What we’re playing: Pre-Pitt release edition

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Before The Pitt hits tomorrow, here’s a few bits of coverage you’ll want to check out.

At Major Nelson’s blog, be sure to give his latest podcast a listen, as Todd Howard makes his first ever appearance. Starting 23:02 into the podcast, they discuss Fallout 3 DLC, game demos, and even the games that Todd is currently playing.

Jeff continues to tackle questions on The Pitt. You can find his answers for the XCN here, as well as a new interview at Talking About Games. Here’s a look at the latter:

Can players revisit Pittsburgh once the quests are finished, or will their excursion be a one-time trip?

JG: The players can revisit The Pitt and there are a handful of repeatable quests, unique vendors, and the city will be affected by the decisions the player made to solve the quest.

In non-DLC news, GameBanshee has completed their walkthrough guide for Fallout 3. If you’re finding yourself stuck in the game, be sure to give it a look.

Finally, while the Bethesda Blog editors no longer have a team to root for in the NCAA Tourament, the dev team advanced in The Escapists’ March Mayhem bracket. In the latest matchup, we’re paired against Treasure.

Around the Web: Erik talks about maturing

No, this isn’t like that episode of the Brady Bunch where Peter sings “Time to Change.” Designer Erik J. Caponi is talking about “mature games” in a new Kotaku feature “Growing Up Games: When Will Mature, Mature?” Here’s a snippet of him discussing different definitions of what a mature game is:

“The word really has two meanings when we apply it to media. One is ‘not appropriate for children’ and the other is ‘exploring subject matter in a sophisticated fashion,’” Caponi explains. “Ironically, the word mature when applied to games tends to have a very childish connotation.”

Elsewhere, be sure to also read CG Society’s new interview with Fallout 3 Environment Artist Rashad Redic — previously featured here for Inside the Vault. Given that the interview comes post-release, you’ll get a chance to learn a little more about Rashad’s role and what he worked on for Fallout 3. Here’s an excerpt:

In what ways did you take Fallout3′s day/night cycle into consideration, so that your work looked consistently good in all the various light models and times of day?

Rashad: We use these full screen image processes similar to how film is tinted to color grade our environments, and we actually spent a lot of time tweaking the day and night cycles along with these image processes to give us the look we wanted. In our editor you can scrub through the different times of day and see how the color shifts affect the art, and we were very mindful of our color palette and art style throughout that process.

I guess I missed it when I put up Pete’s Gametrailers interview from D.I.C.E., but there’s also a new one with Todd. Watch it above.

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Around the web — more news on The Pitt

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Plenty of links to share today.

We begin with news on The Pitt. On Friday, you’ll have your first chance to see The Pitt trailer on Gametrailers TV. The show airs Friday night at 1am (or technically, 1am Saturday morning) on Spike. I hope that’s not too confusing — especially with Daylight Savings last week.

Elsewhere on GameTrailers site, you can check out Geoff Keighley’s interview with Todd Howard from this year’s D.I.C.E. Summit. You won’t have to do too much searching, Geoff’s interview with Todd starts within the first minute of the video.

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Weekend Update: Fallout 3 named top 360 game at GameSpy

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Hope everyone is having a great weekend. If you’re looking for some news to read, here’s a couple updates we thought you might be interested in.

All this week GameSpy has been counting down their list of the The Top 25 Xbox 360 Games of All Time (So Far!). Earlier in the week, Oblivion hit the list at #13, and last night the list concluded with Fallout 3 being named their #1 Xbox 360 game (so far).

Looking for something to listen to? Last night the latest AVault podcast (#22) went live — featuring an interview with Pete and Emil. Additonally, they’ve got a written interview with Pete here.

Curious about the image at the top of this blog post? You’ll get it if you check out Todd’s presentation from this year’s D.I.C.E. Summit. You can watch it over at IGN.

Wrapping things up, Castle Karstaag from Morrowind has been named one of the most expensive videogame castles over at College OTR. Champagne wishes and caviar dreams!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Around the web

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It’s been over a week since we last gave an update from around the web, so there’s plenty to catch up on.

We’ll begin with IGN, who are currently counting down The Top 100 Game Creators of All Time. We’re excited to see that Todd made the list at #70. Here’s a snippet of what they had to say about him:

“Where most designers tend to think in terms of simplicity and economy, Howard’s games have been defined by a staggering sense of scale and immersion that few others can match.”

