First New Vegas DLC Announced

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The first downloadable content for Fallout: New Vegas was just announced!

“Dead Money” will tell the tale of a deal gone bad. After teaming up with three fellow wastelanders, players will need to pull off an intense heist to find and recover the treasure of the Sierra Madre Casino.

If you’re looking for a sneak peek at Dead Money, we might have something In The ‘Works. For now, here’s the official release:

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS REVEALS DETAILS FOR FIRST FALLOUT®: NEW VEGAS™ DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT

‘Dead Money’ Available December 21st Exclusively on Xbox LIVE

November 17, 2010 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced that Dead Money, the first downloadable content for Fallout®: New Vegas™, will be available exclusively on Xbox LIVE® for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft beginning December 21, 2010.

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New Vegas picks up three VGA nominations

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This morning nominees for the Video Game Awards 2010 (better known as the VGAs) were announced. We’re excited to announce that Fallout: New Vegas received nominations in three categories: Best PC Game, Best RPG, and Best Performance by a Human Female (Felicia Day as Veronica).

Nominees were voted on by an advisory council comprised of 25 leading publications including Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Wired, Game Informer, Kotaku, IGN, GameSpot, and Joystiq. Winners will also be determined by the council.

Like the big sticker says above, you can watch the 2010 VGAs on Saturday, December 11th at 8PM EST — live on Spike.

Cool stuff for a great cause

One of the most commonly asked questions Nick and I receive is, “Where can I get some of the cool swag you give out at events?” While we don’t always have leftovers to use for giveaways, we were recently able to secure some pretty cool items for our games… and it’s all for a good cause.

As many of you already know, over Labor Day weekend, Company of Heroes Online lead designer Brian Wood was tragically killed in a car accident while saving the lives of his wife and unborn child. Since then, we’ve seen tons of support for Brian’s family from within game development community, and we decided that we’d like to help out, too. Over the past couple months, we’ve started working on collecting items to auction off on eBay — with all proceeds of the auctions going to The Brian Wood Memorial Trust.

Beginning today, these are the items we’re auctioning off:

All auctions are running now and will end in seven days. This is your chance to get some cool, limited stuff in time for the holidays. To those that win, we thank you for helping contribute to Brian’s family.

Update: Despite what the listing says, we will ship to winners outside of the US.

Weekend Update: See the iPhone release of RAGE in action

This weekend we’ve got exciting new preview coverage for the upcoming iPhone release of RAGE. IGN’s Levi Buchanan has the scoop, and above you can check out their exclusive video footage on the game.

And as previewed in last week’s episode of The Jace Hall Show, Jace recently had to a chance to check out RAGE on iPhone with id Software’s Matt Hooper and Jason Kim. The fun starts about 3o seconds into the show. Also on the show, you can see more of Jace going ballistic on Veronica (played by Felicia Day) in New Vegas.

More news after the break…

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Around the web: Touch Arcade gets a first look at RAGE on iPhone

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Happy Monday! We’re back to share the latest news from around the web.

While RAGE won’t be hitting PCs and consoles until September of next year, you’ll get a first chance to check out the game’s world and story with an iPhone release later this year. Today Touch Arcade has the first hands-on preview for RAGE on iPhone. Here’s a snippet…

“The graphics of Mutant Bash TV are amazing, and really make me look forward to the future of iOS gaming. The demo we were given was on a 4th generation iPod touch, which consistently ran at a high framerate throughout all parts of the game we had access to regardless of how much was going on at once. Mutant Bash TVlooks so good in motion that the screenshots barely do it justice, especially when you add the pixel density of the Retina Display into the mix.”

If you’ve got questions about RAGE on iPhone, be sure to send them to our RAGE Twitter and Facebook accounts. This week Nick and I will be interviewing John Carmack for an upcoming episode of The Bethesda Podcast.

Elsewhere, don’t miss a chance to see the game in action on The Jace Hall Show. At the end of last week’s episode, there’s a quick shot of Jace previewing the game with id Software’s Jason Kim and Matt Hooper.

We’ll have more details on RAGE on iPhone very soon. And for more on the full release of RAGE, you can read OXM UK’s latest preview — complete with references to Lindsay Lohan.

Annnd after the break, we cover the latest interviews and reviews for Fallout: New Vegas.

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More news on New Vegas updates (updated!)

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We wanted to give you guys a heads-up regarding the latest progress on Fallout: New Vegas updates.

We’ve come up with solutions for the Xbox 360 save issue folks are reporting, along with a number of other issues being reported. We’re currently running final testing and certification on a comprehensive patch for all three platforms (PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3), so we’ll have something available in the coming weeks. When we have more details, we’ll let you know.

We are also looking into the issues people are experiencing with the pre-order DLC, including not being able to access the content.

Updated: The incremental update for PC users (v 1.2.0) is now available for download on Steam. Check out our forums for the issues it covers. As mentioned previously, we still have a comprehensive update coming for PC, 360, and PS3. As we have more info to share, we’ll let everyone know.

Update 12/8: It’s sounding good for a release of the update for PS3 users in Europe tonight — as early as midnight GMT.  PS3 users in North America shouldn’t have to wait too much longer… we’ll keep you posted.

We’re also hopeful to have the update available on Steam tomorrow and the update on 360 next week.  Once updates are released, we’ll start sharing notes on the update. Stay tuned.

Fallout Bulletin: Tips, Mods and More

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You’re exploring the New Vegas wasteland, and then it hits you: if only there was something that added more grass to the game. You hit a roadblock on the Road, and suddenly find yourself scrambling for a tip to get past those darn Radscorpions. You’ve conquered Caesar, but what you’d really like is some way, any way, to bottle water.

Well, we have the links for you.

First up, the New Vegas Nexus has officially opened, offering a convenient home for many of the game’s modders. The site already features dozens and dozens of files to sample, and only some of them are explicit. Check it out.

In an effort to weed out the best of the best mods, PC Gamer has listed their 25 favorites. Everything from depth-of-field hacks to higher-stakes gambling is featured. If you like one-hit headshots, they have a mod for you.

Ripten also has a list of five essential New Vegas PC mods, including a camera shift for those that like a more centered perspective.

Planet Fallout has their own set of modding guides in the works. Check out their first and second posts offering top-quality mods.

1Up.com shares 10 tips for braving the post-nuclear wilds of the West. Their second tip: become a kleptomaniac. Obviously this guide is good for your cap wallet, but not for the good of heart.

The latest episode of own Bethesda Podcast also has plenty of tips and hints, courtesy New Vegas game guide author David Hodgson. Snowglobe spots and effective builds are discussed.

Finally, let’s say you’re still scraping together the caps to buy New Vegas. No problem: FileBlog has five Fallout 3 mods to keep you busy in the meantime.

Around the web

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Time for another adventure through various reviews, features, interviews, and more. Check out the latest below…

Over the past couple months, we’ve let you know about the Schwarzenegger v. EMA case. Today’s the big day, as the Supreme Court has begun hearing the case. In preparation for the hearing, the The Wall Street Journal featured an article about the case, which actually features our very own Pete Hines.

For more details on the case, visit here. Kotaku already has a writeup on today’s oral arguments.

More news from around the web after the break…

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