The History of Bethesda Game Studios - Elder Scrolls / Fallout Documentary


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  • Joshua Payne
    Joshua Payne 19 hours ago

    I have to agree, Morrowind really was the best and Bethesda hasn't reached that height since. They won't ever because they've dumbed their games down for the casual gamers. They still make great games though (as long as 76 is the exception).

  • Cornholio Casts
    Cornholio Casts Day ago

    And now they make open world shooters with a 20 year old engine and no RPG elements what so ever.. oh yeah and the 2 million bugs that mods have to fix for free...

  • Nate Jennings
    Nate Jennings Day ago

    My brother still has his original Xbox disc of Morrowind. I have the PC releases of Morrowind, Oblivion, Fallout 3, and Fallout New Vegas via Love'em.

  • kudosbudo
    kudosbudo Day ago

    Oh god future shock was amazing and damn LOOOOONG to play through.

  • Renard
    Renard 2 days ago

    yeah fo76, there's no modders around to fix the game for you beth devs. though stuff... having to fix your own mess this time... not that you care of course.

  • DcMango
    DcMango 2 days ago


  • Xenith Xenaku
    Xenith Xenaku 2 days ago

    **sings** Tell me, lies tell me sweet little lies!

  • Yuni X2
    Yuni X2 2 days ago

    Here they are talking positively about F:NV. And here I thought that the fanbase was right about Bethesda's super deep fucking hatred of the game. That's one of the many examples of blind party loyalty in works folks,they tend to alter reality to fit their description when talking to those unknowning.

  • Jefke Intwestvlaams
    Jefke Intwestvlaams 3 days ago

    my opinion, it is hard to say, but my best fallout game is still new vegas, and it's not made by bethesda

  • Sagara Sousuke
    Sagara Sousuke 3 days ago +3

    So, what happened with all the standards they talked about here when they were making Fallout 76? xD

  • Schnake Eyes
    Schnake Eyes 3 days ago

    IF Fallout 4 was a true fallout game, you could kill Preston and everyone else in the room and side with the guys downstairs, with dynamic faction wars like in NV. Oh and Skills

  • kathryn0200
    kathryn0200 3 days ago +2

    can't watch through my tears

  • Robert Williams
    Robert Williams 4 days ago

    That giant motif of Alduin's Wall is AWESOME!!!
    That said, please oh god please, let Elder Scrolls VI be good.

  • Mr.Aptronym
    Mr.Aptronym 4 days ago

    15:52 I am part of that contingent of fans that still insists Morrorwind was the high point. Not a perfect game by any means (That leveling system is painful) but that "Stranger in a strange land" sense of exploration is amazing. I've always felt that Oblivion gave up too much to get the game working on consoles and appealing to a mass market audience (and every game since, progressively more so). I am not against streamlining in general, but I think a lot of depth was lost with the complexity and I am not sure everything that was given up needed to be.
    Maybe the more mixed fan reception of FO4 followed by the actual decline of sales and critical reception for FO76 will give Bethesda another ultimatum like they had before Morrowind. I think Bethesda has focused on creating lovely worlds, but they have abandoned the immersive roleplaying aspect. I always got the feeling that the devs are shoving things in until the last second, and I have appreciated that, but maybe Bethesda needs to get some people focusing on the fun earlier in development.

  • Kyle Miller
    Kyle Miller 5 days ago

    Pretty sure I'm going to need to replay everything from red guard forward. I forgot how awesome morrowind was

  • Mikael Hänninen
    Mikael Hänninen 5 days ago

    I still get goosebumps from the Fallout 4 intro. It's so beautiful.

  • Kijinn
    Kijinn 5 days ago +2

    So here's my opinion and I understand that other people feel differently about the topic, but allow me to express my feelings, please.
    I'm irritated to see and hear how much everyone at Bethesda seems to have their heads up their own asses. There's no humility in anything they say and even when they talk about things that are nothing special at all, they praise themselves on it like they invented a cure for cancer.
    They live in a bubble, completely isolating themselves from the realities happening outside, is the impression I get.
    Their games are really mostly mediocre, with the only impressive aspect being the scale, the amounts of items, NPCs, monsters and quests. But each individual thing actually borders on barely sufficient. The textures, models and animations are often crude compared to the competition. The combat and magic systems are uninspired/generic. Movement and interaction with the world feel clumsy. The stealth system is ridiculous (hiding in plain sight in the middle of an empty, brightly lit room). The stories are never intriguing or touching. The dungeons are too formulaic to give a feeling of adventure. And all of their games quickly start feeling stale unless you add mods.
    Money and success got to their heads, leaving them unable to reflect in the light of realism. It's sad!

