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Bethesda Softworks
Bethesda Game Studios
ZeniMax Media

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Founded: Bethesda Softworks
June 28, 1986
ZeniMax Media
1999
Bethesda Game Studios
2001
Founder: Christopher Weaver
Headquarters: Rockville, Maryland, United States
Key people: James L. Leder (chairman, CEO)
Todd Howard (VP, development)
Pete Hines (VP, PR and marketing)
Ron Seger (VP, sales)
Services: Creation Club
Parent: Media Technology Limited (1986-1999; Bethesda)
ZeniMax Media (1999-present; Bethesda)
Xbox Game Studios (2021-present; ZeniMax)
Subsidiaries: Subsidiaries hold under ZeniMax Media
Alpha Dog Games
Arkane Studios
id Software
MachineGames
Roundhouse Studios
Tango Gameworks
ZeniMax Online Studios
Website: https://www.bethesda.net
https://www.zenimax.com


"I have never lost so much respect for a company so fast, than Bethesda throughout the whole Fallout 76 debacle."

Bethesda Softworks LLC is an American game publisher based in Rockville, Maryland.

They are best known for their work on the critically acclaimed franchises Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, which have sold over 46 million and 52 million copies worldwide respectively.

Since 1999, Bethesda is operated under shell company system; while they're technically served as a "subsidiary" of ZeniMax Media Inc., they have full control over ZeniMax's business decision and used it to host several subsidiaries (such as id Software) as well as doing business under the name ZeniMax while publishing the game under the name Bethesda Softworks. In 2001, Bethesda spun off its own in-house development team into Bethesda Game Studios, and Bethesda Softworks retained only its publishing function. As such, Bethesda Softworks acts as the publisher for all games developed by ZeniMax's development studios. On September 21st, 2020, Microsoft has acquired ZeniMax Media along with its subsidiaries for $7.5 billion.[1] The acquisition deal is expected to be finalized in the second half of 2021's fiscal year.

Although they started to slowly go downhill in the past few years, Fallout 76 made this downward spiral much steeper, and caused many to realize how badly the company has fallen.

Why They Suck Now

  1. As with other hated gaming companies, they have become greedy (see points 4, 5, 7, 11, 15, and 16 for more info).
  2. Due to them almost never focusing on updating their video game engines (Gamebryo and Creation engines), releasing games before they are ready to be released, and its poor net coding, their open world RPGs are infamous for having tons of glitches and other technical problems, due to the game's worlds being huge, this is especially a problem in Fallout 76.
    • Some patches for their games cause them to be even more buggier than before, which shows that they can't be bothered to test the game out before releasing said patches.
    • During an interview, their director and executive producer Todd Howard admitted that he was well aware of Fallout 76 (and possibly other games) being riddled with bugs and glitches, but decided to release the game anyway.
    • The reason for that is that they know that modders will just fix it so they don't bother, however this backfired heavily with Fallout 76.
  3. Todd Howard and Pete Hines, one of their vice presidents, are both infamous for being fraudulent, compulsive liars (especially the former). As a result of how much they lie, many of their games are falsely advertised.
    • Pete Hines is shown to be unable to take criticism, as he claimed that those who criticized Fallout 76 are only wanting attention.
    • He is also infamous for being a complete hypocrite, as he claims that they resent being called liars after breaking their promise on cosmetic only microtransactions in Fallout 76, yet they constantly lie and falsely advertise every single game they release.
  4. They have been adding microtransactions, loot boxes, and other pay-to-win features in their recent games, most notably Fallout 76 and The Elder Scrolls: Blades, even though they promised they wouldn't add them.
  5. The Creation Club feature in Skyrim and Fallout 4 is an unnecessary feature since you had to pay for mods, that are usually downloadable for free, with microtransactions included. This feature was unsurprisingly met with tons of criticism.
  6. They have been caught plagiarizing from a Dungeons & Dragons tabletop adventure game called The Black Road for their Elder Scrolls tabletop adventure game called Elsweyr. The game was ultimately pulled as a result.
  7. They have re-released Skyrim way too many times and almost every re-release has tons of bugs. This can be seen as Bethesda Softworks trying to milk their latest entry of The Elder Scrolls as much as they can before The Elder Scrolls VI releases.
    • On the bright side, they acknowledged this and even made fun of themselves by announcing Skyrim on Alexa.
    • They even admitted that they're milking Skyrim for money, as Todd said that they'll stop re-releasing Skyrim when people stop buying it.
  8. While The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4 are great games, they were also both divisive among both their communities, as both their gameplay and lore got more watered-down and light-toned compared to previous installments, much to the disappointment of fans. They also retconned a lot of stuff.
  9. Fallout 76 is a massive failure, and was responsible for ruining Bethesda's reputation. Everything related to that game has been one PR disaster after another, such as their merchandise for the game.
  10. After Sony announced they were going to do cross-play with other platforms, Bethesda outright stated that they never planned on having cross-play in Fallout 76, which seemed like they were just scapegoating.
  11. Similarly to Electronic Arts and Activision, they are openly against the recent US bill to ban loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions.
  12. Wolfenstein: Youngblood for the Nintendo Switch is digital only, meaning that physical copies are just a box with a download code instead of a cartridge. This prevents people who bought the game on said system from selling or even sharing it.
  13. Their E3 2019 presentation was very underwhelming. Besides Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Doom Eternal, and their new IPs called Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo, most people have expressed little to no interest in the other games they showcased.
    • During the presentation, there was a small group of people sitting in the front row who cheered and clapped for everything (with one man in particular being by far the loudest), even things that would normally have been jeered or ignored such as a Battle Royale mode for Fallout 76, and a mobile "revival" (more so as a sequel reboot) of Commander Keen. It is not known if these people were Bethesda employees, shills, or just really overly enthusiastic fans.
  14. When they launched Doom 1, Doom II: Hell on Earth and Doom 3 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in 2019, players immediately found that it required a Bethesda account to play it (it should be noted that both of those games are 20 years old now with Doom 3 being 15 years old). Fortunately, Bethesda said it was an error and eventually patched it.
  15. Despite then having stood up to EA's claims that "single player games are obsolete" and making a video titled SavePlayer1, they slightly succumbed to those claims by releasing The Elder Scrolls: Online (original release), but then only made it worse by the launch of Fallout 76. Because of this, it has lead to some people considering Rage 2 to become the last ever single player only story-based game made by them, since many gamers started thinking that Starfield, Deathloop, and Ghostwire: Tokyo might be released as online multiplayer only games.
  16. They are also infamous for poorly treating and not paying Obsidian Entertainment (a company formed by people from Interplay and Black Isle Studios, creators of the Fallout franchise) due to their Fallout title, Fallout: New Vegas, not even getting a score higher than 85 on Metacritic.
  17. They file lawsuits against others for fairly petty reasons.
    • They tried suing Warner Bros. and Behaviour Interactive just because they believed that a mobile Westworld game that they developed and published was a rip-off of Fallout Shelter.
    • They tried suing Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, because one of their games was called Scrolls, and that the name would make people believe that the game was a part of The Elder Scrolls franchise.
  18. They often botch their PC releases, such as when the Bethesda.net versions of Rage 2 and Doom Eternal released without a DRM, allowing people to pirate those games.

