Fallout 3 receives a Writer’s Guild of America nomination

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Yesterday the Writer’s Guild of America announced Fallout 3 as one of their nominees for their Videogame Writing award.

Congrats to our guys, including Emil Pagliarulo, Erik Caponi, Brian Chapin, Jon Paul Duvall, Kurt Kuhlmann, Alan Nanes, Bruce Nesmith, Fred Zeleny and the rest of the Fallout 3 team.

The winner of the Videogame Writing Award will be announced at the 2009 Writers Guild Awards on February 7.

Games for Windows LIVE Marketplace & Fallout 3

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The 1.1 title update for PC that was just released today also includes an extra feature — it deploys the Games for Windows LIVE Marketplace app that Fallout 3 will use to release downloadable content for the PC. It will appear as a separate application in your Start Menu under Microsoft Games for Windows LIVE. You can also download the app separately from Microsoft’s Games for Windows site.

To access GFWL Marketplace, you will need to join Games for Windows LIVE, which is free. However, if you’re already are a member of Xbox LIVE (silver or gold), you can use your Xbox Live gamertag and login with Games for Windows Live. Think of this as the PC equivalent to Xbox LIVE. It even uses Microsoft points just like Xbox LIVE.

If you log in using your Xbox LIVE gamertag, it will automatically recognize your pool of Microsoft points, too.

The first DLC for Fallout 3, Operation: Anchorage, will be available on Games for Windows LIVE and Xbox LIVE on Tuesday, January 27th.

Fallout 3 Update

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Today we’re releasing the Fallout 3 version 1.10 update to PC and Xbox 360 in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish territories. Additionally, if you’ve got a PS3 and are living in one of the aforementioned European territories, the update is coming your way as well.

To download and read the update’s release notes, head over to the Fallout 3 Official Site. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 users with online connectivity will receive a notification of the update upon starting the game.

Win a Survival Edition (PC)

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As noted last week on the blog, Games for Windows has a Connect & Win contest — where if you’re logged into Games for Windows LIVE and playing Fallout 3, you have a chance to win one of their daily prizes.

Today kicks off the last week of the contest with a chance to a Fallout 3 Survival Edition. So boot up the game, log into your Games for Windows LIVE account and cross your fingers.

For more details on Connect & Win, head here.

OXM GOTY

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No, that doesn’t stand for Only Xylophone Managers Guard Operating Train Yards. We received the latest issue of OXM and discovered that Fallout 3 was named their 2008 Game of the Year!

In addition to their year end awards, they also look ahead to the games they’re excited for in 2009 (with Fallout 3 DLC coming in at #17). So what game are you looking forward to most in 2009? I listed a few candidates on the current blog poll.

What we’re playing

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Because of the holidays, this was the first week back at the office for many folks, and boy, did it feel like a long week. This week’s “What we’re playing” is coming a little late, because as soon as I got home on Friday, all I wanted to do is relax and play games — finishing Dead Space and finally getting to Left 4 Dead.

Here’s this week’s rundown. Tell us what you’ve been playing this weekend.

Emil Pagliarulo, Fallout 3 Lead Designer & Writer: King’s Bounty (pictured above), Dead Space, World of Warcraft, Mount and Blade, and Tomb Raider: Underworld.

Craig Lafferty, Producer: Kings Bounty, LittleBigPlanet, Midnight Club: LA, iPhone.

Ryan Lea, Programmer: Valkaryia Chronicles!

Orin Tresnjak, Graphics Programmer: Ninja Gaiden 2, Red Alert 3, Prince of Persia.

Andrew Scharf: Fable 2, Beyond Good and Evil, and just started playing Persona 4… which will probably take up all of my time the next month or so.

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Fallout in the Real World: Pip-Boy 30,000

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Gear heads, gadgethounds, and even gamers have invaded Las Vegas this week for the annual Consumer Electronics Show. In addition to 150″ TVs, 3D monitors, and MC Hammer, this year’s show gives us a taste of Fallout in the Real World. Joystiq and Engadget have reported on a device from Universal Display Corporation that definitely resembles a Pip-Boy.

Don’t expect to find this device at a Best Buy anytime soon — it’s planned for military use.

G.E.C.K. Quick Tips 1 – Hiding References & Orthographic View

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Fallout 3 Lead Level Designer Joel Burgess has put up a new video on YouTube to help folks with one of our new features in the G.E.C.K. — orthographic view. Take it away Joel….

Since releasing the G.E.C.K., we’ve seen the mod community get off to a great start on the G.E.C.K. Wiki and forums. Part of this kickoff was a series of You Tube video tutorials, aimed to help getting acclimated with the basics of the G.E.C.K.

Designers use the G.E.C.K. daily when creating content for Fallout 3 and DLC, so there are a lot of workflow tips we take for granted. For example, level designers frequently need to get specific views in the render window. I decided to create a brief video tutorial on the topic to help fledgling G.E.C.K. users as their spaces become more complicated.

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