Scram Sam on iPhone/ipod touch

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Our sister studio, Vir2L Studios, have released Scram Sam, their first game for the iPhone and iPod touch. Reminiscent of classic arcade games, your character needs to make a mad dash to the gas pump – racing through rush hour traffic for the gas pump — in order to gas up his/her vehicle. The game utilizing the touchscreen controls of the iPhone/iPod touch and features 50 different levels.

Scram Sam is priced at $1.99 on iTunes. If you want to try it first, you can also download the Lite version.

For more details on the game,head to Vir2L’s website. As Vir2L releases new titles to iPhone and iPod touch, we’ll let you know.

What we’re playing: Shoryuken Edition

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There’s plenty of great new games to be played this week (Dawn of War II, Halo Wars, GTA IV: The Lost and Damned), but the office was certainly a buzz over the release of Street Fighter IV. Talking with others at the office, it definitely feels like an arcade experience when you’re playing against other guys online. As I type, I’m nursing some pretty severe thumb blisters.Here’s hoping we can generate some interest for an office tournament played within our theater. That would be amazing.

We hope you’re all having a great weekend. Let us know what games you’ve been playing…

Dan Lee, Artist: Retro Game Challenge (DS), Street Fighter IV (360), Rockband 2 (360), Valkyria Chronicles (PS3)

Joel Burgess: GTAIV, Gears of War 2, Morrowind.

Liz Beetem: Dawn of War 2 and House of the Dead: Overkill, which is awesome and anyone who likes horror anything should buy it! It is the Dead Alive of videogames.

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Around the Web: D.I.C.E. wrap-up edition

The 2009 D.I.C.E Summit wrapped up on Friday and there’s a few more interviews and Pitt previews that you might want to check out.

We start at Gamespot, where Richardo Torres interviewed Pete to find out more details on The Pitt (slated for release next month on Xbox LIVE and Games for Windows LIVE). To check it out, just hit play on the video above.

Over at G4, you can get more information on the Pitt with hands-on impressions from Brian Leahy. Here’s a quick look (caution: some details could be considered spoilerific)…

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Fallout 3 wins two AIAS awards

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Last night at the 2009 D.I.C.E. Summit, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences handed out their awards for the top games of 2008. Fallout 3 received awards in two categories — winning Best Role Playing Game and Outstanding Achievement in Story — Original. On hand to accept the awards were Todd, Istvan, and Emil. If you’d like to watch a replay of the show, IGN has a stream of it, and IFC will be airing it later this year.

In other D.I.C.E news, Todd lectured today at the event. His talk, titled “Great Games are Played, Not Made” finished earlier today and you can find recaps at several sites — including IGN, MTV Multiplayer, and Gamasutra. Wish I could have seen it — I hear the LOLcats were legendary.

A double dose of Emil

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Looks like I get a chance to to use my “Emil Card” image again, as there’s two news items to share on Fallout 3′s Lead Writer.

First, at Gamasutra, there’s a new feature titled The Gamasutra 20: Top Game Writerswith Emil making the list. Congrats to Emil and all the other amazing writers that made the list.

In other Emil news, it was announced this week that he’ll be keynoting an upcoming Game Career Seminar at GDC. The seminar will take place during the conference on Friday, March 27.For more details, check out the news story at Game Daily.

More coverage on The Pitt

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Yesterday we put up new screenshots for The Pitt. Today, here’s two new previews for the content based on impressions from this year’s D.I.C.E Summit.

Up first, Erik Brudvig took a trip to The Pitt for IGN. Here’s a snippet:

“Your goal in The Pitt is to infiltrate the slave camp, find Ashur, and get a cure he holds that can cure the mutations afflicting everyone in the local populace. Getting into The Pitt slave camp is easier said than done and you won’t find it as easy to access as Paradise Falls. In fact, to get in you’ll have to submit to slavery yourself and temporarily give up all of the great items and weapons you’ve been collecting.”

Meanwhile, RicardoT from Gamespot wrote:

“Unsurprisingly the Pitt has a pretty bleak and oppressive feel to it, which comes through clearly from a visual perspective. The slaves look pretty messed up, the raiders are spooky, and the environment has got that very special “exploded yet lived-in” you’ve probably come to expect from Fallout. Overall the Pitt’s looking cool, and we’re really anxious to download it when it gets released this March; so we probably won’t feel too bad about forking over the 800 points for the Xbox 360 version. There’s a fair chunk of content such as new weapons, plus achievements and perks, so there’s a lot to like.”

Update: Over at MTV Multiplayer, Pete answered questions from Stephen Totilo, as well as some community questions. Here’s a sample:

Is it as combat focused as Anchorage? Because that’s not what I want.

Hines: No. It is much more in line with some of the other stuff in “Fallout.” There are these two factions. There’s a story: the slavers vs. the slaves. And you have to figure out who you want to believe and who you want to help. Clearly, there’s combat involved, but there are multiple ways to go about doing things. You have to decide ultimately what you think is right, because there is no real right or wrong.

As more details/news emerge on The Pitt, we’ll keep you posted.

New podcast highlights Cthulhu

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If you’re a podcast listener and you haven’t listened to Rebel FM, it comes highly recommend by several guys here at the office (including myself). In addition to their weekly podcast that hits every Wednesday, the Rebel FM team have kicked off a new podcast series called Rebel FM Game Club. For this show, they pick a game and discuss it at length each week as they’re playing through it. For their first featured game, they selected one of our titles, Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, which we released a few years back on Xbox and PC.

If you’re interested in hearing about Cthulhu, give the podcast a listen. To get the game, check your local game store or download it at Direct2Drive.

Around the web

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Here’s the latest online coverage for Fallout 3.

As we mentioned a few weeks back, PC Gamer named Fallout 3 as their 2008 Game of the Year. If you weren’t able to pick up the issue, you can now read the remarks written by Todd Howard and Emil Pagliarulo over at GamesRadar.

This week, Fallout 3 was nominated for two Game Audio Network Guild’s awards. The game was nominated for Best Use of Multi-Channel Surround in a Game, as well as Best Use of Licensed Music.

In DLC news, there’s a couple things you can check out. If you’re a Game Informer subscriber, you can read a new interview with Jeff Gardiner on their Game Informer Unlimted page. In the interview, Jeff discusses both The Pitt and Broken Steel. Elsewhere, Area 5 share their thoughts on Fallout 3′s first DLC, Operation: Anchorage, in a new video podcast.

Finally, here’s some new modding news from Planet Fallout. This week Blinzler has two new State of Modding Interviews this week — this time with Mr.SlackPants and Joefoxx.

While you’re there, check out some of Planet Fallout’s featured mods. If you’re seeking new apparel, check out Moira’s New Shipment by CrowBennett08 and Camo Uniforms Remix by rebel5555. Need a new place to stay? Check out Yevic1994′s Big Town Junk House or one of Princess Stomper’s homes located in Rivet City and atop the Washington Monument.