Friday News Roundup

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Here’s a few things to check out/be on the lookout for to help get you through your day and into the weekend.

Tonight on G4, Todd Howard will be talking Fallout 3 with the folks from X-Play. For those planning on going out tonight, be sure to set your DVR for 8 PM (Eastern Time).

Speaking of Todd, he’s one of several folks in the game industry sounding off in a feature at 1Up.com called “Chairman of the Boards.” Written by Robert Ashley, it’s an interesting community feature that focuses in on the influence of one particular gaming forum — NeoGaf. In addition to Todd, Microsoft’s Jeff Bell, Newsweek’s N’Gai Croal, and God of War creator David Jaffe are among the other guys “in the biz” that discuss the relevancy of this popular gaming site.

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Around the Web, More Fallout 3 Screens

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Getting my feet back under me after a couple weeks of traveling and showing off some new stuff on Fallout 3, and in going through my emails I came across quite a few notes on coverage going up. Also of note are three new Fallout 3 screens that were released today, which can be found on a variety of sites as well as on the official site as well.

Bit-Tech has a three-page preview up that talks about the various aspects of the demo I showed to Joe (who describes himself as “one of the biggest fans of the series in the world”). Here’s a snippet:

Fallout 3 is, like the first game, a post-apocalyptic adventure. It isn’t a post-apocalyptic musical comedy and if you’re looking for a game with that 1950s comedy feel then Serious Sam 2 may be more up your street. Here all we have is The Inkspots providing the soundtrack and buckets full of deadpan and gore.

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New updates at Videogaming247

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This week, Pete’s been pretty busy touring Europe to demo Fallout 3. Videogaming247 seems to be all over the coverage, having updated their site fives time already. In their coverage, Pete discusses Dogmeat, the possibility of downloadable content, PC requirements, the game’s framerate, and how the 360 became the lead platform. Here’s a sample of Pete’s discussion about the 360:

“We had a year’s head start on the 360 because it came out a year earlier, so we had final dev hardware to work with earlier on than we did with PS3,” he said. “But as this point all three of them are pretty much on par. The goal is that, if I get three versions in here and hide the console or PC and just had them running on the screen, that you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.”

Is this the end of the site’s coverage, or will there be more? Head over here to keep track.

1Up Yours podcast features lengthy discussion on Fallout 3

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On Friday, the folks over at 1Up followed up their latest preview for Fallout 3 with a round table discussion of the game on the 1Up Yours podcast. The podcast is over two hours long, so if you want to go straight to the Fallout 3 goods, fast forward to the 14:20 mark. Aside from the regular hosts (Garnett Lee, Shane Bettenhausen, and Shawn Elliot), Newsweek’s N’Gai Croal and GameTrailers TV’s Geoff Keighley discuss the game for nearly 20 minutes.

To listen to the podcast, you can download it from the iTunes music store, or simply visit the 1Up Yours podcast page.

Around the Web and on newsstands

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Yesterday there was quite a bit of new Fallout 3 coverage, but previews are still popping up in a few places. At GameTap, Thierry Nguyen shares the “Seven things you need to know about this post-nuclear wasteland.” Here’s a snippet:

“Watch out, for there are creatures like radscorpions and deathclaws about. Beyond those, there are quite a few supermutants–slobbering freaks that wander around and kill people for the heck of it. There’s also the supermutant behemoth, a gargantuan mutant that runs around swinging a lamp post as a club. Ghouls also make a return from previous games, but now there are three different types: ones that can still think and talk (like Harold from previous titles), feral ghouls that simply act on an instinct to kill or eat you, and “glowing ones.” The last type is heavily irradiated to the point that their presence can make you sick and heal any other ghoul nearby.”

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New Fallout 3 previews today

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This week Pete’s been pretty busy showing Fallout 3 to some of the gaming press over on the west coast. Beginning this morning, many of these sites are starting to share their impressions.

Here’s where I’ve spotted previews thus far:

Whew, I’ve got plenty of reading to get through. As more previews come out, we’ll let you know.

New Cover Stories for Europe

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Here’s a quick heads up on two international cover stories for Fallout 3.

  • I received word today that the April 2008 issue of PSW is now available in the UK. When you head for the newsstands, bookstore, whatever…keep an eye out for the cover shown above on the left.
  • If you’re in Poland, be on the lookout for this month’s issue of Play. DoskonaÅ‚y! (Did I get that right?)

As more press on Fallout 3 is released, we’ll keep you posted.

New Fallout 3 preview in latest issue of EGM

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Yesterday in the mail, we received the most recent issue of EGM, which features a two-page preview of Fallout 3. The preview shares a few new screenshots — including new shots of a Brahmin, a Super Mutant, and Dogmeat. Here’s a sample of the preview:

“But your radio serves another purpose. In the wake of the apocalypse, several poor souls set up emergency radio beacons in the (futile) hope that someone might find them and save them. While many operators have long since expired, their signals — and their loot stashes — persist.”

If you’re a subscriber, your issue should be arriving any time. If you’re not subscribed, keep an eye out for the May issue on a newsstand near you.

Around the web and on newsstands

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Here’s a few interesting mentions that I thought I’d share.

Starting on the print side, there’s a special issue of PC Gamer out now called “How To: The Ultimate Guide to DIY Gaming” that provides some cool stuff for Oblivion and Fallout 3. For Oblivion, they have a walkthrough called “Create your own zombie massacre,” that offers a 12-step process for creating your own zombie-fest with the PC version of the game. As for Fallout 3, there’s a section at the back of the magazine called “Gaming Papercraft!” that includes a cut out version of our Vault Boy bobblehead. I’m not the best with arts and crafts, so I haven’t yet assembled one, but the final product as it’s shown on the cover of the magazine looks like it’s worth the effort.

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Around the Web: Podcasts and Opinions

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Here’s a few interesting reads I thought I’d share that I’ve come across in the past few days.

The latest 1Up Yours podcast brings up Fallout 3, as well as practically every Elder Scrolls game ever made during their community segment of the show. During the segment, which starts about 53 minutes into the show, the 1Up crew uses these games as examples in a few of their debates. Fallout 3 and Oblivion are brought up several times in a discussion about the “no name characters” and the choices your characters make in games. Later on in the segment, they also bring up the Elder Scrolls and Fallout in a discussion of how Japanese RPGs compare with western-developed RPGs like Oblivion. To download the podcast, head over to 1Up’s podcast site.

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