What we’re playing

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For more than a month now, guys and gals at the office have really been getting into Prototype. This week it received the most votes to be featured game of the week. While my backlog of games is getting a bit out of control, I hope to get a chance to play it soon.

Here’s the rest of the game we’re playing. Let us know what games are consuming your time.

Cory Dornbusch, QA: On a Open world kick for the 360. Farcry 2, Red Faction Guerrilla, and Prototype. On PC L4D,Tf2, WH40k DW2, and CoH.

Michael Lattanzia, Hunter of Monsters: lots of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Little King’s Story, My Life as a Dark Lord, Gears of War 2, Prototype, and maybe some Left 4 Dead.

Nate Purkeypile, Mighty Pirate: Prototype, Trine, ‘Splosion Man, and Bully.

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Vault Boy hits the streets

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This Vault Boy costume comes from Molly B, who wore it at Otakon 2009 earlier this month in Baltimore. In her email, she mentions that she ran into other Fallout fans at the show, including a few Vault Dwellers and a friendly Talon Company Merc.

If you’ve got a cool costume to share — whether it’s from Otakon, Comic- Con, or Khaaan-i-Con — be like be like Molly and shoot us an email.

Around the web (updated)

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The news keeps coming — here’s the latest. Father’s Day passed us by more than a month ago, so I guess 1Up’s Scott Sharkey figured it was okay to rip into dear-old-dads from videogames’ past. His feature, Top 5 Crappiest Videogame Dads, leads off with James from Fallout 3. I guess James’ gift of a BB gun saved him from the Top 5, as he actually comes in at the #6 spot. Head here to continue the countdown.

While Dad is getting the diss, Fallout 3’s best friend, Dogmeat, gets his due in a new column by Michael Fiegel of The Escapist. The column discusses his origins and popularity — from the original Fallout to his role in Fallout 3. Check it out a snippet below:

“What isn’t derived from The Road Warrior is Dogmeat’s name; that likely comes from a scene in the 1975 film A Boy and His Dog where Vic (Don Johnson) refers to his mutt as ‘Dogmeat.'”

Some of Brink’s print coverage in the UK is now making its way online. Check out previews at OXM UK and Games Radar.

Moving to WET, both SPOnG and Videogamer.com have new hands-on impressions, while Gamereactor TV has an interview with Lead Game Designer Ash Ismail.

There’s a few more Point Lookout reviews you can check out. Visit GamesRadar, TheJRE,  and Game Industry News. Finally, Crispy Gamer has a three-page Achievement guide for Fallout 3 and its DLC.

Update: And if you haven’t gotten Point Lookout yet, GamePro and Xcast Online have contests for codes.

Games can be played outside, too

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Earlier this week, Kotaku Editor-in-Chief Brian Crecente put up a blog post about his Backyard Adaptations of Video Game Classics — that is, new ways to play outside, inspired by classic games (like Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros.) that normally keep you inside.

Motivated by Crecente’s post, our very own Fred Zeleny has created a few backyard adaptations of his own — focusing on recent titles Assassin’s Creed, Prince of Persia, and even Fallout 3. To learn how to play these, head to Fred’s blog or Kotaku.

Golden Joystick Awards 2009 – Short List voting

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Just a reminder that voting for the Golden Joysticks 2009 is in the “short list” voting stage.  Fallout 3 is nominated for PC Game of the Year, PlayStation Game of the Year, Xbox Game of the Year, Soundtrack of the Year, and Ultimate Game of the Year. Additionally, we’re up for Publisher of the Year.

Head here to vote for your favorite games. The results will be announced on October 30th at the 2009 London Games Festival.