Vault Boy keychain from Game Crazy

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Greetings from Las Vegas! Before heading off to PAX, I’m here at the Game Crazy 2008 National Sales Conference at Mandalay Bay. I always get a kick out of conventions in this town because you get a mix of different crowds from different industries all in Sin City for their respective jobs. Last time I was here it was all about weddings and crazy outfits for pets. This time I’m seeing a good mix of gamers, golfers, and ummm…adult entertainers.

Anyways, I’m here showing the game to managers from all the different Game Crazy stores. So far, it’s been fun to see how enthusiastic and excited they are about the game. It’s starting to hit me how how close we are to releasing the game. Exciting times.

Speaking of Game Crazy, I thought I’d share this pic of the Vault Boy keychain that you can get when you pre-order the game. It’s an in-store promotion, and you’ll get the keychain when you pick up the game.

Around the Web: New hands-on impressions

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Pete’s back at the office after a busy week at Leipzig (the above pic shows folks lining up to check out the game on Wednesday), and new hands-on impressions are starting to appear online. Click on the links below for new impressions of the game, but keep in mind that since some journalists are getting to spend more and more time with the game, some of the previews have information that could be considered spoilers. You’ve been warned…

  • Gamespot’s Guy Cocker gets a second chance to go hands-on with the game at Leipzig.
  • David Clayman at IGN had an opportunity to play the game on both PC and 360.
  • UGO blogger Rusty shares his unique hands-on experience from Leipzig.
  • GamersGlobal also had a chance to play the PC version of the game.
  • Prior to Leipzig, MTV Multiplayer’s Steven Totilo went hands-on for 90 minutes with the game in New York.

That’s all for now, but you can expect new coverage in the coming days.

What we’re playing: Plenty of Fallout 3

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As you now know, we’re planning the release of Fallout 3 for the end of October (the 28th in North America, 31st in Europe), so our guys (and gals) are spending plenty of their time playing the game and getting it ready to ship. Of course that doesn’t mean we don’t make time for playing other games (like Purkey was ever going to stop playing TF 2). :)

Here’s a rundown of what members on the team are playing:

Ashley Cheng, Production Director: Fallout 3.

Sam Bernstein, Speed Runner Extraordinaire: Hopefully trying out the new TF2 update, fending off my Fallout 3 Speedrun time from Brownie, and trying to keep my Pacifism score in Geometry Wars 2 before Gstaff utterly destroys it.  It’s a defensive week.

Larry Waldman, QA: Fallout 3, Seeing myself get beat up many times in Super Tromette Action Movie Go!

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Post Apocalyptic Film Festival starts tonight

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Just a friendly reminder for folks in the LA area this weekend. ‘A Post-Apocalyptic Film Festival Presented by Fallout 3′ begins tonight at 7PM (PST) at the Aero Theatre. Tickets can still be purchased for tonight and tomorrow’s lineup at Fandango.

Here’s a rundown of the films being shown:

Friday, August 22nd (beginning at 7PM Pacific Time)

Saturday, August 23rd (beginning again at 7PM PT)

In addition to the showing the films, there will be some Fallout 3-related happenings each night. Have fun, and don’t forget to order a large bucket of popcorn — that’s a lot movie watching!

Prepare for October!

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We’ve just put out a press release announcing the release dates for Fallout 3. Here in North America, the game will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, October 28. The game will be available in European territories on Friday, October 31, 2008. Fallout 3 is being released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Games for Windows.

To read the entire press release, head here.

Around the web and on newsstands: Bonus Round concludes

For the past few weeks, we’ve shared Game Trailers’ Bonus Round series entitled “Music in Gaming,” which  features Fallout 3 composer Inon Zur. Yesterday, the final segment went live on Game Trailers. This time around, Inon discusses some of the music projects he’d like to see in future games, and how various genres of music are being revived by music — including classical music. If you missed any of the episodes, you can check them out here.

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Take a Nuka Break

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As Kotaku reader Kain The Undead recently discovered, pre-ordering Fallout 3 at Best Buy will score you one of these Nuka-Cola magnetic bottle openers. In addition to the bottle opener, you’ll also get a coupon to save $5 on the Fallout 3 Strategy Guide. You can pre-order online (look for bottle opener “Special Offer”), or simply visit your local Best Buy store.

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