Redeeming Qualities

Before Fallout 76 destroyed their reputation, they were a great company. See the Awesome Games Wiki page for more information

Notably Bad Games Developed/Published

  • Home Alone (NES) (1991)
  • Where's Waldo? (NES) (1991)
  • The Terminator (NES) (1992)
  • Delta V (1994)
  • An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire (1997)
  • IHRA Drag Racing 2004 (2003)
  • IHRA Professional Drag Racing 2005 (2004)
  • Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships (2005)
  • AMF Xtreme Bowling (2006)
  • IHRA Drag Racing: Sportsman Edition (2006)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow (2006)
  • Star Trek: Encounters (2006)
  • Star Trek: Tactical Assault (2006)
  • Star Trek: Legacy (Xbox 360) (2006)
  • Star Trek: Conquest (Wii) (2007)
  • AMF Bowling Pinbusters! (2007)
  • AMF Bowling World Lanes (2008)
  • Wheelspin (2009)
  • Rogue Warrior (2009)
  • Brink (2011)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online (original release) (2014)
  • Fallout 76 (2018)
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood (2019)
  • Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot (2019)
  • The Elder Scrolls: Blades (2020)

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Comments


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XxxRazorbackxxx

23 months ago
Score 3

Another good company has fallen down to dust.

Bethesda became a post-apocalyptic company.
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HawkeyeSolo

22 months ago
Score 2
That's little exaggerate.
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ItsaDrake2001

22 months ago
Score 2
And they better do good for starfield and es6, rhey cant fuck up on those games due to being the only source of redemption. If es6 succeed, than it can end
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MeMeGuYWasLost

21 months ago
Score 3
they're a fallout
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Code yellow

4 days ago
Score 0
nintendo has left the chat
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ItsaDrake2001

22 months ago
Score 1
The dark age of this publisher, s orry if its cut off from the first. Clicked post before finishing the first comme nt
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Mr. Tenno

21 months ago
Score 1
"So, who's laughing now?"
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Guitarheroexpert2015

17 months ago
Score 0
No one. No one is.
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TC2000

21 months ago
Score 2
I bought the original Doom for the Nintendo Switch but I regretted it when it said I needed to log in.
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The master of gaming

19 months ago
Score 2
They fixed it you don't have to use bethesda.net it is now optional.
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SkyBlueYoshi

21 months ago
Score 2

Todd Howards lie detector is always working overtime

It deserves a raise
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ItsaDrake2001

