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Skyrim modder gets job with Bungie

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Falskaar

Remember Alexander Velicky? He’s the 19-year-old who made Falskaar, an enormous 25-hour Elder Scrolls: Skyrim expansion, as a job application to Bethesda. Well, he got a job, but not with Bethesda.

Velicky has landed a job with Bungie, the developers behind the much anticipated Destiny. He’s been brought on as an associate designer, proving that his 2000 hours of work on the mod were not in vain. In a post on Bethesda’s forum, he wrote as thank-you:

Modding has been 90% of my life for over four years now, and all throughout you were there to support me. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank every person who ever provided feedback on a mod, support, help, or something as simple as a “Cant wait!” or “Great job.” Every single one of you made this possible.

For fans of his mods, this doesn’t mean that you won’t be seeing more stuff from him. He went on to say that despite his commitment to his new employment, he’ll probably still have the modding bug – he even mentioned possible modding for Fallout 4.

I do find it rather amusing that he didn’t end up with a job at Bethesda, but I’m really happy for the guy. Always nice to see talented people find employment in their field, and Bungie seems like a cool place to work. It will be interesting to see what new and interesting things he’s able to do there.

In case you still haven’t seen it, here’s the trailer for Destiny that shows off the moon.

Last Updated: November 27, 2013

90 Comments

  1. Ottokie

    November 27, 2013 at 08:36

    Great jobs aren’t given, they are earned. This guy is on cloud 9 right now and living the dream πŸ˜›

    Reply

    • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

      November 27, 2013 at 08:44

      Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

      Reply

      • oVg

        November 27, 2013 at 08:46

        You just have to eat out of trash cans.

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        • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

          November 27, 2013 at 08:47

          Well do you think he will be eating out of a trash can?

          Reply

          • oVg

            November 27, 2013 at 08:52

            As an associate designer he will be pushing 40hour days and sharing the left overs from the board room with the QA testers.

            But one day, he will own a Lambo and talk trash πŸ˜›

          • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

            November 27, 2013 at 08:53

            But I think he is still living with his parents at the age of 19, I bet his mom still packs his lunch before going to work πŸ˜›

          • Admiral Chief Duke

            November 27, 2013 at 08:54

            My mom never packed my lunch πŸ™

          • oVg

            November 27, 2013 at 08:55

            I got my lunch from the day boys.

          • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

            November 27, 2013 at 09:17

            Boom!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 27, 2013 at 09:02

            Wow that comment is just begging for it πŸ˜‰

          • Admiral Chief Duke

            November 27, 2013 at 09:04

            No, I was begging for some lunch ;-(

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 27, 2013 at 09:05

            FOR GOOD REASON!

          • Admiral Chief Duke

            November 27, 2013 at 09:06

            And just what might that be

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 27, 2013 at 09:06

            I don’t know, I’m not your mother.

          • Admiral Chief Duke

            November 27, 2013 at 09:07

            Then why do you comment like you did?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 27, 2013 at 09:08

            I thought I had an opening to have a very good line… but then my good side said “wait Tim you respect the admiral too much”

          • Admiral Chief Duke

            November 27, 2013 at 09:09

            Right, moving on then πŸ˜‰

          • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

            November 27, 2013 at 09:17

            Pah! Since when?

          • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

            November 27, 2013 at 09:19

            You had the perfect opening… You could’ve said something like: “That’s because she was too busy making me breakfast” πŸ˜›

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 27, 2013 at 09:23

            I know… but I couldn’t.. It would start world war 3…

          • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

            November 27, 2013 at 09:23

            But I though that was part of our master plan!!!

          • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

            November 27, 2013 at 09:24

            It is?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 27, 2013 at 09:25

            I have a case of overworkedalitis

          • Vampyric Squirrel of the Sith

            November 27, 2013 at 11:40

            suck up πŸ˜›

          • oVg

            November 27, 2013 at 08:55

            He will never have to commute ever again. Game developers sleep under their desks. It has to be the hardest job in the world. But as you say, a 40hour day will be over in 2hours when one enjoys what they do.

          • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

            November 27, 2013 at 09:17

            Lucky bastard

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 27, 2013 at 09:17

            He is living the dream!

          • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

            November 27, 2013 at 09:18

            I have to pack my own lunch

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 27, 2013 at 09:20

            That’s why you need a wife.

          • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

            November 27, 2013 at 09:23

            I have a girlfriend. Long term and all. I’m just up before she is, so I just can’t win.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 27, 2013 at 09:24

            EPIC FAIL! hahaha jk

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 27, 2013 at 09:24

            It’s a good thing I don’t have a dirty mind…

          • RyseandRepeat

            November 27, 2013 at 09:26

            Thought fiancΓ©e? Or is that another cretin on this site? πŸ™‚

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 27, 2013 at 09:27

            it is Johnny boy!

          • RyseandRepeat

            November 27, 2013 at 09:29

            Where is he?!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 27, 2013 at 09:29

            hiding in a tree

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 27, 2013 at 09:29

            You have to be more specific – which cretin?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 27, 2013 at 09:30

            we all know you are one..

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 27, 2013 at 09:31

            That’s why I said he has to be more specific. Maybe I was drunk & got engaged without knowing.

          • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

            November 27, 2013 at 09:31

            It happens

          • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

            November 27, 2013 at 09:30

            Wasn’t me no.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 27, 2013 at 09:31

            I am sure it was… damn I have selective memory.

          • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

            November 27, 2013 at 09:32

            Nope. You guys will know when that happens.

          • RyseandRepeat

            November 27, 2013 at 09:33

            Ah, yes, Ultimico! Must say, your lady was very tolerant of all the lunatics she met πŸ˜‰

          • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

            November 27, 2013 at 09:34

            That’s because everyone I know are lunatics. She’s built up a special resistance.
            Also, she doesn’t mind Rooibos tea, so you were very safe.

          • RyseandRepeat

            November 27, 2013 at 09:36

            Ahh, the old ‘titanium skins protection from nerds’ skin. Well done man. Well done.

          • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

            November 27, 2013 at 09:41

            I think she’s got adamantium. Knowing my friends

          • Weanerdog

            November 27, 2013 at 09:33

            Is it not Sargon or it may be the cleric.

          • RyseandRepeat

            November 27, 2013 at 09:33

            Yes, Cleric boy, haven’t seen him in a while…

          • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

            November 27, 2013 at 09:34

            Wow. Didn’t know that! Who would’ve thought someone would say yes to that crazy man?

          • RyseandRepeat

            November 27, 2013 at 09:36

            Must have been under duress 0-O

          • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

            November 27, 2013 at 09:17

            Well, considering how much the average South African works and how little we get paid, I think he’s better off than we are.

          • RyseandRepeat

            November 27, 2013 at 09:25

            See my above comment πŸ˜‰

        • RyseandRepeat

          November 27, 2013 at 09:25

          hahahah! Nom nom nom…

          Reply

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 27, 2013 at 09:26

            sick minded you are giner one.

      • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

        November 27, 2013 at 09:16

        Amen

        Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        November 27, 2013 at 09:16

        So that is why you chose to be an ice cream man..

        Reply

  2. Admiral Chief Duke

    November 27, 2013 at 08:40

    This gets my seal of approval

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    • oVg

      November 27, 2013 at 08:45

      I approve to

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      • Admiral Chief Duke

        November 27, 2013 at 08:53

        Haha, well done πŸ˜‰

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        November 27, 2013 at 09:11

        my approval stands as well!

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        • That Tall Twit

          November 27, 2013 at 15:18

          Bwahahahahaha!

          Reply

  3. oVg

    November 27, 2013 at 08:40

    lol They also turned down Todd Howard

    After playing Wayne Gretzky Hockey 3
    he requested a job from a Bethesda office he encountered each day on
    his commute from school to home, but was told to finish school then
    apply again. After he was done with school he went back to Bethesda and
    asked for a job again, but was denied.

    Reply

  4. Spathi

    November 27, 2013 at 08:50

    I’m glad. The guy has way too much talent to waste it at Bethesda and their “RPGs”.

