has shown the opposite trend: it was not in the top 20 in May, then jumped from #19 to #14 from June to July.

SuperData: Over 750,000 ESO subscribers

  04:30:00 pm, by   , 119 words  
Viewed 18375 times since 07/18/14
Categories: Elder Scrolls, News

According to SuperData, there have been 772,374 subscribers to ESO as of June. If all of those subscribers renewed their subscriptions beyond the first free month, Bethesda and ZeniMax would take in $11 million a month. However, the number of subscribers who have opted to keep paying for the game has not been disclosed.

The report also notes that ESO is challenging perceived market trends, as subscription revenue from MMOs has been decreasing since 2010, but they speculate that the influence of ESO has already caused other new releases to embrace a subscription-based model, and there will likely be more of them in the future.

It remains unclear whether Bethesda and ZeniMax will maintain the subscription fee, but the online debate continues.