What we’re playing: It’s that time a year!

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For a couple of weeks now, there’s been plenty of new games hitting the market that have had the office abuzz. Last week it was Call of Duty 4, and now this week we’ve got Super Mario Galaxy and Assassin’s Creed, which you’ll see folks are pretty excited about. Not only that, Ash and a few other guys have already started digging into Bioware’s Mass Effect. Earlier this week, a bunch of members from the team headed into the theater to get a peak at the game.

Speaking of games hitting early, there’s rumors that some guys at the office will be rocking to a new game very soon…

Chris Esko, Systems Programmer: Mass Effect (thanks, Microsoft!), Super Mario Galaxy, Guitar Hero III

Ashley Cheng, Producer: Mass Effect

Jennifer Noland, QA: Super Mario Galaxy.

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What we’re playing: Duty Calls

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For a number of folks at the office, the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare has been hugely anticipated. When a local GameStop got the game a little earlier than expected on Monday, I noticed plenty of guys fleeing from their desks at lunch. I hope they have plenty of time to play it this weekend, because with the holiday season in full gear, time is precious.

Here’s how we’re spending our weekend… 

Tim “Visor” Lamb, Associate Producer: Call of Duty 4

Aaron Mitschelen, QA: LotRO, Soul Nomad and the World Eaters, World in Conflict, Jean d’Arc, Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness, GrimGrimoire, Persona 3, Hellgate: London

Michael Lattanzia, QA: Way too much Hellgate: London, Team Fortress 2


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Walking the Walk

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One of our artists, Dane Olds, informed me that he and some other folks at the office (see the team photo above) played a couple of friendly matches of Team Fortress II against the developers over a Breakaway, ltd. I asked Dane to write up a little post-game wrap report. Here’s what Dane had to say:

Some of you may know that several of us here at Bethesda have been spending quite a bit of time with the Orange Box. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that a good portion of that time has been spent with Team Fortress 2. So when we received a challenge from BreakAway, ltd. (located nearby in Hunt Valley) we were more than happy to step into the ring.

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What we’re playing: Rock You Like a Hurricane edition

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Guitar Hero is back, and it looks like quite a few people are ready to rock some more. I myself picked up the game this week on 360 with the new Les Paul guitar controller. It’s so choice…if you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up. As for the guy above, I have no idea who he is, but he’s on the blog now.

Here’s what the rest of the guys are playing. We’ll start with our departing design intern, William Killeen…the Company of Heroes crew will miss you!

William Killeen, Design Intern: Team Fortress 2, Company of Heroes, and… um… Boggle… with… lasers…

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Developing in our spare time, too

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If you read our “What we’re playing” blog posts that come out on Fridays, you’ve probably caught on that people at the office are in love with playing The Orange Box. There’s plenty of value, variety of gameplay, and yes, it even promises cake…so who wouldn’t love it.

While the Orange Box is probably most associated with Half-Life, many of folks here think the darling of the box is Portal. In fact, one of our Level Designers, Daryl Brigner, has created his very own level for the PC version of Portal, entitled Ren Test2.

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New Screens from Vault 101

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I guess that was a trick rather than a treat :). Anyways, I was downstairs this afternoon, and I was told I needed to check out Ricky Gonzalez’s “Vault 101″ costume. It doesn’t look like he needed to go overboard to create a proper costume (that Pip-Boy 3000 seems even more primitive than what Istvan talking about), but nevertheless, he did a great job capturing the look of a Vault 101 inhabitant.

After the break, check out more Halloween screenshots, um, I mean photos.

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What we’re playing: OK, Now it’s raining

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Looks like my admission that last weekend’s weather was going to be nice (and it was!) brought a curse to the area this weekend. Yeah, that’s it…a Halloween Curse. Anyhow, it’s been raining non-stop for about three days and signs indicate that it won’t be getting better over the weekend. So now everyone has an excuse to play plenty of games, as if we wouldn’t anyways!

Have a good weekend everyone…rain or shine!

Ricardo Gonzalez, PipBoy Polisher: Fallout 2, Puzzle Quest, and Psychonauts ( finally! Best B-Day present ever! )

Ryan Lea QA: Z-Dub and Phantom Hourglass

Orin Tresnjak, Graphics Programmer: Quake Wars—which, by the way, is a phenomenal game that is not getting the attention it deserves! Go play it! Also Warhammer Fantasy vs. my roommate, my orcs against his dwarves.

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What we’re playing: No Rain edition

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Looking my window, the weather outside looks downright dismal. I was somewhat hoping it would hold up so I could talk about how guys here would have no reason not to lock themselves inside and play games. Turns out though, it’s supposed to be sunny and in the high 70’s, so there goes that idea. I guess it doesn’t matter, since we work at a game studio, playing games over the weekend is a regular, expected thing.

On to this week’s rundown of what we’re playing. I’ll kick it off since I want to emphasize how incredible Everyday Shooter (PS3) turned out.

Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: Everyday Shooter, Orange Box, Halo 3, Oblivion

Dane “The Main Vein” Olds, Artist: Hellgate: London Beta, TF2, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Metroid Prime 3, Wii VC stuff.

Adam Adamowicz, Concept Artist: Shivering Isles, Adobe Photoshop CS2

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Erin Losi Is Not A Model…


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…at least, not officially…yet. That’s the real Erin Losi, PR/Mktg Manager extraordinaire for Bethesda, on the left. The image on the right is from a photo Erin got from a journalist who sent her the image (click on the righthand image to see the full, original photo).

You gotta admit, the resemblance is pretty striking. Apparently it’s an image from a photoshoot or something for the Pussycat Dolls in Europe. At least, that’s what we were told and the best we can figure at this point. A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but it’s also worth at least a few questions:

  • What is our colleague doing browsing Pussycat Doll fan sites?
  • Is it possible that’s really Losi and she’s just not telling us?
  • Does she have a long lost sister her parents never told her about? (even they were freaked out by this picture)
  • If you are that old guy at the roulette table, are you really gonna be looking down at your chips in that moment?
  • Can “The Gav” get the number for any of these ladies?