In our continuing series of tips for using The G.E.C.K., Fallout 3′s PC editor, Level Designer Jeff Browne put together the following video, entitled “Bunker Kit & Snap to Reference.”
Below is a quick note on the video from Jeff about the video:
Because of the scope of our games, it’s necessary for our artists to build robust, flexible kits that allow us to re-use a relatively small number of assets in a wide variety of combinations. Thanks to these kits, level designers can create unique Vaults, offices or utility areas without the need for specialized art.
Learning to work with a new kit can be a time-consuming and sometimes frustrating process. Kits are composed of inter-locking pieces and it can take a while to get accustomed to the nuances of working with each one. The Enclave Bunker Kit is relatively small, but working with it can be as difficult as the larger kits. In this video, I explain the kit and how it’s to be used. This tutorial will also teach you how to work quickly with Reference Snapping.
Yesterday our office was closed in celebration of (and to avoid a chaotic travels due to) President Obama’s Inauguration. While around 2 million people watched from the National Mall, MTV Multiplayer’s Stephen Totilo decided to visit what’s left of the Mall playing Fallout 3. A cool idea, but maybe he needed a modder to add a couple million Super Mutants.
I wish I could find a good pic of the Mall after the two million people left. Might look closer to the image from Fallout 3.
One of our forum moderators, Rohugh, brought to my attention an interesting thread for all of you that get into cosplay or dressing up for Halloween. BGS forum member MightyJohn has begun work on a Brotherhood of Steel costume for Halloween this year.
If you click on the links in the thread, you’ll see he’s only posted shots of the helmet, which looks amazing. Should be interesting to see what he’s got put together come October.
Over in our Fan Art section, we added a few new submissions that you guys have sent to us. Lots of great stuff!
I particularly enjoyed this drawing of Butch Deloria by Maya Brisa — one of our regular contributors. Butch holds a place near and dear to my heart, as I did some of the temporary voice work for him before we put the final voice work in the game. It’s safe to say the game improved the day that happened.
Wanna see your fan art on Bethesda Blog? Send us an email.
As reported last week, for an Operation: Anchorage Q&A with DLC Producer Jeff Gardiner, GameSpy called on forum members to do their dirty work — designating a thread for submitting questions. Over the weekend, GameSpy selected many of the questions and Jeff answered them. Here’s one of the questions that Jeff answered:
GSpy Reader: Will the Operation: Anchorage content be open-ended like in Shivering Isles, or will it be a wholly linear experience akin to not-so-notable downloadable content we’ve seen from other games?
Jeff Gardiner: Operation: Anchorage is a more linear experience. However, there are decisions to be made within the scope of the content itself. The player has the choice on how to outfit their strike team. They also get to decide how to approach and subdue the Chinese Stronghold, as well as how and if they’ll help the Brotherhood Outcasts. Subsequent DLC, The Pitt and Broken Steel, will contain more open-world gameplay.
You can find the rest of the Q&A here. And if you missed it, Operation: Anchorage will be released on Games for Windows LIVE and Xbox LIVE next Tuesday, Jan. 27.
This evening we received excited news: IGN announced their Overall Game of the Year Award for 2008 — selecting Fallout 3. Above you can check out the video they made paying tribute to the game (and Megaton).
Crazy times here in the Capital region. First, it’s insanely cold. Checking out Weather Channel, right now it “feels like 1 degree.” BRRRRR! To add to the fun, we’re expecting 2-3 million visitors coming to the area for President-Elect Obama’s inauguration next week. Exciting times…but it’s going to be hectic too.
On top of all that, the stage for this year’s Super Bowl will be determined this weekend. While we’re in Redskins country, I would have expected some rooting for the Baltimore Ravens. But from the list below, it’s all about the Stillerz. Hmm, maybe we should make some downloadble content in the Pittsburgh area???
Anyways, while we stay inside to avoid the cold and all the tourists, here’s the games we’ll be playing when we’re not watching football.
Have a great weekend!
Fred Zeleny, Steel City Expatriate: X-Com Interceptor, Rock Band 2 (with my new cymbal set!), and starting my second campaign in Fall From Heaven 2. I think I’ll make a black and gold Steeler empire to crush the world. Oh yes.
Megan Sawyer, Environment Artist: Animal Crossing City Folk. Also, rooting for the Steelers. GO STILLERZ!
Chris Rodriguez, Systems Programmer: Twilight Princess, Bully. Go Steelers!
Erik J. Steelersponi: World of Steelercraft, Steeler Quest, giving Steelers of War 2 another try.