Inside the Vault: Ashley Cheng

ashleycheng.jpg

I’m working on getting more Inside the Vaults. They’re a-coming! I promise! To get things rolling again, I thought I would go ahead and do one. So, this is me.

What’s your job at Bethesda?
I’m the Production Director (fancy name for producer) for Bethesda Game Studios. I’m responsible for the day to day of the development team, scheduling and budgets, QA and testing, localization, running team meetings when Todd Howard is traveling, game library procurement, weekend and evening catering, commissioner of our Madden online franchise league, purchaser of buckets to collect rain water leaking from our ceiling. I’m the last one who touches our games before they go out into the world to be replicated, boxed and shipped out to stores and/or downloaded via Steam/Xbox LIVE/PlayStation Network, etc… My office is full of gold masters of every version of every game we’ve shipped since 2001. I have one of the best jobs anybody could ever wish for.

Continue reading full article ›

Fallout 3 wins Ultimate Game of the Year at the Golden Joysticks

GJA 2009 Winner PNG.jpg

The 27th Annual Golden Joystick Awards wrapped up a little while ago and Fallout 3 was announced the winner of the night’s final award: Ultimate Game of the Year. Earlier in the show Fallout 3 was named PC Game of the Year. Additionally, the game received runner up honors in both the Soundtrack of the Year and Xbox Game of the Year categories.

Congrats to the team for their hard work on the game, and a big thanks to everyone that voted for Fallout 3!

Happy Birthday Fallout 3!

fallout3birthday.jpg

This morning Todd reminded me we released Fallout 3 one year ago today.

Much like the weeks and months prior to release — when I was traveling around the world for the game — the game’s launch felt like a blur. The night before, we held a midnight party for the game at Best Buy, so I ended up getting to bed sometime around 2 a.m. Then on the day of release, after a busy day, we had an office party to celebrate the game’s release in Adams Morgan. I’m not even sure I went to sleep that night.

So that’s what I remember. If you purchased Fallout 3 a year ago today, feel free to share your launch day memories.

Weekend Update

500x_Vault_Boy_Pumpkin.jpg

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. While I wait for Michigan and Penn State to kick off, I thought I’d share some coverage I’ve seen online in the last week.

With Halloween just a week away, Kotaku is sharing fan-made Jack-O-Lanterns — including the one you see above of Vault Boy. If you happen to create one based on one of our games, be sure to shoot us an email.

Speaking of Kotaku, they posted information on a new community project called The Wasteland Commentaries. It’s purpose is for fans to “create an audio commentary track for Fallout 3 that is accessible in-game via audio holotapes. If successful the Wasteland Commentaries will take some discussions of the game into the spaces that inspired them and provide greater context for reflection.” Sounds cool. To read more about the project, head here.

On the print side, Game Informer #199 (complete with a brand new look) has an article called The Lore Masters, which includes Senior Game Designer Kurt Kuhlmann discussing the lore of The Elder Scrolls, as well as its effect on Greg Keyes writing The Infernal City. Check out the issue on newsstands now.

In id Software news, Digital Battle shares their list of 20 games to look forward to in 2010 — a list which includes RAGE. Meanwhile, Gaming Bolt counts down the Top 20 Greatest FPS Games with three id games making the list — Wolfenstein (#16), Quake (#7), and DOOM 2 (#5). To read the whole list, check out parts 1 and 2.

Finally, through my Google Alerts, I found this column at The Whitworthian, which looks back at The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Here’s an excerpt:

“The modding community for the Elder Scrolls games is huge and going strong. Almost anything that’s in the game can be modified, expanded, or completely removed, and nearly anything that can be dreamed up can be added in. My copy of “Morrowind” is currently running something like 50 mods, three or four of which are my own.”

That’s all for now.

Fallout 3 Modding Interview: The Marriage Proposal Mod

This week we’ve got a special modding interview to very celebrate a special occasion. As you may have seen on other sites, a mod for Fallout 3 was created so that forum member *Puffy*Puppy* (real name Kristy) could propose to her boyfriend Shawn.

Back in June, Kristy contacted our office every way she could think of. Here’s her email to Bethesda Blog:

“Hi, is there any way to get an idea of what it would take to propose to my boyfriend through Fallout 3? Via an add-on, or a mission, or a separate disk? Does something like this take a millionaire to commission it? lol. Because I am just a dollaraire. Is there a way of doing it myself and then kinda creating a level or something?”

From there, we pointed Kristy to our modding forums – where she received plenty of help from our community — including  Skykappa, old_andy, and Sesom.

After the break, check out my interviews with all four of them.

