Relive 11.11.11 with launch photos from around the globe — in London, Helsinki, Milan, and even Maryland. Both before midnight and at lunch time the next day, members of Bethesda Game Studios visited our local GameStop in Rockville. Pictured above (clockwise from left) are Craig Lafferty, Dave Schreiber, Tim Lamb, and Mark Lampert.
Live in the UK? Below are details on special midnight launch events at GAME London on Oxford Street and gamestation Birmingham on New Street.
The first 250 people to join the queue at each store will receive a Skyrim goody bag, whilst the first 100 people in the queue will also receive a Skyrim strategy guide and Skyrim music CD.
Adding further excitement on the night, fans who turn up dressed in Skyrim cosplay will have the chance to win five special prizes! The Best Cosplay winner will receive an Xbox 360, free upgrade to the Skyrim Collector’s Edition, Skyrim t-shirts, Skyrim strategy guide, Skyrim music CD, and Skyrim goody bag. The first four runners up will also receive a free upgrade to the Skyrim Collector’s Edition, Skyrim t-shirts, Skyrim strategy guide, Skyrim music CD, and Skyrim goody bag.
In addition the goodies and costume contest, folks that visit GAME London on Oxford Street will have a chance to get a photo with a real-life Elder Scroll!
Photos of the Irvine launch event courtesy Kate from I Shoot Games
Getting time off from work to play a game can be tricky. Ryan devised a unique, but particularly painful solution to the problem for today’s Fallout: New Vegas launch:
I’m a school bus driver in cold ass Duluth, MN. Time off isn’t given to me very liberally, so unless I have a valid reason, I don’t miss a day. However, this game is something I’ve been looking forward to since its’ February announcement. I had to guarantee myself some time to play it, without anyone being able to ask me to move off of the couch. So, what did I do?… I scheduled all four of my wisdom teeth to be removed tomorrow, and I will have to be off work for five days, recuperating on my couch, and unable to help family or friends with anything at all. It’s time to Fall-Out!
“Rodent” had a more direct approach:
I just straight told my boss that I can’t come in on Tuesday because Fallout trumps trolling on the computer. It’s even marked “FNV” on the calendar — but indecently I logged about 80 hours of Fallout 3 just at work so it’s not even an issue.
For those in and around LA, we wanted to let you know that members of Obsidian, including Project Director Josh Saywer, will be on hand to meet fans and sign copies of the game at their local GameStop in Irvine, CA. Below is the address…
“Some Washington area game fans have been wondering whether they’ll be able to find their office or the buildings in their neighborhood in the game. Chances are, they might not. Bethesda Softworks executive producer Todd Howard says the studio didn’t seek to create a street-to-street level of verisimilitude. Instead, it tweaked the city’s map in a way that made sense for a video game’s pacing. He thinks people who know the area will periodically experience a more general ‘Hey, I know this view!’ feeling.”
GameSpy: What real-world weapons did you use to create the sounds of the ones in the game?
Mark Lampert: Quite a bit of the action on the game’s small arms (pistols, rifles, shotguns, etc.) is actually recorded from real firearms. A colleague kindly brought two pistols and three rifles over to my place where I could set up a couple of mics and record the sound of the bolt being opened and slammed shut, magazines sliding into place and being taken out, dry firing, etc. The actual sounds of the game’s weapons being fired were composited together from field recording libraries, as well a as little bit of Foley recording in places where I might want to add some extra bass or exaggerate the sound of the weapon’s action.
We put out a press release today letting everyone know about several launch events we’re having at Best Buy stores across the country. Check it out to find a location near you.
Additionally, Gamestop is having midnight launches at 1600 of their stores. These locations will begin their events at 10 p.m. (local time). If you want to know if a store in your area is having a midnight launch, contact your local store for details.
So where will we be at the strike of midnight? If you’re able to make it to the Rockville Pike Best Buy (1200 Rockville Pike), we’ll be having a special event at the store. After purchasing the game, you’ll be able to get your copy signed by Todd Howard, Emil Pagliarulo, Istvan Pely, Gavin Carter, or any of the other devs that might be out there. Additionally, we’ll have the Fallout Airstream on display. The festivities start at 10 p.m. Monday night. Hope you can make it out.