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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What we’re playing: ‘Why so serious?’ edition

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Okay, so it’s not game related at all, but I’m pretty sure by the end of the weekend, at least half of the folks here will have gone to see the latest Batman flick, The Dark Knight. Like others here, I attended a sold-out midnight screening last night. Despite needing several cups of coffee this morning, it was well worth it.

Below are a couple references to guys going to see the movie, as well as the games we’ll be playing this weekend.

Sam Bernstein, QA Tester: Buying a DS! Huzzah! So I’ll be playing Advance Wars: Days of Ruin

Fred Zeleny, the Dork Knight: Civ:Rev on DS, Fallout 3 on PC, and finding any excuse to go see The Dark Knight again and again and again.

Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: NCAA Football 2009, Boom Blox, GTA IV, the sleep game.

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What we’re playing: Off to E3 edition

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Can you believe it? We’re only a weekend away from E3! Todd’s got his “If Lost” sign ready, so I guess that means everything is a go for next week.

Before the madness begins, let’s take a look at the games we’ll be playing over the weekend.

Gary Noonan, Character Animator: Fallout3, Mass Effect.

Matt Spahlinger, QA Tester: Age of Conan, Baseball Mogul 2009, Championship Manager, Fallout 3

Craig Lafferty, Producer: Fallout 3, Civilization Revolution, Iphone games if my Ibrick ever starts working again.

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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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One year and counting…

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Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of our first post here on Bethesda Blog (or BethBlog…whichever you prefer). Speaking for Pete, Ashley, and everyone else who has contributed to the blog, we’ve really enjoyed working on the blog and hope you’ve had as much fun reading it.

If you ever have any suggestions for how we could make the blog even better, feel free to shoot us an email. Thanks again for reading!

What we’re playing: You’re gettin’ a Dell edition

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In the past few weeks, a bunch of guys (Joel, Purkey, Claff, Emil…to name a few) decided to upgrade to new PCs so they can enjoy some of the newest releases (Age of Conan, Crysis, etc.) in all their glory. If you’re interested in ordering a similar rig, Joel sent me the link to the deal these guys took advantage of (dude!).

Here’s this week’s rundown…

Nate Purkeypile: Practicing more TF2 for the Studio Rumble on my fancy new computer, maybe some Crysis also now that I can actually run it.

“Joltok, late of Cimmeria” Burgess: Running around Hyboria, refusing to wear anything that isn’t a circlet, loincloth, or armband, regardless of stats.

Terry Dunn, Jr: Age of Conan, Rockband, WC3: DOTA mod, and MAYBE some D&D 4th Ed. if I’m feeling nerdy enough.

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What we’re playing: War has changed edition

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In last week’s edition of “What We’re Playing,” OrganicShadow commented, “Wow. ONE PERSON playing MGS4?”

Well, actually, there were two of us — both Craig Lafferty and myself, as I ended up getting a copy that night. And if you ask me, it’s definitely a must-play game. Looking through the run down of what the devs are playing this weekend, it looks like at least three of us are now playing it.

On the topic of MGS 4, my Google Alerts picked up an interesting blog post that notes the contrasting messages presented in Fallout and MGS 4’s introductions. I’m glad someone brought it up, as my friends and I were blown away when we heard Snake begin with “War has changed.” Personally, I think both introductions make compelling arguments supporting their claim.

Anyways, here’s this week’s rundown. Let us know what you’re playing.

Phil Glaser, QA: Playing Fallout 3, Battlefield BC Demo, MGS4 (In all honesty, I’m mostly watching this one. Best movie evar!!)

Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: Metal Gear Solid 4, Ninja Gaiden II, NCAA Football 09 demo

Craig Lafferty, Producer: Fallout 3, Space Invaders Extreme, Metal Gear Solid 4.

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