Around the web: Back to the Future edition

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Great Scott! As one of the few creatures scurrying around the office, today already feels like the night before Christmas, even if it’s two nights before Christmas. Most everyone has left for the holidays, and I’ll be doing the same soon. But before I head out, I thought I’d round up some of the latest online coverage — this time dominated by coverage of the 2000s, 2009, and 2010.

Top games of the decade, top stories of the year, best dinosaurs of all time — with both the year and decade coming to an end, these lists keep coming in. We start with IndustryGamers’s Top 20 Stories of 2009 –which features ZeniMax’s aquisition of id Software at #18. Speaking of id, RAGE makes Telegraph’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Games for 2010.

Elsewhere, Fallout 3 is in good company in Big Download’s Best PC Games of the Decade, while Morrowind and Oblivion share a spot in GameStooge’s Top 50 (with the countdown still going). Also, at The Yorker, Bethesda Game Studios ranks #9 in a list of the Top Ten Game Developers of the Decade.

While most sites are looking back at 09 and the decade as a whole, Joystiq revisits 2008 to help gamers find great titles with better deals. Making the list is Fallout 3.

Heading back to the future, head to Splash Damage’s site — where they have news on the “most wanted” lists Brink is making for 2010.

On the subject of what people want — see what Pete and Todd (and other industry folks) told Kotaku they want for Christmas. More on that soon.

Have a holly jolly fragfest

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Just a little bit ago, a special holiday update went up for QUAKE LIVE. For a limited time, you’ll have access to two players skins — Festive Santa and Vixen — as well as the Silent Night, a remake of the Team Arena map known as Distant Scream. For more details, check out this news post from QUAKE LIVE Executive Producer Marty Stratton….

“We hope you are enjoying the season and we want to say ‘thanks’ to everyone that has been a part of QUAKE LIVE this year. To celebrate the holidays, QUAKE LIVE style, the team has put together a little gift. Starting today, we’ll be running matches in a new Capture the Flag arena called “Silent Night.” This is a slightly re-worked version of an arena from Team Arena called “Distant Screams.” It’s primarily outdoors and larger than most of our other arenas, so it supports up to 32 players. We’re also providing 2 festive holiday characters for you to use over the next couple weeks – Santa and Vixen break out the rocket launchers for some Christmas fragging. For a quick preview of these gifts and a special holiday desktop wallpaper, check out the preview page.”

Whether you’re still working before the holidays or already relaxing at home, now is the perfect time to check out QUAKE LIVE.

12 Days of Christmas Sale

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To get the Holidays started with a BANG, id Software is kicking off the 12 Days of Christmas iPhone App sale starting today through January 1st 2010. DOOM Classic is on sale for $2.99, DOOM: Resurrection has been slashed to $1.99 and Wolfenstein 3-D Classic Platinum is only 99 cents. Don’t miss out on these great limited time deals for some of the iPhone’s best games!

Happy Holidays from all of us here at id!

Click here to visit the id Software iTunes App Page

Bethidsoft Makes PCGamer’s Top 100

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The editors over at PCGamer put up their annual “Top 100 Games of All Time” list today.

The democratically-determined list features several games developed by Bethesda and id; Oblivion and Fallout 3 both made the top 10, while Quake III: Arena and DOOM II cracked the top 30. Check the whole deal out here.

Those interested in voting for the reader-selected top 100 can do so through this link. Luckily, you don’t need to put together your own 100-game list to participate.

Broken Steel Wins IGN Award, ZeniMax Throws Party

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Congratulations are in order for the Fallout 3 DLC team, as IGN tonight recognized Broken Steel as the “Best PC Expansion of 2009.” Check out the full list of award-winning games here. Fallout appears to be in good company.

In further celebratory news, last weekend’s ZeniMax holiday party brought our big gang together for a long night of carousing and general ballyhoo. Who couldn’t make it through the night without tripping down the stairs? Click through to find out!

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Around the web

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Before heading out for vacation, I thought I’d squeeze in another “around the web.”

We’ll begin with news on Brink. Splash Damage Senior Game Designer Ed Stern recently discussed Brink in a new interview at Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Here’s a snippet…

RPS: The game is quite bright and exaggerated, however. Colourful, even. It’s going against a trend for photorealism, isn’t it?

Stern: I think we’ll see more of this stuff. Look at TF2 or Borderlands, they have unrealistic characters too. And look at all three next to each other, take a screenshot from each of them and none of them look alike.

Brink is also included in a new list of the Top 10 original video games of 2010. You’ll also find that RAGE made the list at #4. For more on RAGE, check PC Zone’s preview that’s currently up at GamesRadar.

In Fallout news, there’s new DLC reviews up. Here’s a snippet from a new review for Point Lookout at GamingBolt

“With Point Lookout, Bethesda has given a near-perfect reminder of why we love Fallout 3 so much.  This game is simply a joy to play.  A dirty, morally questionable joy – but a joy nonetheless.  If you’re looking for a chance to jump back into the world of Fallout 3, Point Lookout is a great place to start.”

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Around the web

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With last week’s Eurogamer Expo in the rearview mirror, new previews are emerging on several sites. Be sure to check out impressions at Brutal Gamer, PS3center.net, SavyGamer, Scrambled Pixel and Loot-Ninja. Sarcastic Gamer also previewed the game — here’s a snippet:

“Visually the game is stunning, with vibrant colour pouring out of every part of the environment. This is a testament to the world Splash Damage have envisioned, a floating city known as The Ark.”

More news from around the web after the break…

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