Fallout 3 receives a Writer’s Guild of America nomination

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Yesterday the Writer’s Guild of America announced Fallout 3 as one of their nominees for their Videogame Writing award.

Congrats to our guys, including Emil Pagliarulo, Erik Caponi, Brian Chapin, Jon Paul Duvall, Kurt Kuhlmann, Alan Nanes, Bruce Nesmith, Fred Zeleny and the rest of the Fallout 3 team.

The winner of the Videogame Writing Award will be announced at the 2009 Writers Guild Awards on February 7.

Games for Windows LIVE Marketplace & Fallout 3

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The 1.1 title update for PC that was just released today also includes an extra feature — it deploys the Games for Windows LIVE Marketplace app that Fallout 3 will use to release downloadable content for the PC. It will appear as a separate application in your Start Menu under Microsoft Games for Windows LIVE. You can also download the app separately from Microsoft’s Games for Windows site.

To access GFWL Marketplace, you will need to join Games for Windows LIVE, which is free. However, if you’re already are a member of Xbox LIVE (silver or gold), you can use your Xbox Live gamertag and login with Games for Windows Live. Think of this as the PC equivalent to Xbox LIVE. It even uses Microsoft points just like Xbox LIVE.

If you log in using your Xbox LIVE gamertag, it will automatically recognize your pool of Microsoft points, too.

The first DLC for Fallout 3, Operation: Anchorage, will be available on Games for Windows LIVE and Xbox LIVE on Tuesday, January 27th.

Fallout 3 Update

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Today we’re releasing the Fallout 3 version 1.10 update to PC and Xbox 360 in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish territories. Additionally, if you’ve got a PS3 and are living in one of the aforementioned European territories, the update is coming your way as well.

To download and read the update’s release notes, head over to the Fallout 3 Official Site. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 users with online connectivity will receive a notification of the update upon starting the game.

Win a Survival Edition (PC)

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As noted last week on the blog, Games for Windows has a Connect & Win contest — where if you’re logged into Games for Windows LIVE and playing Fallout 3, you have a chance to win one of their daily prizes.

Today kicks off the last week of the contest with a chance to a Fallout 3 Survival Edition. So boot up the game, log into your Games for Windows LIVE account and cross your fingers.

For more details on Connect & Win, head here.

OXM GOTY

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No, that doesn’t stand for Only Xylophone Managers Guard Operating Train Yards. We received the latest issue of OXM and discovered that Fallout 3 was named their 2008 Game of the Year!

In addition to their year end awards, they also look ahead to the games they’re excited for in 2009 (with Fallout 3 DLC coming in at #17). So what game are you looking forward to most in 2009? I listed a few candidates on the current blog poll.

G.E.C.K. Quick Tips 1 – Hiding References & Orthographic View

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Fallout 3 Lead Level Designer Joel Burgess has put up a new video on YouTube to help folks with one of our new features in the G.E.C.K. — orthographic view. Take it away Joel….

Since releasing the G.E.C.K., we’ve seen the mod community get off to a great start on the G.E.C.K. Wiki and forums. Part of this kickoff was a series of You Tube video tutorials, aimed to help getting acclimated with the basics of the G.E.C.K.

Designers use the G.E.C.K. daily when creating content for Fallout 3 and DLC, so there are a lot of workflow tips we take for granted. For example, level designers frequently need to get specific views in the render window. I decided to create a brief video tutorial on the topic to help fledgling G.E.C.K. users as their spaces become more complicated.

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Around the web: New DLC interview

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Today Eurogamer put up a new interview with Fallout 3 DLC producer Jeff Gardiner. In the interview, he reveals some new details about Operation: Anchorage, the first DLC for Fallout 3, as well as new details on future DLC. Here’s an excerpt:

Eurogamer: Finally, can you tell us anything else about The Pitt and Broken Steel?

Jeff Gardiner: The Pitt is a more ‘Traditional’ Fallout 3 quest – it’s full of morally grey choices, shady NPCs, and features another city ravaged by time, neglect, nuclear waste and moral degradation.

Broken Steel not only extends the game to level 30, it alters the core ending. It allows the player to continue exploring the ashen Wasteland and see the fruits that are born, or that die, from their decisions. It will reprise several main characters, and conclude some of the story threads left dangling.

Head to Eurogamer to read the rest. More news after the break.

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A couple contests

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Here’s two ongoing contests that I thought you might want to enter.

At Games for Windows, their currently running a “Connect and Win” competition, which you can easily enter if you’ve got the GFW release of Fallout 3. The name pretty much says it all. If you’re playing Fallout 3 while logged into Games for Windows LIVE, you’re eligible to win. This week they’re giving out daily prizes of 4000 Microsoft points (points that could be used towards Operation: Anchorage and future Fallout 3 DLC releases). Next week their competition concludes with Survival Editions of Fallout 3 being given out daily.  The contest is for residents in the US, UK, Germany and France. For more details, visit here.

Elsewhere, MTV UK is currently running a Fallout 3 contest on their site. In addition to being able to win a 360 copy of the game, you have a chance at winning an Xbox 360 Pro, as well as some fun Fallout 3 schwag.

Good luck.