Fan-Made AER9 Laser Rifle

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This morning while drinking my daily glass of grape juice, I saw this blog post at Destructoid — depicting a fan-made Fallout 3 AER9 Laser Rifle. As my jaw dropped, I nearly spilled the grape juice all over myself and my laptop. Upon not destroying my laptop, I immediately sent the link to Pete, Todd, and others at the office.

The rifle was created by Harrison Krix (who also created an awesome  Bioshock Big Daddy), who is a self-proclaimed “27 year old dork working in Graphic Design and living in Atlanta.” Be sure to read more on how he assembled the rifle (complete with some step-by-step pictures) at his website.

Great work!

What we’re playing: Nice to get free games edition

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With the release of WET last week, there was excitement at our office to get a new game for free. This weekend I noticed plenty of folks playing the game on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (I actually completed it about an hour ago).

As I guessed last week, Scribblenauts is another one of the popular picks at the office. If you’ve got a DS, there’s plenty of guys here that would tell you that you NEED to play it. As for this coming week, putting on my swami hat again, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that we’ll have plenty of people playing a a little game called ODST this week.

Find out more of the games we’re playing below.

Brett Douville, aka Mr Sunshine: WET, Far Cry 2, and Penny Arcade Adventures Episode 2

Sean Palomino – Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 and WET.

Sam Bernstein, Wordsmith: Sooooo much Scribblenauts. Also, finally got a copy of Crossfire; can’t wait to play it this weekend.

Brent Krische: Final Fantasy IV DS, WET, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, CaveIn, and I am hopefully going to pick up Batman: Arkham Asylum and Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story.

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WET Mashup Contest at IGN

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Wanted to let you know about a cool contest — The WET Mashup — that’s currently up at IGN. With the mashup, you can create your own custom video for WET — using video and audio clips from the game, as well as music, graphics, titles, and screen traditions. Once you create a video, you’ll then have the option to share the video with your friends.

Along with making the videos, the Mashup page gives you a chance to win a WET prize pack — featuring a Panasonic 42″ plasma TV, an Xbox 360, and of course, a copy of WET.

Head here for the mashup contest’s official rules.

Brink Roundup: More from PAX 09 (Updated)

It’s only been about a week since our last blog post on Brink, but there’s already plenty of new coverage — courtesy of the game’s appearance at GamesCom and PAX.

We begin with Giant Bomb — watch Brad Shoemaker’s interview with Game Director Paul Wedgwood above.

Additional PAX interviews can be found at the following:

  • Machinima has put up an Inside Gaming Plus Interview with Paul Wedgwood.
  • Creative Director Richard Ham tackles questions for The Weekly Blend.
  • Following up their preview coverage, The Goozex Report interviews Richard Ham.

Need more interview action, Richard Ham did a beast of an interview (28 minutes long) with Videogamer.com. Watch it in HD here. Additionally, Richard answered questions for MTV Game One at GamesCom.

PAX also set the stage for a trio of new previews — check out impressions at Endsights, 360 Sync, and GamePro.

Finally, yours truly made a brief appearance on Insomniac’s Full Moon Show to discuss Brink and our other titles at PAX. Watch it here.

Update: There’s an interesting preview written by Alec Meer at Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Here’s an excerpt from ‘Splash Damage’s Brink: This Is How It is’…

“That said, Me will be Me in Brink. There is, thank grud, no Alec Meer player model, but there is an elaborate character editor, a little akin to City of Heroes and APB. You choose your face, your body type, your hair, your tatooos, your beard, your clothing…”

Read the rest here.

Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame

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Here’s a look at the mods for Morrowind and Oblivion that earned Hall of Fame status in the month of August. Take a look…

Oblivion Mods

  • See You Sleep by mmmpld: This mod (shown above) allows your player to sleep in beds, rather than beside a bed.
  • Hashshashin Armor by Dimitri Mazieres: New armor inspired by Assassin’s Creed.
  • Myths and Legends: Weapons 2 by TemplarGFX, GrimDeath, SykoFox, GamerGirlx: Mod designed for high level characters that adds  14 unique artifacts to the game — each weapons having a different story to along along with it.

Morrowind Mods

  • Improved No Glow by Shadre: As the title indicates, this mod enhances the look of enchanted items.
  • Antares’ Big Mod by Arcimaestro Antares: With this mod you have special privileges with the lower ranking members of your faction.

Head to Planet Elder Scrolls for more details on these mods. Congrats to all the inductees.

Congrats Armadillo Aerospace!

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id Software’s Co-Founder and Technical Director, John Carmack, along with his team at Armadillo Aerospace , succeeded in a mock Lunar Landing last weekend — putting them in a position to possibly win NASA’s Northrup Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge.

