What’s it like to be an Environment Artist working on Brink?

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The answer’s right here in a new developer profile on Splash Damage’s site. This time around they’re profiling Matt ‘Taff’ McDaid, who got his start in the gaming industry after working for the Ministry of Defense. Here’s a choice cut from the interview:

What are the best and worst parts of your job?
On a day-to-day basis, you only get to see what your particular department has been working on. So for me, the best part has to be when you see everybody’s work all come together on the big screen, followed up Jared’s “WOOOooo!!!!”

The worst part is losing at Foosball!

It’s good to know that’s the worst part of the job. I’m currently 1-0 in foosball matches at their offices — though I imagine that record won’t hold up if I go back.

Around the web (Updated)

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Here’s a quick web update.

We’re less than a week away from Mothership Zeta, and there’s a pair of new interviews with DLC Producer Jeff Gardiner at Go! Gaming Giant and Talking About Games. Here’s a look at a snippet from the latter:

What was the motivation behind taking players onto an alien spacecraft for Mothership Zeta? Did someone on the team have an encounter?

Jeff Gardiner: We thought it would be a very unique environment to explore, a far cry from the dust ravaged wastes of DC.  The lead designer, Emil Pagliarulo, and I are interested in Alien conspiracy theory…  There’s a lot of information to sift through on the internet, while neither of us is quite sure what to believe it makes for interesting coffee conversation.

Sites continue to give away Point Lookout Codes. GameFocus is the latest with a contest running through tomorrow.

In preview coverage, NowGamer has a new preview for Brink. Here’s a sample:

“Your character will be entirely user-created, giving you the chance to be totally unique. Our short demonstration pointed to a customisation engine that appeared to ensure your character looked damn cool no matter what you did with it – quite a feat.”

For more on Brink, check out E3Coverage.com’s interview with Richard Ham.

Finally, if you haven’t checked out the trailer for The Book of Eli — starring Denzel Washington — you might want to give it a look. On several sites, including Kotaku, comparisons to Fallout 3 are already being made.

Updates: This morning on Kotaku, I spotted some cool Fallout “accessories.” Learn how to put them together at The Weekly Geek.

Elsewhere, you can learn more about the technology for Brink at PC Games Hardware — who has an interview with Arnout van Meer — Splash Damage’s Technical Director.

If you’re planning on attending QuakeCon — check here for details on how you could win a 2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Coupe. Sadly, I’m not eligible, so I’ll have to stick with Nike and New Balance.

What we’re playing

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For more than a month now, guys and gals at the office have really been getting into Prototype. This week it received the most votes to be featured game of the week. While my backlog of games is getting a bit out of control, I hope to get a chance to play it soon.

Here’s the rest of the game we’re playing. Let us know what games are consuming your time.

Cory Dornbusch, QA: On a Open world kick for the 360. Farcry 2, Red Faction Guerrilla, and Prototype. On PC L4D,Tf2, WH40k DW2, and CoH.

Michael Lattanzia, Hunter of Monsters: lots of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Little King’s Story, My Life as a Dark Lord, Gears of War 2, Prototype, and maybe some Left 4 Dead.

Nate Purkeypile, Mighty Pirate: Prototype, Trine, ‘Splosion Man, and Bully.

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Vault Boy hits the streets

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This Vault Boy costume comes from Molly B, who wore it at Otakon 2009 earlier this month in Baltimore. In her email, she mentions that she ran into other Fallout fans at the show, including a few Vault Dwellers and a friendly Talon Company Merc.

If you’ve got a cool costume to share — whether it’s from Otakon, Comic- Con, or Khaaan-i-Con — be like be like Molly and shoot us an email.

Around the web (updated)

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The news keeps coming — here’s the latest. Father’s Day passed us by more than a month ago, so I guess 1Up’s Scott Sharkey figured it was okay to rip into dear-old-dads from videogames’ past. His feature, Top 5 Crappiest Videogame Dads, leads off with James from Fallout 3. I guess James’ gift of a BB gun saved him from the Top 5, as he actually comes in at the #6 spot. Head here to continue the countdown.

While Dad is getting the diss, Fallout 3’s best friend, Dogmeat, gets his due in a new column by Michael Fiegel of The Escapist. The column discusses his origins and popularity — from the original Fallout to his role in Fallout 3. Check it out a snippet below:

“What isn’t derived from The Road Warrior is Dogmeat’s name; that likely comes from a scene in the 1975 film A Boy and His Dog where Vic (Don Johnson) refers to his mutt as ‘Dogmeat.'”

Some of Brink’s print coverage in the UK is now making its way online. Check out previews at OXM UK and Games Radar.

Moving to WET, both SPOnG and Videogamer.com have new hands-on impressions, while Gamereactor TV has an interview with Lead Game Designer Ash Ismail.

There’s a few more Point Lookout reviews you can check out. Visit GamesRadar, TheJRE,  and Game Industry News. Finally, Crispy Gamer has a three-page Achievement guide for Fallout 3 and its DLC.

Update: And if you haven’t gotten Point Lookout yet, GamePro and Xcast Online have contests for codes.

Games can be played outside, too

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Earlier this week, Kotaku Editor-in-Chief Brian Crecente put up a blog post about his Backyard Adaptations of Video Game Classics — that is, new ways to play outside, inspired by classic games (like Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros.) that normally keep you inside.

Motivated by Crecente’s post, our very own Fred Zeleny has created a few backyard adaptations of his own — focusing on recent titles Assassin’s Creed, Prince of Persia, and even Fallout 3. To learn how to play these, head to Fred’s blog or Kotaku.