Around the web: Return from E3


Pete and Co. (and the Fat Man) are back from E3. Here’s a look at some of latest Fallout 3 coverage on the internetz.

We’ll start at Kotaku, who have two Fallout 3-related posts today. First is a clip of Todd volunteering for their “Justify Your Game” series, where the participant has 15 seconds to do just that. If Todd’s 15 10 seconds doesn’t provide enough substance for you, Mike Fahey has a post discussing how different 30 minutes can be spent exploring the game.

Moving along, Robert “Apache” Howarth of Voodoo Extreme has his impressions of the game online. Here’s a taste of what he had to say:

“The demo started with us leaving the Vault; we just had to press a little button and off we went. As you might imagine, being an underground dweller for most of our life, the glare at first was overwhelming. After we rubbed the bloom from our eyes, we ventured forth into the wasteland to see what sort of trouble we could get into. We only had 30-minutes, so there was a limit to what havoc we could create, but I managed to explore the surrounding area a bit, enter a town, talk to a bunch of NPCs, collect a few new weapons and other items of interest, get a couple quests and of course, kill a bunch of radioactive critters.”

While time was limited at E3, Will Porter of PC Zone (UK) got to spend five hours playing the game when he visited our office last month. You can check out his impressions in issue 197 (now on newsstands) or just head over to CVG. Here’s a snippet:

“Having played the game for only five hours, and with many of the hang-ups people had with Oblivion only becoming apparent after 50, I can’t be definitive about this – but in terms of building a modern game on the systems of one that’s now 10 years old, it’s hard to think of how Fallout 3 could have been tied closer to what has gone before.”

If you’re eyes are too blurry from reading up on E3, there’s an audio interview with Todd that’s worth a listen. He discusses a variety of topics — including the game’s title, the world size, and the chance to win a pie. Mmm, pie.

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Around the Web: Plenty more to read edition


E3 2008 is in the books, but there’s still a steady stream of previews/videos/podcasts/etc. making their way online. Here’s the latest…

1Up had an opportunity to do a video interview with Todd for their podcast, the 1Up Show. The video begins with Resident Evil 5 coverage — with the Fallout 3 coverage starting a little after the 12-minute mark.

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Fallout 3 Impressions from E3


Hi all, we’re working hard at the studio so I only have a few minutes to write this up. Lots of great E3 impressions appearing at several media outlets, and Todd Howard has more hands on demos going on throughout the week.

I hope you guys are enjoying the first looks at Fallout 3. I know the development team is really excited that we’re finally showing off the game. Anyhoo, here are some links for your clicking pleasure. (By no means comprehensive:)

  • Shacknews also wrote up some comments on the game – looks like they’ll have more impressions coming in a future post.
  • 1UP’s Garnett Lee, of the great 1Up Yours podcast, wrote up his impressions.
  • VentureBeat had a great interview with Todd Howard that I personally enjoyed reading. A nice discussion on franchises, in general.
  • Not E3 related but PC Gamer’s Fallout 3 cover story is online and a great read, though has some spoilers.
  • GameSpot posts their E3 hands on.
  • After posting a new preview early Monday morning, IGN has updated E3 impressions here.
  • Finally, here is an interview with Todd on If you look carefully, you can see Pete Hines walking around behind him. And the blond with the wine glass is Tracey, one of our PR folks. Hi Tracey! Oh yeah, if you stare long enough, you might be able to catch glimpses of Fallout itself. (Or you can come to my desk, I’ve got the game running at my desk pretty much all day long.)

    Around the web and in print


    Here’s some more stuff for you to check out before E3 next week.

    Subscribers of PC Gamer (US) should be on the lookout for the August issue in their mailbox in the next few days. The Fallout 3 cover story spans seven pages and includes hands-on impressions from Fallout fan Dan Stapleton, new screenshots, and more.

    In other print coverage, the latest issue of the Polish mag CD-Action has a new hands-on preview of the game.

