What LEGO Elder Scrolls could look like…

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Way back in September, we shared a link to some LEGO sets that were reminiscent of Fallout. This week, Senior Designer Kurt Kuhlmann pointed me to a thread in our forums where folks are discussing an Oblivion-inspired project using LEGOs. The project was created more than a year ago, but for those who haven’t seen it, it’s worth checking out. If you ask me, the creator did a fantastic job re-creating Oblivion.

To check out more information on the project, head to the creator’s website here.

What if…?

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In the latest issue of Game Informer (May 2008), there’s a feature called “What If” that discusses how developers would tackle projects from other studios. In the feature, Todd shares how he would make the next Final Fantasy game. Here’s an excerpt:

“As soon as the opening credits roll and Uematsu’s score comes on, you’re in control. Everything looks like a movie, but in real-time. Watch Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and pretend you’re playing the whole thing.”

Don’t get too excited — it’s purely hypothetical and all in good fun. In addition to talking Final Fantasy, Todd sounds off on a dream project of his. To find out more, check out the May issue. Where does he get those wonderful ideas? :)

1Up Yours podcast features lengthy discussion on Fallout 3

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On Friday, the folks over at 1Up followed up their latest preview for Fallout 3 with a round table discussion of the game on the 1Up Yours podcast. The podcast is over two hours long, so if you want to go straight to the Fallout 3 goods, fast forward to the 14:20 mark. Aside from the regular hosts (Garnett Lee, Shane Bettenhausen, and Shawn Elliot), Newsweek’s N’Gai Croal and GameTrailers TV’s Geoff Keighley discuss the game for nearly 20 minutes.

To listen to the podcast, you can download it from the iTunes music store, or simply visit the 1Up Yours podcast page.

Mod Interview: Shezrie

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This week we’re chatting with Sherri-Lyn (aka Shezrie) from Oblivion’s Real Estate . Shezrie lives in beautiful Bermuda, where she works in legal administration and management. When she’s not working or modding she spends her time working out, belly dancing, poi or staff fire dancing, fencing and riding her motorbike all over the island.

Sounds like quite the adventurous life!

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What we’re playing: Springtime edition!

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Technically, it has been spring for a few weeks, but it hasn’t always felt like it. Today, however, it’s been much warmer outside (though maybe too warm inside the office). Here’s hoping the weather continues to cooperate over the weekend so everyone can enjoy it.

Rain or shine, here’s the games we’ll be playing. Let us know what you have planned.

Nate Purkeypile, Whirled Artist: The Club, Army of Two, TF2, Sins of a Solar Empire and Quake Wars.

Pete Hines: CoD 4, Zelda DS, Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, CoH, various and sundry other DS and PSP titles.

Orin Tresnjak, LOD Geek: Ikaruga, assuming I find any time to play games!

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Around the Web and on newsstands

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Yesterday there was quite a bit of new Fallout 3 coverage, but previews are still popping up in a few places. At GameTap, Thierry Nguyen shares the “Seven things you need to know about this post-nuclear wasteland.” Here’s a snippet:

“Watch out, for there are creatures like radscorpions and deathclaws about. Beyond those, there are quite a few supermutants–slobbering freaks that wander around and kill people for the heck of it. There’s also the supermutant behemoth, a gargantuan mutant that runs around swinging a lamp post as a club. Ghouls also make a return from previous games, but now there are three different types: ones that can still think and talk (like Harold from previous titles), feral ghouls that simply act on an instinct to kill or eat you, and “glowing ones.” The last type is heavily irradiated to the point that their presence can make you sick and heal any other ghoul nearby.”

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New Fallout 3 previews today

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This week Pete’s been pretty busy showing Fallout 3 to some of the gaming press over on the west coast. Beginning this morning, many of these sites are starting to share their impressions.

Here’s where I’ve spotted previews thus far:

Whew, I’ve got plenty of reading to get through. As more previews come out, we’ll let you know.

Ready to Rumble: Devs prepare for the BGS Community

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It’s been about six months since the Orange Box was released, but our Team Fortress 2 experts still can’t get enough. Over the last few months, they’ve put their skills on the line against some pretty heavy hitters — including Bioware (win), EA Mythic (win), Ubisoft (loss), and the Shacknews community (loss). But tonight, they’ll take one of their greatest opponents yet: a dozen members from our very own BGS forums.

It should be interesting to see how it goes. Will it be a cordial matchup with an attitude similar to our Meet the Devs thread? Will things get ugly? We’ll find out when they meet at 7PM. If you’re not participating in the event, it sounds like there will likely be YouTube footage in the near future, and there’s sure to be some post game chat here in the forums.

Good luck to both sides!