20 months ago
Score 1
No, he needs his legs smashed as a lesson
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SkyBlueYoshi

17 months ago
Score 0
Crobar or Baseball Bat
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ItsaDrake2001

17 months ago
Score 0
a shotgun
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SpeccySte

19 months ago
Score 1
Todd Howard sold out.
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Botbuster

18 months ago
Score 2
It just doesn't work anymore
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Maxkatzur

17 months ago
Score 4
I'm worried about Doom Eternal, an upcoming sequel to successful Doom rebbot of 2016.
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Agent Joestar

16 months ago
Score 1
Same, I hope it is good
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The master of gaming

16 months ago
Score 0
Me too I'm still excited but I am worried because of Wolfenstein Youngblood.
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Grust

16 months ago
Score 1
I've lost so much respect for Bethesda that it did not take me long to put them on my boycott list. I don't even want Elder Scrolls 6 and I loved Skyrim.
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SpazJR61

16 months ago
Score 0

So, what's next? Konami, Epic Games, Blizzard and now Bethesda.

One of the most respected companies trying to destroy their reputation these days.
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Grust

16 months ago
Score 1
I've personally just given up. Japanese games are the only ones I buy now.
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SkyBlueYoshi

16 months ago
Score 0

The company that's arrogant as hell and is buggier than a beehive

It's gonna bite them in the ass big
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+never4ever+

16 months ago
Score 0
The only company I’m supporting now is Running With Scissors. Almost all Triple A gaming companies can burn for all I care.
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Mr. Dready

16 months ago
Score 0
Let's hope that Doom: Eternal Will at least be good when it comes out.
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Grust

16 months ago
Score 0
Just don't buy it day one, wait for some good reputable reviews to give it a look, like Yong Yea, or Angry Joe.
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LA2002

15 months ago
Score -3

Here's my message towards Todd Howard for all the wrong he has done that turned Bethesda into such a loathsome and repulsive company nowadays in the first place:

"You MANIAC!!! You ruined Bethesda! DAMN YOU!!!! GO FUCK YOURSELF IN HELL!!!!!!!"

Please note that the purpose of this comment is to express my anger towards that fraudulent scam artist, and it's not meant to sound immature or childish, but rather dramatic. And my message is actually a reference to the legendary quote said by Charlton Heston in the mythical ending from the classic 1968 film Planet of the Apes.
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SpazJR61

15 months ago
Score 1

This is not Todd's fault, Bethesda and Zenimax forces to lie about the game.

He even admitted Fallout 76 is unfinished but Bethesda forced to relese the game.
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LA2002

15 months ago
Score 0
Well, but I was just pointing out the bad decisions made by Todd.
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HunterZolomon

13 months ago
Score 0
Todd the Liar
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Guitarheroexpert2015

11 months ago
Score 1
I know right? More like Todd the Joker!
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

2 months ago
Score 0
Todd Howard "I am the Joker Baby"
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Collin from DOAWK

13 months ago
Score 0
Even back then they made bad games
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Vicious187

13 months ago
Score 1
If only Fleetwood mac knew they were creating a theme song for a socipath.
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HunterZolomon

12 months ago
Score 0
Mick Gordon Soundtrack incident
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Mr. Dready

12 months ago
Score 0

I have a message to bethesda:

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AgentLocke

7 months ago
Score 0

"They Tried Suing Mojang"

Well even now it seems more stupid
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KalloFox34

4 months ago
Score 4
Hilariously, Bethesda and Mojang are now both property of Microsoft.
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MeMeGuYWasLost

7 months ago
Score 0
Did they really try to sue the creators of Minecraft!?!?
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ThunderKat

5 months ago
Score 1
In regards to WTSN#12, I'd like to ask:
Can publishers stop distributing boxed digital codes? We buy boxed games for a reason: ownership!
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Mokey

5 months ago
Score 0
who's joe
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ZebraTerabyte

4 months ago
Score 0
My friend from school
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SkyBlueYoshi

5 months ago
Score 0
Skyrim, Fallout 4 and 76 basically proven that they will fuck the lore with no lube if it means mass market appeal.
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SpazJR61

5 months ago
Score 0
How to ruin your reputation very quickly.
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ZebraTerabyte

4 months ago
Score 0
Should we add Todd Howard to this wiki
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TerWebz

4 months ago
Score 0
Buy my game!
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ZebraTerabyte

3 months ago
Score 1
Bethesda just teased a new Indiana Jones game! I’m excited and worried at the same time.
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Allistayrian

3 months ago
Score 1
What's even more surprising, MachineGames is going to make this game, the creators of modern Wolfenstein games.
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Grammar guy

3 months ago
Score 0
Maybe the next Fallout game's gonna be good because a company that's not falling apart has control?
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

2 months ago
Score 0

Todd Howard feels like a Disney Villain reject.

That song by the Chalkeaters gives that vibe even harder

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