  • Fancy Phil
    Fancy Phil 6 days ago

    This is one very well made and entertaining commercial! Thank you!

  • Dirty_old_Gamer
    Dirty_old_Gamer 6 days ago

    They have made good games with so funny bugs but I think it‘s time for big changes and a new propper working engine.

  • Noah Stevens
    Noah Stevens 6 days ago

    God of War (2018) is the first game to take Oblivions place as the best game ever made in my opinion. The Witcher 3 was very close. King for TWELVE YEARS.

  • charles gee
    charles gee 6 days ago +2

    Ooof! This is a rough watch now lol

  • Mimiyo
    Mimiyo 7 days ago +4

    Fallout 76 is not good... Still love Todd doe I mean how could you hate him ❤

  • brondeef
    brondeef 7 days ago +1

    would love to see a companion piece on Obsidian

  • Rekkabites Thirteen
    Rekkabites Thirteen 8 days ago +3

    Seems this documentary panders to Bethesda rather than the audience as some very important info about Bethesda misdealings with Obsidian were completely glossed over... 18 months to complete a Fallout game! And the millions of dollars Bethesda cheated Obsidian out of because of the low score on Metacritic! You guys need to do a Documentary on Obsidian/InXile/Troika/Black Isle Studios/Interplay. Those guys are the real heroes of the gaming industry.

  • radialdrift
    radialdrift 8 days ago +1

    "You can do practically anything with a Fallout game" Like re-use assets from one genre and pop into a totally unrelated genre? "We put everything into these games" - Like crap loads of game breaking bugs?

    • Joosek Michael
      Joosek Michael 5 days ago

      +radialdrift it's matter of taste and the feeling, nothing more. I don't expect anything big anymore, I just let them do what they want, and if I'm satisfied, thats more than enough. However I agree that Todd has told many lies, and I don't put my trust on Bethesda that much, that way I wont get dissapointed over and over again.
      And yes, I have played the previous games of Fallout, believe or not, and I find the latest one to be my liking and surprisingly good, which got me addicted quite badly....I don't need medals for that, but I also don't exclude the idea that they might redeem themselves later, if the upcoming games are good enough after FO 76, which was very dissapointing....but you can't expect every game to be a huge hit. Hopefully, they make up something better but we shall see.

    • radialdrift
      radialdrift 5 days ago

      +Joosek Michael Wow, you had a great experience. Do you want a medal? Fallout 4 was a pile of crap. Recycled story from 3, zero consequences, (i gather you haven't played the previous games) piss poor combat to cater to console gamers, instead of focusing on the core PC gamers that built the franchise. Bethesda have been a shit developer for a long time but have gotten a free ride. Finally they are getting their just desserts. Hopefully Howard gets sacked for his constant lies.

    • Joosek Michael
      Joosek Michael 6 days ago

      There's people who appreciate tiny things, and people who simply sees nothing but the negative....My Fallout 4 haven't got much of any of game breaking bugs, and I play on PS4 for crying out loud.

  • LOBE
    LOBE 8 days ago


  • Andrew Fuhriman
    Andrew Fuhriman 9 days ago +4

    we need a obsidian documentary

  • ColeProS
    ColeProS 9 days ago +3

    What happened Bethesda? :/

  • Mark Mangalino
    Mark Mangalino 11 days ago +1

    hoping the next entry would be as epic as this unlike 76

  • BrianMWrong
    BrianMWrong 11 days ago

    49:00 the most awkward minute in the documentary

    • BrianMWrong
      BrianMWrong 11 days ago +1

      and now Obsidian is going to laugh their way to the bank with The Outer Worlds.

  • Andrew T
    Andrew T 13 days ago +2

    ...and then Fallout 76 :/

  • Roninho
    Roninho 17 days ago +1


  • grey mouser
    grey mouser 18 days ago +1

    Watching this makes me sad. It would seem Bethesda dev team have lost their way with all the shenanigans of Fallout 76 and PR nightmares.

  • Daniel C
    Daniel C 18 days ago +1

    I can just about guarantee that everyone Emil Pagliarulo works with thinks he’s a twat.