The list is still ongoing, but there’s some of names worth mentioning. Morrowind/Oblivion composer Jeremy Soule cracked the list at #86. Meanwhile, Fallout fans might recognize a few other names on the list, including Feargus Urquhart (#89), Tim Cain (#85), and Chris Avellone (#80).

Sticking with developer news, if you haven’t seen it already, Todd answered questions for G4 while at this year’s D.I.C.E. Summit. In the ten minute interview, he discusses The Pitt, answers reader questions, and more.

Emil is in the news in a few places, too. At Edge, he was honored in their Hot 100 Games Developers list (#17). Meanwhile, a new feature on storytelling in games features him as well. You can read that here.

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Around the Web: D.I.C.E. wrap-up edition

The 2009 D.I.C.E Summit wrapped up on Friday and there’s a few more interviews and Pitt previews that you might want to check out.

We start at Gamespot, where Richardo Torres interviewed Pete to find out more details on The Pitt (slated for release next month on Xbox LIVE and Games for Windows LIVE). To check it out, just hit play on the video above.

Over at G4, you can get more information on the Pitt with hands-on impressions from Brian Leahy. Here’s a quick look (caution: some details could be considered spoilerific)…

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Fallout 3 wins two AIAS awards

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Last night at the 2009 D.I.C.E. Summit, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences handed out their awards for the top games of 2008. Fallout 3 received awards in two categories — winning Best Role Playing Game and Outstanding Achievement in Story — Original. On hand to accept the awards were Todd, Istvan, and Emil. If you’d like to watch a replay of the show, IGN has a stream of it, and IFC will be airing it later this year.

In other D.I.C.E news, Todd lectured today at the event. His talk, titled “Great Games are Played, Not Made” finished earlier today and you can find recaps at several sites — including IGN, MTV Multiplayer, and Gamasutra. Wish I could have seen it — I hear the LOLcats were legendary.

Around the web

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Here’s the latest online coverage for Fallout 3.

As we mentioned a few weeks back, PC Gamer named Fallout 3 as their 2008 Game of the Year. If you weren’t able to pick up the issue, you can now read the remarks written by Todd Howard and Emil Pagliarulo over at GamesRadar.

This week, Fallout 3 was nominated for two Game Audio Network Guild’s awards. The game was nominated for Best Use of Multi-Channel Surround in a Game, as well as Best Use of Licensed Music.

In DLC news, there’s a couple things you can check out. If you’re a Game Informer subscriber, you can read a new interview with Jeff Gardiner on their Game Informer Unlimted page. In the interview, Jeff discusses both The Pitt and Broken Steel. Elsewhere, Area 5 share their thoughts on Fallout 3′s first DLC, Operation: Anchorage, in a new video podcast.

Finally, here’s some new modding news from Planet Fallout. This week Blinzler has two new State of Modding Interviews this week — this time with Mr.SlackPants and Joefoxx.

While you’re there, check out some of Planet Fallout’s featured mods. If you’re seeking new apparel, check out Moira’s New Shipment by CrowBennett08 and Camo Uniforms Remix by rebel5555. Need a new place to stay? Check out Yevic1994′s Big Town Junk House or one of Princess Stomper’s homes located in Rivet City and atop the Washington Monument.

Fallout 3 News update

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Happy Wednesday everyone (aka Cookie Day at the office)! Here’s some new Fallout 3 coverage for you to check out.

In yesterday’s USA Today, there’s a story on new downloadable games/content. Within the article, there’s a mention of Fallout 3′s second DLC, The Pitt. The Pitt will hit Xbox LIVE and Games for Windows this March.

Still haven’t downloaded Operation: Anchorage? Today, The Escapist put up their Fallout 3 Challenge, where you’ll have a chance to win a download code for either Xbox 360 or Games for Windows. To win, you’ll need to correctly answer 10 Fallout 3 trivia questions. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that anyone that frequents Bethesda Blog will have no trouble answering the questions. Keep in mind the challenge is a one day affair, and winners will be selected at random from those that correctly answer the questions. For more details, head to The Escapist.

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Todd appearing at Comic Con

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If you’re planning on attending this year’s New York Comic Con (February 6-8), here’s one more reason to attend. On Friday, our very own Todd Howard will be a part of a panel featuring Newsweek’s N’Gai Croal, MTV Multiplayer’s Stephen Totilo, and Ken Levine — the lead designer for Bioshock. The hour-long panel will be held this Friday from 2:15 to 3:15 in Room 1A22.

For more details on the event, head to the New York Comic Con official site.