19-year old creates huge Skyrim mod to try and score job at Bethesda

Skyrim - Falskaar

By on July 18, 2013 at 11:32 am

You’ve just finished high school and you’re gunning for a game design job. What are your options? Well, you can find a nice comfy degree to settle into for the next four or five years. Or, you can try what young Alexander J. Velicky has done, and spend an entire year and over 2000 hours developing a glossy, professional-level mod to prove your skills.

Mr Velicky is hoping to land a job at Bethesda and as such, has spent the last year building Falskaar, an enormous mod for Skyrim. This might be a bit of a gamble on his part, but either way, he has given us a sweet mod. Falskaar consists of dozens of quests amounting to more than 25 hours of play and a landmass a full third of the size of the original game. Along with it comes new characters, new voice acting and even an original soundtrack.

“I organized everyone involved, but the voice actors themselves recorded all the dialogue and submitted it to me,” Velicky told PCGamer. “I had some people help me out with a few models and textures, someone wrote a book or two for me… But otherwise all content was implemented, written and developed by me.”

“I’m still kind of shocked at some of the talent I got on the project… and every single one of them surpassed my expectations by leaps and bounds.”

There’s no word yet on what Bethesda thinks about all this, but according to Velicky Bethesda knows he’s out there. Meanwhile, he’s happy to show them what he can do with the tools available.

“The best way to show Bethesda Game Studios that I want a job there and should be hired is to create content that meets the standards of their incredible development team.”

Young Mr Velicky’s Falskaar is available now on Skyrim Nexus, so do give it a try. Personally, I uninstalled Skyrim only last week, which bugs me to hell, and we’re on the road to Melbourne. So try it and let me know how it is in the comments! For now, check out the trailer below.

Source: PCGamer

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I’ve tried this out, its was pretty dam awesome, i really hope the kid lands the gig

 

No one will ever employ anyone who is better than them at their job, it is a natural self preservation instinct.

If he really wanted a job in todays gaming industry he should produced the same thing everyone else has already produced many times before, included fewer feature and covered the thing in a blue tint and lens flares. The large developers would be knocking down his door (too cynical???).

 

schrapple,

yes you’re being a dick

 

schrapple:
No one will ever employ anyone who is better than them at their job, it is a natural self preservation instinct.

If he really wanted a job in todays gaming industry he should produced the same thing everyone else has already produced many times before, included fewer feature and covered the thing in a blue tint and lens flares. The large developers would be knocking down his door (too cynical???).

Trauma studios? creators of desert combat for BF 1942.

The team behind craftbukkit for minecraft was hired by mojang.

The team behind DayZ was being head hunted by bohemia to develop DayZ in house.

Stardock hired a mod developer for Civ 4 to be their development team manager.

point is, what this kid is pursuing IS obtainable through his choice of method and now that it is out there he has an even better chance as he now has the ‘awe’ behind him. If the kid has what it takes he will get it.

I agree with spooler, you are being a complete dick by taking this kids dream and pissing all over it. I bet you had a dream once. I hope someone took your dream and wiped their ass with it.

 

The Cs, team fortress , portal and a bunch of other mod developers landed jobs at valve

 

collect0r: Trauma studios? creators of desert combat for BF 1942.

The team behind craftbukkit for minecraft was hired by mojang.

The team behind DayZ was being head hunted by bohemia to develop DayZ in house.

Stardock hired a mod developer for Civ 4 to be their development team manager.

point is, what this kid is pursuing IS obtainable through his choice of method and now that it is out there he has an even better chance as he now has the ‘awe’ behind him. If the kid has what it takes he will get it.

I agree with spooler, you are being a complete dick by taking this kids dream and pissing all over it. I bet you had a dream once. I hope someone took your dream and wiped their ass with it.

Are you feeling alright kid? I’ve given this bloke a pat on the back by saying he is better at creating games than the people he is look for employment with. Then I had a tongue in cheek swing at the over cautious & unimaginative state of game producers nowadays, that’s why I included “too cynical?” in brackets afterwards.

