Bold text'Bethesda Softworks' is one of the oldest and most respected development houses in the games industry and has been a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment for almost 
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three decades. The company was founded in 1986 by Christopher Weaver

Bethesda, and moved to Rockville, Maryland in 1990. The company has a long and distinguished history of game development. In 1998, Weaver wanted to expand the company beyond PC games and into cross platform multimedia. He invited [[Robert A. Altman- Co-Founder of ZeniMax|Robert A. Altman]] to help manage the growing company in 1998, and Weaver and Altman co-founded [[ZeniMax Media|ZeniMax Media Inc.]] in 1999. Bethesda is credited with the creation of the first real physics-based sports simulation '''(''Gridiron!'') '''in 1986 for the Altari ST, Commodore Amiga and Commodore 64/128. Bethesda's early games scored respectably in the gaming press, earning accolades as "the most accurate and enjoyable simulation of a sport I have ever had the pleasure to play" for Gridiron!, and "the best ice hockey sim yet", for Wayne Gretzky Hockey. So impressive was Bethesda's novel approach that EA asked them to use their technology to develop the original John Madden Football While Bethesda was a leader in pushing boundaries of development in sports and action games, such as the Terminator series, the company is best known for creating The Elder Scrolls RPG series, based upon the original programming of Julian Lefay. The first chapter of the series, entitled The Elder Scrolls: Arena, was released in 1994. Since that time, numerous other chapters have been released. The game's direct sequels, Daggerfall, Morrowind, [[The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion|Oblivion[[File:]] and Skyrim were released in 1996, 2002, 2006, and 2011, respectively. Additionally, the game has had]] three spin-offs: Battlespire(1997), Redguard, (1998) and The Elder Scrolls Travels: Shadowkey (2004). During their early years, [[Media:Bethesda also created titles for others (EA, THQ), and developed titles based upon popular movie franchises, including The Terminator, Star Trek, and Pirates of the Caribbean. ]] ==The Fallout Series==''''Bold text''''Bold text''

In 2004, the Fallout franchise was acquired by Bethesda Softworks from Interplay Productions and the development of Fallout 3 was handed over to Bethesda Game Studios. Fallout 3 was released on October 28, 2008. Five Downloadable Content Packs for Fallout 3 were released in the year following its release- Operation Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout and Mothership Zeta.

Expanding their PublishingEdit

Bethesda continues to expand their publishing into new franchises. In 2009, Bethesda released WET and Rogue Warrior, in 2010 Obsidian Entertainment's new Fallout title, Fallout: New Vegas was published and Splash Damage's Brink was released in May 2011. Hunted: The Demon's Forge, a fantasy action game developed by inXile Entertainment was released on May 31, 2011. On June 24, 2009, Bethesda's parent company, ZeniMax Media,
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acquired id Software, whose titles, including RAGE, will be published by Bethesda Softworks – it was later announced that any games using the new id Tech 5 Game Engine will be published by them.