Around the web in 30 links

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Lots of good stuff in this update, so let’s get right to it.

First, a few fun miscellaneous things to click on:

Keep reading for more on RAGE, Hunted, Brink and Fallout: New Vegas.

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Inside the Vault: Obsidian’s Casey Kwock

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We return for another edition of Inside the Vault: The West Coast — this time with Casey Kwock, QA Tester on Fallout: New Vegas.

What’s your job at Obsidian?

I’m a Quality Assurance Tester on the Fallout: New Vegas development team. My responsibilities include testing functionality, gameplay, and system performance with focus on the critical path areas. If I encounter a problem, I report it to the team and help fix the issue with the person responsible.

I also help Designers with scripting, area layouts and creating content in secondary locations. When you find a cave hidden at the base of a mountain far off the beaten path, it could be mine. Continue reading full article ›

Rage scores five Game Critics Awards nominations; New Vegas up for Best RPG

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This morning the judges for the Game Critics Awards announced this year’s Best of E3 2010 nominations, and we’re excited to share that RAGE scored the most nominations with five. The game was nominated in the following categories:

  • Best of Show
  • Best Original Game
  • Best Console Game
  • Best PC Game
  • Best Action Game

Additionally, Fallout: New Vegas, captured a nomination for Best Role Playing Game.

Winners of this year’s Game Critics Awards will be announced next Tuesday, July 6th.

The latest E3 Coverage for Fallout: New Vegas (Updated)

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It’s been more than a week since the last game journalist vacated the LA Convention Center (rumors of some being trapped inside have yet to be confirmed), but the E3 coverage continues to make it’s way online for your reading pleasure.

E3 offered a first chance for many to get their hands on New Vegas. Among the eager, first-time players was Atomic Gamer’s Jeff Buckland. Here’s an excerpt from his preview

“For those who are wondering whether Obsidian was able to make a brand new experience in the style of Fallout 3, the hour or so I spent with the game makes it seem like everything is pretty much in order. But it’s the new elements as well as the renewed interest, two years after Fallout 3, which gets me more excited.”

For more hands-on impressions, as well as accolades for the game at the show, hit the jump below.

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Brink, New Vegas up for Golden Joystick for “One to Watch”

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Voting for this year’s Golden Joystick Awards has been narrowed down and both Fallout: New Vegas and Brink are up for this year’s One to Watch Award. To vote for these games (or any of your other favorites), head to the Official Site for the Golden Joysticks.

Feel empowered and want to vote more? Voting for Voodoo Extreme’s E3 2010 Reader’s Choice Awards is ongoing — with Fallout: New Vegas up for Best RPG, Brink and RAGE up for Best First Person Action Game, while all four of our titles (Hunted, RAGE, Brink, and Fallout: New Vegas) are up for Best Overall Game.

RAGE wins two Best of E3 Awards at X-Play

Over at G4TV.com, they’ve announced the winners of X-Play’s Best of E3 2010. RAGE came away as a winner in two categories, Best Shooter and Best-Platform Game, while capturing runner-up for Game of Show.

Additionally, Fallout: New Vegas received runner-up accolades in the Best RPG category and Brink was runner-up in the Best Trailer Category.

The Community Management staff is keeping their eyes for all coverage coming out of E3… stay tuned for more updates.

New Vegas E3 Roundup: Preview Fallout (Updated)

It was all bright lights and blue skies in our hands-on E3 demo of Fallout: New Vegas’ Mojave Wasteland and Vegas Strip zones. Dozens of Fallout-starved gamers clogged our stations all week for a chance to play, and now we’ve got the full report on their reports.

Megatons of live demos, previews and interviews follow:

GameSpot Live Demo

1UP Live Demo

GameTrailers Live Demo Part 1, Part 2, Interview

G4TV Live Demo

IGN Live Demo

USA Today Hands-on Impressions: “Fallout 3 delivered an enriching experience thanks in part to an intriguing cast of characters living in the Capital Wasteland, and Fallout New Vegas seems to hold to that concept very well.”

IGN Preview: “The New Vegas Strip in the upcoming follow-up to Fallout 3 is a lot like the real Vegas–full of false hope and desperate people. For a world decimated by a nuclear war, New Vegas is about as glitzy as it can get.”

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E3 Week: RAGE, Fallout: New Vegas capture Best of E3 Awards at IGN

IGN has announced their Best of E3 Awards for 2010 and both RAGE and Fallout: New Vegas came away as winners. RAGE won “Best Overall Game” and “Best Shooter,” while Fallout: New Vegas took top honors in the “Best RPG” category.

Watch the video above to see Tim Willits, Creative Director for RAGE, receive the Best Overall Game award.

E3 Round-up Part 1: Video Walkthroughs

E3 may be over, but videos and previews are still going up, and there’s already a mountain of coverage out there for Fallout: New Vegas, Hunted, RAGE and Brink.

We’ll be sorting through all of it in the next few days, but before we jump on planes, here is just some of the video coverage that has now made its way to the internet for convenient viewing. Feel free to share any other links you’ve spotted in the comments — we’ll add them to the post as we find them.

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GameTrailers

IGN

GameSpot

E3 Week: More answers to your New Vegas questions

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Over at the Bethesda Softworks forums, we’ve put up the rest of the answers to for our Fallout: New Vegas Fan Interview. Once again, Project Director Josh Sawyer has come through answering questions you’re dying to know. Questions like?

Will there be character “traits” as in the classic Fallout games?
From @TheBearPaw via Twitter

JS: Yes. During character creation, you will have the option to select one or two traits. Traits include some of the classics, like Small Frame (in F:NV it gives a bonus to AG but you break limbs more easily), and new ones, like Four Eyes (bonus to PE while wearing glasses, penalty while not).

To check out the rest of the questions that got answered, head on over to the forums.