For those that don’t know, the Golden Joystick Awards is an award show out of the UK that honors the best games of the year — as voted by gamers. Last year Oblivion took home three Golden Joysticks: Best PC Game, Best Xbox Game, and Ultimate Game of the Year. Even though none of us were able to attend, it’s still very cool to win and we were all excited.
We got a five nominations this year. Fallout 3 received a nomination for the “Ones To Watch” category, Shivering Isles received two nominations (Best Xbox Game and Best PC Game), and the PS3 release of Oblivion received two nods as well (Best Playstation Game and Soundtrack of the Year).
Want your favorite game to take home a Golden Joystick on October 26? Visit here to vote.
A couple more industry sites have added some coverage for Fallout 3…
Sliver Rose Studios, a community devoted to modding for Oblivion, put up an interview with Lead Level Designer Joel Burgess. For the interview, community members on the site compiled questions for Joel to field. In the interview, among other things, Joel discusses modding, downloadable content and Bethesda office culture. Here’s an excerpt: Continue reading full article ›
Alan Nanes is featured for this edition of Inside the Vault. Al created my favorite download for Oblivion, Wizard’s Tower, and is responsible for many of the miscellaneous quests in Oblivion, including the memorable A Brush with Death, where the player is teleported into a painting.
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Less than an hour ago, we got some exciting news that Fallout 3 received three nominations for the 2007 Game Critics Awards. The game pulled in nominations for Best of Show, Best PC Game, and Best RPG. For more details on all the nominations, click here.
The Game Critics Award nominations come from editors from the 36 leading videogame publications. For more details on the nominations, judging, rules, and past winners, visit here. The winners will be Tuesday, July 31.
UPDATE: On top of these nominations, we got some good news from Gamespot. The game took home Best Role-Playing Game, Best PC Game, and was a finalist for Game of the Show! Additionally, Gametrailers nominated the game in the category, Best of E3 2007: One to Watch.
The Escapist’s Joe Blancato, like me, apparently really likes “Power Rankings.” Being a sports junkie myself, I’m a big fans of checking to see how my teams do on ESPN’s weekly Power Rankings, whether it be for the Wolverines, Pistons, or Braves.
Anyhow, the site’s Inaugural Power Rankings place us in good company, as our showing at E3 helped us land a debut at #4, behind Microsoft, EA, and Irrational Game Studios. Rounding out the Top 5 was Peter Moore, who made headlines last week leaving Microsoft to head up EA Sports.
In other Fallout 3 news, here’s some more coverage that’s gone up in the last day or so:
Over the weekend, I saw that Tim Buckley over at CAD ran a comic focusing on Fallout 3. Tim also did a series of comics last year on Oblivion, which starts with this one. No, we aren’t in the loop on any of these.
Looks like he’s hoping that Santa, Superman or even Nic Cage (HA!) could help bring Fallout 3 to stores sooner than Fall 2008. Sorry, not going to happen…even if NBA referee Tim Donaghy bets on it.
Tim has always professed his affection for Fallout, so this may not be the last we hear from him on the subject.
Coverage from E3 is slowing a little bit, but I still came across an award for the game over at Team Xbox, where Fallout 3 nabbed the Best Demo (Non-Playable) award. Sounds like they not only enjoyed watching Todd play the game, but also the comfort of the theater chairs provided.
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Just got back from picking up my copy of the final Harry Potter book and upon returning, I was pleased to learn that Fallout 3 got plenty of kudos from IGN in their “Best of E3” feature. Fallout 3 came away with Best RPG, Best Console Game and Overall Game of Show. Discussing the game, IGN writer Chris Roper writes:
“When the lights went down and got our eyes on the 3D version of Vault 101, we knew we were in for something special. The Fallout series holds a very dear place in many gamers’ hearts, including those at Bethesda Softworks, and the developer looks to have stayed true to the universe about as well as anyone could hope.”
If you pick up today’s edition of the The New York Times, you’ll see Seth Schiesel’s E3 coverage, which asks if videogames will ever reach the same heights of ’emotional engagement” that a Beethoven performance evokes, discusses Fallout 3:
“Much the same could be said of Fallout 3, another of my favorite games from E3. Like its esteemed predecessors, the third installment of the franchise is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where you, the player, decide how to carve out your place in a horrible new version of America.”
You can also read the story here (with a feature image of Sheriff Leon Simms). Now to see if Dogmeat is one of the answers in today’s crossword puzzle.