Time runs out on Jack Bauer tonight in the series finale of 24, but you’ve still got three days to place your votes on the longlist for this year’s Golden Joysticks. To recap, in the “One to Watch” category, three of our upcoming titles (Brink, Fallout: New Vegas, and RAGE) are nominated. Meanwhile, you can still vote for Splash Damage (Brink) for UK Developer of the Year.
Speaking of Splash Damage, Paul Wedgwood, CEO and Game Director on Brink, recently took time to answer questions on Brink with Game Reactor. Here’s a snippet:
You’re focusing a lot on the story. How will it work in an online shooter, where there’s usually not a lot of room for storytelling?
The most important thing for us that no matter how you choose to play, online or offline, there’s a reason why you are fighting against the others in the game. It starts when you create your character and choose which side to play on: Resistance or Security? Resistance are refugees that believe in a society where everything shared by everyone, and that the Security people are violent dictators.
Finally, with the countdown clock to E3 right around three weeks, Gamespot is already looking ahead to the madness. Currently Fallout: New Vegas ranks among the most anticipated in their Readers’ Choice vote, while Senior News Editor Tor Thorsen lets us know he’s ready for more Fallout in their Editors’ Choice feature.
Update: We’ve spotted a new Hunted interview at GameZone with with inXile Entertainment’s Brian Fargo. Read it here.
In case you missed our Bethesda Softworks Newsletter last week, we released four screenshots never before seen online for Brink. Check them out in our newsletter archives (where you can also subscribe) and at Brink’s Official Site.
For more news on the game, be on the lookout for the latest issue of Game Informer (issue 203), which recently hit subscribers. The two-page feature includes all-new screenshots and info from the game’s Creative Director, Richard Ham. Additionally, Richard’s full interview will be available to GI subscribers at gameinformer.com.
We’re pleased to share news that WET received a nomination from the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) for this year’s Videogame Writing Award. Written by Duppy Demetrius (featured in the video above), the game joins Modern Warfare 2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Assassin’s Creed 2, and Uncharted 2. WET also joins Fallout 3 as the second Bethesda Softworks title to receive a WGA nomination.
This year’s winner will be announced at the 2010 Writers Guild Awards on February 20. For more information on the awards, visit the WGA’s website.
Congratulations again to Duppy and the team at A2M for the nomination.
In addition to handing out awards, the end of the year is always a good time to look ahead. Kotaku has a photo tour of 40 titles they’re looking forward to on Xbox 360 next year — a list that includes both Brink and Fallout: New Vegas. As we have more details on both games, we’ll let you know.
Finally in print, the January 2010 issue of OXM has a feature titled “How The World Ends.” The article is a bit an “apocalypse how?” — discussing games that tackle possible ways Earth could reach its demise (and the possibility of that actually happening). Among the grim futures they discuss are atomic warfare (Fallout 3), Meteor Impact (RAGE), and the inconvenient possibility of global warming (Brink). Look for the issue on newsstands to find out more.
The downloadable content for Fallout 3 may have earned you a few digital trophies, but now it’s earning the team that made it some real metal. That’s Todd up there above, graciously accepting Machinima.com’s Inside Gaming Award for Bethesda’s post-release support of the game.
G4’s X-Play also saw fit to bestow its award for “Best DLC” to Fallout 3’s Broken Steel add-on, specifically. Check out the full presentation here.
As the end of the decade draws near, more sites are rolling out their “Game of the Decade” selections. The Guardian is the latest; Morrowind and Oblivion made the top 30, while Fallout 3 cracked the top 10.
Looking ahead to 2010, MSN UK reminds you that Brink is one of the games to look out for, saying: “If immediately accessible and flowing movement weren’t enough of a draw, Brink uses state-of-the-art graphics and physics.”
On a ridiculous note, Bethesda environment artist Megan Sawyer passed along this video of someone controlling their Christmas lights with a Guitar Hero peripheral. What?
Congratulations are in order for the Fallout 3 DLC team, as IGN tonight recognized Broken Steel as the “Best PC Expansion of 2009.” Check out the full list of award-winning games here. Fallout appears to be in good company.
In further celebratory news, last weekend’s ZeniMax holiday party brought our big gang together for a long night of carousing and general ballyhoo. Who couldn’t make it through the night without tripping down the stairs? Click through to find out!
Last week IGN counted down their top 25 Xbox 360 games of all time. The top 5 were announced on Friday, with The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion making the list at #4, and Fallout 3 coming right after it at #3.