Looking my window, the weather outside looks downright dismal. I was somewhat hoping it would hold up so I could talk about how guys here would have no reason not to lock themselves inside and play games. Turns out though, it’s supposed to be sunny and in the high 70′s, so there goes that idea. I guess it doesn’t matter, since we work at a game studio, playing games over the weekend is a regular, expected thing.
On to this week’s rundown of what we’re playing. I’ll kick it off since I want to emphasize how incredible Everyday Shooter (PS3) turned out.
Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: Everyday Shooter, Orange Box, Halo 3, Oblivion
Dane “The Main Vein” Olds, Artist: Hellgate: London Beta, TF2, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Metroid Prime 3, Wii VC stuff.
Adam Adamowicz, Concept Artist: Shivering Isles, Adobe Photoshop CS2
Ryan Salvatore, Hot Beverage Liason: Red Orchestra, Portal
Justin “Famine” McSweeney, QA: Orange Box, Oblivion DLC, Halo 3, Bioshock replay.
Jabarie “Death” Brown, Quality Assurance: Halo 3 (Collecting skulls in campaign and getting obliterated in multiplayer), Orange Box: Team Fortress 2 (Frenzytastic), World of Warcraft (I wish I could quit you!).
Jonathan “War” Peake, QA: Hellgate London Beta, Warhawk, PS3 demos, Medieval Total War: Kingdoms.
Matt “Conquest” Ouzounian, Quiet Analysis: Team Fortress 2 and Halo 3… if Comcast delivers my router, otherwise City of Heroes.
Jared Angus, QA Tester: Diablo 2
Pete Hines: Jeanne D’Arc, Opposing Fronts, Picross, Advance Wars DS, Halo 3
Steve Fraden, QA: Ultima Online
Chris Esko: All the new parts of The Orange Box, Halo 3 coop, Guitar Hero III demo, Phantom Hourglass, Puzzle Quest, board games.
Rich Lambert, Producer: World of Warcraft, Hellgate London, Tabula Rasa & TF2
Gary Noonan, Character Animator: Orange Box, Oblivion: Shivering Isles, DiRT
Dan “Dancing Bear” Geske, QA: Going down to Georgia, looking for a soul to steal…
Tim “Visor!” Lamb, Associate Producer: Orange Box, Puzzle Quest, Halo 3
Mike Lipari, Master Fixer: Phantom Hourglass
Jeff Browne, Level Designer: wait, a week has gone by already? Still playing Red Orchestra, cancelled my Planetside subscription Hardest thing I’ve had to do in a long time – I love that game, but the big battles are gone.
Bruce Nesmith: Orange Box, Company of Heroes, Space Empires V
Jeff Gardiner, Producer: Orange Box, NWN2: Mask of the Betrayer, Puzzle Quest, Jeanne D’Arc
John Pisano, QA: Hellgate London Beta, Vanguard, Kingdom Hearts II, Portal Challenge Maps.
Jennifer Noland, QA: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Lego Star Wars: Original Trilogy.
Jesse Tucker, Level Design: UT3 Demo
Craig Lafferty, Producer: The Orange Box, E4, Lumines Live, Madden 08, Sega Rally Revo
Todd Howard: I asked Orange Box if it was the greatest game compilation ever and it answered – “Yes. Yes I am. Enjoy Your Cake.”
Cory Dornbusch, World Art Intern: Portal, HL2 EP 2, and Company of Heroes: OF. Fallout (Stealth Boy set up :: Good night daisy::).
Daryl Brigner, Level Designer: Portal, Source SDK, and Red Orchestra.
Ashley Cheng, the token asian producer: Orange Box, NCAA Football
Nathan “Awesome X” McDyer, Associate Producer: TF2, Hellgate Beta, Puzzle Quest
Fred Zeleny, Millionaire Playboy By Day, Guy Who Gets Shot To Death By Night: Phantom Hourglass and lots of Team Fortress 2. Particularly the classes that don’t require the whole “aiming” thing.
Alan Nanes, Designer: Bioshock (Xbox360), The Orange Box (Xbox360), Beautiful Katamari (Xbox360), Metroid Prime 3 (Wii)
Nate “Spider Monkey” Purkeypile, Broken Concrete Aficionado: TF2, PGR4 and all of the demos that have come out recently that I haven’t played yet (World In Conflict, COD4, Hellgate, Unreal, etc.)
Orin Tresnjak, Graphics Programmer: Quake Wars, Phantom Hourglass
Aaron Mitschelen, QA: Dynasty Warriors PSP, various GBA/DS Castlevania, maybe Jean de Arc.
Ryan Lea, QA: Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (finally!), WoW, and playing the Z-Dub waiting game.
Michael Lattanzia, QA: Monster Hunter Freedom 2, Hellgate: London, Team Fortress 2, and seeing Nightmare Before Christmas 3D at the theater!
Dan Lee, Environment Artist: Stuntman Ignition (360), Persona 3 (PS2), Picross DS (DS), Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear (GBA)
Larry Waldman, QA: Half-Life 1.