Around the web… (Updated)

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Welcome back to another web update…shall we get started?

At The Escapist, we’ve got two things for you to check out. First, Emil shared a cool gaming anecdote with the site for a series called First-Person Gaming. To find out who pwn’d him in Call of Duty 4, click here. Also on the site, part-time mycologist Zach Miller has a column this week titled, “The Shrooms of Oblivion.” Here, he discusses the realism of Oblivion and how real-world plants (err mushrooms) add to the player immersion. Here’s a snippet of the column, where he talked with one of our artists, Noah Berry:

Noah Berry, an artist at Bethesda, said that using real-world plants was entirely in keeping with the Elder Scrolls series. “Personally, I’ve always found that some of the most vivid and absorbing fantasy worlds – in fiction, film or in games – have familiar elements operating as touchstones for the participant. Even if they only register on a subconscious level, the more realistic trappings can provide contextual grounding for the player.”

We’ll move along (since I hate mushrooms) to Bitmob, who have 21 Random Questions with Todd Howard. Learn about Todd’s favorite book and 20 other random things.

In other news, gaming site Pwn or Die has a feature on 11 of the Worst Virtual Jobs in Video Games. Check it out to see what Fallout 3 job was included (as well as two careers from Fallout 2).

There’s new coverage for WET and Brink too. Gamespot has a new interview with Ed Stern, Senior Lead Designer at Splash Damage. Elsewhere, a new preview for WET is up at Gamervision.

Gamervision also got a chance to see Brink at E3. Check out that preview here. For more on Brink head to Gaming Angels, Maximum PC, and finally Kotaku (AU) — who feature the game as one of The Top 10 Best Original Games of E3.

Update: MTV Multiplayer has an interview with Jeff Gardiner from E3 in which he gives a few details on Fallout 3’s final DLC, Mothership Zeta.

Bioshock/Oblivion Double Feature

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Today in a joint release with 2K Games, we announced a bundle that will feature 2006 Game of the Year Winner The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion along with 2007 Game of the Year Winner BioShock into one complete package. Beginning July 7, the BioShock & The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Bundle will be available in retailers across North America for Xbox 360 ($39.99) and Windows-based PCs ($29.99).

For more details, check out 2K’s press release here.

Morrowind, Oblivion and Call of Cthulhu now available on Steam

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We’re happy to announce that The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year plus all the downloadable content, and Call of Cthulhu are now available on Steam.

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Game of the Year includes Morrowind and its expansions, Tribunal and Bloodmoon (available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian).

For Oblivion, you’ll have two different options to choose from. You can get The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year — which includes Oblivion plus expansions, Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles (available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian).

Or get the “never available before in one package” called The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition Deluxe, which features Oblivion, Knights of the Nine, Shivering Isles and all the downloadable content, which includes the following (available only in English):

  • Horse Armor Pack
  • Wizard’s Tower
  • The Orrery
  • Thieves Den
  • Spell Tomes
  • Vile Lair
  • Mehrunes’ Razor
  • Fighter’s Stronghold

Want both Morrowind GOTY and Oblivion GOTY? You can save even more by purchasing The Elder Scrolls Game of the Year Pack (or Game of the Year Pack Deluxe).

Meanwhile, if you’re a fan of the works of H.P. Lovecraft, you really owe it to yourself to play Call of Cthulhu (available in English, French and German). When he heard it was going up on Steam, Emil Pagliarulo sent me this about Call of Cthulhu – “That game has some seriously terrifying sequences. Headfirst really did a great job of capturing the Cthulhu vibe. Actually getting to experience parts of Lovecraft’s short stories – like ‘The Shadow over Innsmouth’ –  is awesome.”

Some caveats: Steam is like Sandals. It’s all inclusive. So if you already own Oblivion but want to get the expansions or downloadable content, you need to own the Steam version of Oblivion. Which isn’t all that bad since it lets you toss that disk.

Happy downloading!

Around the web

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In addition the the Brink coverage, I thought I’d share some updates on WET, Fallout 3, and even Oblivion.

At Entertainment Weekly, there’s a new feature on 11 Videogames Spawned by Summer Movies, which includes WET as the game draws inspiration from Grindhouse flicks and the works of Quentin Taratino and Robert Rodriguez. Those seeking for information on WET should check out G4TV’s video interview with Lead Designer Ash Ismail. Additionally, new previews are up at Binge Gamer, NowGamer, and Ready Up!

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E3 Roundup: More Brink Coverage

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We hope you all had a great weekend. Here’s a catch up on some of the new coverage out for Brink.

We begin with Team Xbox, who announced their Best of E3 2009 Awards — naming Brink the Most Innovative title at the show. Below is a snippet from the feature:

“The innovation that really hit us where we live was the mission design of Brink, the shooter from Splash Damage that ever so subtly is blurring the lines between multiplayer and single player gameplay.”

