Post-Apocalyptic Movie Time

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We just put out a press release announcing ‘A Post-Apocalyptic Film Festival Presented by Fallout 3′ that we’ve put together in conjunction with The American Cinematheque and Geek Monthly. The festival is a two-day event taking place at the Aero Theatre in Los Angeles, and will feature the following post-apocalyptic favorites:

Friday, August 22nd (beginning at 7PM Pacific Time)

Saturday, August 23rd (beginning again at 7PM PT)

If you’re in the area and dig the genre, you’ll want to check it out. Tickets will be available on Fandango.com beginning July 25.

Around the web and in print

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Here’s some more stuff for you to check out before E3 next week.

Subscribers of PC Gamer (US) should be on the lookout for the August issue in their mailbox in the next few days. The Fallout 3 cover story spans seven pages and includes hands-on impressions from Fallout fan Dan Stapleton, new screenshots, and more.

In other print coverage, the latest issue of the Polish mag CD-Action has a new hands-on preview of the game.

Moving over to the world wide web, at Game Trailers, there’s a new countdown of their Top Ten Most Anticipated Games of E3 2008. Plenty of great-looking games made the list, and Fallout 3 came in at #2.

Finally, there’s a good read about creating game worlds, appropriately titled, “The Age of the World-Builders.” Within the piece, both Todd and Emil discuss keys to creating an immersive environment. Here’s a sample:

When you play an MMOG, a game like Oblivion or Bethesda’s current big project, Fallout 3, “you’re not controlling that character, you are that character,” Pagliarulo says. “You get a sense of control over the world that you can’t find anywhere else.”

To read the rest, head over to The Escapist.

Get a sneak peak at the new E3 trailer

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E3 kicks off next week, but if you want a first look at the new trailer for Fallout 3, be sure to throw back a few energy drinks so you can stay up until 1AM on Saturday morning to watch GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley: E3 Preview on Spike TV. During the broadcast, they’ll be showing a glimpse of a never-before-seen Fallout 3 trailer that’ll be shown during E3 next week.

Inside the Vault: Tony Greco

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On Inside the Vault today, our subject is Tony Greco, one of our world artists. During development, Tony’s test cells are among the best to visit. He makes lots of cool unique items and you can find them all in his test areas — you know, the amazing stuff that you get as rewards for quests or after fighting a tough boss or [Fallout 3 stuffs we can't talk about], imagine all that awesome loot in one place. Hmmm….

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Around the web: E3 anticipation edition

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E3′s just around the corner (the fun begins a week from today), and folks around the web are gearing up for next week’s madness.

At Next Generation, there’s a new article up from Joe Keiser listing their 30 most anticipated titles of E3. Head here to read the top ten, which includes Fallout 3 at #1.

In other pre-E3 news, IGN has a few lists of their own. Their PC and 360 editors rank Fallout 3 as their most anticipated game of E3, while the game is also listed as one of the most anticipated games confirmed for E3 by their PS3 staff.

Speaking of IGN, their Australian site has a new interview up with Pete. Here’s a sample of one of their questions:

IGN AU: Surely a post apocalyptic wasteland is a tough thing to make look sexy. Were the visuals a challenge?

Pete Hines: Absolutely. That level of detail when you’re talking about destruction… and you get down to those DC areas where you’ve got bars sticking out of concrete and you’re rendering out everything… or you’ve got Megaton with all those wires… Those little details are hard to render and pull off well. But you know for us the benefit is that this is our second go around on this hardware.

As E3 nears, we’ll keep you updated on new coverage.

What we’re playing: ID4 edition

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With tomorrow being the Fourth of July, everyone at the office is pretty excited to have a three-day weekend to relax, BBQ, watch fireworks (you know, the stuff that’s in the current blog poll…minus the work).

Here’s some of our weekend plans, as well as the games we’ll be playing. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Gavin Carter, Producer: Trying to avoid throttling Professor Layton, trying to beat Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, GOING to beat GTA4, and lots and lots of Fallout 3. No rest for the weary!

Tim “Visor” Lamb, Producer: Playing golf, going to watch the Pros play golf, taking a nap during televised golf, maybe going to a movie.

Ashley Cheng, Production Director: GTA IV, Wii Fit.

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“The Road” ahead

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If you’ve read up on Fallout 3 in the past few months, you probably already know that Cormac McCarthy’s bestseller, The Road, is a favorite amongst developers at the office and a source of inspiration for the game.

Way back in September, Pete shared news on the blog that Viggo (“For Frodo!!!”) Mortensen would be playing the role of the father in the movie. Since then, I hadn’t heard too much about the film’s production (which recently wrapped) until today when I noticed Ash posted about a New York Times article on his blog (which Mark Lampert posted about in our internal forums). Here’s a sample of the article, written by Charles McGrath:

“The Road” began filming in late February, mostly in and around Pittsburgh, with a later stop in New Orleans and a postproduction visit planned to Mount St. Helens. The producers chose Pennsylvania, one of them, Nick Wechsler, explained, because it’s one of the many states that give tax breaks and rebates to film companies and, not incidentally, because it offered such a pleasing array of post-apocalyptic scenery: deserted coalfields, run-down parts of Pittsburgh, windswept dunes. Chris Kennedy, the production designer, even discovered a burned-down amusement park in Lake Conneaut and an eight-mile stretch of abandoned freeway, complete with tunnel, ideal for filming the scene where the father and son who are the story’s main characters are stalked by a cannibalistic gang traveling by truck.

For those who can’t wait to see the film adaptation, there’s not much waiting left to do. The film is planned for a November release.