Today’s Inside the Vault is about Sam Bernstein, QA tester.
What’s your job at Bethesda?
I’m a tester in the Quality Assurance department, currently working on Fallout 3. I try to break stuff. Basically, I have the dream job of a 12-year-old, and it makes my inner 12-year-old very, very happy.
If you haven’t pre-ordered Fallout 3 yet, I just discovered a new pre-order incentive over at Walmart.com. With your order, you’ll receive this Vault Boy t-shirt. Just be sure to select the version of the game with your desired t-shirt size (Large or Extra Large).
After the break, you can check out the flip side of the shirt.
I’ve received word from our UK office that Fallout 3 has been nominated for a Golden Joystick Award in the Edge Most Wanted Award category. As you may recall, the game received a similar nomination last year. It won’t be able to pull off the trifecta in 2009 though, as it will be available in UK stores on the same day the winners are revealed — October 31st.
Meanwhile, if you live in the Land of the Rising Sun, it was announced today that Fallout 3 will be released in Japan on Thursday, December 4th.
After a week out of the office, here’s a catch up Fallout 3 coverage.
Shacknews’ Nick Breckton made his way to PAX on Friday, where he interviewed Pete and Istvan, and also went hands-on with the game, in which he admits his “rabid anticpation” for the game. Here’s a snippet:
“The thing about the VATS system–the slow motion approximation of Fallout’s tactical limb targeting system–is that, while it at first seems to function more like a bullet time system, it fundamentally works on the same level of Fallout’s original system. There’s that same decision between a sure shot or a low-percentage attempt, and that same glorious anticipation before a 99%, skull-exploding, point-blank blast to the eye.”
For more coverage from PAX and beyond, hit the jump.
Whew! After three long days in Seattle, we’ve returned from PAX. With over 58,000 people at the event, we had our hands full — but it was definitely worth it. We had a blast chatting with fans and letting them try out Fallout 3.
One of the highlights of the event was the reaction to the Vault 77 puppets. Above is a video from the Omegathon — where the dancing puppets stole the show…
It’s Wednesday again, and while I probably don’t need to remind you there’s a new Penny Arcade comic on the Fallout 3 Official Site, I want to make sure it’s etched in your brain.
Speaking of Penny Arcade, PAX is this week, and we’re helping put together a Post-Apocalyptic movie night. If you plan on attending, it’s not too late to vote for the movies that will be screened on Saturday night. Currently 12 Monkeys and The Road Warrior are the front runners. Voting will continue through today.
Greetings from Las Vegas! Before heading off to PAX, I’m here at the Game Crazy 2008 National Sales Conference at Mandalay Bay. I always get a kick out of conventions in this town because you get a mix of different crowds from different industries all in Sin City for their respective jobs. Last time I was here it was all about weddings and crazy outfits for pets. This time I’m seeing a good mix of gamers, golfers, and ummm…adult entertainers.
Anyways, I’m here showing the game to managers from all the different Game Crazy stores. So far, it’s been fun to see how enthusiastic and excited they are about the game. It’s starting to hit me how how close we are to releasing the game. Exciting times.
Speaking of Game Crazy, I thought I’d share this pic of the Vault Boy keychain that you can get when you pre-order the game. It’s an in-store promotion, and you’ll get the keychain when you pick up the game.