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YouTube user Jason Yang cloned himself for one very special reason: to play beautiful Skyrim music to you. That's so nice!



And the Jason Yang clone orchestra doesn't only play the violin. There's some drumming, too. Clone drumming.



Skyrim Violin Cover [YouTube]


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Fallout: New Vegas Developer Releases a Personal ModSometimes games aren't to your exact liking. If you have computer skills, maybe you can create a mod. If you have computer skills and developed the game, well, you can do that, too.



J.E. Sawyer, who worked as project director on Fallout: New Vegas and the game's DLC, created a mod for his own playthroughs. As Shacknews (via website No Mutants Allowed) pointed out, the mod increases the number of weapons and armor and cuts the level cap, XP gain, health, and healing.



The mod is available via Sawyer. You will need all Fallout: New Vegas DLC installed as well as the pre-order bonus packs and Fallout Mod Manager.



So why did Sawyer release a mod instead of a patch? "The game's over," he wrote. "The ship has sailed. No one is working on it anymore. No testers, nothing. This mod is just me working in my free time. If I horribly botch something, you can just un-check the mod and go on your way." Sounds good to me.



Fallout: New Vegas was originally released in Oct. 2010.



J.E. Sawyer releases his own Fallout: New Vegas mod [No Mutants Allowed via Shacknews]


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Skyrim is Filled with Memorable Characters, Like That One GuyIn today's memorable edition of Speak Up on Kotaku, commenter Eatplaysleepmore thinks he's found a major character flaw in Bethesda's latest masterpiece. Do you agree?



Just how forgettable are these characters?



I just finally finished Skyrim, kinda had to deal with some massive issues to finish it though (one of the unlucky PS3 copies). Story was ok, but here is my biggest realization, the characters in this "real living world" (as some Skyrim fans like to call it because they do jobs and stuff) are so non-existent.



I am trying to remember names of most of the people and I just can't. Ulfric Stormcloak and Alduin are the only ones I can remember, obviously because they play the biggest role in the story but that's really it.



Now I know a lot of people hated most (if not all) the characters from Final Fantasy XIII (hell I do too) but the names and faces stay with you. If someone came up to you and asked you a question about Lighting, her face would show up in your head and the way she dressed(maybe even her voice).



But if I were to ask, hey remember those siblings in the first town you run into? You would be like oh yeah, I forgot what they looked like and their names though.



Even with Dragon Quest 9, where you made your own silent character, I can recall 5+ names in there than I can with Skyrim.



I am just hoping Bethesda adds more "character" to these people, yeah I get that this is "my" story but can't I have some memorable interesting characters to interact with along the way?



About Speak Up on Kotaku: Our readers have a lot to say, and sometimes what they have to say has nothing to do with the stories we run. That's why we have a forum on Kotaku called Speak Up. That's the place to post anecdotes, photos, game tips and hints, and anything you want to share with Kotaku at large. Every weekday we'll pull one of the best Speak Up posts we can find and highlight it here.
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Perhaps these Dr. Zoidberg modded Skyrim mudcrabs aren't as freaky as the contorted spider Spider-Men, but their screams of agony when you kill them are pretty spot on.



Also, thanks to XtremeScope we get to see the two doing battle. Someone really needs to do a full-on Futurama mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


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There's no credit given forFancyPantz is the creator of this mod—which takes the giant spiders found in Bethesda's mega-hit action role-playing game and turns them in creepy multiples of Marvel Comics' flagship character—but I'm thinking the guy's last name in real life has to be Osborn.



You'd need to share the Green Goblin's insane obsession with Peter Parker's masked identity to cook up a tweak that mutates the already disturbing enemies and changing them to look like Spider-Man. And when the scrabbling abominations start running amok? That's probably just what the web-slinger's archenemy sees when he has nightmares. After watching this, I know that I, for one, will be having those same nightmares.



Look out here comes the Spiderman... in Skyrim [Reddit]


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Final Fantasy XIII's Lightning Strikes SkyrimIt's East meets West. A Japanese gamer has inserted Final Fantasy XIII heroine Lightning into The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with a character mod. Here are the results. What do you think?



The stockings and starch white outfit look out of place, but Lightning sure can pull off a simple tunic.



Japanese role-playing game Final Fantasy XIII was released in 2009 in Japan. Skyrim came out in Nov. Read Kotaku's reviews of Skyrim and FFXIII.



『スカイリム(skyrim)』でFF13のライトニングのキャラMODを動かしてみたスクリーンショットが美しい [がめログ]



Final Fantasy XIII's Lightning Strikes Skyrim

Final Fantasy XIII's Lightning Strikes Skyrim

Final Fantasy XIII's Lightning Strikes Skyrim

Final Fantasy XIII's Lightning Strikes Skyrim

Final Fantasy XIII's Lightning Strikes Skyrim


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The Guy Who Made GTA IV Look This Gorgeous Is Hard At Work on Modding SkyrimThe Icenhancer graphic mod for Grand Theft Auto IV turns Rockstar's game into something some could mistake for film, rather than a video game.



And now Hayssam Keilany says he is working on a mod to turn the sometimes jagged world of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim into a similar moving masterpiece.



Keilany dropped a few images on his Facebook page earlier this week showing off a much improved Skyrim and hinting at the coming of some mod work.



"More informations tomorrow or later on the forum. If you guys have question about the Skyrim one. Taking a break of GTA4 modding for few days, but still creating textures is kinda long. (trees, grass,etc)"



The Guy Who Made GTA IV Look This Gorgeous Is Hard At Work on Modding Skyrim



The Guy Who Made GTA IV Look This Gorgeous Is Hard At Work on Modding Skyrim


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The backwards-flying dragon killing and magic-resistance fixing Skyrim 1.3 patch is now live on the Xbox 360, according to Bethesda's official The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Twitter account. Go get it and then marvel at the lack of reverse dragons.


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Skyrim, Japan Likes YouDuring this year's Tokyo Game Show, this one Japanese dude I met kept going on and on about the game he was looking forward to most. That game was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. He was not alone.



For a foreign game, heck for a domestic game, Skyrim posted an impressive entry in the Japanese sales charts, debuting at number four and selling 75,865 copies. That's the PS3 version. The Xbox 360 version sold another 37,037 copies.



Coming in at third on the sales chart was Super Mario 3D Land at 89,743 copies, Mario Kart 7 at 183,834 copies, and Monster Hunter 3G at 521,959 copies. Skyrim is in good company.



Role-playing games are traditionally popular in Japan. Its Japanese success is a bit of a no-brainer. The game is getting stellar reviews in Japanese publications, online and offline.



One thing that has helped the title in Japan could be that Skyrim allows players to switch between first-person and third-person views. Third-person games are more popular in Japan as, someone at Capcom once told me, Japanese gamers prefer to see the character. No wonder Bethesda's Fallout games have a sizeable following.



Another thing that helped Skyrim in Japan is that it's a great game.



週間ソフト&ハードセルスルーランキング(2011年11月28日~12月4日) [Media Create via NeoGAF via CVG]


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There's an exploit in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that allows players to put a bucket on characters' heads and take their stuff.



This video not only asks what that would be like in real life, but also, what would it be like doing that to a man in a flannel shirt? Something like this, I guess.



Skyrim Buckethead Glitch In Real Life [YouTube]


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