  • Mike B
    Mike B 20 days ago

    I'd love a documentary on Tango Gameworks, even though I know it's harder to get in with the Japanese devs .... Evil Within 1 & 2 are easily 2 of my favorite games of all time.

  • Mike B
    Mike B 20 days ago

    I remember sitting down with Fallout 3 for the first time thinking it was another shooter. Going into the subway system and realizing i could go any direction and there was no end... and that I could go anywhere... I was hooked instantly.

  • Brian Cherry
    Brian Cherry 20 days ago

    I never found a Gary vault :( At least, not that I remember.

  • Disfavored
    Disfavored 20 days ago +1

    "we had to create gun combat from the ground up"
    Uhh didnt they actually just use the spell system from oblivion? Guns are all just spells and the bullets are the number of enchantments, ammo is a soulstone

  • Joe s
    Joe s 21 day ago

    Heaven on earth

  • Yung Smae
    Yung Smae 22 days ago

    *Thank you, kind sir!*

  • Kevin Robinson
    Kevin Robinson 22 days ago +108

    Oh how the mighty have fallen

    • Noah Stevens
      Noah Stevens 14 hours ago +2

      @SC W1 Did you buy Fallout 76? Besides this conversation of fraud, my original point was that I'm not going to condemn them forever because of one mistake. I'll wait to see Starfield, and even if that's not great, it's new for them, I'll give TESVI a chance to. If TESVI isn't great then I'll have sufficient cause to judge the studio.

    • SC W1
      SC W1 14 hours ago

      +Noah Stevens 'We live in a capitalist society , this is normal ' reinforces my point they are thieves .

    • Noah Stevens
      Noah Stevens 14 hours ago

      @SC W1 "false product advertising"? We live in a capitalist society. This is standard practice. BGS doesn't make all the decisions either, they have corporate oversight. Like I said things get complicated in million dollar companies who have bottom lines. Not everyone gets to be subsidize by their government (CDPR).

    • SC W1
      SC W1 15 hours ago

      +Noah Stevens they used false product advertising and took the money without delivering what they promised, this is Fraud which is theft .

    • Noah Stevens
      Noah Stevens 15 hours ago +1

      @SC W1 They made one sub-par game which wasn't a main series instalment, rather a side experiment. They've looked at/tested multiplayer for every game since the development of Oblivion. They finally brought that experiment to the market and the results are in. I think we don't need to worry about them wasting time/resources testing multiplayer in TESVI development. Lastly to call them thieves makes it hard to take you seriously. They didn't force anyone to buy anything.

  • Darren Ives
    Darren Ives 26 days ago

    Thank you all for skyrim and fallout ..

  • 7eequa
    7eequa 26 days ago +4

    its sad to revisit this documentary after the release of 76... oh well all is not lost... hope they gather themselves; for all we know and love!

  • Jesse Outlaw
    Jesse Outlaw 28 days ago

    They actually said it was 'interesting to see some else's take' on fallout when Obsidian, a company with a bunch of staff at the time who worked on fallout 1&2, made New Vegas? Bethesda could have learned a lot from them, and instead... this.

  • ItsAllGoodGames
    ItsAllGoodGames Month ago +1

    "there hasnt been a nuclear aniihilation yet" shared universe confirmed!

  • Rich
    Rich Month ago +2

    "Not even the minecraft community's that old"
    Weird comparison.

  • Agathor 1930
    Agathor 1930 Month ago +3

    I love these documentaries!

  • Lord Helix
    Lord Helix Month ago +1

    the one thing on the list he mentioned. Sci-Fi.look ath E3 2018. STARFIELD. wow.

  • Jory Stultz
    Jory Stultz Month ago

    Tod Howard looks like Dennis Reynolds and the bald guy sounds like Tina from Bob's burgers.

  • Chris Carson
    Chris Carson Month ago +1

    I have a Morrowind install. Play it a lot sometimes. I use the OpenMW engine these days though.

  • Chancey C
    Chancey C Month ago +2

    Ive always wanted to work there

  • sam jan
    sam jan Month ago +1

    54:40 is that canonical. I don't know lore.

    • Franz Sanders
      Franz Sanders 28 days ago

      sam jan It’s the most canonical - I don’t know what you’re talking about.

  • Greggy D
    Greggy D Month ago

    Hah! Too bad fallout 76 looks to be a total mess, likely a commercial flop..
    Seems that fallout 76 is just filler; an attempt to put out content during peak development of bigger titles.. This game is just an awkward release for Bethesda, it's clearly an "in between projects" type of project.. We should hear news of ES:6 or starfield at e3 next year with 2020 being a likely release for one or the other..

