A Post-Inauguration-Post-Apocalyptic Blog Post

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Yesterday our office was closed in celebration of (and to avoid a chaotic travels due to) President Obama’s Inauguration. While around 2 million people watched from the National Mall, MTV Multiplayer’s Stephen Totilo decided to visit what’s left of the Mall playing Fallout 3. A cool idea, but maybe he needed a modder to add a couple million Super Mutants.

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I wish I could find a good pic of the Mall after the two million people left. Might look closer to the image from Fallout 3.

Halloween’s just 283 days away

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One of our forum moderators, Rohugh, brought to my attention an interesting thread for all of you that get into cosplay or dressing up for Halloween. BGS forum member MightyJohn has begun work on a Brotherhood of Steel costume for Halloween this year.

If you click on the links in the thread, you’ll see he’s only posted shots of the helmet, which looks amazing. Should be interesting to see what he’s got put together come October.

If you missed it, here’s a look at a BoS costume from Halloween last year.

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.

Fallout 3 iMix on iTunes

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Since Fallout 3 was released, I’ve received numerous emails asking about where you can buy music from the game. If you pre-ordered the game from Gamestop, you might have been lucky enough to get a few of the game’s tracks on our soundtrack sampler. If you’re looking for more tunes from the game, there’s a pretty good iMix up with songs you can purchase from the game.

To find it, enter the iTunes Store. From there, select “Music,” then “iMix.” From the iMix page, if you do a search for Fallout, you should find an iMix one user submitted called Fallout 3.. From there, you can purchase any or all of the following songs:

  • Butcher Pete — Roy Brown
  • I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire — The Ink Spots
  • Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall — The Ink Spots & Ella Fitzgerald
  • Way Back Home — Bob Crosby and the Bobcats
  • Anything Goes — Cole Porter with Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
  • Maybe — The Ink Spots
  • Dear Hearts and Gentle People — Bob Crosby and the Bobcats
  • Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo) — Danny Kaye
  • Happy Times — Bob Crosby and the Bobcats
  • Mighty Mighty Man — Roy Brown
  • Easy Living — Billie Holiday
  • Crazy He Calls Me — Billie Holiday
  • A Wonderful Guy — Tex Beneke

Enjoy!

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.