What we’re playing: Going retro edition

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The Blue Bomber is back! Several guys at the office are gaming like it’s 1989 with Mega Man 9 — a retrofied awesomefest for the ages. Are those real words? Doesn’t matter..it’s just that good.

Here’s a list of what what we’re playing. Have a great weekend!

Dan Ross, QA: WipeOut HD, Megaman 9, Warhammer Online.

Tim “Visor” Lamb, Producer: CoD4, Mega Man 9, trying to find a fairway.

Matt Grandstaff: LittleBigPlanet Beta, Metal Gear Solid 4, Mega Man 9.

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What we’re playing returns

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As promised, this week we’re talking about the games we’re playing. No sports, no movies…just games. This weeks most popular titles? Seems like a good chunk of the team is devoting their time to Rock Band 2 and Warhammer Online, or both.

Here’s the rundown. Let us know what you’ll be playing…

John Pisano, QA: Warhammer Online, Rock Band 2, Warhammer Online, Spore, Warhammer Online, Condemned 2.

Michael Lattanzia, QA: Warhammer Online, SPORE!, Call of Duty 4, and maybe some actual tabletop games (read: Mordheim) this weekend.

Shannon Bailey, Programmer: Rock Band 2, Lost Odyssey DLC.

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Fallout 3 Speed Run: It was that close

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In what’s become a tradition here at the office, the development team holds a speed run competition near the launch time. With Fallout 3 readying for release in October, the Fallout 3 Speed Run final was held on Friday, September 5th. To the winner: a pie of their choosing.

Back at E3, Todd talked some game — claiming that when it came for the speed run, he’d be the one coming out victorious. Umm…not quite. The finals came down to level designer Jeff “Live the Dream” Browne and QA Tester (and the most recent cover boy for Inside the Vault) Sam”I Am” Bernstein.

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What we’re watching

This week we’re letting you know what we’re watching, since it’s a good time to be watching the tube. Summer is nearly over, Fall TV is coming back, football is on, and well, there’s this show called Hole in the Wall. I watched it last night, and all I can say is…wow.

Let us know what you’re watching on TV these days. Have a great weekend.

Fred Zeleny, Designer/Writer: Arrested Development, 30 Rock, and the Steelers on Sunday.

Erik J. Caponi: I’m watching the stupid “acquiring channels” spinning wheel on my Tivo while I wait for the cable company to come fix it.

Ruben Brown , QA Certification Lead: Remainder of Heroes 2, Righteous Kill, Football on Sunday.

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What we’re playing: NFL kickoff edition

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The NFL season kicked off last night to the delight of many here at the office…at least until the Redskins showed they were still playing like it was still pre-season (Claff’s comments pretty much sum it up). Even with the NFL, there’s still plenty of time to play games on Saturday. Personally, I’m jealous of all the folks that managed to get an early copy of Spore.

Here’s what we’ll be playing.  Let us know what you’re playing, who you’re rooting for, or just your weekend plans.

Craig Lafferty, Producer: Fallout3, Madden 09 so I can have the Redskins run plays that actually get the ball to the 1st down marker!!

Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: Metal Gear Solid 4, cheering on the Lions and Wolverines.

Megan Sawyer, Artist: Fallout 3, some zombie related board games, and a slight chance of squeezing in some Spore or Soul Calibur.

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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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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 ›

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 ›

What we’re playing: Plenty of new stuff edition

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It’s been a good week for new releases. On Tuesday, I discovered several guys downstairs playing Soul Calibur IV — less than an hour after the local GameStop first starting selling it. It’s safe to say the soul burns on. In addition to Namco’s latest fighter, a bunch of guys (myself included) are excited that Geometry Wars 2 (Xbox Live) and PixelJunk Eden (PlayStation Store) are finally here. After playing both for many hours this week, I highly recommend you try them out.

Below are the rest of the games (new and old) that we’re playing this weekend.

Megan Sawyer: Soul Calibur IV! This victory has strengthened the soul of…Megan!

Aaron Mitschelen, QA:  Soul Calibur IV, LotRO, Soul Calibur IV, and some more Soul Calibur IV.  MAAAYBE 1942 on Xbox Live Arcade.

Orin Tresnjak, Graphics Programmer: Geometry Wars 2, the Puzzle Quest expansion, PixelJunk Eden.

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What we’re playing: Burning the midnight oil edition

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Today’s list of “What we’re playing” is a little bit shorter than most. Why? Maybe everyone’s watching The Dark Knight again (SEE IT!), or maybe they’re just really busy working on Fallout 3.

TGIF! Have a great weekend!

Cory Dornbusch: Warhammer 40k – Dark Crusade, TF2, and Fallout 3 (Crunch time !!!).

Matt Grandstaff: GTA IV (still), Boom Blox, Space Invaders Extreme, NCAA 2009.

Emil Pagliarulo, Lead Designer: Battlefield: Bad Company multiplayer, Civilization: Revolution.

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