BGS devs participating in TF 2 Mixup. Will you?

Through the years, it’s become no secret that we’ve got devs that take Team Fortress 2 pretty seriously. Later this Spring, producer Phil Nelson (above left) and world artist Nate Purkeypile (right), will participate in the fourth TF 2 Mixup.

The mixup includes a selection of developers from around the industry… and you could participate, too! A donation to Child’s Play from the Mixup homepage enters you for a chance to participate and win some cool prizes.

For more details, visit the TF2 Mixup website.

What we’re playing

While it’s been awhile since the last time we did one of these, I can assure that we not only love playing making games, we still use up our free time playing them. With a slew of awesome games now available (including Crysis 2, Total War: Shogun 2, and Marvel vs. Capcom 3), not to mention a new system (Nintendo 3DS), we’ve got plenty to keep us busy before and after work.

This week’s featured game is Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP (iPad) — currently being played by Harvey Smith (Arkane) and Michael Musick (id).

Below you’ll find all the games we’re playing this week that aren’t Portal 2 (it’s almost here!). Let us know the games you’re playing and what you think we’re missing out on.

Harvey Smith: I’m playing Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP (shown above), which is by far the best adventure game I’ve played in many years. It has a sense of wonder and mystery that most games lack, delivered in parts by the minimal storytelling, by the very analogue touch gameplay controls and even activation UI, and by the distinct (and unusual personality) of the setting and fiction.

Shinji Mikami: F1 2010.

Matt Hooper @id_Hooper: Crysis 2, Torchlight, Dead Space 2, and Bullet Storm.

Cory Dornbusch: Total War: Shogun 2 and Team Fortress 2.

Aaron Mitschelen: Rift. Also playing  Disgaea 4 in Japanese.

Mark Lampert: Unreal World.

Frank Matzke: Super Street Fighter IV (3DS) and  Crysis 2. Continue reading full article ›

What we’re playing

Back with another edition of What We’re Playing. One month into the year, there’s plenty of terrific new games like Dead Space 2, LittleBigPlanet 2, and DC Universe Online. But the game I’ve heard the most people talking about is Magicka. Like the name suggests, it’s all about using magic — casting spells, making traps with spells, crossing the streams with spells — you name it. It’s also a great 4-player co-op game with hilarious friendly fire.

Here’s the rundown of the games we’re playing. Let us know what’s striking your fancy.

Emil Pagliarulo: DC Universe Online (PC), Dead Space (yes, the first one, on 360), and Two Worlds 2 (360).

Michael Aubuchon: Magicka, Crysis 2 MP demo, TF2, and Dead Space 2.

Joel Burgess: Destroying friendships in Magicka, three at a time.

Craig Lafferty: Dead Space 2, LittleBigPlanet 2, and finally finishing Red Dead Redemption.

Jason Bergman: DC Universe Online and Mass Effect (1).

Harvey Smith: Fallout: New Vegas. Still need to get around to RDR undead DLC and now I’m itching to try Dead Space 2, since friends worked on it.

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The Best Games We Played in 2010

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Since end-of-the-year vacation time is a great opportunity to catch up on playing games, we’re behind the curve on sharing our favorite games of last year.

In the end, we played a lot of great games. Among the most popular were Red Dead Redemption (the unofficial office favorite), Mass Effect 2, StarCraft 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and Super Meat Boy… just to name a few.

Check out our favorites below. In case you’re wondering, we were allowed to include games from previous years. Since we’re not giving away trophies or gold stars… what’s it matter anyway?

In the comments section, share with us your favorite games of 2010.

Daryl Brigner

10.) Super Meat Boy,  9.) Mount and Blade: Warband, 8.) Amnesia: The Dark Descent, 7.) COD: Black Ops MP, 6.) Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, 5.) Metro 2033, 4.) STALKER: Call of Pripyat, 3.) Minecraft, 2.) Mass Effect 2, and 1.) Red Dead Redemption

Harvey Smith

In terms of meaningful experiences, for me this year was all about Bioshock 2, Red Dead Redemption and Fallout New Vegas. I was captivated by the art and atmosphere in Limbo. Osmos and Germs were my favorite iPhone games.

Ashley Cheng

Carcassonne for iPhone/iPad, Mass Effect 2, Red Dead Redemption, Borderlands, and NCAA Football 11. And that basketball game on that website.

Kurt Kuhlmann

Red Dead Redemption

Mark Lampert

Red Dead Redemption, Minecraft, still playing Grand Theft Auto IV because it never gets old.

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Holiday Break: What we’re playing

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Being the holiday season, many of us are at home catching up with friends and family. And of course, we’re playing games, too. Knowing that there’s tons of awesome stuff coming next year — including the likes of Dead Space 2, Uncharted 3, Portal 2, and Mass Effect 3 — now is as good of a time as any to catch up on everything from 2010. Among the most popular picks are (big surprise!) Black Ops, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

So before we getting back to work on Brink, Hunted, RAGE, and Skyrim, here’s the games we’re enjoying. Happy New Year!

Andrew Boyd: Hoping to play some New Vegas and some Demon’s Souls, but I’ll probably play a lot of Cataclysm.

