Posted on June 5, 2007,

Developer Spotlight – Bethesda Softworks, LLC

It’s easy to be critical about a game. Typing “THE GRAFIX SUKS” in all caps on a forum takes hardly any effort at all. What we sometimes do not realize is somewhere out there is a team of people that spent countless hours working to create those graphics. Even if the graphics are below average, an amazing amount of effort was put forth to produce them. I have had my hand in making games in the past, and I can be totally sympathetic to the challenges of the industry. But who are these mysterious developers? Where did they come from? What are they working on now? Those are the questions that I hope to answer.


Who are they? Bethesda Softworks, LLC

When were they founded? 1986

Where are they now? Rockville, Maryland

How do I know them? The Elder Scrolls Series [Previously listed Fallout series, but Bethesda has only been developing Fallout 3. Thanks for the heads-up]

What are they working on? The Elder Scrolls V, Fallout 3

Any media for those upcoming titles?

fallout3 Fallout 3 Concept of post-apocalyptic wasteland

(Fallout 3 teaser here.)

Anything else we should know? Bethesda is credited with the creation of the first physics-based sports simulation (Gridiron) in 1986. That title led to Bethesda’s creation of the first John Madden Football game for Electronic Arts.

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4 Comments on Developer Spotlight – Bethesda Softworks, LLC

Chris Mate

On June 6, 2007 at 12:30 pm

True Ed Fletcher / BS did create Gridiron which was published by EA. They also creates the first 5 v 5 fullcourt college basketball game, NCAA Raod to the Final Four – lead programmer / designer Eddie Dunbrower who did create Earl Weaver Baseball. BS also created Wayne Gretzky Hockey the 1st, well you know the drill.

Where did the Madden info come from? Never heard that before.


On June 6, 2007 at 3:45 pm

I made the correction to the article. That’s what I get for not double-checking my sources. Thanks for the heads-up, but let’s try to keep it a little more civil.


On June 6, 2007 at 3:53 pm

Re: Chris,

Just check wikipedia on bethesda softworks, or you can just google the history of the company. It’s pretty well documented, tho I had no idea prior to writing this piece.


On June 6, 2007 at 9:38 pm

Spot on! Patrick Stewart would be proud.