One of Bethesda’s biggest claims to fame is a game and software developer, Bethesda Softworks LLC. Though they are now headquartered in Rockville, MD, the game company owes its foundation to Bethesda. After all, it’s right in the name!

Who is Bethesda Softworks LLC?

Bethesda Softworks was founded back in 1986 by a man named Christopher Weaver. Since then, the little game company has soared to the top of popularity and accomplishment with several titles that have solidified their legacy.

The two most famous of their games are the Elder Scrolls series and the Fallout series. Both titles have received several installments and tons of awards. They’re pretty fun to play too.

The Elder Scrolls series is a paragon of gaming achievement.

It’s hard to find a gamer out there who hasn’t heard of Skyrim. The Elder Scrolls V: Sykrim is one of the most prolific games in the world today. It’s available on the Playstation, Xbox, and now, even the Nintendo Switch. There is also a VR version available for Playstation VR.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an open-world, fantasy role playing game with a focus on exploration and story. You play a hero of your own design who can trek across the land at your own pace, fighting monsters and picking pockets to your heart’s content.

Though there is an over-arching story, one of the things that sets this title apart is that you don’t really have to play it. You really can do whatever you want and the game does its best to facilitate a truly “open-world” experience. There are tons of towns and cities to visit with a wide variety of sub-quests that litter the world.

However, the Elder Scrolls experience doesn’t stop there. Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited is another open-world experience that takes place on an enormous continent for you to explore. There are about a million players that sign in every month to tackle the challenges of Tamriel. Plus, since the game is online, it is always getting updates and new content.

Fallout Brings the End of the World to Your Home.

If fantasy isn’t really your gig, then Fallout might be more suited to your tastes. These story-driven, post-apocalyptic adventures are also open-world, but with a very different flavor.

Rather than fighting alongside elves to take down dragons in Tamriel, Fallout takes place in a post-apocalyptic United States where you share the stage with other humans and sometimes mutations.

Though the original Fallout was a turn-based game made by Interplay Entertainment, the series became more free-form during its third installment, Fallout 3, when Bethesda purchased the franchise.

Part of what made Fallout 3 have such an impact on the gaming community was its dedication to story and the fact that you could basically walk around a destroyed Washington D.C. at your leisure. The maps within the game were based on real locations along the East Coast. The addition of the 50’s-style charm amidst the hostile wasteland also made for a pleasant experience.

Though Bethesda’s reach is now worldwide and their hubs have moved on, the studio will always have a home right here in Bethesda, Maryland.