OXM UK talks Fallout: New Vegas with our own Pete Hines

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Following the release of the Fallout: New Vegas teaser trailer earlier this month, we haven’t had to wait long for new info on the game. OXM UK was one of the many magazines to feature New Vegas on the cover of its latest edition (pictured above), and now the publication has released an episode of its podcast entirely dedicated to the subject.

Featuring Bethesda’s Pete Hines as the special guest, the ‘cast includes over 40 minutes of fresh Fallout talk. New Vegas is covered upfront, with Pete taking questions from the listeners in the latter section. Head over to OXM UK for links to the podcast in multiple formats.

Around the web: Brink screenshots make their way online

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In case you missed our Bethesda Softworks Newsletter last week, we released four screenshots never before seen online for Brink. Check them out in our  newsletter archives (where you can also subscribe) and at Brink’s Official Site.

For more news on the game, be on the lookout for the latest issue of Game Informer (issue 203), which recently hit subscribers. The two-page feature includes all-new screenshots and info from the game’s Creative Director, Richard Ham. Additionally, Richard’s full interview will be available to GI subscribers at gameinformer.com.

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Inside the Vault: Andrew Scharf

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Today, we highlight one of our QA leads, Andrew Scharf. Why Andrew? Because he’s the QA Lead on Fallout: New Vegas!

What’s your job at Bethesda?
I’m a QA Project Lead. My responsibilities include scheduling testing throughout the various stages of the game’s lifecycle, managing the day-to-day tasks of my testing team, and maintaining the bug database to make sure that the issues we find are clearly communicated to the development team, management, and production.

Part of my job also involves the creation of test documents, including a high-level test plan that covers the “big picture” of how all the pieces fit together to make the game — and how our testing will thoroughly cover each of those pieces.

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Fallout: New Vegas — cover stories hitting soon

After yesterday’s unveil of the Fallout: New Vegas teaser trailer we wanted to make sure you knew about some of the “first looks” publications are getting of the game.

Next week in the UK, be on the lookout for New Vegas cover stories in OXM, PSM3, and PC Gamer. All three publications will be on newsstands on February 11th.

Stateside, PC Gamer subscribers can expect the New Vegas cover story next week (on newsstands on March 2nd). Meanwhile, both OXM and PlayStation: The Official Magazine will have features on the game – subscribers can expect to see these later in the month.

As more coverage on the game emerges, we’ll keep you updated.

Fallout: New Vegas Teaser Trailer now online — watch it and win!

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Today we finally crack open the vault for Fallout: New Vegas. Head to our Fallout Official Site to watch the teaser trailer for the game.

In the coming weeks, there will be cover stories coming out on the game in various countries. When those come out, we’ll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, we’ve opened up our discussion for Fallout: New Vegas. You can start discussing the game and the teaser trailer here.

Additionally, to celebrate the release of the teaser trailer, we’ve come up with a contest where you’ll have a chance to win a Fallout: New Vegas poster — signed by the developers at Obsidian Entertainment. For a chance to win, Twitter users can retweet our official tweet about the trailer (found here), or join our Facebook fan page and “Like” the Fallout: New Vegas trailer.

Full rules after the break…

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Around the web

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This week at USA Today’s Game Hunters, Todd Howard shares his favorites games of the Naughties, Aughties, Oughties, or simply the 2000′s. Already his comments about Gran Turismo 3 have had traction (tires…traction…get it??) with readers. To see the rest of his favs, head here.

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2010: The Year We Make Games

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As the severe headaches indicate, 2010 is finally upon us, and there is no going back. What we can do, however, is reflect.

What were your favorite games and mods of the year? The decade? And what cool gaming stuff are you looking forward to in the new year? Let us know in the comments.

Plenty of other sites are running their own series of reflections. GamePro took a lengthy look back at 2009′s biggest gaming news, including a highlight of ZeniMax’s “surprise” acquisition of id Software. Examining the entire decade, Gamestooge has finished up its Top 50 feature, adding Fallout 3 to a list that already included Oblivion and Morrowind.

With an eye toward the future, two separate G4 staffers have named Fallout: New Vegas as one of their most anticipated 2010 titles. Shacknews is getting fired up about Brink, while The Sixth Axis is excited for both New Vegas and Brink.

We’re certainly looking forward to sharing more about both games this year. For now, a very Happy New Year to everyone. Enjoy today’s various sporting events — I have a feeling that a significant portion of the team is currently doing the same.

Weekend Update: Snowed in edition

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Bust out the sleds and snow tires! The Capital Wasteland is under a snow advisory, so I thought I’d warm up and share some of the latest news around the web (and in print).

Last month we let you know Australia kicked off voting for their 1st Annual Golden Joystick Awards. The results are in — with Fallout 3 winning Xbox 360 Game of the Year. Meanwhile, you can pick your favorite games in Gamespot’s Best Games of 2009 Reader’s Choice Awards. The Gamespot staff has nominated WET for Best Original Music and Fallout 3 for Best Downloadable Content/Expansion.

In addition to handing out awards, the end of the year is always a good time to look ahead. Kotaku has a photo tour of 40 titles they’re looking forward to on Xbox 360 next year — a list that includes both Brink and Fallout: New Vegas. As we have more details on both games, we’ll let you know.

Finally in print, the January 2010 issue of OXM has a feature titled “How The World Ends.” The article is a bit an “apocalypse how?” — discussing games that tackle possible ways Earth could reach its demise (and the possibility of that actually happening). Among the grim futures they discuss are atomic warfare (Fallout 3), Meteor Impact (RAGE), and the inconvenient possibility of global warming (Brink). Look for the issue on newsstands to find out more.

That’s it for now — time to build a snowman.

Around the web

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Time for another web update…

This week 1Up has a new roundtable discussion near and dear to Bethesda Game Studios — it’s a discussion on The Future of Single-Player RPGs. The roundtable includes Bill Roper (Cryptic Studios), Alan Miranda (Ossian Studios), Marcin Iwinski (CD Projeckt) and Feargus Urquhart, the CEO of Obsidian Entertainment (the guys working on Fallout: New Vegas). The feature has several references to Fallout 3 and can be read here.

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