Weekend Update

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Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Before heading out, I thought I’d share some previews, reviews, and more for our titles.

The latest edition of online magazine PCGZine features previews for Hunted, RAGE, Fallout: New Vegas and Brink. In addition to the previews, they also caught up with Brink’s Creative Director, Richard Ham, for a three-page interview.

For more with Richard Ham, head to Sarcastic Gamer. Here’s a quick look…

SG: I like Brink’s art style, it has a familiar look while still looking distinctive. What made you choose this art style?

Richard Ham: Olivier, our Art Director, had actually experimented with Hyperrealism (a modern art movement) in a title he’d previously worked on. His idea, when he started at Splash, was that since you’re so often shooting at guys from a distance, why not exaggerate features of the characters so they really “pop”.

Earlier this week we let you know that DOOM II is now available on Xbox LIVE Arcade. You can purchase the game for 800 Microsoft points, or download the demo for free. For more on the game, check out reviews at IGN and Game.Shard — as well as 10 minutes of gameplay footage at Eurogamer.

In Fallout: New Vegas news, Gamers’ Guide to Life has announced they’re taking your questions for an upcoming community interview. And if you’re wondering, we haven’t forgotten about the questions you’ve submitted to us… more on that in the coming weeks.

If you’re wondering where the above image of Vault Boy came from, it was created by CreativeRhino for Sony’s kart racer — ModNation Racers. See more of the cool characters created by community members at IGN.

Around the web: Countdown edition (Updated)

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Time runs out on Jack Bauer tonight in the series finale of 24, but you’ve still got three days to place your votes on the longlist for this year’s Golden Joysticks. To recap, in the “One to Watch” category, three of our upcoming titles (Brink, Fallout: New Vegas, and RAGE) are nominated. Meanwhile, you can still vote for Splash Damage (Brink) for UK Developer of the Year.

Speaking of Splash Damage, Paul Wedgwood, CEO and Game Director on Brink, recently took time to answer questions on Brink with Game Reactor. Here’s a snippet:

You’re focusing a lot on the story. How will it work in an online shooter, where there’s usually not a lot of room for storytelling?

The most important thing for us that no matter how you choose to play, online or offline, there’s a reason why you are fighting against the others in the game. It starts when you create your character and choose which side to play on: Resistance or Security? Resistance are refugees that believe in a society where everything shared by everyone, and that the Security people are violent dictators.

Elsewhere, on the heels of their Fallout: New Vegas preview, Game Revolution’s Blake Morse shares impressions of RAGE after seeing it our Gamers’ Day event.

Finally, with the countdown clock to E3 right around three weeks, Gamespot is already looking ahead to the madness. Currently Fallout: New Vegas ranks among the most anticipated in their Readers’ Choice vote, while Senior News Editor Tor Thorsen lets us know he’s ready for more Fallout in their Editors’ Choice feature.

Update: We’ve spotted a new Hunted interview at GameZone with with inXile Entertainment’s Brian Fargo. Read it here.

Around the web: On the Brink of new coverage (Updated)

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It’s Friday, so this is the last web roundup of the week.

Videogamer.com has new articles up from their Gamers’ Day visit. Wesley Yin Poole interviewed Senior Gamer Designer Ed Stern, and also posted his impressions of seeing the game in action. On top of his Brink coverage, he’s also written a new preview for Hunted. Here’s a snippet:

“Caddoc, on the other hand, moves his planet-sized frame with a Hercules-like gravitas. His attack style combines sword swipes with shield bashes; he’s a tank in the most traditional fantasy sense. And unlike E’lara, Caddoc’s execution moves are all about being up in his enemies’ faces. One sees him rip a skeleton’s arm off and knock its head clean off with it. Nice.”

Elsewhere, The Guardian has previews up for all four titles shown in Paris: Brink and RAGE, as well as Hunted and Fallout: New Vegas.

For more on New Vegas, The BitBag has their preview online — complete with every bit of concept art and screenshots we recently released.

Moving along, GameSpy’s Will Tuttle and Ryan Scott interrogate each other while discussing RAGE. It’s nothing like what you’d see from Jack Bauer, but the segment is still called The Interrogation Room. Here’s an excerpt from Mr. Tuttle (not to be confused with the teacher from Bayside High)…

“The animations are remarkably smooth and realistic, even at this early stage (did we mention the game’s not out until next year?). I’m not typically the type of person who oohs and ahhs over shiny graphics, but I’ll be damned if this isn’t one of the finest-looking games I’ve seen in all of my years.”

Over at GoFanBoy, there’s a feature on the top franchise revivals in this generation of gaming. Among the five, Fallout makes their list.

Wrapping up this update, if you’re looking at doing space travel anytime soon, Armadillo Aerospace, founded by John Carmack, have a new deal with Space Adventures that will send folks out of this world for around five minutes. Read the MSNBC article here. Here’s hoping there’s a company discount :) !

Updates: Previously, I missed an interview with id Software’s Tim Willits discussing RAGE at Xbox 360 Achievements. Additionally, Inc Gamers has their impressions of the game.

