Around the web


With last week’s Eurogamer Expo in the rearview mirror, new previews are emerging on several sites. Be sure to check out impressions at Brutal Gamer,, SavyGamer, Scrambled Pixel and Loot-Ninja. Sarcastic Gamer also previewed the game — here’s a snippet:

“Visually the game is stunning, with vibrant colour pouring out of every part of the environment. This is a testament to the world Splash Damage have envisioned, a floating city known as The Ark.”

More news from around the web after the break…

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DOOM Classic Roundup: Interviews and Reviews


With last week’s release of DOOM Classic, there’s plenty of new coverage on the game — including interviews and reviews.

iPhone users should check reviews at SlideToPlay, 148APP, TouchGen, and IGN.

In addition to review, John Carmack has done several interviews this week discussing the game, future projects, and the iPhone as a platform. Read on at, MTV Multiplayer, TouchGen, TouchArcade, VentureBeat, Slide to Play, and Kotaku.

As we have more on DOOM Classic and id Software’s iPhone projects, we’ll keep you updated.

Inside the Vault: Ashley Cheng


I’m working on getting more Inside the Vaults. They’re a-coming! I promise! To get things rolling again, I thought I would go ahead and do one. So, this is me.

What’s your job at Bethesda?
I’m the Production Director (fancy name for producer) for Bethesda Game Studios. I’m responsible for the day to day of the development team, scheduling and budgets, QA and testing, localization, running team meetings when Todd Howard is traveling, game library procurement, weekend and evening catering, commissioner of our Madden online franchise league, purchaser of buckets to collect rain water leaking from our ceiling. I’m the last one who touches our games before they go out into the world to be replicated, boxed and shipped out to stores and/or downloaded via Steam/Xbox LIVE/PlayStation Network, etc… My office is full of gold masters of every version of every game we’ve shipped since 2001. I have one of the best jobs anybody could ever wish for.

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DOOM Classic Available on iTunes


Happy Halloween everyone! Celebrate the horror genre by downloading DOOM Classic on your iPhone.

DOOM Classic includes the original three episodes as well as Episode Four, Thy Flesh Consumed, spread across 36 levels of non-stop carnage and action. The game also has three customizable control schemes designed by John Carmack.

DOOM Classic also supports up to four players via wireless internet — whether you choose to play Deathmatch or Co-Op.

Like DOOM Resurrection, DOOM Classic is available for $6.99 on the iTunes App Store.

What we’re playing


If you look at this week’s “what we’re playing” — there’s games you’d expect to see (like Uncharted 2, Borderlands, Forza 3, and Brütal Legend), but the game that’s taken the office by storm this week is Runic Games’ Torchlight. For more details on the game, visit Runic Games’ website.

Below is the rest of the games we’re playing. Feel free to share the games you’re playing. Have a great weekend!

John Pisano: Torchlight, Borderlands, Brütal Legend, and Tropico III.

Nate “Red Spy” Purkeypile: Uncharted 2, Brütal Legend, Torchlight, L4D2 demo and most importantly, the TF2 Halloween Weekend Special.

Jay Woodward: Red Faction: Guerrilla, Brütal Legend, and Race for the Galaxy.

Daryl Brigner: Borderlands and Torchlight.

Orin Tresnjak: Forza 3, Borderlands, and Demon’s Souls. Maybe trying out Torchlight.

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Around the web


TGIF! As you countdown to the weekend, here’s some coverage for you to read up on.

With Halloween tomorrow, I thought I’d share all the entries in Joystiq’s 2009 Pumpkin Carving Contest. Among all the awesome entries, you’ll find Fallout contributions (pics 55, 57 — shown above, and 80). Really great stuff — bums me out I never got around to carving one.

Moving along, a new blog post at Bitmob was motivated by a tale of evil things you can do in Fallout 3. So out of curiosity, Dan Hsu asked folks around the gaming industry to share their memories of “doing evil” in games. Among others, the list includes Todd Howard and Emil Pagliarulo, as well as some other guys tied to the Fallout franchise (Obsidian’s Feargus Urquhart and Chris Avellone). Find out their evil deeds here.

The latest AVault podcast (#53) is up and features Pete Hines. Give it a listen (as I’m doing right now) to hear him discuss Fallout 3, Brink, id Software and more.

Lastly, Strategy Informer recently put up a new preview for Rogue Warrior. You can read it here. Elsewhere, you can check out the game’s achievements at none other than Xbox 360 Achievements.

Fallout 3 wins Ultimate Game of the Year at the Golden Joysticks

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The 27th Annual Golden Joystick Awards wrapped up a little while ago and Fallout 3 was announced the winner of the night’s final award: Ultimate Game of the Year. Earlier in the show Fallout 3 was named PC Game of the Year. Additionally, the game received runner up honors in both the Soundtrack of the Year and Xbox Game of the Year categories.

Congrats to the team for their hard work on the game, and a big thanks to everyone that voted for Fallout 3!

Watch Paul Wedgwood’s Eurogamer Expo Presentation (Updated)


Eurogamer has video of Paul Wedgwood’s Brink presentation from Eurogamer Expo 2009 in Leeds. One caveat — the presentation actually doesn’t feature gameplay.

Still, if you’re wanting to learn more about the game, you’ll definitely want to watch.

Update: From the looks of Eurogamer_Expo’s Twitter page, there will be some tickets available for the expo’s trip to London tomorrow.