An Oscar Nominated Developer Profile

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The latest developer profile for Splash Damage is up on their site. This time around, we get to meet Brink Animator Boris ‘Zobbo’ Lowinger.

Before coming to Splash Damage, Boris worked on games like MotoGP, Republic: The Revolution, the popular quiz franchise Buzz!, as well as the short film “This Way Up“, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview…

What are the best and worst parts of your job?
Best part of the job is animating people/weapons/miscellaneous bits and bobs and getting things like our SMART animations looking great.

The worst part for me is that I’m sometimes too busy to join in the internal play-tests. Well, that and having to sit near mantegra. :)

Read the rest here.

Meet the Moderators: Ratwar

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From the Ramblin’ Wreck of Georgia Tech, this week we meet Bethesda forum moderator Chris Bryant (aka Ratwar). Chris recently graduated from Georgia Tech and is looking for a job as a civil engineer. Also, today happens to be his birthday! Happy Birthday!

How did first make your way to the Bethesda Game Studios forums?
Well, it wasn’t the puzzle box! I actually came because I just couldn’t get enough of Morrowind by simply playing it. At first I just lurked reading the Morrowind General forum, but eventually I decided to start actually participating in the discussions, so I joined up.

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What we’re playing

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Earlier this week we checked out the first chapter of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves in our theater. The game dropped jaws and now a number of devs are busy playing through the full game. Uncharted 2 isn’t the only game getting lots of buzz — new releases Brütal Legend and Demon’s Souls having quickly become office favorites, too.

Now back to playing Uncharted…enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Jon DeVriendt: Uncharted 2, League of Legends, and Demon’s Souls.

Orin Tresnjak: Demon’s Souls.

Pete Hines: Uncharted Drake’s Fortune, Madden, NCAA, and Halo 3: ODST.

Brett Douville, Eater of Metal Cookies: Brütal Legend, Brütal Legend, and Brütal Legend.

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Fallout 3 Modding Interview: The Marriage Proposal Mod

This week we’ve got a special modding interview to very celebrate a special occasion. As you may have seen on other sites, a mod for Fallout 3 was created so that forum member *Puffy*Puppy* (real name Kristy) could propose to her boyfriend Shawn.

Back in June, Kristy contacted our office every way she could think of. Here’s her email to Bethesda Blog:

“Hi, is there any way to get an idea of what it would take to propose to my boyfriend through Fallout 3? Via an add-on, or a mission, or a separate disk? Does something like this take a millionaire to commission it? lol. Because I am just a dollaraire. Is there a way of doing it myself and then kinda creating a level or something?”

From there, we pointed Kristy to our modding forums — where she received plenty of help from our community — including  Skykappa, old_andy, and Sesom.

After the break, check out my interviews with all four of them.

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Oblivion and Fallout 3 eGuides

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I recently received word from David Hodgson that Prima’s Game Guide for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition is available as an eGuide on their site for $24.99. Highlights of the guide include:

  • This digital guide features easy-to-use clickable navigation on every page.
  • Covers all available content for Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Shivering Isles, Knights of the Nine, and downloadable content.
  • Detailed maps for every part of the world and every major city, plus special maps for every key section of the main quest.
  • Specific chapters on how to create your character and maximize your abilities and skills.
  • Over 450 full-color pages packed with information on everything you need to know about the massive gameworld of Oblivion.
  • Walkthroughs for every quest in every part of the Oblivion world, including the main quest, as well as miscellaneous and freeform quests.
  • Sections on various gameplay systems including stealth, combat, magic, spellmaking and enchanting, alchemy, and more.

For more details and a chance to check out parts of the guide for free, head to Prima’s site.

In related news, David has a new blog post up about the Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition Game Guide. While you can still purchase a physical copy of the guide, it’s also available as an eGuide for $26.99.

New WET walkthrough and interview

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Quick news roundup on WET….

Bitmob has a new interview up with Creative Director Patrick Fortier discussing WET’s Bad-Ass Influences. Here’s an excerpt:

The Story: “The storyline is more of a ’70s-flavored affair inspired by the Charles Bronson movies of the same era — Death Wish, The Mechanic, etc. — with elements of betrayal and revenge.”

Elsewhere, IGN has fleshed out their walkthrough for the game. If you’re finding yourself stuck in the game, bookmark this page.

Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame — September

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Recently, Planet Elder Scrolls announced their Hall of Fame mods for Morrowind and Oblivion. Take a look below…

Morrowind mods

Oblivion mods

Congrats to all for their great work!

Web Roundup: Fallout 3

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Plenty of cool stuff I’ve found recently for Fallout 3. Read on…

On Twitter, I came across a link to a blog called The Adventures of Tobasco da Gama. In this post, our hero (we’ll call him the Lone Wanderer), discusses his plan to tour DC in a Vault Suit. A man of his word, check out the pics on Flickr.

Recently the 2009 MIXX awards were announced — celebrating creativity in interactive advertising. Among the award winners, Fallout 3 was awarded a Gold Award for Product Launch. Special thanks to AKQA (who also won an award for McDonalds and Flip Video) and everyone else that worked on the campaign.

At Planet Xbox 360, there’s a new list of the Top 10 Gaming Moments to Experience Before You Die. It’s a good list that points out how many great titles there have been this generation. Click here to find out what Fallout 3 moment made the list.

Ready to take on some Fallout trivia? The Escapist has two quizzes — in Heroic and Legendary flavors.

At Kotaku, Todd Howard was featured in a recent piece titled, “Is Single-Player Gaming In Danger Of Extinction?” — written by Michael McWhertor. Here’s a snippet from Todd:

“[Multiplayer is] the most requested feature we get,” says Todd Howard, executive producer of The Elder Scrolls series and Fallout 3 at Bethesda Softworks, so far resistant to the trend this generation. “So we do consider it every time… and every time it loses, but I suppose you never know.”

Moving on, I caught this pic from EPICponyz that you might recognize from here..:)

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To conclude this wrapup, here’s three videos to check out from YouTube. This one caught my eye because of the great work done on creating the BoS armor. Also be sure to check out this Fallout 3 Medley, and yet another fantastic fan video from Drakortha.