Inside the Vault: Rafael Vargas

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After a long summer hiatus, Inside the Vault is back with artist, Rafael Vargas.

What’s your job at Bethesda?
I get to do what I love the most, which is building and designing environments. In my previous work experience, as well as much of my free time, I am devoted to creating spaces and architecture. So I guess that makes me by now a World Artist.
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Around the Web: Bonus Round continues

Above is the latest edition of Game Trailers’ Music in Gaming series. This week’s discussion focuses primarily on distribution of music on gaming platforms — with Fallout 3 composer, Inon Zur, sharing his opinions on the matter. Next Sunday, the final segment on this series will air, with the panel discussing the future of composition in games — should be interesting to hear Inon’s thoughts on that.

Elsewhere, there’s a new press coverage out of Europe to check out. At Gamers Universe, there’s a lengthy video interview with Pete where he sounds off on topics ranging from VATs to DLC discussion.  New interviews can also be found at Bit-Tech, GamersGlobal, and Guardian.co.uk. From the latter, here’s a snippet of Pete discussing pacifism in Fallout 3:

Can you tag Medicine, Repair and Barter, and focusing on those skills, still be able to  complete the game?

Pete: Sure. We recently had someone play through the game and finish it while only killing one thing very early in the game…a Radroach. I’m not saying I recommend everyone run out and try to play the game as a pacifist, but if you want to give it a try, it has been done.

For more news, hit the jump…

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What we’re playing: Let the games begin edition

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The 29th Olympic Games kicks off today in Beijing. There’s sure to be plenty of folks from the office following the action, but when I think of “let the games begin,” I’m thinking about the games we’ll all be playing this weekend (looks like Braid is a popular pick this week).

Here’s what we’re playing this weekend. Let us know what you’ll be playing, and what games you think should have their own Olympic events?

Nate Purkeypile: TF2, The Witcher and best of all, Boom Blox.

Joel Burgess: Civ IV, now that Civ DS got me hankering for the full monty.  Also doing the wii fit thing.  Yoga’s tough!   Also planning to roll up a new magic-user in Arcanum.

Ricardo Gonzalez, Grammar Programmer: Fallout 3 by day, Mass Effect by night.  Thinking of playing Braid over the weekend. Continue reading full article ›

Fallout Car

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When we launched Bethblog over a year ago, we shared some Fallout-themed cars created in Forza 2 by Tim Lamb and Gavin Carter. Those were cool, but how would it look on a real car? This week I received from photos from Ilyas, a Fallout fan from Moscow, who detailed his 2002 VW — transforming it into the “Fallout Car.”

Talk about riding in style! Check out more pics after the jump…

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Catching up with coverage

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If you’re looking for new Fallout 3 previews and interviews, there’s plenty to check out.

First, the above is the cover for the August issue of Peelaja-magazine (Finland) which just recently made its way to newsstands. If you’re over in Finland, be sure to check it out.

There’s quite a few new interviews with Pete stemming from his busy trip to Europe last week. Crispy Gamer has a five-page interview conducted by Paul Semel. Here’s a sample:

Crispy Gamer: Over time, your guns in the game will wear out and ultimately become less accurate. First off, how quickly will that happen? Am I going to have to buy a new gun after every battle?

Hines: All weapons in the game degrade over time. Many are beat up when you first find them. You either have to repair them yourself using your Repair skill, or find people who can repair it for you. It’s not an immediate thing, but as you use a weapon you can see it start to degrade at what feels like the right level. So you have to find more of that weapon to repair it yourself, or pay someone to do it. If you have to do it after every battle, you’re probably wasting a lot of ammo and are a terrible shot. It doesn’t happen that fast.

Additional interviews with Pete can be found at the following sites:

There’s several new hands-on previews as well. Hit the jump to check them out.

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Plenty stored in The Vault

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Just wanted to give a shout out to the folks over at The Vault — a wiki page dedicated to all things Fallout. In the past week, the site hit a new milestone — 3,350 articles (and counting).

If you haven’t visited the wiki, you can learn quite a bit about the Fallout series. Wanna know about ALL the vaults? Head here. How about the timeline for the games? They’ve got that too. The site is definitely a useful resource — even folks here at the office have used it.

July Hall of Fame Entries

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A day after the NFL announced it’s latest Hall of Fame inductees, Planet Elder Scrolls posted the latest Hall of Fame entries for Morrowind and Oblivion mod projects. Congrats are in order for the following:

Morrowind Mods

  • Clean Hunters rifle by Phijama: A challenging, yet fulfilling mod for Phijama to complete, this mod brings two rifles and a revolver to Oblivion.
  • Fliggerty’s Armor Project by Fliggerty and Friends: This mod compiles 90+ armor mods into one mod. For more details, visit Fliggerty’s website.
  • Oblivion Mods

  • Wyrmfang by Nicoroshi: This mod adds one Wyrmfang sword, and one Wyrmfang defensive dagger to the Necromancer’s Asylum at the bottom of Mackamentain Aylied ruins.
  • Ultimate Music Pack by Matti Paalanen: This mod features 23 new music tracks to Oblivion.
  • Supreme Magicka (Update) by Strategy Master / Flyfightfle: This mod overhauls the magic system in Oblivion. To use it, be sure to also have OBSE installed.
  • No word if Planet Elder Scrolls intends to start creating busts in tribute to the honored mods. Maybe they’ll add that for the August inductees :) .

    Game Critics Awards Announce Fallout 3 Best of Show

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    Earlier today, the team here received exciting news that Fallout 3 was named Best of Show for the Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2008. In addition to Best of Show, the game also won the Best Role Playing Game Category.

    Both the nominations and winners of the Game Critics Awards were determined by a panel judges from various newspapers, magazines, television networks and blogs. We’d previously been nominated for three awards for Fallout 3 (2007) and two awards for Oblivion (2005), for which we won Best RPG in 2005.

    To view the rest of the 2008 winners, head here.

    Vote for your favorite PC games of all time

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    Earlier this month, PC Gamer (UK) revised their Top 100 list of the greatest games of all time. On the list, it’s worth noting that the original Fallout cracked the list at #21, and Oblivion found its way into the top ten at #7.

    With their list out of the way, they now want folks like you to help compile the Readers’ Top 100. If you’re interested, simply register here, and then compile your top 10 list. Amongst the list of games, you can vote for games from The Elder Scrolls series (Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion), Fallout series (Fallout 1 and 2), and Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth made the cut. Of course you can vote for plenty of other great games — from Half Life 2 to Peggle.

    Compiling your top 10 list has an incentive as well as one lucky participant will get a new PC. For more details, head over to the Top 100 page.