Weekend Update

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Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. While I wait for Michigan and Penn State to kick off, I thought I’d share some coverage I’ve seen online in the last week.

With Halloween just a week away, Kotaku is sharing fan-made Jack-O-Lanterns — including the one you see above of Vault Boy. If you happen to create one based on one of our games, be sure to shoot us an email.

Speaking of Kotaku, they posted information on a new community project called The Wasteland Commentaries. It’s purpose is for fans to “create an audio commentary track for Fallout 3 that is accessible in-game via audio holotapes. If successful the Wasteland Commentaries will take some discussions of the game into the spaces that inspired them and provide greater context for reflection.” Sounds cool. To read more about the project, head here.

On the print side, Game Informer #199 (complete with a brand new look) has an article called The Lore Masters, which includes Senior Game Designer Kurt Kuhlmann discussing the lore of The Elder Scrolls, as well as its effect on Greg Keyes writing The Infernal City. Check out the issue on newsstands now.

In id Software news, Digital Battle shares their list of 20 games to look forward to in 2010 — a list which includes RAGE. Meanwhile, Gaming Bolt counts down the Top 20 Greatest FPS Games with three id games making the list — Wolfenstein (#16), Quake (#7), and DOOM 2 (#5). To read the whole list, check out parts 1 and 2.

Finally, through my Google Alerts, I found this column at The Whitworthian, which looks back at The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Here’s an excerpt:

“The modding community for the Elder Scrolls games is huge and going strong. Almost anything that’s in the game can be modified, expanded, or completely removed, and nearly anything that can be dreamed up can be added in. My copy of “Morrowind” is currently running something like 50 mods, three or four of which are my own.”

That’s all for now.

Check out Brink at the Eurogamer Expo 2009

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For those in the UK, wanted to let you know about the Eurogamer Expo 2009. Taking place on October 27/28 in Leeds and October 30/31 in London, folks will be able check out Rogue Warrior, WET, Wheelspin, and Medieval Games at our booth.

Additionally, on each day (and at both locations), you’ll be able to check out Paul Wedgwood’s presentation of Brink. Paul will be showing the game at 1:30 p.m. each day.

Word on the street is that both locations will be selling out soon – so purchase your tickets now if you’re planning on attending.

An Oscar Nominated Developer Profile

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The latest developer profile for Splash Damage is up on their site. This time around, we get to meet Brink Animator Boris ‘Zobbo’ Lowinger.

Before coming to Splash Damage, Boris worked on games like MotoGP, Republic: The Revolution, the popular quiz franchise Buzz!, as well as the short film “This Way Up“, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview…

What are the best and worst parts of your job?
Best part of the job is animating people/weapons/miscellaneous bits and bobs and getting things like our SMART animations looking great.

The worst part for me is that I’m sometimes too busy to join in the internal play-tests. Well, that and having to sit near mantegra. :)

Read the rest here.

Meet the Moderators: Ratwar

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From the Ramblin’ Wreck of Georgia Tech, this week we meet Bethesda forum moderator Chris Bryant (aka Ratwar). Chris recently graduated from Georgia Tech and is looking for a job as a civil engineer. Also, today happens to be his birthday! Happy Birthday!

How did first make your way to the Bethesda Game Studios forums?
Well, it wasn’t the puzzle box! I actually came because I just couldn’t get enough of Morrowind by simply playing it. At first I just lurked reading the Morrowind General forum, but eventually I decided to start actually participating in the discussions, so I joined up.

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What we’re playing

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Earlier this week we checked out the first chapter of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves in our theater. The game dropped jaws and now a number of devs are busy playing through the full game. Uncharted 2 isn’t the only game getting lots of buzz — new releases Brütal Legend and Demon’s Souls having quickly become office favorites, too.

Now back to playing Uncharted…enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Jon DeVriendt: Uncharted 2, League of Legends, and Demon’s Souls.

Orin Tresnjak: Demon’s Souls.

Pete Hines: Uncharted Drake’s Fortune, Madden, NCAA, and Halo 3: ODST.

Brett Douville, Eater of Metal Cookies: Brütal Legend, Brütal Legend, and Brütal Legend.

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Fallout 3 Modding Interview: The Marriage Proposal Mod

This week we’ve got a special modding interview to very celebrate a special occasion. As you may have seen on other sites, a mod for Fallout 3 was created so that forum member *Puffy*Puppy* (real name Kristy) could propose to her boyfriend Shawn.

Back in June, Kristy contacted our office every way she could think of. Here’s her email to Bethesda Blog:

“Hi, is there any way to get an idea of what it would take to propose to my boyfriend through Fallout 3? Via an add-on, or a mission, or a separate disk? Does something like this take a millionaire to commission it? lol. Because I am just a dollaraire. Is there a way of doing it myself and then kinda creating a level or something?”

From there, we pointed Kristy to our modding forums — where she received plenty of help from our community — including  Skykappa, old_andy, and Sesom.

After the break, check out my interviews with all four of them.

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Oblivion and Fallout 3 eGuides

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I recently received word from David Hodgson that Prima’s Game Guide for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition is available as an eGuide on their site for $24.99. Highlights of the guide include:

  • This digital guide features easy-to-use clickable navigation on every page.
  • Covers all available content for Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Shivering Isles, Knights of the Nine, and downloadable content.
  • Detailed maps for every part of the world and every major city, plus special maps for every key section of the main quest.
  • Specific chapters on how to create your character and maximize your abilities and skills.
  • Over 450 full-color pages packed with information on everything you need to know about the massive gameworld of Oblivion.
  • Walkthroughs for every quest in every part of the Oblivion world, including the main quest, as well as miscellaneous and freeform quests.
  • Sections on various gameplay systems including stealth, combat, magic, spellmaking and enchanting, alchemy, and more.

For more details and a chance to check out parts of the guide for free, head to Prima’s site.

In related news, David has a new blog post up about the Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition Game Guide. While you can still purchase a physical copy of the guide, it’s also available as an eGuide for $26.99.

New WET walkthrough and interview

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Quick news roundup on WET….

Bitmob has a new interview up with Creative Director Patrick Fortier discussing WET’s Bad-Ass Influences. Here’s an excerpt:

The Story: “The storyline is more of a ’70s-flavored affair inspired by the Charles Bronson movies of the same era — Death Wish, The Mechanic, etc. — with elements of betrayal and revenge.”

Elsewhere, IGN has fleshed out their walkthrough for the game. If you’re finding yourself stuck in the game, bookmark this page.

Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame — September

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Recently, Planet Elder Scrolls announced their Hall of Fame mods for Morrowind and Oblivion. Take a look below…

Morrowind mods

Oblivion mods

Congrats to all for their great work!