Inside the Vault: Obsidian’s Chris Avellone


Q: What do transvestite dragons, Dodge Omnis and 32 ounce steaks have to do with Obsidian Entertainment?

A: They are all things closely related to esteemed Creative Director Chris Avellone.

Intrigued? Pull up a beanbag chair and prepare yourself — and your beef — for an Avellone assault in our latest Inside the Vault Q&A session.

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New Vegas poster winners


Back when the Fallout: New Vegas teaser trailer was revealed, we kicked off a contest for folks to have chance to win a New Vegas poster signed by the developers at Obsidian Entertainment. Before we send the posters to the winners (more on that in a second), I thought I’d share how they turned out. The Obsidian team seems to have mastered the art of signing posters — it’s got monsters, Vault Boy, and no smudges. Nice work, guys!

Congrats to Jessica Duncan and Louis Gonzalez on winning via Facebook and Twitter, respectively. Your posters should be on the way soon!

New Vegas Screenshot of the Month Club: Rorie Scores One


In order to capture the best possible screenshots of Fallout: New Vegas, senior producer Jason Bergman is handing out awards to the person that produces the most impressive in-game image on a monthly basis. And these aren’t just any awards; Bergman has fashioned unique, custom-labeled artworks fit for a king. Of screenshots.

This month, Obsidian Entertainment marketing/PR producer Matthew Rorie took home the grand prize. Who knows — you may be seeing his fine work featured in a future spread.

But what’s that trophy in his hands? Enhance!

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Inside the Vault: Feargus Urquhart


This week we open the Vault to our friends at Obsidian Entertainment, who as you know are hard at work on Fallout: New Vegas. Up first, we’ve got their fearless leader, CEO Feargus Urquhart.

Has anyone ever pronounced your name correctly?

Not very often, but it does happen and it still surprises me. In school, it was always entertaining when we had a substitute teacher. They would go through the list of students and then there would be a pause. The whole class would look at me with a grin, and I would just say “Here.” That was then immediately followed by the question of my name’s nationality which is Scottish. Urquhart castle is on Loch Ness…Yep, the one with the monster.

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Around the web: Phobos Anomaly


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.

Curious about New Vegas: Europe’s got you covered (Updated with new covers)


Over the past couple weeks, we’ve shared some of the magazine covers coming out for Fallout: New Vegas, and I thought I’d share this one with you — it’s the latest issue of LEVEL, a Turkish magazine that came out this week.

In addition to LEVEL, here’s a few European mags to be on the lookout for:.

  • PC Games in Germany came out Feb 20th.
  • Joystick in France came out Feb 16th.
  • WinGiochi in Italy came out last week.
  • PC Gamer in Sweden come out March 2nd.
  • 576 Kbyte in Hungary came out 22nd Feb.
  • OXM in Australia came out Feb 18th.
  • Pelit in Finland hit newsstands this week.

As more coverage for New Vegas hits newsstands, we’ll keep you updated. After the Break, check out the other magazine covers.

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


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.

At the office: Screenshot of the Month Club

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You know all those cool screenshots you see in game previews? Believe it or not, they’re not as easy to create as you’d think. It’s like trying to get that perfect snapshot at a football game – you want to make sure you get the wide receiver player Super Mutant catching the winning touchdown pass right as he’s attacking the player, while accounting for blur from player movement (no edit necessary) and not having fans get in the way onscreen blood get in the way.

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