Bethesda Game Studios, a subsidiary of [=ZeniMax=] Media, was founded in 1985 by Christopher Weaver in Bethesda, Maryland.
They had a hand in developing the first ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL'' for EA in 1988 and developed a number of other licensed games ([[WebVideo/JonTron including]] ''Film/HomeAlone''), but would not reach true success until ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena'' was released in 1994.

They went on to release several ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' games, including one of the first fully-3D games, ''Skynet'' (released several months before ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}''), before continuing the ''Elder Scrolls'' series with ''Daggerfall'' in 1996. ''Daggerfall'' was notoriously buggy and commercially unsuccessful, and after releasing two equally unsuccessful spin-off games ''(An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire'' and ''TES Adventures: Redguard''), Bethesda was looking at bankruptcy.

Luckily, along came Zenimax Media with some big bags of cash. Since then, Bethesda has reached new heights of commercial and critical success, although its tendency to completely rebuild its games from the ground up with each sequel (which usually means axing old features in favor of new ones) has created an ''incredibly'' BrokenBase. They also have a noticeable [[AuthorAppeal Author Appeal]] for making references to [[Creator/HPLovecraft H.P. Lovecraft]], having [[StoryBreadcrumbs story delivered mostly by background environmental details]] to help supply [[WorldBuilding World Building]], and featuring [[HumongousMecha Humongous Mechas]] - all of which verges on [[SignatureStyle Signature Style]] for them at this point.

Not to be confused with its sister company, Bethesda Softworks, which is the publishing apparatus for all the various Zenimax partners (like Creator/IdSoftware, Creator/ArkaneStudios and [[Creator/ShinjiMikami Tango Gameworks]]).
!!!Games and series developed by Bethesda Game Studios:

* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' franchise
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena''
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall''
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind''
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''
* ''Franchise/{{Fallout}}'' franchise (acquired from Creator/InterplayEntertainment)
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}''

!!! Games and series published by Bethesda Softworks (in addition to the Bethesda Game Studios games)

* ''VideoGame/{{BattleCry|VideoGame}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Brink}}''
* ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth''
* ''VideoGame/{{RAGE}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{WET}}''
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''
* ''Franchise/{{Dishonored}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored 2}}''
** ''VideoGame/DishonoredDeathOfTheOutsider''
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' franchise
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline''
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsLegends''
* ''VideoGame/HuntedTheDemonsForge''
* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder''
** ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheOldBlood''
** ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus''
* ''VideoGame/TheEvilWithin''
** ''VideoGame/TheEvilWithin2''
* ''VideoGame/Doom2016''
* ''VideoGame/Prey2017''

!!Non-gaming media produced by Bethesda:

* ''WebAnimation/TheTalesFromDunwall''