Around the web: Countdown edition (Updated)

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Time runs out on Jack Bauer tonight in the series finale of 24, but you’ve still got three days to place your votes on the longlist for this year’s Golden Joysticks. To recap, in the “One to Watch” category, three of our upcoming titles (Brink, Fallout: New Vegas, and RAGE) are nominated. Meanwhile, you can still vote for Splash Damage (Brink) for UK Developer of the Year.

Speaking of Splash Damage, Paul Wedgwood, CEO and Game Director on Brink, recently took time to answer questions on Brink with Game Reactor. Here’s a snippet:

You’re focusing a lot on the story. How will it work in an online shooter, where there’s usually not a lot of room for storytelling?

The most important thing for us that no matter how you choose to play, online or offline, there’s a reason why you are fighting against the others in the game. It starts when you create your character and choose which side to play on: Resistance or Security? Resistance are refugees that believe in a society where everything shared by everyone, and that the Security people are violent dictators.

Elsewhere, on the heels of their Fallout: New Vegas preview, Game Revolution’s Blake Morse shares impressions of RAGE after seeing it our Gamers’ Day event.

Finally, with the countdown clock to E3 right around three weeks, Gamespot is already looking ahead to the madness. Currently Fallout: New Vegas ranks among the most anticipated in their Readers’ Choice vote, while Senior News Editor Tor Thorsen lets us know he’s ready for more Fallout in their Editors’ Choice feature.

Update: We’ve spotted a new Hunted interview at GameZone with with inXile Entertainment’s Brian Fargo. Read it here.

Around the Web: Feelin’ a bit Brinkish

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I’m feeling a bit Brinkish today. Must be the weather — I heard the forecast was calling for parkour-packed action. In any case, around the web we go.

The fellas over at BRINKish.eu have a massive community Q&A with Brink creative director Richard Ham and lead game designer Neil Alphonso. If you ever wondered about anything from bullet penetration to turret deployments, that’s your interview. David Lynch of NowGamer (and Eraserhead) also got a chance to query Richard Ham, resulting in an equally monstrous four-page interview.

All the buzz on Brink has translated into some pretty exciting expectations. GamerZines is calling it the top shooter of 2010, saying: “It’s time for a new king at the top of the mountain, and we’re putting our weight behind Brink.”

And before the Fallout fans get antsy, MSN has a lengthy look at Fallout: New Vegas, providing a preview based on the recent press tour. “If you’ve played Fallout 3 and its accompanying hours of DLC to death, New Vegas looks just the ticket,” they say.

Finally, don’t forget to send us your Fallout: New Vegas questions for our own Q&A, which should kick off sometime in the near future.

Around the web: On the Brink of new coverage (Updated)

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It’s Friday, so this is the last web roundup of the week.

Videogamer.com has new articles up from their Gamers’ Day visit. Wesley Yin Poole interviewed Senior Gamer Designer Ed Stern, and also posted his impressions of seeing the game in action. On top of his Brink coverage, he’s also written a new preview for Hunted. Here’s a snippet:

“Caddoc, on the other hand, moves his planet-sized frame with a Hercules-like gravitas. His attack style combines sword swipes with shield bashes; he’s a tank in the most traditional fantasy sense. And unlike E’lara, Caddoc’s execution moves are all about being up in his enemies’ faces. One sees him rip a skeleton’s arm off and knock its head clean off with it. Nice.”

Elsewhere, The Guardian has previews up for all four titles shown in Paris: Brink and RAGE, as well as Hunted and Fallout: New Vegas.

For more on New Vegas, The BitBag has their preview online — complete with every bit of concept art and screenshots we recently released.

Moving along, GameSpy’s Will Tuttle and Ryan Scott interrogate each other while discussing RAGE. It’s nothing like what you’d see from Jack Bauer, but the segment is still called The Interrogation Room. Here’s an excerpt from Mr. Tuttle (not to be confused with the teacher from Bayside High)…

“The animations are remarkably smooth and realistic, even at this early stage (did we mention the game’s not out until next year?). I’m not typically the type of person who oohs and ahhs over shiny graphics, but I’ll be damned if this isn’t one of the finest-looking games I’ve seen in all of my years.”

Over at GoFanBoy, there’s a feature on the top franchise revivals in this generation of gaming. Among the five, Fallout makes their list.

Wrapping up this update, if you’re looking at doing space travel anytime soon, Armadillo Aerospace, founded by John Carmack, have a new deal with Space Adventures that will send folks out of this world for around five minutes. Read the MSNBC article here. Here’s hoping there’s a company discount :) !

