Fallout 3 DLC Makes G4’s ‘Best of 2009′

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G4 has announced the nominations for its “Best of 2009″ awards, and the Fallout 3 add-ons Point Lookout and Broken Steel both made the “Best DLC” category.

To check out the full list of nominated games, head over to G4TV.com. The winners of each category are set to be announced on the December 15th episode of X-Play, which airs at 6:00PM EST on G4, as you can tell from the giant image above.

Around the Web: More Brink previews

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Coverage of the recent Brink blast is still coming in, with OXM UK, Britxbox and Games.on all publishing previews of the Splash Damage shooter.

If you’re still not sure what to make of this Brink game, don’t forget to check out the bevy of new gameplay videos. G4’s Adam Sessler was “pleasantly surprised” after viewing them, reporting: “It wasn’t until we received the videos that I fully appreciated how ambitious [Brink] is with campaign-based multiplayer.”

Sarcastic Gamer took a look at the art of the Ark, highlighting Brink concepts in the first SG Artview. The site is also collecting questions that it plans to pose to Brink developers, so head over to the SG forums to suggest a few.

In listy news, the Fallout 3 DLC expansions have been nominated for Machinima.com’s Inside Gaming Awards 2009. Speaking to that content, Telegraph named Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition as one of the top 10 time-stealing games of 2009. Platform Nation also included Brink in its list of “10 Original IPs for 2010.”

Lastly, GameSpot spoke to Fallout 3 lead designer Emil Pagliarulo for its examination of moral quandaries in video games. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

“I think players simply get tired of experiencing the same things over and over and over in games. Frankly, it gets boring. When morality’s involved, the simple act of shooting a bad guy isn’t so simple anymore.”

As more news hits the interwebs, we’ll keep you posted.

Fan Art: Where’s Wally?

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Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition launched in Japan this week. To mark the occasion, established Japanese fan artist White Lotus sent in the above mural to our Tokyo office.

As you can see, it’s an impressively dense piece of work. I consider myself a rabid Fallout fan, but I’m not sure even I could put a name and/or species to every wacky face. How about you guys?

For more of White Lotus’ work, check out his website here. And as always, if you’ve got a piece of original fan art you’d like to see featured on the blog, drop us a line at bethblog@bethsoft.com.

Epic RPGs Sweepstakes on Xbox LIVE

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While recently navigating through Xbox LIVE, you might have noticed The Epic RPGs Sweepstakes — which gives you a chance to level up your living room with a “Gamer Lounge” — an amazing prize pack featuring the following items:

  • (2) Lovesacs chairs (ARV, $438)
  • A 42″ HDTV (ARV, $699.99)
  • A Home Theater System (ARV, $399.99)
  • (2) Lava Lamps (ARV, $49.98)
  • 4,000 Microsoft Points (ARV, $50)
  • Xbox LIVE 12 Month Subscription (ARV, $49.99)
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Controller (ARV, $49.99)

Register by downloading the Epic RPGs Gamer Picture on LIVE, or simply grabbing it off Xbox.com. You can increase your chances (i.e. gain experience) by downloading select RPG content via LIVE — including Fallout 3 DLC, Shivering Isles, Knights of the Nine, and the Games on Demand version of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

There’s plenty more RPG content to choose from, and you can even enter by watching a movie on Netflix or signing up for Last.FM or Facebook. Just keep in mind the level cap is 20 (even if you purchase Broken Steel), and content must be purchased between 12:01 A.M. Eastern Time (ET) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 P.M. ET on December 14, 2009.

To learn more about the sweepstakes, including the official rules, head to Xbox.com

Around the Web: GOTD Edition

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It’s that time of the century again; the time when the usual “Game of the Year” lists are supplanted by even more daunting “Game of the Decade” lists.

Crispy Gamer is taking a sporty approach to it all, throwing many of the decade’s best games into a tournament bracket and letting fans vote to decide the winners of each round. Oblivion and Fallout 3 are both in the running for round two…head here to vote.

As for more traditional lists, the always-entertaining Onion A.V. Club included Fallout 3 in its picks for the 15 best games of the decade. Paste Magazine also found a place for both Oblivion and Fallout 3 in its “20 Best Games of the Decade” article.

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200 and counting!

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Congratulations are in order for Game Informer, who are celebrating the release of their 200th issue. To commemorate the occasion, they’ve put together a list of The Top 200 Games of All Time. Among the games included on the list are DOOM (#6), Oblivion (#30), Fallout 3 (#65), Morrowind (#101), Quake 2 (#132), and Wolfenstein 3D (#139). Additionally, the top eight games on their list each received a special edition cover. Above is the cover made for DOOM. You can check out the other seven at Game Informer’s website.

Be on the lookout for the 200th issue on newsstands or in your mailbox.

Fallout 3 items hitting the Xbox Avatar Marketplace this Thursday (Updated)

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Within our forums and in emails, we’ve seen numerous requests that we create Fallout 3 items to Xbox LIVE’s Avatar Marketplace. On Thursday, November 26th, we’ll be releasing the items shown above:

As noted above, all items can be purchased for male and female avatars, with the exception of the Vault Boy Suite (male only). Click the links to purchase them via Xbox.com.

*Updated: As it turns out, we goofed on the price of the Vault Boy Head. This avatar item runs for 160 MS points (we previously posted that it would go for 80 MS Points). Sorry for the confusion.

Around the web

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Before heading out for vacation, I thought I’d squeeze in another “around the web.”

We’ll begin with news on Brink. Splash Damage Senior Game Designer Ed Stern recently discussed Brink in a new interview at Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Here’s a snippet…

RPS: The game is quite bright and exaggerated, however. Colourful, even. It’s going against a trend for photorealism, isn’t it?

Stern: I think we’ll see more of this stuff. Look at TF2 or Borderlands, they have unrealistic characters too. And look at all three next to each other, take a screenshot from each of them and none of them look alike.

Brink is also included in a new list of the Top 10 original video games of 2010. You’ll also find that RAGE made the list at #4. For more on RAGE, check PC Zone’s preview that’s currently up at GamesRadar.

In Fallout news, there’s new DLC reviews up. Here’s a snippet from a new review for Point Lookout at GamingBolt

“With Point Lookout, Bethesda has given a near-perfect reminder of why we love Fallout 3 so much.  This game is simply a joy to play.  A dirty, morally questionable joy – but a joy nonetheless.  If you’re looking for a chance to jump back into the world of Fallout 3, Point Lookout is a great place to start.”

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