What we’re playing

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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

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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)

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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.

Brink Roundup

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As mentioned last week, Eurogamer Expo 2009 is currently taking place. The Leeds portion of the expo has concluded — with Paul Wedgwood showing the game to large crowds on both days.

Out of the Leeds show, there’s some new coverage to share. First, in a new preview at Eurogamer, Paul assured everyone that the PC version of the game will have dedicated servers. For more on their coverage of the game, read here. Elsewhere, you can find impressions of the game from folks that attended the expo at both SavyGamer and PS3Center.net. You can also find a new preview for the game at NowGamer.

The Eurogamer Expo moves to London this Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately, tickets for the expo are already sold out, but we’ll keep you updated on any news that comes out of the show.

On the print side of things, Losi shared with me the latest cover story for Brink at VietGame. For many of you, getting your hands on a copy of the magazine might be difficult, so I’ve posted the cover below. If you do have a chance to check it out, there’s six pages of coverage, plus an interview with Creative Director Richard Ham.

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In other print news, the latest issue of EDGE hit newsstands this week. Be on the lookout, as it features eight pages of new impressions on the game.

Finally, German fansite BrinkGamers has reached 1.0 status. You can check out the site here (looks nice!)– and if you’re interested in doing a fan site of your own, download our fansite kit at the official site for Brink.

Happy Birthday Fallout 3!

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This morning Todd reminded me we released Fallout 3 one year ago today.

Much like the weeks and months prior to release — when I was traveling around the world for the game — the game’s launch felt like a blur. The night before, we held a midnight party for the game at Best Buy, so I ended up getting to bed sometime around 2 a.m. Then on the day of release, after a busy day, we had an office party to celebrate the game’s release in Adams Morgan. I’m not even sure I went to sleep that night.

So that’s what I remember. If you purchased Fallout 3 a year ago today, feel free to share your launch day memories.

New Splash Damage Developer Profile

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Over at Splash Damage’s site, you can check out a new developer profile with Gameplay/Physics Programmer Pierre ‘trega’ Tregaro. Here’s a sampling from the interview…

What games have you worked on?
Brink is the first ‘real’ game I’ve worked on. My last project before starting here was PuppIT, on which I was the project lead. In a nutshell, it’s a large digital puppet theatre entirely controlled using a multi-touch surface.

Head to Splash Damage’s official site to read the rest, as well as the other developer profiles they’ve done.

Movies we’re looking forward to

This week I asked the team to share the movies they’re looking forward to seeing — whether it’s already out, coming soon, or coming not-so-soon. Before seeing Where The Wild Things Are last night, I saw the trailer for Wes Anderson’s lastest film, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and now that tops my list. Check out the trailer above.

While you’re at it, let us know what movies you’re looking forward to…

Michael Wagner: Fantastic Mr. Fox, Toy Story 3, Astro Boy, and The Book of Eli.

Emily Sears: The Road, The Lovely Bones, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Daybreakers, The Wolfman, Shutter Island, Inception, and Alice in Wonderland.

Sean Palomino: Avatar, Ninja Assassin, The Wolfman, Where the Wild Things Are, and Until The Light Takes Us.

Brent Krische: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Transformers 2, GI Joe, District 9, and Paranormal Activity.

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