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.

Fallout in the Real World: Vault Pics

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Recently I received an email from Bethesda Blog reader Daniel Picard — who was given the unique opportunity to visit a local fallout bunker just outside of Ottawa, Canada. Being a fan of Fallout 3, he took some pictures with his Vault Boy Bobblehead and even added some HUD effects. At first glance, I actually thought I was looking at a screenshot.

To see more of Dan’s photo work, head to his blog. And if you have interesting photos, art, video, etc. to share, shoot us an email at bethblog@bethsoft.com.

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.

PAX ’09 — Vault Suit Spotting

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During my trip at PAX, I made a conscious effort to take a picture of anyone I found wearing a Vault Suit — highlighted by the little one shown above. I also stumbled upon a group of Raiders, but unfortunately I wasn’t carrying my camera at the time.

Hit the jump to check out more Vault Dwellers from the show…

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Vault Boy hits the streets

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This Vault Boy costume comes from Molly B, who wore it at Otakon 2009 earlier this month in Baltimore. In her email, she mentions that she ran into other Fallout fans at the show, including a few Vault Dwellers and a friendly Talon Company Merc.

If you’ve got a cool costume to share — whether it’s from Otakon, Comic- Con, or Khaaan-i-Con — be like be like Molly and shoot us an email.

Fallout 3 items at Gamer Graffix

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Looking to add some Fallout 3 decor to your gaming room? Gamer Graffix has new skins and wall graphics to make the room more “Game Shui.”

If you’ve got an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, they’ve got Brotherhood of Steel skins for your console. If you’re looking for something to put on your wall, they’ve got a Wall Graffix collection featuring the Brotherhood of Steel, Vault Boy, and a Fallout 3 logo. If you want to go all out, they even have a massive 33 x 60 Brotherhood of Steel Wall Graffix that’s 5-feet tall (shown above)

For more details on these, head to Gamer Graffix.

More Fallout Papercraft

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Last summer, we shared a papercraft version of our Vault Boy bobblehead that was downloadable at GamesRadar. If you enjoyed putting that together, folks at the office pointed me towards a few more papercraft projects.

At Action Papercrafts, there’s a more complex version of the Charisma Bobblehead — which you can download here. Meanwhile, if you believe in the Power of Atom, Chamoo232’s Papercraft Archive has a papercraft version of Megaton’s nuke.

If you give either of these a try, you’ll have to let me know how it goes. I’m afraid arts and crafts aren’t my specialty. I think the best compliment I ever received was, “Oh, good try.”