1UP has whipped together a nifty little "20 Facts From 20 Games You Don't Already Know" feature that includes twenty small developer-provided factoids for - you guessed it - twenty upcoming games. Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Mass Effect 3, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, BioShock Infinite, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are all spotlighted:
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim:Perhaps I should partake in some mead, as well.
There is a story to go along with the creation of the dovahkiin (the dragon language, fully developed with a font, dictionary, and everything): According to game director Todd Howard, he told lead designer Emil Pagliarulo to come up with the dragon language. Pagliarulo had a small bit of writer's block, and over one weekend, had brewed some mead (an alcoholic beverage created with fermented honey). "Maybe it was the process of brewing mead; maybe it was from drinking all that mead. Whatever the case, I can say that after a mead-filled weekend, Emil came into the office on Monday with the dovahkiin language completely mapped out."
Mass Effect 3:
Producer Jesse Houston points out a small detail that makes us want to verify this in previous games: Mass Effect 3 will be the first installment to portray a proper handshake. "Handshakes are more complicated than you think -- making sure the hands actually mesh with each other correctly and everything. In past games, we always cut the shot or change the perspective -- but you'll finally see one in ME3."