Continue reading full article ›

Oblivion and Fallout 3 eGuides

www.randomhouse.com.jpg

I recently received word from David Hodgson that Prima’s Game Guide for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition is available as an eGuide on their site for $24.99. Highlights of the guide include:

  • This digital guide features easy-to-use clickable navigation on every page.
  • Covers all available content for Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Shivering Isles, Knights of the Nine, and downloadable content.
  • Detailed maps for every part of the world and every major city, plus special maps for every key section of the main quest.
  • Specific chapters on how to create your character and maximize your abilities and skills.
  • Over 450 full-color pages packed with information on everything you need to know about the massive gameworld of Oblivion.
  • Walkthroughs for every quest in every part of the Oblivion world, including the main quest, as well as miscellaneous and freeform quests.
  • Sections on various gameplay systems including stealth, combat, magic, spellmaking and enchanting, alchemy, and more.

For more details and a chance to check out parts of the guide for free, head to Prima’s site.

In related news, David has a new blog post up about the Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition Game Guide. While you can still purchase a physical copy of the guide, it’s also available as an eGuide for $26.99.

Web Roundup: Fallout 3

3993836746_246be80a16.jpg

Plenty of cool stuff I’ve found recently for Fallout 3. Read on…

On Twitter, I came across a link to a blog called The Adventures of Tobasco da Gama. In this post, our hero (we’ll call him the Lone Wanderer), discusses his plan to tour DC in a Vault Suit. A man of his word, check out the pics on Flickr.

Recently the 2009 MIXX awards were announced — celebrating creativity in interactive advertising. Among the award winners, Fallout 3 was awarded a Gold Award for Product Launch. Special thanks to AKQA (who also won an award for McDonalds and Flip Video) and everyone else that worked on the campaign.

At Planet Xbox 360, there’s a new list of the Top 10 Gaming Moments to Experience Before You Die. It’s a good list that points out how many great titles there have been this generation. Click here to find out what Fallout 3 moment made the list.

Ready to take on some Fallout trivia? The Escapist has two quizzes — in Heroic and Legendary flavors.

At Kotaku, Todd Howard was featured in a recent piece titled, “Is Single-Player Gaming In Danger Of Extinction?” — written by Michael McWhertor. Here’s a snippet from Todd:

“[Multiplayer is] the most requested feature we get,” says Todd Howard, executive producer of The Elder Scrolls series and Fallout 3 at Bethesda Softworks, so far resistant to the trend this generation. “So we do consider it every time… and every time it loses, but I suppose you never know.”

Moving on, I caught this pic from EPICponyz that you might recognize from here..:)

3970563871_ea6d514efa_b.jpg

To conclude this wrapup, here’s three videos to check out from YouTube. This one caught my eye because of the great work done on creating the BoS armor. Also be sure to check out this Fallout 3 Medley, and yet another fantastic fan video from Drakortha.

Fallout 3 GOTY — Now Available

gotyboxes1.jpg

Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition is available today in North America, and will be available in Europe on Friday, October 16th. The game includes Fallout 3, winner of over 80 Game of the Year awards, plus all five game add-ons — Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout and Mothership Zeta. You can purchase Fallout 3 GOTY on Games for Windows LIVE for $49.99 and on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for $59.99

Fallout 3 GOTY was a great team effort. Thanks to Jeff Gardiner, for tracking all the moving parts, including the GOTY versions and the DLC on Games for Windows LIVE/Xbox LIVE/PlayStation Network; Chris Krietz, our QA Lead, for testing, testing, testing; Paul Graber, for tackling the PlayStation 3 version; Jason Hammett, for keeping the builds coming; and extra thanks to Mike Lipari, Istvan Pely, Guy Carver and Dave DiAngelo. Thanks also to the following testers, who tirelessly tested and re-tested the game and DLC repeatedly across all its different iterations: Michael Lattanzia, Larry Waldman, Jason Little, Dan Ross, Hal Jenkins, Nick Brothers, Michael McGinn, Tom Smilack, Chris Hayes, Max Cameron, Cory Dornbusch, Michael Christensen, Nate Ellis, Tihana Tresnjak-Smith, Steve Fraden, Aaron Mitschelen, and Mike Mazzuca.

Special thanks to our friends at Microsoft and Sony: Vik Long, Chenelle Bremont, Chris East, Nick Bodenham, Tad Fleshman, Cliff Garrett, Neil Soane, Eddie Ramirez and Chris Clarke.

Fallout 3 GOTY Guides from Prima

goty guide.jpg

Today I thumbed through the new Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition Game Guides from Prima Games — which will be in stores, along with the game, tomorrow. Available in regular and individually-numbered Collector’s Edition flavors,  the guides feature all the content from the original Game Guide, plus new pages for Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout, and Mothership Zeta.

I gotta say, these books are absolutely massive. Author David Hodgson tells me the book actually weighs in more than a pound heavier than the original book. And with 752 pages of content, it is officially the largest Prima Guide ever written! For those wondering, the guides once again include a movie-sized game map — now updated with new locations from the DLC content..

Hit the jump to see the unique back cover of the CE guide — complete with moar Vault Boy action!

Continue reading full article ›