QuakeCon Details revealed

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Today a press release went out announcing the scheduled events for QuakeCon 2009 — set to begin on Thursday, August 13th (that’s next week!).

Those able to get to the Gaylord Texan Hotel on Thursday will have a chance to see id Software’s John Carmack deliver QuakeCon’s keynote address. Meanwhile, Bethesda Game Studios’ fans will be excited to know that on Friday, Todd Howard will talk about our process for making games like Oblivion and Fallout 3. Following the presentation, there will even be a Q&A. Also on Friday, Splash Damage’s CEO and game director, Paul Wedgwood, will deliver the first public demo of Brink. Meanwhile, folks will be able to see id Software’s Rage in action for the first time on Saturday.

For more on all the events taking place, hit the jump below…

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Fallout 3 wins Game of the Year at G-Phoria Awards

The G-Phoria ’09 Video Game Awards – as voted on by fans like you – were announced tonight on X-Play. Fallout 3 captured Game of the Year, as well as Best Soundtrack, Longest Lasting Game, Best Downloadable Content (Broken Steel), Best Voice-Acting, and Best Role-Playing Game. Above is a video of Emil accepting the GOTY award.

Thanks everyone for voting and for playing Fallout 3. We’re thrilled to know so many people enjoyed it.

Around the Web

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Time to make the donuts for another update…

Wanted to let you guys know that tomorrow night at 6pm EST, X-Play is hosting their G-Phoria special – an awards show on G4TV where the awards are voted on by the fans (YOU!). Tune in to see if Fallout 3 (or any of your other favorite games) take home an award.

You may recall a few weeks back 1Up’s Scott Sharkey wrote about the Crappiest Videogame Dads. This week he’s back with a feature on the five videogame enemies he feels bad for — a list that includes Fallout 3’s Feral Ghouls. Here’s a look:
“I didn’t have too much trouble capping the guys, until I managed to acquire a ghoul mask, which allowed me to pass among them and observe their empty lives like a zombie Jane Goodall. Kind of left me wishing I hadn’t spent the first half of the game pinning their heads to the walls with railway spikes. I got over it, though. Go cry, emo zombie.”

Moving right along — with Mothership Zeta’s release this week, reviews are beginning to show up online. Here’s an excerpt from G4TV’s review:

“As a combat mission, “Mothership Zeta” is excellent. It’s fast paced, full of enemies, and great for loading up on XP. I finally hit level 30 about two-thirds of the way through. You won’t just be fighting aliens — abducted ghouls and raiders can also be found in certain sections of the ship.”

More reviews can be found at GameFocusGamervisionExaminer.com, and AtomicGamer.

Wrapping up this “Around the Web,” I thought I’d share some id Software news. First, at TeamXbox, you can find plenty of new details on the multiplayer component for Wolfenstein — due out this month on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Meanwhile, the Twitter page for RAGE has announced there will be a video blog for the game — and it will start during QuakeCon next week. Head here to submit your questions.

What we’re playing

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There’s a lot of common ground this weekend on what the devs are playing. Mostly notably, several folks (Joel, Jeff, Phil, Daryl, and Jonah) are returning to PlanetSide. For those that missed it, it’s a classic Massively Multiplayer First-Person game that was originally released back in 2003. Outside of that, folks are playing Wii Sports Resort, Worms 2: Armageddon, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, (re-released on Xbox LIVE arcade this week), Gears of War 2 (with new DLC  out), Secret of Monkey Island (whether it’s on iPhone, Steam or 360), and much more.

Let us know what you’re playing.

Nathan McDyer: DoWII, Monkey Island SE, Marvel Vs Capcom 2, Killzone 2, Team Fortress 2.

Ashley Cheng: Monkey Island iPhone, GTA4, Battlefield 1943, and Baseball Superstars 2009 (iPhone).

Ryan Lea, Programmer: Mario Kart Double Dash for a 150cc All Cup battle royale vs. Samuel Bernstein. Challenge accepted. Inspirational Words – “Here he comes here comes Speed Racer. He’s a demon on wheels.”

Sam Bernstein: Rocky montage-ing Mario Kart Double Dash for a 150cc All Cup battle royale vs. Ryan Lea. The gauntlet has been thrown.

Mike Christensen: Pokemon Pinball (GBC), Psychonauts, and The Secret of Monkey Island.

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Weekend Update

Here’s some of the latest online coverage — in case you’re having a slow Saturday like me.

If you haven’t checked out Drakortha’s Fallout 3 fan videos, definitely give his channel a look. His latest video, The DC Chronicles Ep 3 – Tunnels (above), is quite entertaining.

Sites continue to look back at Fallout 3. GamesRadar includes Fallout 3 a a feature about games from 2008 they can’t stop playing. Meanwhile, Geek.com has their own look back.

Gamasutra has a new interview with Ed Stern — Senior Game Designer at Splash Damage for Brink. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

Kris Graft: What about accessibility? You guys have a background in hardcore shooters, but I’ve always thought that something like Valve’s Team Fortress 2, for example, is a shooter that somebody who’s not good at shooters can still play.

ES: Well, that’s why we hired Richard Ham. He was one of the co-creators of Syphon Filter. He put The Sims on the consoles, which as far as I’m concerned is a superpower. That is a certifiable achievement. And he just finished Fable 2. He is brilliant at taking a system and making it easy to get into.

In WET news, Play Magazine has a new feature on Gaming’s New Girls — featuring the game’s lead character, Rubi Malone. WET also gets a mention (as does Rogue Warrior) in a new BBC article discussing Hollywood stars becoming involved in gaming.

In id Software news, in preparation for QuakeCon 2009, there’s a new YouTube video with CEO Todd Hollenshead making wagers with the QuakeCon Girls. If you’re attending the show, you’ll be able to find out who wins the best. Elsewhere, WebDesignDev has a list of the 30 Most Influential People in Programming that includes John Carmack on the list.

Wrapping things up, I thought I’d share some really impressive Fallout 3  Fan Art and Nuka Cola machine spotted by folks at our office.

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

WET set for September 15th

Today we put out a release announcing that WET will be in North American stores on September 15th (September 18th for Europe.) Additionally, we have a new website up for the game, wet.bethsoft.com, which we’ll be updating regularly between now and the game’s release.

While on the WET website, be sure to check out details on our “Share to Win” contest — where you can win WET-themed wallpapers and WET posters signed by Eliza Dushku (the voice of Rubi). You can even win the top prize — a custom-skinned Xbox 360 and controller.