Brink Developer Diary #2 — Olivier Leonardi

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Back in August, we shared Paul Wedgwood’s Diary introducing you to Brink. As a follow up, we’ve got Olivier Leonardi — Art Director on Brink.

Read below to find out about Brink’s unique visual style — from character designs to the contrasting styles of the environments.

Take it away, Olivier…

“What do you mean, they’re building it?” That was my first reaction when Richard Jolly, our Media Director, told me about the Brink stand at Gamescom 2009. Even though he pulled out the plans, I still couldn’t believe him: “They’re building a life size Container City?! Surrounded by water? And an 8-metre replica Founder’s Tower sitting in the middle of it all??”

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Beyond the id: Meet Peter Sokal


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


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


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


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 ›