Around the web

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Input overload! We continue to scour the web to find the latest previews out of our Gamers’ Day events… here’s our latest findings.

Inside Gaming Plus has a new RAGE interview with Matt Hooper, the game’s Design Director, who discusses the game’s story, vehicular play, weapons, and how they id is expanding upon the game’s core shooter experience. Watch it below.

If you didn’t watch them already, Inside Gaming Plus also has interviews with Hunted’s Maxx Kaufman and Fallout: New Vegas’ Josh Sawyer.

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Upcoming titles nominated for Golden Joysticks

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This week, longlist voting for the the 28th Annual Golden Joystick awards commenced — with several of our games receiving nominations.

In the ‘One to Watch’ category, three of our titles — Brink, Fallout: New Vegas, and RAGE are nominated. Additionally the team behind Brink, Splash Damage, are up for UK Developer of the Year.

At last year’s awards, Fallout 3 ended up taking the Ultimate Game of the Year award. This year, Fallout: GOTY edition receives nominations for Best RPG and Ultimate Game of the Year (again!).

Longlist voting runs between now and May 27th… head to the homepage for the Golden Joysticks for more details.

Around the web…

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Here’s a quick look at some new coverage from our press event, as well as some other bits from around the web…

As reported on Kotaku, the 2010 Guinness Book of World Records Gamer’s Edition features a list of the Top 50 video game series as voted by the gaming public. The list includes both Fallout (#13) and The Elder Scrolls (#29) on their list. You can order the book at Amazon.com here.

PSX Extreme has their Gamer’s Day preview for RAGE up — here’s a snippet from

“When you step back and view it all as one project, Rage really looks very, very promising, and we should also mention that those who have seen it in action say it looks gorgeous. Lastly, the game has finally reached the point where it evidently runs just as well on the PS3 as it does on the 360 and PC…”

In other RAGE-related news, Chris Faylor at Shacknews talked with team members at id Software about cutscenes and the opening for RAGE, working with ZeniMax, the game’s post-apocalyptic setting, and more.

Meanwhile, new coverage for Fallout: New Vegas is up at IGN and MTV Multiplayer. The former shares five reasons to be excited about the game, while the latter features new tidbits revealed by Josh Sawyer.

Out of our European press event, we’ve got a pair of new Brink interviews for you to read. Games On Net chats with Senior Game Designer Ed Stern, while Paul Wedgwood is featured in an exclusive interview up at NowGamer. Additionally, you can read Inc Gamer’s preview here.

Rounding things out, Digitial Spy reveals that Rubi Malone was considered the Most Fanciable Female character in gaming — based on a survey My Voucher Codes. If you’re wondering why Raul the Ghoul from Fallout: New Vegas didn’t make the cut for the Most Fanciable Male character, it’s worth noting that only characters from released games were included.

RAGE Previews from Around the Web (Updated)

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Yesterday’s deluge of previews based on the aptly-named “BFG 2010″ press event brought with it our latest look at RAGE, the upcoming shooter from the first-person pioneers at id Software.

The slick new screens sure look great, but journalists say the game looks even better when hitting your eyes with 60 frames per second. “The game is at least a year away from release, but visually, it’s almost flawless,” said Eurogamer.

To facilitate your digestion of the sweet new info, we’ve compiled a handy list of all the RAGE articles we’ve spotted so far. Take a look below to read all about the post-apocalyptic tech marvel — and if you spot any additional coverage, let us know in the comments.

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We’ll have more news on RAGE soon. In the meantime, hit the jump to see video coverage on the game.

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Around the web

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This week at USA Today’s Game Hunters, Todd Howard shares his favorites games of the Naughties, Aughties, Oughties, or simply the 2000′s. Already his comments about Gran Turismo 3 have had traction (tires…traction…get it??) with readers. To see the rest of his favs, head here.

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Weekend Update: Snowed in edition

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Bust out the sleds and snow tires! The Capital Wasteland is under a snow advisory, so I thought I’d warm up and share some of the latest news around the web (and in print).

Last month we let you know Australia kicked off voting for their 1st Annual Golden Joystick Awards. The results are in — with Fallout 3 winning Xbox 360 Game of the Year. Meanwhile, you can pick your favorite games in Gamespot’s Best Games of 2009 Reader’s Choice Awards. The Gamespot staff has nominated WET for Best Original Music and Fallout 3 for Best Downloadable Content/Expansion.

In addition to handing out awards, the end of the year is always a good time to look ahead. Kotaku has a photo tour of 40 titles they’re looking forward to on Xbox 360 next year — a list that includes both Brink and Fallout: New Vegas. As we have more details on both games, we’ll let you know.

Finally in print, the January 2010 issue of OXM has a feature titled “How The World Ends.” The article is a bit an “apocalypse how?” — discussing games that tackle possible ways Earth could reach its demise (and the possibility of that actually happening). Among the grim futures they discuss are atomic warfare (Fallout 3), Meteor Impact (RAGE), and the inconvenient possibility of global warming (Brink). Look for the issue on newsstands to find out more.

That’s it for now — time to build a snowman.