What we’re playing: Weinhändler Edition

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In case you missed it, our very own Nick Breckon participated in an Idle Thumbs panel/reunion at this year’s PAX. Somewhere between discussing Far Cry 2 and listening to The Wizard, there was a lengthy discussion on a tabletop game called Die Weinhändler. Since then, Nick’s bought a copy of the game, and if he has his way, by next week it’ll be the only game anyone is playing. Or maybe not… Halo: Reach releases next week.

Here’s the rundown of the games we’re playing. Feel free to let us know the video games (or tabletop games) you’re playing.

Nick Breckon: Die Weinhändler. You can not händle it.

Liam Wade: Starcraft 2 and Red Dead Redemption.

Gary Noonan: Oblivion GOTY (PC) w/ MANY mods.

Jordan Ziegler: NCAA Football 11, Mario Party 8, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XIII, Mass Effect 2, and Fallout 3.

Sam Papke: FIFA 10 and Catan.

Andrew Buscaglio: Halo: ODST and waiting on Halo: Reach.

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What we’re playing: Downloadable Delights

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Download-exclusive titles on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 continue to evolve. Recent releases like Shank (above), Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Monday Night Combat, and Scott Pilgrim are getting plenty of playtime from our developers.

What are the best download-exclusive titles you’re playing? Let us know your favorites, as well as any other games you’re playing.

Kurtis Weaver: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Just Dance with my daughter!

Emil Pagliarulo: Shank (360 Arcade), Backbreaker (360), Mafia 2 (360), and World of Warcraft.

Michael Aubuchon: Monday Night Combat and Team Fortress 2.

Pete Hines: NCAA 11. Red Dead. Monday Night Combat.

Sam Papke: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and DeathSpank.

Ricardo Gonzalez, Rating: Awesome: Scott Pilgrim: The Game and also hanging out at ProjectEuler.net

Andy Chang: Starcraft II, Limbo, and Uncharted.

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What we’re playing: “Craft” games

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It’s no surprise that our offices continue to obsess over StarCraft 2 (and still play World of Warcraft), but this week it’s Minecraft – a game that’s self described as being “about placing blocks while running from skeletons” — that’s getting highlighted. The latest version of the game is currently in Alpha and can be downloaded here. You can also play Minecraft Classic for free.

Speaking of free, as we all prep for QuakeCon 2010, many of us our spending time playing QUAKE LIVE.

Here’s the full list of games we’re checking out. Now… what are YOU playing?

Peter Sokal: StarCraft 2, Darksiders, QUAKE LIVE, and potentially some Ikaruga.

Brent Krische: I’ve been playing QUAKE on the Sega Saturn, a bit of Bit.Trip RUNNER on the Wii, and checking out various demos on my Xbox 360. Jurassic: The Hunted seems pretty cool.

Jon DeVriendt: StarCraft II and QUAKE LIVE.

Orin Tresnjak: StarCraft 2. Addictive game, that.

Jeff Browne: Minecraft and Red Dead Redemption.

Alistair Hatch: Having recently completed a few games (Limbo, Red Dead, Singularity), I’m uncertain whether to try and finish Split/Second, or persevere with Crackdown 2, or start something new. Any suggestions?

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What we’re playing: Lots of Limbo, StarCraft2

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With a wait of more than a decade for a sequel, it’s no surprise that StarCraft 2’s release this week is a big deal at our offices. What does surprise me, however, is that more people have mentioned they’re playing Limbo — the creepy puzzle/platform title that’s getting a lot of buzz on Xbox LIVE Arcade. That being said, I’m sure we’ll be seeing StarCraft 2 on What We’re Playing for some time… probably until the year 2025.

Here’s the full run down of what we’re playing. Fee free to star with us the game’s you’re playing.

Ricardo Gonzalez: Limbo. Terrifying. Awesome. Limbo.

Jon DeVriendt: Do you even have to ask? StarCraft II!

Justin Schram: Lots of StarCraft 2.

Todd Vaughn: Limbo, Plants vs. Zombies, and Angry Birds HD.

Madeleine Rabil: Odin Sphere, Little King’s Story, Final Fantasy 8, and Wild Arms 5.