Here’s a snippet from an article at Space.com:

“The flight represents an achievement not just for Armadillo, but for the whole commercial spaceflight field. With NASA’s space shuttle fleet soon to retire, and the agency’s goal of returning humans to the moon uncertain in the face of political and budget constraints, private companies could play an increasingly important role in space exploration.”

You can hear more from John on the achievement in a web update on Armadillo Aerospace’s official site. Very cool!

Details on Fallout 3 DLC and Game of the Year Edition

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Below are details on Fallout 3 DLC for PlayStation 3, as well as an update on Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition.

PlayStation 3 Downloadable Content

Today we released an update for the PS3 version of Fallout 3 that addresses a number of issues, includes some optimizations, and adds trophy support for the DLC. The first DLC for PS3, Broken Steel, will be available next Thursday, September 24th. That will be followed by the release of “Operation: Anchorage” and “The Pitt” on October 1st, and “Point Lookout” and “Mothership Zeta” on October 8th.

These dates are for English versions of the game. As soon as we have updates for other territories, we’ll let you know.

Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition

We are also pleased to announce that Fallout 3 Game of the Year edition (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC) will be available at retail on Tuesday, October 13th.  The Game of the Year edition includes Fallout 3 and all five DLCs. The discs will include the title updates you will need to play the DLC — so an online connection is not required.

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions will retail for $59.99 and the Games for Windows version will be available for $49.99.

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Fallout 3 Theme for Xbox LIVE

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A premium theme for Fallout 3 will be released on Xbox LIVE on Oct. 1 free of charge for all players who have purchased all five Fallout 3 Game Add-ons by September 22. Gamers who have purchased all five Game Add-ons (via DLC, English only), including “Operation: Anchorage,” “The Pitt,” “Broken Steel,” “Point Lookout” and “Mothership Zeta”, will receive a token from Microsoft to download the theme for free starting Oct. 1.

This is something we’ve been asked about a lot and we’re happy to finally be able to bring it to fans as a small token of our appreciation. If you haven’t purchased all five DLCs, you can still buy the theme for 240 Microsoft Points when it comes out on Oct. 1.

The premium theme was put together by two of our artists — Istvan Pely and Clara Struthers. Also, special thanks to the crew at Microsoft who went through a fair amount of trouble to go through and figure out everyone that had purchased all five DLCs (or will by Sept. 22). We hope you enjoy it.

Get WET Today!

The day is here. WET is now available in North America on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (European territories will get this game this Friday). Combining acrobatics, shooting and sword play, WET gives you the freedom to use dual pistols or your samurai sword as you take on countless enemies in a number of exotic locations around the globe.

With the release of the game, reviews are already making their way online. Team Xbox awarded the game their Editor’s Choice award saying:

“We’ve come to expect certain things from the third-person shooter genre, but A2M has succeeded in surprising us with their creativity. The variety of gameplay elements that make up Wet help make it a standout release for 2009 and it’s sure to raise the bar for those that follow.”

You can read more reviews at the following sites:

Finally, those playing the game already will want to check out 360 Junkies review — as there’s a video to assist with finding all of the game’s hidden Monkey Toys.

WET Roundup: Eve of Release Edition

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We’re just a few hours from the North American release of WET, so this is my last chance to share some previews. For good measure, I’ll throw in a couple interviews, too.

Last week Mark Walton of Gamespot UK went hands-on with Rubi’s Boneyard — Rubi’s home in the game, which has plenty challenges of its own. Here’s a snippet:

“The Boneyard is a desolate place, full of broken-down planes and run-down vehicles smack bang in the middle of the desert, more than slightly reminiscent of the aircraft graveyards featured in films like Con Air. Yet this is Rubi’s home, and like any good action hero, her home is stocked full of guns and platforms to keep her amused–but make no mistake, this is no Croft Manor. The Boneyard level will be accessible at any point in the game, and you will be able to use it as a training ground for new skills picked up during the single-player campaign. You can also participate in time trials and challenges.”

For more late impressions on WET, check out UGOVideogamer.com, TotalPlayStation.com, and IGN.

Moving to interviews, Go! Gaming Giant caught up with Creative Director Patrick Fortier for their latest podcast. Download it here. Meanwhile, Gamer Limit interviewed Senior Games Producer Avi Winkler. Here’s an excerpt:

So we know WET‘s all about stylish action coupled with a Tarantino-esque narrative; how significant is the story told in the game? Do you think games have the ability to tell memorable tales just as well as other mediums such as films?

AW:I think story is important in giving context to the situations in the game.  It’s more fun taking on enemies and working your way through levels if you understand why your protagonist is there and if you’re given a lot of flavour to your bad guys.  I think that’s something we do quite well in WET.

That’s it for tonight. As post-release news comes out on WET, we’ll let you know.