    Moving over to the world wide web, at Game Trailers, there’s a new countdown of their Top Ten Most Anticipated Games of E3 2008. Plenty of great-looking games made the list, and Fallout 3 came in at #2.

    Finally, there’s a good read about creating game worlds, appropriately titled, “The Age of the World-Builders.” Within the piece, both Todd and Emil discuss keys to creating an immersive environment. Here’s a sample:

    When you play an MMOG, a game like Oblivion or Bethesda’s current big project, Fallout 3, “you’re not controlling that character, you are that character,” Pagliarulo says. “You get a sense of control over the world that you can’t find anywhere else.”

    To read the rest, head over to The Escapist.

    From the land down under


    Today on Gameplayer, Chris Stead has an 8-page preview with new impressions of Fallout 3 based on a recent meet up with Pete. Here’s a snippet of the preview:

    The theme of Fallout 3 is Sacrifice and Survival. Or more to the point, what will you sacrifice to survive? The whole diverging paths and user-defined narratives that we have been experiencing in RPGs over recent years has become less of a gimmick and more of something truly emotional this generation. Who did you kill in Mass Effect, for example? Fallout 3 takes this feature and powers it with atomic energy. There is a full moral see-saw to ride in the game, referred to as karma. Various decisions you make in regards to completed and uncompleted quests, in combat and in conversation act to split your experience into multiple parallel universes.

    Meanwhile, over at Gamespot’s Australian site, you can check out new impressions of the game, as well as an interview with Pete on their show Crosshairs. If you want to skip ahead to the Fallout 3 stuff, fast-forward to around the 11-minute mark of the video.

    Update: Here’s two more Australian preview to check out — one from PALGN and another over at The Age.

    July magazines on newsstands


    After being out of the office for a good part of last week (travels and a bad back), I found a stack of magazines on my desk this morning, so I started sifting through them to find any coverage on Fallout/Oblivion/etc.

    Here’s what I came up with. In the July issue of PlayStation The Official Magazine (US), there’s a 3-page preview for Fallout 3. Here’s a snippet:

    Vault 101’s denizens are infamous for never venturing out into the world, so you can imagine the stir that ensues when your father suddenly vanishes. The Overseer naturally assumes you, now 19 years old, had something to do with his disappearance.

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    Around the web: Be like Pete edition


    Happy Monday! Here’s a few that you might want to check out.

    After sharing a handful of updates on Fallout 3 a few weeks back, TGR has a new interview with Pete Hines up on their site. You’re not going to find any new insight on Fallout 3, but if you’re curious about the ins and outs of Pete’s job, you might want to give it a read. Here’s an excerpt:

    THE GAME REVIEWS: Those are very rare talents. What would you suggest to somebody who is looking to get into the industry either in PR or marketing?

    PETE: I think the biggest thing is to know how the system works, and get games. When I am looking through resumes or applications, I look at where they went to school and job experience. I interview many folks who are interested in doing this, and they don’t seem to know much about games. If you really want to do this for a living, then it better be something that you enjoy and take seriously on some level so that you can participate, have knowledge and make an effort at it. If you are going to talk to me, you better know what we publish, what we make and have made an effort to play those or have an understanding of them.

    If you’re dying for more insight on getting a career in gaming related to marketing/PR, check out this blog post from Pete.

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    Around the Web: “Help Me Obi-Wan Kenobi” image of Todd edition


    Here’s the latest Fallout/Elder Scrolls coverage from across the web.

    We’ll begin at 1Up, where they have a feature titled “Three Wishes,” in which developers from around the industry share their wishes for the future of gaming. Amongst those asked to rub the magic lamp, Todd shares his utopian wish for “a standard platform across all consoles and PCs for games.” Sounds nice.

    To read Todd’s wish, as well as the wishes of others (including Gas Powered Games’ Chris Taylor and Sims/Spore extraordinaire Will Wright), head here.

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