What we’re playing

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That perfect Fall weather has hit the DC area, but with so many great new games coming out, don’t know if anyone’s enjoying it. Halo 3: ODST, Batman, Scribblenauts, Need 4 Speed Shift, AION…the list goes on. Not only that, there’s more and more coming on the horizon. I know a bunch of folks who will be picking up both Uncharted 2 and Brutal Legend next week.

Here’s our rundown. Let us know the games you’re enjoying, plus the ones you’re looking forward to…

Dan Ross: Champions Online, WET and more Champions

Matt Killmon: Scribblenauts, WET, Fallout 3, and Canabalt.

Craig Lafferty: Halo O.D.S.T., NFS: Shift, Madden 10, and the Uncharted 2 MP Demo.

Sam Bernstein: Scribblenauts, Halo 3, and Halo 3: ODST. Now that I’ve knocked Legendary single player out of the way, I can focus on Firefight, the diabolically enjoyable game mode. Also, sooooooo many Firefly references with the IWHBYD skull on, makes me want to watch more of that… Continue reading full article ›

Toddacon!!!

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That’s all I could think of when I saw the above image of Todd in the second “Codec Chatter” interview at the revamped Game Informer website.

Here’s a snippet of the interview:

Now that you’ve successfully reinvented Fallout, is there another classic franchise you’d like to bring to the next generation?

Todd: I’d go with Wing Commander. I think the world needs a cinematic space shooter reboot. Maybe I can swing the Battlestar Galactica license and sneak it in that way.

Head here for the rest. Enjoy!

Around the web

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Hope everyone has had a great week. Here’s a web roundup with some of the latest news I’ve come across.

This week we’ve got a trio of Splash Damage developers answering questions about Brink. Over the last three days, Xbox 360 Achievements has been updating their site with new segments featuring Creative Director Richard Ham. Click the links for interviews one, two, and three. Be on the lookout for the final video tomorrow (I hear it’s a doozy).

Richard isn’t the only answering questions. Edge has a two-part interview with Senior Game Designer Ed Stern. Head to these links (part 1, part 2). As the intro indicates, you can expect more coverage on Brink in the upcoming issue of Edge — due out on October 27th.

Meanwhile, Hooked Gamers hooked up with Paul Wedgwood for more details on the game. Here’s a great answer to one of the questions I hear most often about the game:

Hooked Gamers: It is possible to join any running game, turning a single player game into a multiplayer game. How does this work? How do people find each other when they are already playing? Is it possible to join a running game on either side of the conflict?

Paul Wedgwood: Yes – I’ll explain. In Brink you take on a combat role that suits your playing style, and then fight through different environments to complete big objectives as part of a coordinated squad. When you first start playing offline, you’ll play alongside an AI squad. When you see a friend come online, you can invite them in (up to seven of them), and they’ll join your game, replacing your AI squad mates.

For more on that answer and the remainder of the interview, head here.

News on Fallout 3 and WET after the jump.

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Todd’s favorite games

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Over at Industry Gamers, Todd Howard shared a list of his 10 favorite games of all-time. This isn’t the first time Todd’s claimed Ultima VII as his favorite game — among other places, he noted it in a feature on D&D for 1Up

Looking through his list, there’s definitely some games in there I’d consider for my top 10. I’ll post my At-The-Moment Top 10 in the comments section, and encourage you to do the same.

Handle your monkey business at IGN (Updated)

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The guys at IGN have put up a new cheat sheet for finding all the monkey toys in WET.

If you’ve wracked your brain over finding these little critters, go ahead and take a look. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone.

If you haven’t checked out WET, new reviews are up at the following sites:

As more news on WET surfaces, we’ll let you know.

Update: Another guide is available at MSXbox-World.com.

Mods highlighted in PC Gamer

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The November issue of PC Gamer UK arrived on my desk today, and catching my eye was The PC Gamer 50 Essential Mods list. Three of the 50 mods included were from within our community. Tamriel Rebuilt for Morrowind and Oblivion ranked #4, Mart’s Mutant Mod for Fallout 3 ranked #21, and Oscuro’s Oblivion Overhaul made the list at #29.

In addition to these great mods, in the Top 10 Downloads section, three Oblivion quest mods were included — ed_conn’s Windfall, shadeMe’s Vector, and kane1045’s Haunted House.

Congratulations on getting your mods in print!

Where we’re dining: Craving Five Guys

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This week I thought I’d ask everyone to share their favorite places to eat (good suggestion, Ash). As you can expect, there’s plenty of variety in the places where folks from our office go out to eat.

One of the most common responses was Five Guys. Like In-N-Out Burger on the west coast, Five Guys is one of those burger places where you just assume they’ve put some addictive chemical in the burgers that make you crave it. If you haven’t checked it out, there’s a good chance one will pop up in your area sometime soon. While the restaurants began in the DC Area (Arlington, to be exact), there are now more than 400 locations in the US.

Below are more of the places we enjoy eating…you might even recognize some of the areas from Fallout 3.

Pete Hines: Five Guys, Valentino’s, Chick-Fil-A.

Gary Powell, QA Tester: Viet Gourmet (Fredrick), El Charro (Dale City), Panera Bread, Five Guys, Grotto’s Pizza (Bethany Beach, DE) and House Of Dynasty (Alexandria).

Dane Olds, Artist: Dogfishhead Alehouse, Roy’s Place, Cava, and Sushi House (Rockville).

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