And what was your response, a tirade of absolute shit in a personal attack. So unless the next thing posted on here by you is an apology let me return in kind by saying “Go eat a dick kid, grow the fuck up and stop being such a fucking pest”.

 

schrapple: Are you feeling alright kid? I’ve given this bloke a pat on the back by saying he is better at creating games than the people he is look for employment with. Then I had a tongue in cheek swing at the over cautious & unimaginative state of game producers nowadays, that’s why I included “too cynical?” in brackets afterwards.

And what was your response, a tirade of absolute shit in a personal attack. So unless the next thing posted on here by you is an apology let me return in kind by saying “Go eat a dick kid, grow the fuck up and stop being such a fucking pest”.

You explicitly stated no one ever hires someone more talented then them which is an idiotic blanket statement, then started your own personal attacks after having a whinge about someone personally attacking you. You need to stop calling people “kids” because it’s clearly you who is the naive one here.

 

Looking at the above comments, this is either a case of someone trying to cover their ass, or yet another case of the simple written word on an internet forum being unable to convey sarcasm and thus being misinterpreted.

Either way, who cares. I hope the guy gets a reward for this. I think I’m going to enjoy playing it.

 

As someone who has been involved in modding Bethesda Softworks game since Morrowind, they really don’t care much about what modders make in terms of hiring them.

Even Jorge “Oscuro” Salgado who created the mod successful mod OOO for Oblvion had to go Obsidian to get a job in the industry.

Nothing wrong with creating something quality of that size however, it always looks amazing on a resume.

 

I’m thinking of getting into Skyrim again so will have to grab this and test it out.

 

schrapple,

everytime someone says ‘kid’ to someone online they lose 6 years of maturity

 

Some people still believe the fantasy of working in the games industry, but it’s a very tricky career path. He might regret it once he faces the high burnout, high-turnover industry that AAA development is like. Plus a lot of people don’t treat you as a games developer with the same respect compared to most other professions. Still, I’m not one to tread on anyone’s dream.

 

Well this escalated quickly…

 

collect0r: The team behind DayZ was being head hunted by bohemia to develop DayZ in house.

Pretty sure the DayZ team always worked for Bohemia.

Damn you guys are snap happy in the comments lately.

 
kinistoniscool

wow this kid’s potential, i am nearly finished at high school and hopefully he scores a job at Bethesda or have the option to continue his further work through kickstarter; it doesn’t have to stop at not working at a triple A company :D – there are many pathways into the gaming industry. This kid has potential, unlike me i would want to work with making games but have no experience with modding. Mehhh university :(

 

No comment..

 

schrapple,

schrapple:
No one will ever employ anyone who is better than them at their job, it is a natural self preservation instinct.

If that is a pat on the back, well I don’t want to know what an insult from you is, must be something summoned from the depths of hell. “Hey guy, your pursuit is noble indeed, but you’ll never pull it off so don’t bother trying”

schrapple: grow the fuck up and stop being such a fucking pest”.

You tell someone to ‘go and eat a dick’ and you feel as though you have the mental maturity to tell them to grow up? bit hypocritical isn’t it?

and here is your apology: I’m sorry you are an idiot.

 

Good on him. I very much hope he gets a job out of it. With that kind of passion they’d be crazy not to find him a position.

 
ThomAsHollJosh

nekosan,

nekosan: Pretty sure the DayZ team always worked for Bohemia.

Damn you guys are snap happy in the comments lately.

Nope, Dan Hall is the original creator of the Day Z Arma II mod. He was picked up by Bohemia to build it standalone with their dev team.

 

spooler:
schrapple,

everytime someone says ‘kid’ to someone online they lose 6 years of maturity

That could also apply to someone calling someone else a ‘dick’

Name calling…it’s soooo mature.

 
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