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Yesterday GamePro put up a feature called “The 48 Best Games of 2008,” which lists the games they’re most anticipating for next year. On the list, Fallout 3 came in as the #3 most anticipated title with Metal Gear Solid 4 and GTA IV being #’s 2 and 1, respectively. To see what they had to say about Fallout 3, jump here.

1Up announced their nominees for their 2007 awards and Shivering Isles was included on the list for Best RPG along with, uh, everything else even remotely RPG-like. Bring a snack before you start to read the list for Game of the Year. You’ll probably need some kind of intermission. I’d put Carcassone ahead of more than half of the 30 games on that list and not think twice about it, but that’s just me. Head over and cast your vote today for your favorites.

Also worthy of mention is the fact that the folks over at ShackNews have started up a blog of their own. Their news site is somewhat blog-like, but I guess this will be a place where they can inject more of their own opinions and commentary than they might normally. Plus, they can curse on the blog, and never underestimate how liberating that can be. I’m green with envy. Anyway, I’ve been reading ShackNews for as long as I can remember, so felt like it was worth pointing it out.

Update: I noticed over on Kotaku that X-Play has Shivering Isles nominated for “Best DLC”

“The Adoring Fan” Really Annoys You

Looking through some stuff on Digg this morning, I stumbled upon a funny post on the site Offer of the Day. One of their writers declares “The Adoring Fan” from Oblivion to be “The Most Annoying Video Game Character Ever.”

Aside from the video we shared a few weeks back showing the him being pummeled by 10,000 watermelons, the Adoring Fan has taken plenty of abuse from other fans. Above is a video of him being used as bowling pins. For a few more examples, take a look here, as well as here.

I’m sure somewhere, Tingle from the Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, is writing the Adoring Fan a letter to let him know how to cope with his “celebrity status.”

Oblivion Shoutouts for Great Weapons and Hard Work

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Here’s two interesting mentions Oblivion received over the long weekend…

Ash pointed me to cool list over on Team Xbox, where they picked their “Top 20 Weapons of All-Time.” Oblivion/Shivering isles made the cut with a mention of the “Dawnfang/Duskfang” blade that becomes available with the Shivering Isles expansion. The sword(s) came in at #5 on the list, and the Team Xbox editors had this to say about its powers:

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Golden Joystick Nominations

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For those that don’t know, the Golden Joystick Awards is an award show out of the UK that honors the best games of the year — as voted by gamers. Last year Oblivion took home three Golden Joysticks: Best PC Game, Best Xbox Game, and Ultimate Game of the Year. Even though none of us were able to attend, it’s still very cool to win and we were all excited.

We got a five nominations this year. Fallout 3 received a nomination for the “Ones To Watch” category, Shivering Isles received two nominations (Best Xbox Game and Best PC Game), and the PS3 release of Oblivion received two nods as well (Best Playstation Game and Soundtrack of the Year).

Want your favorite game to take home a Golden Joystick on October 26? Visit here to vote.

More Coverage Arrives

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A couple more industry sites have added some coverage for Fallout 3…

Fallout 3 a Finalist for 2007 Game Critics Awards

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Less than an hour ago, we got some exciting news that Fallout 3 received three nominations for the 2007 Game Critics Awards. The game pulled in nominations for Best of Show, Best PC Game, and Best RPG. For more details on all the nominations, click here.

The Game Critics Award nominations come from editors from the 36 leading videogame publications. For more details on the nominations, judging, rules, and past winners, visit here. The winners will be Tuesday, July 31.

UPDATE: On top of these nominations, we got some good news from Gamespot. The game took home Best Role-Playing Game, Best PC Game, and was a finalist for Game of the Show!  Additionally, Gametrailers nominated the game in the category, Best of E3 2007: One to Watch.

WE HAVE THE POWER!

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The Escapist’s Joe Blancato, like me, apparently really likes “Power Rankings.” Being a sports junkie myself, I’m a big fans of checking to see how my teams do on ESPN’s weekly Power Rankings, whether it be for the Wolverines, Pistons, or Braves.

Anyhow, the site’s Inaugural Power Rankings place us in good company, as our showing at E3 helped us land a debut at #4, behind Microsoft, EA, and Irrational Game Studios. Rounding out the Top 5 was Peter Moore, who made headlines last week leaving Microsoft to head up EA Sports.

In other Fallout 3 news, here’s some more coverage that’s gone up in the last day or so:

Fallout 3 Scores Big with IGN

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Just got back from picking up my copy of the final Harry Potter book and upon returning, I was pleased to learn that Fallout 3 got plenty of kudos from IGN in their “Best of E3” feature. Fallout 3 came away with Best RPG, Best Console Game and Overall Game of Show. Discussing the game, IGN writer Chris Roper writes:

“When the lights went down and got our eyes on the 3D version of Vault 101, we knew we were in for something special. The Fallout series holds a very dear place in many gamers’ hearts, including those at Bethesda Softworks, and the developer looks to have stayed true to the universe about as well as anyone could hope.”

Continued E3 Coverage

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Welcome to post #50 about E3…or at least it feels that way.

We got word earlier today from Russell Frushtick over at UGO that Fallout 3 beat out Mass Effect, BioShock and Rock Band for their Best of the Best award. We’re ecstatic about the news!

Other coverage includes:

More as they come in…