RAGE website gets a makeover

Those that visit our RAGE homepage today will notice we’ve revamped the look and feel of the site. Be sure to bookmark the page, as we’ll be adding some nice features between now and the game’s launch (Sept. 13th in North America, Sept. 16th in Europe). And if you’re one of those hip kids, be sure to follow RAGE on the Facebooks and Tweeters.

We’ll also keep you in the loop here at Bethesda Blog. For now, check out the site, enjoy the screenshots above, and check out developer profiles for John Carmack, Tim Willits, and Matt Hooper.

Test your Skills in the New Vegas Facebook sweepstakes

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Step right up, internet ladies and gentle-gamers, and take a chance at winning a trip to the Fallout: New Vegas launch party by playing our Facebook game.

That’s right: we’ve fashioned a Facebook game that not only tests your New Vegas Skills — an important step that we all must take following face-gen — but also enters you in a massive sweepstakes. The prizes are pretty excellent, and too numerous to sum up shortly. Here’s the full list:

Grand prize (1 winner): A trip for 2 to Las Vegas for the Bethesda/Fallout New Vegas Launch Party on 10/16/10 at the Palms Hotel and Casino, entrance to the Kim Kardashian 30th birthday party at Tao Nightclub, round trip coach air transportation for the Grand Prize winner and his/her guest to Las Vegas, NV, 2 nights hotel accommodations, a Fallout: New Vegas Collector’s Edition, and $300 spending cash.

First prize (1 winner): A  trip for 2 to Las Vegas, including round trip airfare for the First Prize winner and his/her guest to Las Vegas, NV, 2 nights hotel, and a Fallout: New Vegas Collector’s Edition.

Second prizes (3 winners): An Xbox 360® Game Console, 1600 Microsoft Points and the Fallout: New Vegas Collector’s Edition.

Third prizes (100 winners): A Fallout New Vegas t-shirt.

So what are you waiting for? Take the Skills test now. You’ll have to get your entry in by 11:59:59 PM ET on October 5th, and be a US resident, to be considered eligible for a prize. Click below to check out the full rules list.

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Send us your New Vegas questions on Facebook, Twitter

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In the past week, there has been plenty of Fallout: New Vegas information to digest. So starting today, we’re kicking off a community Q&A through our Fallout pages on Facebook and Twitter. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be going through your questions and getting them to the guys at Obsidian to answer.

If you’re using Twitter, please include submit your questions to @Fallout while including #newvegasqa with your question. As an example…

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If you’re submitting via Facebook, it’s a little easier. Simply visit our Fallout page and leave your comment within the post asking for community questions.

Not signed up at Facebook or Twitter? Feel free to ask your questions in the comments section below. Once we have answers from the guys at Obsidian, we’ll post them within our Fallout: New Vegas forums.

Fire away!

New Vegas poster winners

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Back when the Fallout: New Vegas teaser trailer was revealed, we kicked off a contest for folks to have chance to win a New Vegas poster signed by the developers at Obsidian Entertainment. Before we send the posters to the winners (more on that in a second), I thought I’d share how they turned out. The Obsidian team seems to have mastered the art of signing posters — it’s got monsters, Vault Boy, and no smudges. Nice work, guys!

Congrats to Jessica Duncan and Louis Gonzalez on winning via Facebook and Twitter, respectively. Your posters should be on the way soon!

Now Serving: Thousands of Fans on Facebook and Twitter

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In community news, our portals on Facebook and Twitter recently reached new milestones. Last week, our Bethblog Twitter surpassed 10,000 followers. Who knew 140 characters of information at a time could be so compelling? Now if we can just surpass Ashton Kutcher.

Also this month, our Fallout 3 Facebook page surpassed 50,000 fans.

If you haven’t signed up for either of these and are interested, just look to the right of this page for links. And if there’s new spaces on the internet you’d like to see us, feel free to make a suggestion.

Thanks for your continued support!

Around the web

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In addition to plenty of Point Lookout coverage, we’ve got web updates for Brink, Broken Steel, and WET.

Starting with Brink, there’s lots to share. With the help of Steve ‘Badman’ Hessel, we’ve got a Facebook page up for the game. Join the group here.

In news, PlayStation Insider put together their E3 Wrapup, where they included Brink among their list of titles they wish they could’ve played. Here’s what they said:

“The first thing I said to myself when I sat down and watched the demo of Brink is this: ‘this is the only other game to look as good as Uncharted 2.’  Yes, Brink really does look sharp and it stands out.”

Moving on, GameShark interviewed Creative Director Richard Ham and Senior Game Designer Ed Stern at E3 to find more about the game. Here’s a sample:

GS (B): So my question is, for every class is there one specific action, multiple actions or is it still being worked on?

RH: First of all, it’s very much an RPG-Lite. As you’re earning levels and leveling up there’s a lot of new abilities you can unlock. You can choose to focus only one one class or spread out amongst all of them, but at any given point, right now at any given point, there are way too many things you that could be doing depending on what class you are, and right now we’re kind of limiting it to six.

You can find the rest of GameShark’s interview here. Elsewhere, don’t miss AusGamers’ double dip of coverage —  they’ve got an interview with Richard, as well as a new preview.

For additional Brink news, GamersRoute has their E3 preview up, Gamasutra recapped Splash Damage CEO Paul Wedgwood’s speech at yesterday’s Game Horizon Summit, and Gamerzines included the game in their Best of E3 list.

Moving to other games, there’s a new review for Broken Steel up at Game Industry News. Speaking of DLC #3, Game Daily’s giving away Broken Steel codes for Games for Windows LIVE and Xbox LIVE. For a chance to win, join their Facebook page.

Wrapping up this “Around the Web,” the guys at Machinima have a new interview with WET Lead Designer Ash Ismail.

Until the next time…gstaff out.

New faces on Facebook

With news on Rogue Warrior and WET hitting this week, we’ve got new Facebook pages up for both. We’ll update both pages with screenshots, previews and more. You can find them below.

Rogue Warrior Facebook Page

WET Facebook Page

If you haven’t checked it out already, we’ve already got a Fallout 3 Facebook Page, too. And here on the blog, we’ve added Facebook links in the top-right corner to make accessing them easier. Additionally, you’ll notice our new “Share” feature with each post — so you can link to Facebook, Digg, Twitter, etc.