Brian Wood Memorial Trust Auction ends tomorrow

Just a quick reminder that our eBay auctions — with all proceeds going towards the Brian Wood Memorial Trust — end tomorrow. If you’re looking for some holiday gifts, here’s the items you can bid on:

Good luck to all the bidders.

Cool stuff for a great cause

One of the most commonly asked questions Nick and I receive is, “Where can I get some of the cool swag you give out at events?” While we don’t always have leftovers to use for giveaways, we were recently able to secure some pretty cool items for our games… and it’s all for a good cause.

As many of you already know, over Labor Day weekend, Company of Heroes Online lead designer Brian Wood was tragically killed in a car accident while saving the lives of his wife and unborn child. Since then, we’ve seen tons of support for Brian’s family from within game development community, and we decided that we’d like to help out, too. Over the past couple months, we’ve started working on collecting items to auction off on eBay — with all proceeds of the auctions going to The Brian Wood Memorial Trust.

Beginning today, these are the items we’re auctioning off:

All auctions are running now and will end in seven days. This is your chance to get some cool, limited stuff in time for the holidays. To those that win, we thank you for helping contribute to Brian’s family.

Update: Despite what the listing says, we will ship to winners outside of the US.

Around the web: Brink wins Eurogamer Expo Game of Show

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Like whack-a-mole, we put up new coverage roundups, and more and more stuff keeps popping up. In addition to our recent updates for RAGE, Brink (parts 1 and 2), New Vegas, and Hunted… we’ve MORE news to share.

Kicking things off, we’re excited to share news that Brink was named the #1 Game of Show at this year’s Eurogamer Expo. You can check out the top ten games here (which includes New Vegas as well). Congrats to the team at Splash Damage for their efforts both on the game and at recent trade show events.

Also ranking the top games from the show was split/screen co-op — who ranked New Vegas, Brink, and Hunted in their top 10. Swap New Vegas out for RAGE, and that pretty much sums up the most recent Eurogamer podcast. Definitely worth listening to, the podcast features RAGE’s Tim Willits, Hunted’s Maxx Kaufman, and Brink’s Ed Stern.

More after the break…

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Crazy papercraft Vertibird almost ready for takeoff

“It’ll be the most detailed thing I’ve made by far, but it’s not all that complex.” – Papercraft pro Ken Murdock, on building his insanely detailed model of a Vertibird from Fallout 3. It took Murdock three months of part-time tooling to nail down the skeleton of the machine. Once he finalizes the texture work, he plans to release the blueprints to would-be crafters; we’ll be sure to post them here.

DOOM, Oblivion & Fallout make GamesTM’s 100 Greatest

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The Cacodemon’s perfectly pixel-crafted face graces one of the many covers of this month’s GamesTM. The magazine is celebrating its 100th issue by counting down the 100 greatest games of all time, with DOOM, Oblivion and Fallout 3 all making the list.

Impressively, all 100 games got their own cover for the month, so click below for a look at the Oblivion and Fallout spreads:
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Don’t forget to vote for this year’s Golden Joystick nominees

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Just a reminder that we’re less than two months away (October 29th) until this year’s Golden Joystick Awards are announced. Shortlist voting, which runs through October 25th, includes the following nominees…

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One to Watch Award
Brink
Fallout: New Vegas
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RPG of the Year Award
Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition
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Ultimate Game of the Year Award
Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition

For more details on this year’s Golden Joysticks, head here.

IGN Top 25 Lists Honor Fallout 3 and Oblivion

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With the Xbox 360 nearly five years old, the editorial staff at IGN put together a new list of the Top 25 Xbox 360 Games. Bethesda Game Studios’ Oblivion and Fallout 3 both made the list — ranking #10 and #2, respectively.

Thanks to all of you for playing the games, and congrats to the devs that worked on these titles.