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    • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

      November 27, 2013 at 09:19

      Hey! I happen to really like Bathesda games

      Reply

  5. Hammersteyn

    November 27, 2013 at 08:59

    Congrats are in order Alexander. Well done indeed.

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  6. TiMsTeR1033

    November 27, 2013 at 09:14

    I am really glad this dude got a job, I remember back in the day I wanted to be a map maker or level designer for games. Still do.. The levels I made in Unreal Ed and Crysis! Modding is good fun if you know how, and got the time..

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  7. John's (JJ's) finest excuse

    November 27, 2013 at 09:15

    Well done boy

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      November 27, 2013 at 09:16

      He is now A MAN!

      Reply

      • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

        November 27, 2013 at 09:20

        Like you are A LADY?

        Reply

        • TiMsTeR1033

          November 27, 2013 at 09:22

          sure…. say lady to make yourself feel better #forevereyeliner

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          • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

            November 27, 2013 at 09:23

            Hmmmmf

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 27, 2013 at 09:23

            CAT FIGHT!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 27, 2013 at 09:24

            cat fight se gat!

          • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

            November 27, 2013 at 09:33

            You tell him Timmeh!

          • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

            November 27, 2013 at 09:33

            Hey! I’m no cat!

  8. Rock789

    November 27, 2013 at 09:23

    Congrats to him!! Well earned, I would say. Saw vids of the expansion and it was nothing short of amazing – Bethesda themselves should be jealous of the work and effort that went into that mod. He totally deserves the job and such great recognition from an awesome company like Bungie! Well done to him.

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    • Vampyric Squirrel of the Sith

      November 27, 2013 at 11:43

      Every time I see your screen name I get The Eye of The Tiger in my head…

      Reply

      • Rock789

        November 27, 2013 at 11:49

        Excellent **said in Mr Burns’ voice** Then my evil plan is working! Mwahahahahahahahahaha… **cough**

        Sorry about that – blacked out suddenly. Weird that. πŸ™‚

        Reply

  9. RyseandRepeat

    November 27, 2013 at 09:25

    I think this is totally awesome. I think this is a Cliffy B in the making, well, you know what I mean! Someone with passion!

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      November 27, 2013 at 09:28

      like peter molyneux..

      Reply

      • RyseandRepeat

        November 27, 2013 at 09:32

        Totally.

        Reply

    • John's (JJ's) finest excuse

      November 27, 2013 at 09:33

      Cliffy B in the making is the gum that gets stuck to your shoe.

      Reply

      • HvR

        November 27, 2013 at 10:28

        Shoe Gum?? I thought the only thing Cliffy B makes these days are motorboat noises.

        Reply

  10. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    November 27, 2013 at 09:57

    He deserves this. And Bungie are a great company to work for.

    Reply

  11. Dawn Zh

    November 27, 2013 at 10:07

    He didn’t learn a thing about programming and game design. I checked out his mod. Everything he’s done is with in game resources. It’s like playing with legos. All he did was build something with existing lego pieces. A real game designer would have to know how to make the pieces.

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    • Kromas

      November 27, 2013 at 10:18

      I know and can build a combustion engine from scratch with all self made parts. I can not however build a car with said engine (well a go cart in this particular case) without it breaking down 10 mins after completion. Game design comes in various forms. Now I am not saying he needs a bit of coding experience but at the end of the day what he really is going to be is a level designer. They pretty much play The Sims:(Insert game your working on). Placing trees and monsters and whatnot.

      tl;dr : Playing with lego in game design actually exists and is a valid job.

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    • Sageville

      November 27, 2013 at 10:39

      Making game assets is one part of game design, putting those assets into a workable scene is another part.

      I guess it’s easy to diminish this guy’s achievement by suggesting he took an easy road.

      Personally, I’ve done map designs back in the day, nowadays “game designers” don’t do all aspects of game design, there are many parts in that process.

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    • loftie

      November 27, 2013 at 11:13

      Still requires hectic skill, I cant even make a nice looking Age of Empires map. πŸ˜›

      Reply

  12. Iblis Bane

    November 27, 2013 at 12:15

    He deserved it.

    Reply

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