Around the web: Gaming tips and DLC giveaways

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Spoiler Alert! The video below, while helpful, might spoil some elements of Fallout 3.

This week’s “Around the web” begins at X-Play, where Mr. Sark shares advice on how to play through Fallout 3 and max out all of your stats.

In other hint-related news, if you’re connected to Xbox LIVE, there’s a new Inside Xbox feature hosted by IGN’s Jessica Chobot covering how you can find all 10 Intel briefcases in Operation: Anchorage. Prefer text? You can find the information you need here.

Still haven’t downloaded Fallout 3’s first DLC? Players over the age of 18 living in North America have a chance to win one of two DLC codes (Xbox 360). Head here for more details…and then head back to Bethesda Blog to find what you’re looking for. :)

Around the web: Up close and personal with Pete

Here’s the latest news I found on Fallout 3 around the web.

Reviews for Operation: Anchorage are showing up on a number of sites — including Blast Magazine, 360 Evolved, Worth Playing, Xbox360Achievements, GameFocus, Gaming-Age, and Destructoid. Here’s an excerpt from Destructoid’s review:

“I’m pleased overall with what has been released. The changes in gameplay are refreshing and the challenge level which results from them make it a satisfying experience. It is not painfully difficult, just pleasantly so, and its running time of roughly three hours is long enough to be enjoyable without becoming monotonous. And some of the gear you acquire for having completed it is pretty damn cool too. If you enjoyed Fallout 3, this is a worthwhile investment.”

The Chinese New Year began last week, and to celebrate the Year of the Ox, Game Daily has a feature on Ten of Video Games Most Lovable Lummoxes — with Fallout 3’s Fawkes making their list. By their definition, an Ox is a “big, lovable lummoxes who can take and give out punishment with the best of them.” I’m not sure that Fawkes would want to be put in this list. Sure he’s a Super Mutant, but he does like spending his time reading and visiting the Museum of History.

Finally, if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the video interview shown above that Pete did for HipHopGamer. Pete discusses his gaming roots, DLC, the possible of a “one console future” and more.

Top Oblivion DLC on Xbox Live, Lifetime

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Downloadable content has been a tremendous success for us and we’re excited to be offering it up for Fallout 3, beginning with Operation: Anchorage. I recently put together a presentation about downloadable content, here are the highlights.

The main thing to note is this: you guys LOVE Oblivion. To this day, 2 years later. Looking at our Xbox Live reports, every day, tens of thousands of people STILL play Oblivion and they purchase thousands and thousands of downloadable content — again, every day. Yes, even Horse Armor continues to sell daily.

So here is Oblivion’s downloadable content, ranked by Purchased Downloads on Xbox Live, since launch:

1. Wizard’s Tower

2. Thieves Den

3. Mehrunes Razor

4. Spell Tomes

5. Vile Lair

6. The Orrery

7. Knights of the Nine

8. Shivering Isles

9. Horse Armor

10. Fighter’s Stronghold*

*If we rank by pure downloads and include the free promotions we’ve had, Fighter’s Stronghold becomes #1.

Operation: Anchorage lands on Xbox LIVE, GFW LIVE

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Fallout 3’s first DLC, Operation: Anchorage, is now available for download for Games for Windows LIVE and Xbox LIVE users. To celebrate the occasion, we’ve released a new trailer for the content.

On both GFW LIVE and Xbox LIVE, Operation: Anchorage costs 800 points. If you’re looking to purchase the content on PC, make sure you have a GFW LIVE account. For more information on this, head here. Those playing on Xbox 360 can purchase the game via Xbox LIVE, or visit the online marketplace. If you purchase from the latter, your content will be available to download the next time you boot up your Xbox 360.

Once your content has downloaded, you should be able to access Operation: Anchorage from any current save file for Fallout 3 (note: if this is your first time using Games for Windows LIVE, please refer to this blog post). Once you’ve loaded a game save, you should receive a Pip-Boy message stating:

Alert!: A new radio broadcast has been heard across the Capital Wasteland. It sounds like a distress call, but seems meant for certain ears only.

Following this, you’ll get a quest notification for “Aiding the Outcasts.” If you make this your active quest in your Pip-Boy 3000, your World Map will point you to where you need to go.

Around the web: Obama saves the wasteland edition

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Inauguration here in DC has come and gone, and now our new President is hard at work on making change — both in the real world and in the Capital Wasteland. I had a few community members send me messages about the painting made by Dan Lacy. Speaking for everyone here, we’re speechless.

Moving on, two interesting op/eds you might want to read. First, at NPR, writer Glenn McDonald revisits the often brought up argument of whether games can be considered art. In his piece, he argues in favor of games being art and uses Fallout 3 as apart of his argument. Here’s a snippet:

“The images of the decimated DC skyline are genuinely haunting, and console graphics have now evolved to the point where you’re having a very-near-cinematic experience. The game is scored musically, just as a film would be, and the various cut scenes and combat reenactments follow the tropes of action cinema in a knowing “wink-wink” kind of way.”

The other piece I found interesting is Duncan Fyfe’s column at GameSetWatch comparing Fallout 3 to James Joyce’s collection of short stories — called the Dubliners. Previously unfamilar with the stories, I’ll be checking them out soon.

Operation: Anchorage deploying next Tuesday on Xbox LIVE and Games for Windows LIVE, you can now find details of the achievements added to the game.

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Jeff answers Operation: Anchorage questions

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As reported last week, for an Operation: Anchorage Q&A with DLC Producer Jeff Gardiner, GameSpy called on forum members to do their dirty work — designating a thread for submitting questions. Over the weekend, GameSpy selected many of the questions and Jeff answered them. Here’s one of the questions that Jeff answered:

GSpy Reader: Will the Operation: Anchorage content be open-ended like in Shivering Isles, or will it be a wholly linear experience akin to not-so-notable downloadable content we’ve seen from other games?

Jeff Gardiner: Operation: Anchorage is a more linear experience. However, there are decisions to be made within the scope of the content itself. The player has the choice on how to outfit their strike team. They also get to decide how to approach and subdue the Chinese Stronghold, as well as how and if they’ll help the Brotherhood Outcasts. Subsequent DLC, The Pitt and Broken Steel, will contain more open-world gameplay.

You can find the rest of the Q&A here. And if you missed it, Operation: Anchorage will be released on Games for Windows LIVE and Xbox LIVE next Tuesday, Jan. 27.