Below are some more accolades the game received following E3…

  • Best New IP — 411 Mania
  • Most Likely to Succeed — Examiner
  • Post E3 Games to Watch — MSN UK Tech
  • Best Games of E3 (Selection) — Inc Gamers
  • E3 Hidden Gems — Guardian
  • Best Shooter (Runner Up) — Gamespot
  • Shooter of the Show (Runner Up), Multiplatform Game of Show (Runner Up), Best New IP (Runner Up) and Best Multiplayer Game (Runner Up) — GameSpy

There’s a few developer interviews from the show worth checking too. Inc Gamers has a new video interview with Richard Ham and Ed Stern — watch it here. Seems like Richard was pretty busy with interviews — you can hear more from him at Joystiq, Machinima (via YouTube), and Blast Magazine.

In preview coverage, Xbox 360 Achievements has their E3 preview up. Here’s an excerpt:

“However, with the beautiful world you’re thrown into, who’d want to drive when you can walk everywhere and soak in the almost cel-shaded scenery – it’s a truly great art style. Everything visually about the game screams class; from the sparse virtual texturing, the detailed characters with high polygon count, to the large and vivid environments. Simply put, BRINK is a bloody beautiful sight to feast your eyes upon.”

Additional previews are up at HipHopGamerShow, Eurogamer, Worth Playing, CrispyGamer, and N-Philes.

What we’re playing: Mars Multiplayer Edition

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This week for what we’re playing, rather than picking one game to highlight based on my own observations, I asked the team which game they’d like to see featured. By a narrow margin, Red Faction: Guerilla edged out inFamous and The Sims 3. Perhaps the incentive of getting an ostrich hammer put it over the edge.

Now that you know what we’re playing, let us know the games you’re currently enjoying.

Chris Esko: Heading to Mars in Red Faction: Guerilla and finishing up Plants Vs. Zombies.

Matt Grandstaff: inFamous, Punch-Out!!, and maybe some Fable 2 or RE5.

Evan Miller: Resident Evil 5.

Jon DeVriendt, QA: Red Faction: Guerrilla, Killzone 2, Dawn of War 2, and Zeno Clash.

Mike Scharf: Mass Effect and Resident Evil 5.

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Golden Joystick voting continues

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In early May, we reported that the first round of voting had commenced for the Golden Joystick Awards 2009. Recently the voting narrowed down to a shorter list, with Fallout 3 still in the running in five categories:

  • PC Game of the Year
  • PlayStation Game of the Year
  • Soundtrack of the Year
  • Xbox Game of the Year
  • The Ultimate Game of the Year

Additionally, Bethesda is up for Publisher of the Year. To vote for this year’s Golden Joysticks, head here.

E3 Roundup: Point Lookout previews

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We conclude our E3 Roundups for the week with a look at previews for Fallout 3’s latest DLC, Point Lookout.

We’ll begin at Planet Fallout, who sent one of their members, Ixon, to E3. Here’s an excerpt from his preview:

“The locale was also visually stunning. I would relate it to a darker version of Coney Island after lapsing into disuse for about eighty years. As you pull up, you get an overlook of the dock area of the main landing for Point Lookout and can easily see the mansion in the distance. The rustic look permeates everything about it and though I didn’t get a chance to see it, the swamp areas are supposedly to be incredibly creepy.”

Ixon also has an interview with DLC Producer Jeff Gardiner. Read it here.

Speaking of interviews, Revision3 chatted with Todd Howard at E3. The clip starts around the 19-minute mark.

More previews for Point Lookout can be found at the following sites:

Point Lookout comes to Xbox LIVE and Games for Windows LIVE on June 23rd, and later this year on PlayStation Network. If you haven’t checked out the trailer yet, you can view it on the Fallout 3 Official Site.

E3 Roundup: Brink

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Behind closed doors at our E3 booth, Splash Damage’s Paul Wedgwood demoed the recently announced Brink. There’s been plenty of coverage on the game — here’s the rundown…

We begin at GameStooge, where after seeing the demonstration, it was declared their Best Game of Show. Here’s an excerpt from their preview:

“Finally, the look of the game is amazing, even in its pre-alpha state, using a proprietary engine Splash Damage dubbed “Virtual Texturing”. The Xbox 360 version featured detailed character models that looked like something Pixar or Dreamworks would release these days; CGI modelling with detailed features such as wrinkles and hairs, but stylistic and smooth.”

Several more accolades have already been announced for the game following E3.  Like WET, Brink was named as one of the Top 15 Original IPs to Debut at the Show by Crave Online. Additionally, PC Pro declared Brink one of the 10 Biggest PC Stories from E3 2009, Xbox 360 Achievements named it their Surprise of the Show, and NowGamer included the game in their Best of E3 list.

Like what you’ve heard about Brink? You can vote for it in the Best Shooter category in Voodoo Extreme’s E3 2009 Reader’s Choice Awards.

If you’d like to learn more about the game straight from the developers, Senior Game Designer Ed “BongoBoy” Stern has interviews up at both Gaming Nexus and the HipHopGamerShow.

Elsewhere, there’s plenty of new preview coverage from our theater presentations. At 1uP, Eric Neigher wrote:

“Brink looks like the next logical evolution of Splash Damage’s Quake Wars, with a bit of Mirror’s Edge thrown in. While the version we saw was pre-alpha, if the final version stays the course with its aesthetic and gameplay elements, Brink looks to be an innovative and exciting addition to the multiplayer combat-game genre.”

Additional previews links are listed after the break.

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