  • Winston Smith
    Winston Smith Month ago

    can someone explain to me what he means @18:38 about "breaking your game in Morrowind" ??? Ive never played and I dont understand what he means, thanks

    • Winston Smith
      Winston Smith 25 days ago

      +Nate Poch Ahhhh, I see. Thats such a cool dynamic. A pity theyve abandoned it. Thanks for replying :)

    • Nate Poch
      Nate Poch 25 days ago +1

      Winston Smith He’s referring to the fact in Morrowind, you could kill crucial quest givers and story characters, effectively “breaking” the structure of the game. Unfortunately, this is a design philosophy they would abandon starting with Oblivion.

  • John Smith
    John Smith Month ago +2

    Someday the technology will exist to make a Skyrim work with multiple players without it ending up like ESO.

  • Rex Holes
    Rex Holes Month ago +3

    I was going through a really rough time when Morrowind came out it helped me escape for a few hours from my troubles its really special to me

  • Kristoffer Pettersson
    Kristoffer Pettersson Month ago +2

    Even though i haven't been a huge fan of their latest works and found Skyrim a bit too dumbed down for my taste i have to say it's quite cool to see a developer stay so tightly knit over so many years. Same building and a lot of the same people for over 20 years is very impressive in this industry.

  • Aaron Tyler
    Aaron Tyler Month ago

    To bad they suck balls now and have no emotion in their gameplay..

  • Alaksandu the Exorkizein

    Shitty studio is shitty. Thanks for the dumb down on everything for the fucking plebeians. Oh and for ruining Fallout.

    • Joosek Michael
      Joosek Michael 6 days ago

      Seriously, a few games which didn't success well, and it's already shitty? You expect every game company doing successful job like they are some robots or mass production? wow, like one fucking game somehow ruined Fallout, and suddenly this one sad excuse of a online multiplayer defines the whole Fallout series?? I can't say they're perfect, far from it, but it's no wonder why Skyrim and Fallout 4 are QUITE popular and successful ones...for a reason. These games take an enormous amount of effort and dedication to make, go make better then, I dare you....

  • Liam F
    Liam F Month ago

    morrowind is nostalgic as fuck to me, fond memories of just killing people randomly, taking off my clothes and hearing the disgusted npcs sqwerm. i was a weird kid what can i say.

  • An Orange A Day Keeps The Scurvy Away

    Why does the woman @1:00:55 swear each time before she says "knife"?
    Foul mouthed.

  • Raging Winter
    Raging Winter Month ago +10

    From all this Masterpieces to F76...

  • X X
    X X 2 months ago +2

    Bethesda is the new EA

  • Tadlada pate
    Tadlada pate 2 months ago

    Why the title and description are in french?

  • Amse Master
    Amse Master 2 months ago +1

    Obviously these games take an enormous amount of effort and dedication to make.
    This makes the people who bitch about these games look even more like the total asshole idiots that they are.

  • Amse Master
    Amse Master 2 months ago +1

    This is amazingly well done for a youtube/internet documentary. Excellent work by the noclip team.

  • Andrewf5251
    Andrewf5251 2 months ago

    its sad that bethesda havent made a single good game since skyrim .

  • NightCrow1917
    NightCrow1917 2 months ago

    1:11:25 Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na...MOTHMAN

  • Pumpkin Faced Cunt
    Pumpkin Faced Cunt 2 months ago +1

    *It just works*

  • LifeAfterBreakfast
    LifeAfterBreakfast 2 months ago

    amazing. Now i feel like playing Morrowind.

  • Inexpressible Genic
    Inexpressible Genic 2 months ago

    Really great work :)

  • captainjumptoast
    captainjumptoast 2 months ago

    This was such a well done production. This deserves so many more views. Spicy spicy work here.

  • malpigwalt
    malpigwalt 2 months ago

    Fallout New Vegas still is the best game, deal with it.
    And F4 is a piece of boring shit.

  • Василий Немцов

    You've become fat!

  • MrSnaztastic
    MrSnaztastic 2 months ago

    How could you not get them to play the alternate takes of Ron Perlman's immortal dialogue? Massive missed opportunity!

  • VicAlmeida1983
    VicAlmeida1983 2 months ago

    i am still hoping that Bethesda decide to make a remaster of fallout 1, fallout 2 and tactics. don't ask much. it could keep the nostalgic isometric view and the turn base combat but with more detailed graphics and characters models...