Updates: Previously, I missed an interview with id Software’s Tim Willits discussing RAGE at Xbox 360 Achievements. Additionally, Inc Gamers has their impressions of the game.

Here’s the final Fallout: New Vegas box art

Its seal of approval still fresh, the final Fallout: New Vegas box art has now made its way here to be officially inducted into the Bethblog gallery.

The lone New California Republic Ranger stands tall above the foreboding New Vegas skyline, daring you to enter his domain and play his video game for 300 hours. We can’t wait to meet him — hopefully while armed with some kind of grenade launcher. A golf club at the very least.

Mysterious as it is, remember to submit your burning New Vegas questions in our ongoing fan Q&A. They might just be answered by the developers behind the game. Note: “What is the ending to the game?” may not be answered.

Send us your New Vegas questions on Facebook, Twitter

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In the past week, there has been plenty of Fallout: New Vegas information to digest. So starting today, we’re kicking off a community Q&A through our Fallout pages on Facebook and Twitter. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be going through your questions and getting them to the guys at Obsidian to answer.

If you’re using Twitter, please include submit your questions to @Fallout while including #newvegasqa with your question. As an example…

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If you’re submitting via Facebook, it’s a little easier. Simply visit our Fallout page and leave your comment within the post asking for community questions.

Not signed up at Facebook or Twitter? Feel free to ask your questions in the comments section below. Once we have answers from the guys at Obsidian, we’ll post them within our Fallout: New Vegas forums.

Fire away!

Around the web

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Input overload! We continue to scour the web to find the latest previews out of our Gamers’ Day events… here’s our latest findings.

Inside Gaming Plus has a new RAGE interview with Matt Hooper, the game’s Design Director, who discusses the game’s story, vehicular play, weapons, and how they id is expanding upon the game’s core shooter experience. Watch it below.

If you didn’t watch them already, Inside Gaming Plus also has interviews with Hunted’s Maxx Kaufman and Fallout: New Vegas’ Josh Sawyer.

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Six-page New Vegas preview in Game Informer

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The latest issue of Game Informer (June 2010) features a six-page preview with new details and screenshots from the strip of Fallout: New Vegas. If you’re a Game Informer subscriber, you should expect it in the mail any day (if you haven’t received it already). If you’re not a subscriber, be on the lookout for it on a newsstand or at a GameStop near you.

Daily Deal at GameStop: Free Overnight Shipping on Fallout: New Vegas

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With both the regular and collector’s edition of Fallout: New Vegas available for pre-order, we thought we’d let you know that today GameStop is offering free overnight shipping on pre-orders for Fallout: New Vegas. In addition to New Vegas, the promotion allows you to purchase Fallout 3 or Fallout GOTY at 10% off, plus free ground shipping.

As the ad indicates, it’s only for the first 3,000 customers that order today. Head here on GameStop’s website for more details.

Your first look at the Fallout: New Vegas Collector’s Edition

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The Top Men working on the Fallout: New Vegas Collector’s Edition have been hard at work on a pack that will trump your expectations, and today we can finally share the first details with you guys.

As you can tell from the above image, every extra has been crafted to resemble items from the world of New Vegas, from the distressed deluxe box to the poker chip recreations. On top of that, this stuff won’t just look great on your shelf — it’s also surprisingly functional. Did we mention the hardcover Fallout comic, and the full deck of New Vegas-themed playing cards?

The Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC versions of the CE will all include the following:

  • Seven “Lucky 7″ poker chips, each designed to represent chips from the major casinos found on the New Vegas strip and throughout the Mojave Wasteland.
  • A fully customized Fallout: New Vegas deck of cards. Each card in the pack has been uniquely illustrated to depict characters and factions found within the game. Use the cards to play poker, blackjack or Caravan, an original card game that was created by Obsidian especially for New Vegas.
  • A recreation of the game’s highly coveted “Lucky 38″ platinum chip.
  • A hardcover graphic novel “All Roads” that tells the story of some of the characters and events that lead up to Fallout: New Vegas. “All Roads” was written by Chris Avellone, the game’s creative director, and created in conjunction with Dark Horse Comics.
  • “The Making of Fallout: New Vegas” DVD. This documentary DVD will contain exclusive video content, including interviews with the developers in which they take you from concept to creation and discuss topics such as story, setting, legacy of the Fallout franchise and more.

North Americans can pre-order at any participating retailer — like GameStop — starting today. European pre-orders will be available throughout Europe in the weeks to come.