Professor Burgess talks level design at GDC

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Earlier this month, Fallout 3 Lead Level Designer Joel Burgess headed out to San Francisco for the 2010 Game Developer’s Conference. At the conference, Joel joined other LDs (including Splash Damage’s Neil Alphonso) as a speaker for an all-day tutorial called Level Design in a Day: Best Practices from the Best in the Business.

We thought you guys might be interested in hearing about Joel’s experience. Heeere’s Joel…

This month I attended my first-ever GDC.  There were a lot of great talks I got to attend, and the expo floor was full of cool new tech.  I had the honor of sharing a stage at GDC with some great minds in Level Design.  I spoke with Jim Brown (Epic), Ed Byrne (Zipper), Matthias Worch (Visceral), Neil Alphonso (Splash Damage), as well as Forrest Dowling and Coray Seifert (Kaos).

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Fallout 3 DLC Savings on LIVE; QUAKE savings on Steam next week

As previously announced, Fallout 3 DLC is the Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week. For one week only, Xbox LIVE Gold Members can purchase Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout and Mothership Zeta for 400 Microsoft Points each.

In other 50% off news, Steam is slashing prices in half for all QUAKE games between Monday, March 29th (starting at 5PM PST) and Thursday, April 1st (ending at 4 PM PST).

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Now if Nick can just make some cookies in celebration of the QUAKE Sale.

Fallout 3 DLC savings on Xbox LIVE next week

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As announced on Major Nelson’s blog, Fallout 3 DLC will be the Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week between March 22nd and March 28th. During this time, all DLC for the game — that’s Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout, and Mothership Zeta — will be half off and cost only 400 Microsoft Points.

Around the web: Phobos Anomaly

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A few important reminders to kick off this roundup:

1. You can still win a big TV, game console and sound system on GameStop courtesy of Brink.

2. Phobos is not, in fact, populated by cyberdemons. Yet.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get on with the cool links. Fallout fans should be sure to check out the last one.

Let us know in the comments if you’ve seen anything else out there that’s worth a look.

Fallout 3 now available on Xbox LIVE

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As mentioned last week, Fallout 3 is available today on Xbox LIVE’s Games on Demand service for $29.99 in North America and Asia (except Japan, Korea and India).

Since a few folks asked, I thought I’d mention that this version of the game will work with Fallout 3 DLC you’ve purchased on your 360. That’s right, you can go completely digital.

And in case you missed it, Oblivion is also available via Games on Demand.

Fallout in the Real World: Vault Pics

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Recently I received an email from Bethesda Blog reader Daniel Picard — who was given the unique opportunity to visit a local fallout bunker just outside of Ottawa, Canada. Being a fan of Fallout 3, he took some pictures with his Vault Boy Bobblehead and even added some HUD effects. At first glance, I actually thought I was looking at a screenshot.

To see more of Dan’s photo work, head to his blog. And if you have interesting photos, art, video, etc. to share, shoot us an email at bethblog@bethsoft.com.

Fallout in the Real World: The Real Action Abe??

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Over Valentine’s/President’s Day Weekend, one of our QA guys, Brent Krische, made a trip down to President’s Park in Williamsburg, VA — where he spotted this Abraham Lincoln doll.

Look familiar? Brent thought so, and wondered if it was an inspiration for the Action Abe figure in Fallout 3’s “Head of State” quest. After seeing both, I went to Action Abe’s creator, Artist Tony Greco, to see if the in-game figure was a tribute to this real-life doll. Here’s what he had to say…

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Around the web: New Vegas details, and the DOOM II RPG revue

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Outside of an excellent Brink interview over at Game Informer, this week’s roundup covers a diverse range of news pertaining to Sin City and Hell.

id Software’s DOOM II RPG hit the iPhone last week, and IGN Wireless and Touch Arcade both gave the portable dungeon romp great reviews. Head over to iTunes to pick it up. It’s only $3.99, after all; less than the price of your average fast food hamburger, and likely less hellish in the end.

On the id side of things, be sure to check out page 28 of the new Texas-specific Edge e-zine, which features a short-but-sweet interview with Todd Hollenshead.

You can almost see the high-water mark where the latest wave of Fallout: New Vegas details broke and rolled back. The news continues to percolate, with the PC Gamer podcast crew chatting up the game on their latest episode. PC Gamer also lists the game as one of the top 10 of 2010, along with GameZone.

Finally, in the realm of decade-long accolades, good old RPGamer named Fallout 3 its fifth favorite RPG from a list of hundreds.

That about rounds out the roundup. As always, let us know in the comments if you spot any other interesting stuff.

Modding Interview: A Note Easily Missed’s Dustin Jackson

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With titles like “An Evening with Mr. Manchester” and “To Sleep, perchance to dream,” Dustin Jackson’s Fallout 3 mods immediately stand out from the pack. Creating quests that take players on a story-driven ride through hand-crafted puzzles, Jackson — who goes by the handle “Puce Moose” — has gained a steady stream of followers eager to play through his next adventure.

A resident of Eastern Tennessee, the 35-year-old Jackson recently finished up his latest accomplishment — a Masters degree in Biology. We dissected his modding experience in the following interview, which also includes a number of excellent Fallout 3 mod recommendations, and a tease of his next project.

How did you get started modding? Can you talk about your first project?

Fallout and Fallout 2 are two of my favorite games; I eagerly anticipated Fallout 3, though I had my concerns that the incorporation of real-time combat would be a tragic mistake for the series. Thankfully this turned out not to be the case, and I dove into the game with relish. With any game that I enjoy I generally look around and see if any modding capabilities exist; it didn’t take me long to start sniffing around the GECK to see if I could carve out a few changes in the bleak wasteland.

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