Liam Wade: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, COD Black Ops, Fable III, Halo Reach, Dead Rising 2, and maybe even a little Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.

Matt Weil: Black Ops and League of Legends.

Jason Bergman: Epic Mickey, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Rock Band 3.

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What we’re playing: Duty calls again

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Captain Obvious here with news that our teams are spending this weekend playing Call of Duty: Black Ops. Surprise! What’s also not surprising is that many other popular new releases are getting plenty of playtime. Amongst the favorites are Fable 3, Super Meat Boy, and Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare.

Let us know what game you’re playing this weekend.

Pete Hines: Black Ops and Halo: Reach.

Andrew Poff: Fable 3, Medal of Honor, and Super Meatboy

Sal Goldenberg: Fallout New Vegas, Fable 2, and anxiously awaiting Assassins Creed: Brotherhood.

Philip Spangrud: Fallout: New Vegas, Dead Rising 2, Force Unleashed 2, and Fable III.

Matt Grandstaff: Vanquish, Kinect Sports, Dance Central, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, NCAA Football 11, and NBA 2K11.

Caedmon Somers: Fallout: New Vegas and Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Mike Onufrak: Fallout: New Vegas, TF2, and Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem. Continue reading full article ›

What we’re playing

What we’re playing this week returns this week — without controllers! With the release of Kinect on Xbox 360, many of developers are spending time jumping and dancing like a fool in front of their TV. The BGS team can consider themselves lucky I wasn’t equipped with a camera when I passed through a Dance Central session on Thursday.

With no videos to share from the office, we’ll have to share this Best Buy employee video. He’s truly the mayor of Funkytown.

Have you tried out Kinect? If so, let us know what you think. And if you’re still using controllers, mouse + keyboard, touch screen, or anything else… that’s okay too.

Orin Tresnjak: Minecraft, Dance Central, Super Scribblenauts, and Super Meat Boy.

Gary Powell: Fallout: New Vegas, Fist Of The North Star: Ken’s Rage, and Game Dev Story.

Shane Liesegang: Fallout: New Vegas, Fable 3, and maybe one more turn of Civ 5.

Joe Mueller: Kicking back with some Force Unleashed 2 and probably getting a group together for Halo: Reach. Definitely want to play some Kinect though!

Sam Bernstein: My Area 51 Arcade machine now that I’ve recalibrated the guns.

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What we’re playing

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This week’s “What We’re Playing” looks pretty similar to recent weeks. Halo: Reach, NCAA Football 11, Civ 5, Minecraft, and StarCraft 2 remain amongst the most popular picks. With more and more fall titles releasing (including the recent release of Dead Rising 2), the list is bound to have a major shakeup soon.

Tell us the games you can’t put down, as well as the titles you’re looking forward to this fall.

Kelly Law-Yone: Halo: Reach and WoW.

Liam Wade: Dead Rising 2. Look out Zombies!

Ian Rogers: Starfleet Command 3.

Justin Schram: Civilization V.

Joel Burgess: Dead Rising 2, Civ V, Minecraft, and Far Cry 2.

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What we’re playing: Conquering the World Edition

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As I sit in a Phoenix hotel room putting together this week’s “What We’re Playing” on my MacBook Pro, I’m a little envious of all the people below playing Civ 5 on their PCs. In addition to Firaxis’ latest hit, other popular PC picks include StarCraft 2, Recettear, and Minecraft.

There’s plenty of great console games to play, too. Halo: Reach continues to dominate our friends’ lists on LIVE, and sports fans have plenty to cheer for with FIFA 11, NHL 11, and NCAA Football 11.

Here’s this week’s rundown. Let us know what you’re playing.

Liam Wade: Halo: Reach and StarCraft 2 custom user-created maps.

Caedmon Somers: Civ V.

Mark Lampert: Minecraft.

Michael Lattanzia: Civilization 5. Civilization 5. And more Civilization 5. Who needs sleep?

Rob Bartholomew: Constant and unrelenting Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale – no bloody thanks to the people who flagged it up in last week’s “WWP”…

Tom Lassanske: Civ 5.

Steve Cornett: Civ V and Starcraft 2.

Jordan Ziegler: Halo: Reach, NCAA Football 11, and NHL 11.

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What we’re playing

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Surprise! With the release of Halo: Reach this week, many of our employees are checking out Bungie’s swan song to the series. In addition to Halo, popular picks include Minecraft, Recettear, and NCAA Football 11.

Let us know the games you’re playing this week. And who knows, maybe we’ll run into you while playing Reach.

Alistair Hatch: Halo: Reach.

Dan “Fancypants” Geske, QA: NCAA Football 11, if I can get my hands on a copy.

Jeff Senita: StarCraft 2!

Greg Baverstock: Halo: Reach, Football Manager 2010, DiRT 2, and Mafia II.

Jordan Ziegler: NCAA Football 11 and Borderlands.

Aaron Mitschelen: Recettear. Which is what you ALL should be playing.

Andrew Poff: Halo: Reach and Mass Effect 2.

Daryl Brigner: Minecraft, Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale (try the demo on Steam), and maybe Borderlands.

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