On newsstands

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Thought I’d point out a few articles I came across while going through a stack of magazines at my desk.

The September issue of Play Magazine has an interview with Fallout 3 Lead Producer Gavin Carter. In the interview, the Gav discusses topics ranging from the Gamebryo engine, game performance and Fallout 3 gameplay. Here’s a sample:

play: What gameplay situations in Fallout 3 really demonstrate the engine’s new ballistics and physics system?

Gavin: The best situations to see this in are during VATS sequences. VATS allows you to pause time, target specific areas of an enemy, and queue up moves that are then executed in a cinematic fashion.

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Screenshots in 3D

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Over at Planet Elder Scrolls, member BerenSiana has created 3D screenshots of Oblivion. No, these aren’t the type that require crazy-looking glasses like the ones above. These are actually cross-eye pictures that, as you would expect, require you to cross your eyes to see a 3D image. For more information on the concept, head here.

Let me know what you guys think. As weird as it sounds, I’m incapable of crossing my eyes. Don’t know if it’s a genetics thing, but my dad can’t do it either. It sort of makes me feel like the guy in Mallrats that tries to see the sailboat in the Magic Eye picture.

Anyways, you can download BerenSiana’s screenshots here.

Around the web: Win a puppet at Joystiq edition

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Here’s a few nuggets I thought you might like to dip barbecue sauce in. Hmm, McDonalds sounds strangely appetizing now.

I posted earlier on how you can get the Vault Dweller’s Survival Guide by pre-ordering at Gamestop.com. For a chance to get one sooner, Joystiq is giving a few away. They’re also giving away Vault Boy Puppets — last seen dancing the night away at PAX. Check out this post to see how you can win.

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Around the web and in print

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Here’s a few notable mentions I’ve seen in the press recently.

If you live in Germany, you’ll want to check out GameStar’s August cover story for Fallout 3. The issue is currently on newsstands and features five pages of coverage — written by Christian Schmidt. You can also read his preview on GameStar’s website here.

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Mod Interview: Mr_Siika

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Today we’re chatting with Mr_Siika (aka Martin). A 25-year-old from Munich, Martin is a busy guy. He spends his days studying math AND working as a software developer. He doesn’t spend all his time in front of computers though. When he can get away, he enjoys swimming and hiking during the summer. He also enjoys skiing when there’s snow.

Check out the interview after the break.

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Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame

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Hall of Fame mods for August were announced recently at Planet Elder Scrolls. According to APY, all six projects come from modders that have never been inducted before — so congrats to all the first-time honorees!

Oblivion

  • Frostmourne and Lich King’s Helm by jojjo: Adds enchanted and unenchanted one and two-handed versions of the sword and enchanted and unenchanted versions of the helm.
  • Better Letters by Cliffworms: Want a new twist on the game? With this mod, all written letters (love notes and such) have been replaced with new stuff.
  • Qarl’s Texture Pack 3 – Redimized by Bomret and Dev_Akm: A project that lets folks enjoy Qarl’s Texture Pack with lower PC hardware requirements.

Morrowind

  • Building Up Uvirith’s Grave by Acheron: This mod allows Telvanni players to expand Tel Uvirith into a town which reflects the player’s tastes and faction affiliations. Check out all the options here.
  • Necessities of Morrowind by Taddeus & Nymeria: Realism increases with this mod as it requires your character to eat, drink and sleep.
  • GIANTS Ultimate by The Puma Man: A mod that adds nearly 200 new enemies to fight — giants, mummies, and more…oh my!

Again, congrats to this month’s nominees…great work!

Shivering Isles Savings

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Major Nelson today announced Extended Play Downloads Days for Xbox Live. From now until the end of October, you can save on various downloadable content, including the Oblivion expansion, Shivering Isles. During this period, the expansion will be available for 1600 MS points (marked down from 2400 points).

For more details on Extended Play Download Days, head here.

Around the Web: OMG Moments!

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Yesterday Edge Online put up a new feature celebrating 50 moments in videogames that left your jaw dropping to the floor. Amongst the list were moments from the original Fallout (The Glow), as well as the Dark Brotherhood quest from Oblivion. Here’s what they had to say about the latter:

They come soon after you commit murder against the innocent. Then you have a choice: walk with the virtuous, or stray to the side of The Dark Brotherhood. Those who chose dark over light were rewarded with one of the best storylines in an RPG.

Pretty good list if you ask me…had me reminiscing about some of my favorite gaming moments. Feel free to share some of your favorites in the comments section.

More nuggets from around the web after the break…

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July Hall of Fame Entries

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A day after the NFL announced it’s latest Hall of Fame inductees, Planet Elder Scrolls posted the latest Hall of Fame entries for Morrowind and Oblivion mod projects. Congrats are in order for the following:

Morrowind Mods

  • Clean Hunters rifle by Phijama: A challenging, yet fulfilling mod for Phijama to complete, this mod brings two rifles and a revolver to Oblivion.
  • Fliggerty’s Armor Project by Fliggerty and Friends: This mod compiles 90+ armor mods into one mod. For more details, visit Fliggerty’s website.
  • Oblivion Mods

  • Wyrmfang by Nicoroshi: This mod adds one Wyrmfang sword, and one Wyrmfang defensive dagger to the Necromancer’s Asylum at the bottom of Mackamentain Aylied ruins.
  • Ultimate Music Pack by Matti Paalanen: This mod features 23 new music tracks to Oblivion.
  • Supreme Magicka (Update) by Strategy Master / Flyfightfle: This mod overhauls the magic system in Oblivion. To use it, be sure to also have OBSE installed.
  • No word if Planet Elder Scrolls intends to start creating busts in tribute to the honored mods. Maybe they’ll add that for the August inductees :) .