  • Dan Max
    Dan Max 2 months ago

    Легендарная студия - легендарные игры.

  • grtamericanhero
    grtamericanhero 2 months ago

    Godd Howard...we are not worthy!

  • VoltageLP
    VoltageLP 2 months ago

    @55:30 what about Half Life? =)

  • smoke hazard
    smoke hazard 2 months ago

    This really shines a light on the company. . Man. . They need to take fallout as serious if not more serioulsy then skyrim.

  • Drowzie James
    Drowzie James 2 months ago +1

    I loved this video. Learned a lot about arguably my favorite game producing studios :)

  • guns
    guns 2 months ago

    Now it comes to today with their connecting live services, battle royal, multi player trending, micro transactions and everything else which is ruining gaming and I say that sadly but you can't deny the truth of it.

  • inf187
    inf187 2 months ago +1

    Absolutely amazing doc! Thanks so much to Noclip, and thanks so much to Bethesda for creating such great memories! Here's looking to the next 20 years!

  • SkyCheez3_
    SkyCheez3_ 2 months ago

    Excellent work, NoClip. You earned a subscriber! :)
    The thing I like about behind-the-scenes documentaries is you see how normal a lot of game developers are. Often times, we put them on a pedestal, for better or for worse, but at the end of the day they are people just like you and me who love games (art & science). The part that cemented this for me is how I can relate to the design process many of them use for BGS open world games: They start with the map (setting) and then go from there. It a very simple concept, but it's how I would approach any kind of open world project because it's logical and provides a good foundation for everything else.

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    TyGuy Entertainment 2 months ago


  • meea yaya
    meea yaya 2 months ago +1

    i love Bethesda and i wish you and your loved ones and your fans and their loved ones a life time of love and prosperity in all aspects of existence.. thank you :)

  • DeniMarsGame
    DeniMarsGame 2 months ago +2

    GOD HOWARD. thanks for all

  • Assassin Cactus
    Assassin Cactus 2 months ago

    Oblivion was the reason I nearly flunked out if highschool. I liked skyrim but found all the RPG elements that where stripped away after oblivion a huge disappointment

  • Bruno Stratmann
    Bruno Stratmann 2 months ago +1

    one day, i'll work for bethesda game studios

  • Rick Lolkema
    Rick Lolkema 2 months ago

    They are a wonderful company and they have great caring people that love their work and the community. We need these guys and hope that they never quit.

  • theGreyOlaf
    theGreyOlaf 2 months ago +3

    brilliant work and done by you Noclip guys yourselves, your own produced hard worked original content and interviews. You are the Ken Burns of gaming documentaries--massive thanks..:)

  • Willz __
    Willz __ 2 months ago

    Yea, it's one broken game engine they keep using to make broken games.
    Game engines never change.

  • Josh Mc grath
    Josh Mc grath 2 months ago +1

    I love Bethesda to bits

  • Martin Productions
    Martin Productions 3 months ago

    45:50 Thats the fucking funniest thing I've ever heard, I've never heard Todd swear lol.

  • Cuthbert Bracegirdle
    Cuthbert Bracegirdle 3 months ago

    It would have been funny if right at the 3 minute mark, it froze, and then crashed to desktop.

  • Halpe
    Halpe 3 months ago


  • Jaspirita
    Jaspirita 3 months ago

    Only thing I disagree on is modding community age, the Sims community is probably just as old!

  • Andrej Stupar
    Andrej Stupar 3 months ago

    I remember being 12 or something, and all I could thing about were FPS games. Never really thought of PC RPGs at the time, I played the Final Fantasy games on console and that's the RPG fix I got back then. At the time all we played were Marios on the console and Doom and Quake and Unreal Tournament on PC. THAT'S IT! I had a subscription to a PC magazine that came with a CD every month and Morrowind was on it but I never got into it. I played all the other demos...tried everything but Morrowind just wouldn't stick with me. Some time passes and I remember I was sick. I had a bad case of angina and I said ok let's really give it a shot. That's when I started reading all the dialogs, all the books and I can proudly say, Morrowind helped me learn the English language (my native language is Slovenian), so thanks A LOT Bethesta! I play every game they made since then!

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    SplatterTv #000 3 months ago +1


  • Redleaf Boomer
    Redleaf Boomer 3 months ago +1

    This sort of video takes me back to the old machinima vids the all your history series