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Gamer's Bethesda Job Application is a 25 Hour Skyrim Mod

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Alexander J. Velicky wants to work at Bethesda.

Over the last decade or so, Bethesda has produced high-quality, AAA games that have placed it at the top of the list. The company strives for excellence, and there's no doubt that many aspiring game developers would love to be a part of those creative juices. Velicky is one of those individuals, wanting in. To prove this, he has created a mod for The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim that might as well be official DLC straight from the studio itself.

The new Skyrim mod is called Falskaar, and it was released over the weekend to the Skyrim community for free. It doesn't just add special weapons or a house, but almost 25 hours of new content. No lie. That includes a new land mass a third the size of the original game, new characters, new voices, an original soundtrack and dozens of quests. Over 100 people have contributed to this mod in some form which Velicky took and plugged into Falskaar himself. However he produced almost all of the content on his own.

“I organized everyone involved, but the voice actors themselves recorded all the dialogue and submitted it to me," he told PC Gamer. "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."

Instead of performing most of the voices himself or just pulling in friends to lend a hand, Velicky said he held auditions. Eventually he landed 29 voice actors playing 54 characters, and said each one surpassed his expectations by "leaps and bounds". He also built a massive dungeon called Waterwine Chasm that took three weeks to build. Players reportedly claim that it takes an hour or two just to complete.

The 19-year-old developer said he graduated from high school over a year ago. Instead of going to design school, he instead made Bethesda's Creation Kit his own classroom. He then spent 2,000 hours over the last year building and populating Falskaar. That's a lot of dedicated time, especially when he's done with high school and still living at home. How did his parents feel about that?

"[My dad] was incredibly supportive and allowed me to live here, paying for living expenses and charging no rent," Velicky said. "I was able to not go to school and not have a day job. Meaning, more or less, that Falskaar was my day job."

With the mod now out for public consumption, he admits that it's not perfect – he's not an expert who has been developing games over the last twenty years. There's a lot he still has to learn, he said, and he will always seek out something new to learn and improve his skills. Falskaar then, it seems, is a huge accomplishment for Velicky on several levels: to learn a new skill by hands-on trial and error, and build something to near-perfection using those skills. He proved to himself that he could do it, can showcased to the Skyrim community his mod-creating capabilities.

So that leads to the topic at hand: did he land a job at Bethesda?

He's gotten the studio's attention, at least, and the press likely keeps reminding them of his efforts each day. "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," he added.

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    Stimpack , July 19, 2013 9:33 PM
    Crazy initiative. Very cool stuff.
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    spat55 , July 19, 2013 10:59 PM
    Looks like I double posted sorry, not my fault but this terrible website.
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    Stimpack , July 19, 2013 9:33 PM
    Crazy initiative. Very cool stuff.
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    vinhn , July 19, 2013 10:04 PM
    Amazing! Kind of inspiring people that are really dedicated to what they do even if others believe otherwise.
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    spat55 , July 19, 2013 10:11 PM
    Gonna check that mod out now, even though I don't like Skyrim much (don't hate me for it). Hope he gets somewhere with that amount of dedication, he deserves to!
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    agnickolov , July 19, 2013 10:31 PM
    Way to live up to one's own name! For those not in the know, his last name means The Great as in Alexander The Great.
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    spat55 , July 19, 2013 10:57 PM
    Gonna check that mod out now, even though I don't like Skyrim much (don't hate me for it). Hope he gets somewhere with that amount of dedication, he deserves to!
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    spat55 , July 19, 2013 10:59 PM
    Looks like I double posted sorry, not my fault but this terrible website.
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    falchard , July 20, 2013 1:17 AM
    Most likely his application was filtered out from software resume parsers. Its a terrible norm with the game industry because of the volume of application received and only a couple companies look at every resume. They also tend to be the best companies, but in this case I don't think any sort of application he would submit would be reviewed considering he is a 19 year old kid with no real background. His best bet is press making an uproar for him so the studio can't ignore him.
    If I was a hiring manager at Bethesda I would probably hire him. The most important thing for any new hire is to demonstrate they can match the companies look and feel. There are many talented designers, but not all of them are capable of capturing the feel of Elder Scrolls.
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    Icecweam7 , July 20, 2013 3:17 AM
    Looks like I'll be heading back to Skyrim this weekend. I hope this guy gets something from Bethesda. Something like a scholarship to fine tune his skills and increase his knowledge in creating games.
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    Yuka , July 20, 2013 7:58 AM
    Diamond in rough... He still needs computer science knowledge to be a better game programmer, so he should still consider at least get into college to get that knowledge and then get into Bethesda.

    Cheers!
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    _zxzxzx_ , July 20, 2013 8:12 AM
    The initiative, talent and dedication inspires me...
    Bethesda needs to hire this guy!
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    hoofhearted , July 20, 2013 8:45 AM
    I wish him well. Bethesda would be crazy not to hire this guy!
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    ddpruitt , July 20, 2013 9:22 AM
    Quote:
    I organized everyone involved, but the voice actors themselves recorded all the dialogue and submitted it to me," he told PC Gamer. "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


    Sounds more like a manager, he told people what to do, they did it, and now he's taking credit for it. On top of that he spent a whole year doing this without having any responsibilities. Sounds like he has a promising future but I'd be a little wary at this point. I would like to see him make it through a college program (design, CS, whatever) to see what kind of maturity he has.
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    NightLight , July 20, 2013 9:49 AM
    playing it now, encountered a few bugs, but loving it so far. give that man a job :) 
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    itchyisvegeta , July 20, 2013 10:46 AM
    If not Bethesta, someone will snag him up.
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    clonazepam , July 20, 2013 11:34 AM
    bah and my gaming rig is currently down for routine maintenance, i'd love to check this out. He's got some ok youtube videos, including the full 45 minute in length, original score, but its not the same as jumping into this mod. cant wait to check it out.

    If they dont outright hire him, then a scholarship is definitely in order.
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    10tacle , July 20, 2013 1:12 PM
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    Sounds more like a manager, he told people what to do, they did it, and now he's taking credit for it. On top of that he spent a whole year doing this without having any responsibilities. Sounds like he has a promising future but I'd be a little wary at this point. I would like to see him make it through a college program (design, CS, whatever) to see what kind of maturity he has.


    First of all, you almost sound like a disgruntled under-achiever. Secondly, I'm a manager and most of the managers like myself started from the ground up and worked our way up. Most of us did NOT start at the top. We have years of experience and the trust of those higher up than us to call the shots (or tell others what to do as you call it). Third, this kid ALREADY gave credit to those who assisted him.

    Take that lemon out of your mouth and you may just get further in your life.

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    everix , July 20, 2013 1:18 PM
    @The guy who said he sounds like a manager. It sounds to me like he did most of the work and other people lended assistance where needed. He can't voice all the characters himself and if he's not an artist, he can't make all the textures himself. What it sounds like he did is create the entire area himself and add all of the content in that area. That is absolutely not being a manager.
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    maxiim , July 20, 2013 2:43 PM
    Even if he isn't hired he still deserves at least a college scholarship to master what he had learned already and to learn a lot more.
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    iam2thecrowe , July 20, 2013 2:59 PM
    going to go download that right now
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    everix , July 20, 2013 4:46 PM
    @The guy who said he sounds like a manager. It sounds to me like he did most of the work and other people lended assistance where needed. He can't voice all the characters himself and if he's not an artist, he can't make all the textures himself. What it sounds like he did is create the entire area himself and add all of the content in that area. That is absolutely not being a manager.
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