Beyond the id: Meet Peter Sokal

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This week we introduce a new segment to Bethesda Blog, Beyond the id, to highlight our friends and colleagues at id Software. This week we’re kicking things off with Peter Sokal — the Community Manager for id.

How long have you worked as the Community Manager at id Software?
I’ve been working at id for about 10 months now, and it has been quite the ride.

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Play! – a Videogame Symphony DVD/CD

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If you’ve visited Bethesda Blog over the past two years, you’ll know that we’ve periodically given updates on Play! – a Video Game Symphony. Over the years, the touring symphony has played music from both Morrowind and Oblivion.

For this reason, I thought I’d let you know that they have a live concert CD/DVD available for sale on Amazon (and iTunes, too), which includes a suite of music from Oblivion. The concert was performed by the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra & Kuehn’s Mixed Choir.

For full tracklisting after the break…

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Game Developer Reveals Top 20 Publishers

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Today at GamaSutra, there’s a story covering Game Developer’s Top 20 Publishers for 2009. Bethesda Softworks has made the list, coming in at #7. Here’s what they had to say:

“Fallout 3 allowed the company to take the top rating for review scores, and combined with strong reputation performance, Bethesda entered the Top 20 at an impressive #7.”

You can see the rest of the list by heading to Gamasutra.

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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