What we’re playing: Everything under the sun

Wow, looking at this week’s list, I’m seeing more diversity in the games we’re playing. Sure plenty of folks are playing the recent favorites like Rock Band, Mario Galaxy, CoD4 and Team Fortress 2, but I’m also seeing a wide variety of other stuff. Dan Ross is playing Onimusha on PS2!? Is this 2001? Nathan McDyer is going Neo Geo on us with Garuo: Mark of the Wolves. Our resident Fallout Raider, Fred Zeleny, is playing Fallout, as well as Passage…I’m not familiar with it, but as an art student, Fred says it’s worth checking out.

I think my favorite list this week belongs to Mike McGinn, as I’m eager to play both Contra IV and Delerium the next time I’m travelling. And anyone that plays Ikaruga is cool in my book…it’s the most hardcore top-down shooter I’ve ever played (be sure to check out the video above). As for myself, I’m digging into Christmas presents I shouldn’t be opening already. Thanks to my brother Chris in San Jose for sending Rock Band!

Here’s the rest of the list…

Shannon Bailey, Programmer: Persona 3, Eternal Sonata, Wii Boxing

Jeff Browne, Level Designer: Red Orchestra

Fred Zeleny, Game Writer and Right Gamer: Fallout 1 (the classic role-playing game), Team Fortress 2 (the I’m-gonna-burn-you-to-death game), Race for the Galaxy (the galactic conquest and economics card game), and Passage (the beautiful and melancholy art-game).

Dan Geske, QA: Battle for Middle Earth, WoW, and coaching at the Churchill Bulldog Duals on Saturday.

Alan Nanes, Designer: Call of Duty 4 (Xbox 360), Uncharted (PS3), Half-Life 2: Episode 2 (Orange Box Xbox 360)

Nathan McDyer, Associate Producer: Civ IV, Sam & Max Episode 1, and Garuo: Mark of the Wolves all thanks to Game Tap.

Ryan Lea QA: Super Mario Galaxy, WoW, and Guitar Hero III

Ashley Cheng, Producer: Call of Duty 4, The Witcher

Jesse Tucker, Level Design: Assassin’s Creed, UT2k4(Anyone play TAM?)

Jonathan Peake, QA Intern: Call of Duty 4, Unreal Tournament 3, Rock Band

Mike McGinn, QA Tester: Contra 4, and probably Contra: Hard Corpos whenever I get tired of 4. Delerium: The Ward, although it’s really starting to punish me for playing it. BRAHMA Force, which is as close to survival horror in a mech game as I’ve ever found. Elemental Master because Technosoft is awesome. And Ikaruga — oh god the chains.

Matt Ouzounian, Quiche Activist: Team Fortress 2, Mass Effect, and furthering my plans to be a hermit.

Craig Lafferty, Producer: Rock Band (Drums), Simpson’s Game, The Witcher

Mike Dulany, Programmer: Rock Band, Half Life 2: Episode 2, Super Mario Galaxy

Gary Noonan, Character Animator: Morrowind and expansions with a full basket of fan-made mods

Tim “Visor” Lamb, Associate Producer: Prestige again this weekend in COD4.

Aaron Mitschelen, QA: LotRO, UT3, Crysis, Soul Nomad and the World Eaters

Dan Ross, Quality Assurance: Wrapping up Half Life 2 and maybe going back to Medieval: Total War or Onimusha.

Jason Little, QA: Pac Man CE, SK8, Frogger, Halo 3, Beautiful Katamari

Nate Ellis, Design Intern: Mass Effect, Fallout, WoW and maybe some Diplomacy with good friends (hopefully we’re still good friends after).

Mike Lattanzia, QA: Hellgate: London, Rock Band, maybe some Pirates of the Burning Sea beta

Jennifer Noland, QA: Mario Galaxy, and Christmas shopping online since there’s no way I’d attempt the mall during this time of the year.

Nate Purkeypile, TF2 Ringleader: Rock Band, Super Mario Galaxy, Mass Effect and lighting everyone on fire in TF2.

Pete Hines: Bioshock, Picross, Company of Heroes, Crysis, The Witcher

Jared Angus, QA Tester: In my dreams I’m playing anything on a Wii, in reality I might have some time to play Mario 64 DS in between apartment hunting and Xmas parties.

Nghi Huynh, QA: Burnout Paradise (PSN Demo). Pain (PSN)

Ricardo Gonzalez, Off The Wagon: WoW, WoW, WoW, Zelda: Twilight Princess…and WoW. (sigh)

Orin Tresnjak, Graphics Programmer: Crysis, UT3. Maybe some Warhammer.

Larry Waldman, QA: Uncharted, Sid Meier’s Pirates

Louis Riley, QA Tester: Final Fantasy Tactics PSP, Puzzle Quest, Company Of Heroes: Opposing Forces, Rayman: Ravin Rabbids 2

Erin Losi: Half-Life 2

Ryan Ashford, QA: Orange Box, Crysis, Ico

Michael Wagner, Marketing: Mass Effect goodness

Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: Rock Band, Super Mario Galaxy, Half Life 2: Episode 1, Burnout Paradise demo (I’ll try it on Live and PSN).

Reader Comments

  1. Hey , This may be completly off what your talking about but my friend has seen on THE game web site (www.game.co.uk)

    The Elder Scrolls Travels for the PSP Is this true or only some stupid lie Game have done? or is it in construction?

  2. Oh god. Every time I see Ikaruga, it reminds me of Mars Matrix on my dearly departed Sega Saturn. Oh, the sweet, scintillating bullet madness.

  3. In the spirit of Christmas.. I’m going to be extra-harsh.

    You start with -10 points. All good games are worth +1 points at most. All bad are worth -5 at least.

    Here we go! (You are allowed to hate me after this):

    Shannon Bailey, Programmer: 0
    Jeff Browne, Level Designer: 0
    Fred Zeleny, Game Writer and Right Gamer: -2
    Dan Geske, QA: -8
    Alan Nanes, Designer: 3 (Well done!)
    Nathan McDyer, Associate Producer: 2
    Ryan Lea QA: -3
    Ashley Cheng, Producer: 2
    Jesse Tucker, Level Design: 2

    I’ll stop there. These are the extra points you got. Work out your scores yourself. Merry Christmas.

  4. I’m feel bad that it took me so long to play Civ IV, it’s amazing and will consume my life.

    Also, how come Erin gets her game in all bold letters?

  5. I’m so glade i don’t play Mars Matrix or Ikaruga any more every time i see thus spaceships flying around like there diagnost with ADD it gives me a headache

    p.s. any new pics for fallout3 soon!!

  6. I would totally be hearts-for-eyes if you guys mentioned any or all of these three titles:

    -Rogue Galaxy
    -Dragon Quest 8
    -Dark Cloud 2

    I really like how you can almost tell the personality type of each person above based on their game list. ‘Larry Waldman, QA: Uncharted, Sid Meier’s Pirates’ Obviously loves him some pirate action!