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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Inside the Vault: Rafael Vargas

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After a long summer hiatus, Inside the Vault is back with artist, Rafael Vargas.

What’s your job at Bethesda?
I get to do what I love the most, which is building and designing environments. In my previous work experience, as well as much of my free time, I am devoted to creating spaces and architecture. So I guess that makes me by now a World Artist.
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Around the Web: Bonus Round continues

Above is the latest edition of Game Trailers’ Music in Gaming series. This week’s discussion focuses primarily on distribution of music on gaming platforms — with Fallout 3 composer, Inon Zur, sharing his opinions on the matter. Next Sunday, the final segment on this series will air, with the panel discussing the future of composition in games — should be interesting to hear Inon’s thoughts on that.

Elsewhere, there’s a new press coverage out of Europe to check out. At Gamers Universe, there’s a lengthy video interview with Pete where he sounds off on topics ranging from VATs to DLC discussion.  New interviews can also be found at Bit-Tech, GamersGlobal, and Guardian.co.uk. From the latter, here’s a snippet of Pete discussing pacifism in Fallout 3:

Can you tag Medicine, Repair and Barter, and focusing on those skills, still be able to  complete the game?

Pete: Sure. We recently had someone play through the game and finish it while only killing one thing very early in the game…a Radroach. I’m not saying I recommend everyone run out and try to play the game as a pacifist, but if you want to give it a try, it has been done.

For more news, hit the jump…

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Catching up with coverage

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If you’re looking for new Fallout 3 previews and interviews, there’s plenty to check out.

First, the above is the cover for the August issue of Peelaja-magazine (Finland) which just recently made its way to newsstands. If you’re over in Finland, be sure to check it out.

There’s quite a few new interviews with Pete stemming from his busy trip to Europe last week. Crispy Gamer has a five-page interview conducted by Paul Semel. Here’s a sample:

Crispy Gamer: Over time, your guns in the game will wear out and ultimately become less accurate. First off, how quickly will that happen? Am I going to have to buy a new gun after every battle?

Hines: All weapons in the game degrade over time. Many are beat up when you first find them. You either have to repair them yourself using your Repair skill, or find people who can repair it for you. It’s not an immediate thing, but as you use a weapon you can see it start to degrade at what feels like the right level. So you have to find more of that weapon to repair it yourself, or pay someone to do it. If you have to do it after every battle, you’re probably wasting a lot of ammo and are a terrible shot. It doesn’t happen that fast.

Additional interviews with Pete can be found at the following sites:

There’s several new hands-on previews as well. Hit the jump to check them out.

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Plenty stored in The Vault

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Just wanted to give a shout out to the folks over at The Vault — a wiki page dedicated to all things Fallout. In the past week, the site hit a new milestone — 3,350 articles (and counting).

If you haven’t visited the wiki, you can learn quite a bit about the Fallout series. Wanna know about ALL the vaults? Head here. How about the timeline for the games? They’ve got that too. The site is definitely a useful resource — even folks here at the office have used it.

Game Critics Awards Announce Fallout 3 Best of Show

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Earlier today, the team here received exciting news that Fallout 3 was named Best of Show for the Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2008. In addition to Best of Show, the game also won the Best Role Playing Game Category.

Both the nominations and winners of the Game Critics Awards were determined by a panel judges from various newspapers, magazines, television networks and blogs. We’d previously been nominated for three awards for Fallout 3 (2007) and two awards for Oblivion (2005), for which we won Best RPG in 2005.

To view the rest of the 2008 winners, head here.

Coverage from across the pond

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The previews for Fallout 3 continue — with new coverage popping up following Pete’s European Adventure last week.

Gamespot has a featured preview on their site after Guy Cocker from their UK office went hands-on with the game for about an hour. Here’s a snippet of his playthrough:

“Above ground once again, we started to head out of town and toward downtown Washington, DC. We knew that we wouldn’t make it there in the short time period that we had, but we figured it was a good direction to head in. We started to come across some new enemies such as the feral ghouls, which are humanoid characters that had obviously been affected by radiation. We also encountered a trader with a hut full of goodies and a couple of dogs, although considering that we didn’t have any money, we couldn’t buy any of the items that he was offering.”

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Around the web: Film festival tickets available

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Happy Friday to everyone! Here’s some of the latest Fallout 3 news.

A few weeks back, we let you know about ‘A Post-Apocalyptic Film Festival Presented by Fallout 3′ that’s taking place in LA on August 22 and 23. Since folks have asked about ordering tickets, I thought I’d point out that tickets for the festival can be purchased on Fandango. Click here for Friday’s showings, and here for Saturday.

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