With this week’s Elder Scrolls Modding Interview, we’re checking in with UK talent Timeslip…
How did you get involved with the Elder Scrolls modding community?
I have my uncle to blame for that, for leaving his copy out on his desk when I was visiting. I borrowed it for the evening, and a few lost hours later I’d already decided I was going to buy my own copy the next day. As it turned out, I was lucky enough to get the very last copy that my local games store had in stock. On installing it, I spotted the data files option in the launcher, visited the Elder Scrolls website to try and find out what it was for, spotted the modding forums, and things went downhill from there.
Until then I would often pick apart the data files from a game to see what I could change, but this was the first time I’d heard the term ‘modding’, or put any serious effort into it. I have to say that I’ve never regretted it for a second. Modding Bethesda games has become as much a part of the fun as playing them, if not more, and I specifically bought Oblivion and Fallout 3 with modding in mind.
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Big news today! In a press release this morning, we announced the official editor for Fallout 3. Called the G.E.CK. (Garden of Eden Creation Kit), PC gamers will be able to mod Fallout 3 to their heart’s content. The G.E.C.K. will be free and available for download next month. More details to come.
We also announced three downloadable content packs for Fallout 3 — beginning with Operation: Anchorage, which will be available for download on Games for Windows LIVE and Xbox LIVE in January. In February and March, we’ll be releasing The Pitt and Broken Steel.
Below are descriptions for all three DLC packs:
- Operation: Anchorage — Enter a military simulation and fight in one of the greatest battles of the Fallout universe – the liberation of Anchorage, Alaska from its Chinese Communist invaders. An action-packed battle scheduled for release in January.
- The Pitt – Journey to the industrial raider town called The Pitt, located in the remains of Pittsburgh. Choose your side. Scheduled for release in February.
- Broken Steel — Join the ranks of the Brotherhood of Steel and rid the Capital Wasteland of the Enclave remnants once and for all. Continues the adventure past the main quest. Scheduled for release in March.
To read the full press release, head over to the Fallout 3 Official Site.
There’s a new Wasteland Stories diary, entitled On the importance of a keen eye, up today at Planet Fallout. In this entry, Blinzler discusses the benefits of keeping your eyes peeled — cause you never known what you’re going to find if you scour the Capital Wasteland.
To read the other Wasteland Stories, head to Planet Fallout’s editorial page.
Had a couple folks at the office forward me this Fallout 3-inspired comic from Tim Buckley at Ctrl+Alt+Del. Check it out and tell us what you think.
Welcome back to another look at Fallout 3 coverage from around the web.
We’ll start with a few interesting articles I’ve read this week. Before reading these, be warned there are spoilers within these articles. Up first, GamesRadar’s Tyler Wilde has a three-page feature detailing how you can become “evil” within the game. Rather than just looking at things from the dark side, D. Riley at The New Gamer discusses morality issues from both sides — focusing on Tenpenny Tower quests. Meanwhile, at GamaSutra, Duncan Fyfe shares his opinion of the game while sharing what he believes the game signifies. Here’s a snippet:
“On your tour of D.C., you’re made to revisit all the initial promise inherent in that document, while you’re picking up the pieces and kicking around the ashes. The buildings stand remarkably intact, frozen in time, for you to look up at and think about how this all went to hell.”
Moving along, last week we let you know that Pete and Emil would be answering questions for their old friends at The Adrenaline Vault. That podcast (#8) is now available here. In other podcast news, there’s a new interview with Pete at Gamers with Jobs. To hear Pete, tune in around the 38-minute mark.
More reviews are showing up online for Fallout 3. You can check out new reviews at Gaming Life, GameFlak, Heroes of Gaming, GameZone, VideoGameMedia, and Aeropause. On the subject of reviews, Fallout 3’s reviews at IGN helped it earn Game of the Month honors on both PC and Xbox 360.
Having trouble finding all the Bobbleheads in the game? Check out this guide to locating all 20 at GamesRadar.
That’s all the news for now.
Plenty of Fallout-related news popping up across the web. Let’s get started.
If you’re missing the weekly Penny Arcade Fallout comics, there’s plenty of other comics filling the void. At Spookingtons, there’s a new Fallout 3-themed comic from Jeremy “Norm” Scott (creator of the popular EGM comics “Hsu & Chan.” I’ve got it posted above, but head here to see the full-sized comic.
The creators of the Oblivion comics Philip of Oblivion, which will soon celebrate its 99th comic, have begun a similar series based off Fallout 3 — appropriately titled Philip of Fallout.
Wrapping up the comic coverage, Ctrl-Alt-Delete has a Fallout 3 comic of their own.
In other news, the guys at Planet Fallout have some new features on their site. This week they unveiled their Interactive Capital Wasteland Map, as well as new game databases. Both are extremely useful, and contributions from the community are welcome.
Reviews are still making their way online — including the LA Times, Yahoo! Games, GameTactics, Games for Windows, and the Sydney Morning Herald.
Finally, at Game Design as Cultural Practice,
This morning the nominees for the 6th Annual Spike TV Video Game Awards (or as the hip kids say, the VGAs) were announced and Fallout 3 is nominated in seven judged categories. The categories are:
To see all the winners announced live, tune into Spike TV on December 14 at 9 p.m.
As reported on Major Nelson’s blog, there’s a new update now available for Games For Windows Live. If you haven’t already received the update already, the next time you play Fallout 3 (or any LIVE-enabled title), you’ll be prompted for an update that gives you a new LIVE guide. To see how the guide looks, Major Nelson has a Flickr page showing what the guide looks like.
Don’t forget that Fallout 3’s downloadable content will be exclusively available on Games for Windows Live and Xbox Live. This new update, which features a revamped interface and in-game guide, is the first step for Games for Windows Live Marketplace, where you’ll find our downloadable content.
Here’s some interesting Fallout 3 coverage you can read up on over the weekend.
Reviews continue to hit the web. Today I spotted a new review at the New York post, where they gave the game an “A.” Here’s a snippet:
“The story is of course kind of tragic. But this is Fallout. And Fallout does not mess around. It tries very hard, and I think succeeds, in presenting you with a world where there is NO hope. Your job, depending on how you play the game, is to restore that hope. You can either be a beacon of humanity or a scourge.”
Elsewhere, you can read new reviews at Electric Playground, 360, Gay Gamer, Lazy Gamer, RPGamer, and the The Onion’s AV Club.
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Here’s some Fallout 3 related news from around the web that I thought you’d like to know about.
Pete answered Fallout 3-related questions today on EuroGamer. Included in the Q&A, Pete let PS3 gamers know that trophy support for the game will be implemented into the game (we’ll give you more details on this when we can). Head here to read the rest of the chat.
Last week at the Golden Joystick Awards, Fallout 3 won the Edge Most Wanted award.
Mike Snider at USA Today has a new article showcasing new releases with a focus on Fallout 3. Meanwhile, at MTV Mutliplayer, Patrick Klepek discusses how the game is consuming his time.
New reviews for Fallout 3 continue to hit. Here’s some of the latest ones to go up…
- UGO’s Russ Frushtick grades the game an A+ in his review.
- Scott Taves at MSNBC feels Fallout 3 is a “no-brainer for game of the year.“
- Gaming Trend gave the game the Michael Phelps’ treatment — awarding the game a Gold Medal in their review.
- Stu Horvath has a review up for the New York Daily News.
- Nick Chester of Destrutoid declares the gameplay experience of Fallout 3 “unmatched” in his review.
To read more reviews, head here.