Around the web (and in print, too)

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Here’s a quick look at news I found on our games online (and some in print as well)..

Can you believe it’s been over four years since Oblivion was released? Last week The Koalition’s Gary A. Swaby posted a new article discussing how the RPG holds up today. Here’s an excerpt where he discusses quests within the game.

“Elder Scrolls: Oblivion is damn near unbeatable. Sure the main storyline quest is beatable within a couple hours, but the main quest is nothing. There are literally hundreds of quests in this game, and given the world which Bethesda has created for you, you will definitely attempt to complete as many as you can. The fact that there are two huge expansion packs doesn’t make it any easier either.”

Oblivion also gets mentioned in BitMob’s Top 5 Video Game Sequences written by Omar Yusef, where they included the Dagon Shrine questline

“It was this specific mission that appropriately demonstrated Oblivion’s breadth. The game allowed players to brazenly hack and slash their way through difficult scenarios or sneak past them. Each problem players were faced with could be approached from a number of angles. In essence, the Dagon Shrine proved that Oblivion catered to almost every type of role player, which is why it’s worthy of commemoration.”

One final bit on Oblivion. The latest (June) issue of OXM has a small feature titled, “The Developer’s Cut,” where developers discuss content from their games that didn’t make the final release. On page 87, Todd Howard discusses content cut from Oblivion. Head to your local newsstand (or your mailbox) to read it, as well as a new preview for Hunted: The Demon’s Forge.

Putting a bow around this roundup, author Grant Tavinor recently released a new book, The Art of Videogames, featuring Fallout 3 on the cover. Throughout the text, you can find references to DOOM, Oblivion, and Fallout 3 (I’m particularly interested in reading the chapter “The Morality of Videogames”). For more on the subject, Tavinor recently wrote a column for Kotaku in response to comments from film critic Roger Ebert.

Updated: GameSetWatch’s Emily Short has an in-depth look back at her play experience with Fallout 3. Read the article here.

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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Todd returns (again!) to OXM podcast

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In podcasting news, earlier this month Todd Howard returned to KOXM – the official podcast of OXM — to discuss important things like burning maps in a warehouse, John Carmack’s cars, Fallout 3 DLC, and help give a proper send off OXM’s Dan Amrich — who recently shipped out of OXMland to head to Activision.

Give it a listen. You’ll want to download episode 193 at iTunes.

Podcast Interviews

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If you’re looking for something to listen to before the weekend hits, here’s two new podcasts to check out.

First, OXM Podcast #163 features Todd Howard, who unofficially has had the most guest appearances ever on the podcast. If you want to skip ahead to the parts with Todd, jump to the 22-minute mark.

Meanwhile Pete spent last night discussing Fallout 3 at length on Through the Aftermath.

Enjoy!

OXM GOTY

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No, that doesn’t stand for Only Xylophone Managers Guard Operating Train Yards. We received the latest issue of OXM and discovered that Fallout 3 was named their 2008 Game of the Year!

In addition to their year end awards, they also look ahead to the games they’re excited for in 2009 (with Fallout 3 DLC coming in at #17). So what game are you looking forward to most in 2009? I listed a few candidates on the current blog poll.

Fallout 3 scores a 10 from OXM!

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Now that the December issue of OXM has reached both subscribers and newsstands, we’re happy to announce the game received a perfect 10 (OXM’s review scale does include an 11/10, which they note is absolutely unattainable and is as mythical as finding a unicorn). If you haven’t read the review, be on the lookout for it on newsstands. The 8-page review also includes details on a contest to win a copy of the game signed by Todd Howard.

Todd Howard on OXM Podcast

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Todd Howard is featured in this week’s OXM Podcast. In the podcast, Todd chats with our friends, Ryan McCaffery – he wrote the review of Oblivion for OXM – and Dan Amrich – he wrote the awesome Fallout 3 cover story in the latest OXM. Fun podcast to listen to – if you want to cut to the chase, skip to 35:00 minutes in.

Lots of great new details about the game so don’t miss this.