Found in the mailroom — Morrowind apparently is time consuming

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Thought I’d share this note sent emailed over to me by Alistair Hatch, our European PR Manager. It was included in a package sent to our UK office along with a copy of Morrowind. If you can’t see what the note says, it reads as follows:

“Dear Zenimax,

This game is incredibly addictive. It’s the devil! All my precious time is being devoured by this monster. I must sent it back to you before I start playing again. I hope I never buy a game like this again! Mercy on the souls of the computer nerds out there.

Adios!”

Almost sounds like Frodo returning the ring to Mordor. Maybe y’all can make this person feel better by sharing how much precious time you’ve invested in the game.

What we’re watching: Best of TV 2009

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As 2009 winds down, we’re asking folks at the office to share their favorites of the year — in television, music, movies, games, and anything else we think of. We’ll kick it off with television. Among the favorites this year were Battlestar Galactica, 30 Rock, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mad Men, and Dexter.

Here’s the rundown. Share with us your favorite shows of the year — whether you’re watching them on broadcast TV, DVR, DVD, Blu Ray or Betamax.

Kurt Kuhlmann: How I Met Your Mother, The Wire, Friday Night Lights, Lost, BSG (lamented), 30 Rock, The Office, and Entourage.

Regi Jacob: It’s been a challenging year for TV in my house since we don’t get cable and my kid recently broke our HD antenna. Thank the gods for Netflix. Lost, Dexter, and BSG all the way.

Brent Krische: Dexter, Dirty Jobs, Get Smart, Mythbusters, So You Think You Can Dance, Venture Brothers, and Weeds

Gary Powell: Sons Of Anarchy, Dexter, and Deadliest Warrior.

Matt Killmon: Mad Men and The IT Crowd.

Ryan Lea: Pushing Daisies, The Office, Burn Notice, and Psych. Oh and usually things that are on History, Animal Planet, and Discovery. Though they haven’t been as good lately.

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Epic RPGs Sweepstakes on Xbox LIVE

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While recently navigating through Xbox LIVE, you might have noticed The Epic RPGs Sweepstakes — which gives you a chance to level up your living room with a “Gamer Lounge” — an amazing prize pack featuring the following items:

  • (2) Lovesacs chairs (ARV, $438)
  • A 42″ HDTV (ARV, $699.99)
  • A Home Theater System (ARV, $399.99)
  • (2) Lava Lamps (ARV, $49.98)
  • 4,000 Microsoft Points (ARV, $50)
  • Xbox LIVE 12 Month Subscription (ARV, $49.99)
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Controller (ARV, $49.99)

Register by downloading the Epic RPGs Gamer Picture on LIVE, or simply grabbing it off Xbox.com. You can increase your chances (i.e. gain experience) by downloading select RPG content via LIVE — including Fallout 3 DLC, Shivering Isles, Knights of the Nine, and the Games on Demand version of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

There’s plenty more RPG content to choose from, and you can even enter by watching a movie on Netflix or signing up for Last.FM or Facebook. Just keep in mind the level cap is 20 (even if you purchase Broken Steel), and content must be purchased between 12:01 A.M. Eastern Time (ET) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 P.M. ET on December 14, 2009.

To learn more about the sweepstakes, including the official rules, head to Xbox.com

Around the Web: GOTD Edition

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It’s that time of the century again; the time when the usual “Game of the Year” lists are supplanted by even more daunting “Game of the Decade” lists.

Crispy Gamer is taking a sporty approach to it all, throwing many of the decade’s best games into a tournament bracket and letting fans vote to decide the winners of each round. Oblivion and Fallout 3 are both in the running for round two…head here to vote.

As for more traditional lists, the always-entertaining Onion A.V. Club included Fallout 3 in its picks for the 15 best games of the decade. Paste Magazine also found a place for both Oblivion and Fallout 3 in its “20 Best Games of the Decade” article.

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See Brink’s Container City at G4TV.com

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G4TV.com continues their Brink coverage with a new video entitled An Objective Perspective. This time around, Game Director Paul Wedgwood walks you through gameplay in Container City. Learn more about the locale, changing combat roles, and selecting objectives within the game.

G4TV.com will have new videos on Wednesday and Thursday. And don’t forget to watch X-Play on both Wednesday and Thursday night for extended coverage.

Rogue Warrior Now Available!

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Rogue Warrior is now available in North American for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Games for Windows, as well as on Steam.  Experience an action-packed single-player campaign as well as intense multiplayer combat playing as the real-life Navy SEAL and founder of the elite SEAL Team Six, Richard “Demo Dick” Marcinko.

Featuring the voice of Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee, Mickey Rourke, Rogue Warrior was inspired by Marcinko’s New York Times bestseller of the same name and his subsequent novels based loosely on his own past military experiences. Marcinko’s defiant, crude, and sometimes ruthless behavior has earned him both glory and infamy in the history books.

For more details on Rogue Warrior, visit the game’s official website.

World Premiere Gameplay Video for Brink at G4TV (Updated!)

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G4TV.com has an exclusive look at Brink’s gameplay this week. Head here to watch Playing Smart, in which Game Director Paul Wedgwood explains the S.M.A.R.T system (that’s Smooth Movement Across Random Terrain). Stay tuned to G4TV.com today through Thursday for more videos.

There will be additional coverage on X-Play, too — starting tonight at 6:30 PM ET. Brink Week on X-Play continues on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Check your local listings for more times.

The release date for Brink is, indeed, Fall 2010. That’s when the game will be ready for everyone to play. Hope everyone enjoys the videos we’ll be putting out this week for everyone that didn’t get to see the Brink demo at E3/PAX/QuakeCon/GamesCom/etc.

For more details on Brink, visit the game’s official site, as well as Splash Damages’ website.

Update: G4TV.com now has the segment shown on X-Play tonight. Watch it here.

Look! An Email Subscription Button! –>

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When Matt and Ashley leave town for the holidays/vacation, I apparently become empowered and start messing with things.

Today’s change? I got Rob to add the ability to sign up to receive an email when something new gets posted on the blog. This is for those of you that aren’t into RSS feeds or, as one colleague of mine said this morning, “don’t know what this Feedburner thing is you speak of.” Neanderthal.

So rejoice, oh ye’ of the technically challenged. Fear not the feed, for I have brought you email notification, and it is good. Just click the button in the top right cleverly labelled “Get email notifications” and then enter your email address, and you’ll never miss a thing.

The Infernal City: In Stores Now

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The Infernal City — the first of two books based on The Elder Scrolls’ universe, is being released today and is available in stores and online at places like Amazon.

Look, the holidays are coming. You’re going to be around people you can only stand so much of. Not talking to them in order to play video games doesn’t always go over so well. Reading a book, however…well that makes you smarter, and who could argue against that? And you need a new book, so I recommend getting this one. I think I’ve read it about 4 or 5 times now. It’s really good. If you pick it up, let us know what you think.

In case you missed it previously, see the interview I did with Infernal City author Greg Keyes here.

Fallout 3 items hitting the Xbox Avatar Marketplace this Thursday (Updated)

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Within our forums and in emails, we’ve seen numerous requests that we create Fallout 3 items to Xbox LIVE’s Avatar Marketplace. On Thursday, November 26th, we’ll be releasing the items shown above:

As noted above, all items can be purchased for male and female avatars, with the exception of the Vault Boy Suite (male only). Click the links to purchase them via Xbox.com.

*Updated: As it turns out, we goofed on the price of the Vault Boy Head. This avatar item runs for 160 MS points (we previously posted that it would go for 80 MS Points). Sorry for the confusion.