Today Spike TV announced the nominees for the Video Game Awards 2009 (better known as the VGAs). Among this year’s nominees, Fallout 3 received two nominations in the Best DLC category — for both Point Lookout and Broken Steel. Additionally, Eliza Dushku was nominated in the Best Performance by a Female Lead category for her role as Rubi Malone in WET.
Be sure to check out all of this year’s nominees and vote for your favorites on Spike’s website.
On Tuesday, November 24th, The Infernal City: An Elder Scrolls Novel will be released at bookstores and for digital download. Before the book’s release, Pete sent over questions to the author — New York Times’ bestselling author Greg Keyes.
Check out the interview below…
For those that aren’t familiar with you, can you give us a brief intro on yourself and some of your previous works?
I studied anthropology at Mississippi State and the University of Georgia. I started writing at a young age, but it wasn’t until 1995 that I sold my first novel, The Waterborn. It and its sequel were fantasies that drew on Native American and Central Asian mythologies for inspiration. I next wrote an alternate history fantasy called The Age of Unreason. Set in the eighteenth century, it wondered what the world might have been like if Isaac Newton’s work in alchemy had paid off the way — at one point — he thought it had. My latest series, The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, is an epic fantasy in a somewhat more traditional vein. I’ve also worked on other shared universes; I wrote three books for the television show Babylon Five, and three Star Wars novels.
This week it’s pretty predictable — you’ll notice that many of us (myself included) are making their way through Modern Warfare 2’s storyline, as well as playing its robust multiplayer modes. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I saw so many people online playing one game.
It’s not the only game we’re playing — you’ll see that titles like Dragon Age Origins, Borderlands, and Torchlight are also consuming our free time.
Let us know what you’re playing…have a great weekend!
Tim Lamb: Modern Warfare 2.
Dane Olds, Artist: Modern Warfare 2, Demon’s Souls, and Torchlight.
Mark Teare: Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 2, and convincing my wife to let me play more Modern Warfare 2.
Jay Woodward: Halo 3: ODST, Brutal Legend, Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony, Dominion: Seaside & other board games.
Jeff Gardiner: Dragon Age and Modern Warfare 2.
Sean Palomino: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (you must play this game), Forza 3, Halo Waypoint, and Rock Band 2.
This week we have a new modding interview with Sulteric Drums from our forums.
How did you first get involved with modding for Oblivion?
It all started when I was looking for companion mods. The available companions were good but they weren’t exactly what I was looking for. There was no real interaction with the female companions other than just commands. I missed the glory days of Baldur’s Gate II — Shadows of Amn, when I could romance an NPC and even flirt with them. After reading the tutorials on the Wiki site, I thought it would be easy. I had no idea what I was in for! I started planning a “Flirt” mod but I soon realized how difficult it would be to hook it into existing companions. I poked around, got permission to use an existing companion (thanks to Jumonji and The Priest) as my base and I took it from there. Three companions later and here we are.
Time for another web update…
This week 1Up has a new roundtable discussion near and dear to Bethesda Game Studios — it’s a discussion on The Future of Single-Player RPGs. The roundtable includes Bill Roper (Cryptic Studios), Alan Miranda (Ossian Studios), Marcin Iwinski (CD Projeckt) and Feargus Urquhart, the CEO of Obsidian Entertainment (the guys working on Fallout: New Vegas). The feature has several references to Fallout 3 and can be read here.
More news after the break…
Okay, so there’s not a Modern Pipboy 1 to discuss, but I thought I’d be clever — since everyone and their grandmother is talking about Modern Warfare 2 today (congrats Infinity Ward). In fact, the team just took a peek at the game within our theater.
Anyways, I thought I’d share this Pipboy mod from AlexScorpion I spotted at Fallout 3 Files (a relatively new FileFront page). When I saw it, it actually reminded me of something out of Modern Warfare.
Download the mod here.
Up first, here’s a list of the Top 3 for TES Nexus.
- Top prize winner — Adaman Fortress by jefe232 (pictured above)
- Second prize winner — Exanimis Funeral Urns by Exanimis
- Third prize winner — Anvil Docks Abode by dunmermaiden
After the break, check out the Fallout 3 Nexus winners…
- Top prize winner – Banished by Barrenzye (pictured above)
- Second prize winner – JaySus Commonwealth of Modders by JaySus
- Third prize winner – The Magnetic War 2 by FrankSlimski
Just as Bioware has guys admitting to being fans of our games, we’ve got plenty of folks here that giddy when a new Bioware game is released. This was definitely the case this past week with the release of Dragon Age Origins. As I write this on a Sunday night, I see at least six developers playing it on Xbox LIVE (with probably more playing on PC and PS3).
Outside of Dragon Age, it seems that Borderlands, Brutal Legend, and Torchlight are among the most popular games currently being played by our team.
Below is the list for this week. Let us know what you’re playing.
Ashley Cheng: Dragon Age, Madden 10, and Bookworm on iPhone.
Jon Paul Duvall: Borderlands and Dragon Age.
Tony “MMO money MMO problems” Greco: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, and a great game called twiddling my thumbs while I wait for MW2 to come out.
Gary Powell: Dragon Age Origins, Borderlands, and Demon’s Souls.
Orin Tresnjak: Finally getting around to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare before the sequel comes out. Also, Mirror’s Edge on PC to check out the improved visuals.
Last week Planet Elder Scrolls announced their October Hall of Fame Nominees. Here’s a list…
- Verona House by Tom Dawson (dtom)
- nVidia Black Screen Fix by Quarn
- KF Chapel Shop by Floydian1 & Kalia
Congrats to all these modders for their great work!