What we’re playing: Plenty of Fallout 3

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As you now know, we’re planning the release of Fallout 3 for the end of October (the 28th in North America, 31st in Europe), so our guys (and gals) are spending plenty of their time playing the game and getting it ready to ship. Of course that doesn’t mean we don’t make time for playing other games (like Purkey was ever going to stop playing TF 2). :)

Here’s a rundown of what members on the team are playing:

Ashley Cheng, Production Director: Fallout 3.

Sam Bernstein, Speed Runner Extraordinaire: Hopefully trying out the new TF2 update, fending off my Fallout 3 Speedrun time from Brownie, and trying to keep my Pacifism score in Geometry Wars 2 before Gstaff utterly destroys it.  It’s a defensive week.

Larry Waldman, QA: Fallout 3, Seeing myself get beat up many times in Super Tromette Action Movie Go!

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Post Apocalyptic Film Festival starts tonight

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Just a friendly reminder for folks in the LA area this weekend. ‘A Post-Apocalyptic Film Festival Presented by Fallout 3′ begins tonight at 7PM (PST) at the Aero Theatre. Tickets can still be purchased for tonight and tomorrow’s lineup at Fandango.

Here’s a rundown of the films being shown:

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

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

In addition to the showing the films, there will be some Fallout 3-related happenings each night. Have fun, and don’t forget to order a large bucket of popcorn — that’s a lot movie watching!

Prepare for October!

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We’ve just put out a press release announcing the release dates for Fallout 3. Here in North America, the game will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, October 28. The game will be available in European territories on Friday, October 31, 2008. Fallout 3 is being released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Games for Windows.

To read the entire press release, head here.

Fallout ink spotting

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Fallout fan Rob Schuster sent me an email sharing his experience getting a Fallout tattoo. Above is the final product. According to Rob, he just felt it was time to “honor the greatest game series of all-time.” The tattoo was inked by Tommy Partin at Designs by Dana (Cincinnati, Ohio). As you can see, the tattoo is quite large, measuring in at 4 1/2″ by 5″.

Hit the jump below to see the painful process (those afraid of needles can just admire the final product above).

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Around the web and on newsstands: Bonus Round concludes

For the past few weeks, we’ve shared Game Trailers’ Bonus Round series entitled “Music in Gaming,” which  features Fallout 3 composer Inon Zur. Yesterday, the final segment went live on Game Trailers. This time around, Inon discusses some of the music projects he’d like to see in future games, and how various genres of music are being revived by music — including classical music. If you missed any of the episodes, you can check them out here.

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Take a Nuka Break

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As Kotaku reader Kain The Undead recently discovered, pre-ordering Fallout 3 at Best Buy will score you one of these Nuka-Cola magnetic bottle openers. In addition to the bottle opener, you’ll also get a coupon to save $5 on the Fallout 3 Strategy Guide. You can pre-order online (look for bottle opener “Special Offer”), or simply visit your local Best Buy store.

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What we’re playing: Downloadable games dominate

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In recent memory, I can’t think a 1-month period that had a greater number of awesome downloadable releases. If you look at the list below, almost everyone is playing something from STEAM, Xbox Live, PSN, and even WiiWare (the new Strong Bad Game).

Here’s the list of games we’re playing this weekend:

Brent Krische: Braid, Patapon, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 1.

Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: NCAA 2009, PixelJunk Eden, Bionic Commando: Rearmed, Siren: Blood Curse, and trying to keep my high scores in Geometry Wars 2.

Orin Tresnjak, Graphics Programmer: Planning a D&D game.  Painting some Warhammer figs.  Beating Matt’s high scores in Geometry Wars 2. Continue reading full article ›