Matt Grandstaff: Limbo, NCAA Football 11, Red Dead Redemption, and Alan Wake “The Signal.”

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What we’re playing: Arcade edition

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Both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are beginning to crank out their summertime arcade hits, and we’re definitely downloading them. This past week I’ve talked to a number of folks at the office that are currently playing Deathspank (above) and Puzzle Quest 2. Additionally, Deadliest Warrior, Monkey Island 2, and DOOM II are getting played by folks at the office. Personally, I’m pumped to check out this week’s big release on Xbox LIVE Arcade — Limbo.

Let us know the games you’re downloading, as well as anything else that’s striking your fancy.

Amber Hinden: XBLA FTW!! Puzzle Quest 2 & DeathSpank

Brent Krische: Deadliest Warrior: The Game and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge: Special Edition

Nick Heller: Still playing Red Dead. Plus have gone a bit old school with Doom II and Virtua Tennis 3!

Allan Jaffee: God of War III, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy XIII, and Super Mario World.

Max Cameron: Dragon Quest IX, Metal Gear Online, Red Dead Redemption.

Orin Tresnjak: DeathSpank and Dragon Quest IX.

Laffy Taylor: Angry Birds, Deadliest Warrior, and Red Faction: Guerilla.

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What we’re playing

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After a hiatus of more than a month, “What We’re Playing” returns this week. Not too much has changed. People are still playing Red Dead Redemption (and I’ve still barely started), we’ve got people obsessing over the StarCraft 2 Beta (once again), and Pete & Ash are playing Carcassonne. I bet they’d play Carcassonne if they made a board game out of it (oh wait).

Here’s this weeks rundown… have a great weekend.

Gary Noonan: Fallout3 (PC) w/ many great fan-made mods.

Ashley Cheng: Carcassonne for iPhone/iPad.

Caedmon Somers: Super Stardust in 3D and Uncharted 2.

Pete Hines: Carcassone iPhone, Castle Crashers, NCAA ’11, Crackdown 2

Frank Matzke: I’ve at least unwrapped my copy of Red Dead (dunno whether this counts as playing?), then there’s the occasional round of After Burner Climax (brings back a lot of great memories) and I was really happy to finally get two extra characters (incl. my 2nd favorite Cammy) for the iPhone version of Street Fighter IV.

Shannon Bailey: Resonance of Fate.

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What we’re looking forward to at E3

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Many folks from our office — including Nick, Pete (featured today in an E3 NYT article), and I — will be heading to Los Angeles this weekend in preparation for E3. While we’ll be focused on helping everyone see what we’ve got for Brink, Fallout: New Vegas, Hunted: The Demon’s Forge, and RAGE, we’ll definitely be keeping our eyes peeled for all the cool stuff being shown by other publishers and developers.

As such, I decided to ask folks at the office what they are anticipating as E3 2010 approaches…

Michael Musick: Mass Effect 3, Dead Space 2, Crysis 2, Medal of Honor, Rock Band 3, X-COM, Star Wars: TOR, The Last Guardian and of course everything on the Zenimax roster!

Dennis Mejillones: Very interested seeing what Natal can do. I’m also looking forward to mainly Little Big Planet 2 and then Dead Rising 2, Dead Space 2 and hopefully The Last Guardian. I also hope they announce an enhanced release of Shadow of the Collosus and Ico on PS3.

Orin Tresnjak: LittleBigPlanet 2 and Super Scribblenauts, whatever Nintendo has up their sleeve, and the Bethesda-published stuff: Brink, RAGE, Hunted, and New Vegas.

Jon DeVriendt: Being there in person for the first time, Medal of Honor multiplayer, Crysis 2, whatever Valve is working on, SWOTR, Natal, and meeting Fedor Emelianenko.

Max Cameron: Bulletstorm, FFXIV, Halo: Reach, inFamous 2, and LittleBigPlanet 2.

Alec Ahearn: Hoping to see more of LittleBigPlanet 2, The Last Guardian, Metal Gear Solid Rising, COD: Black Ops, Dead Space 2, the new Medal of Honor, Killzone 3, FFXIV and FFXII Versus, and anything Kingdom Hearts. I also want to see more of Natal and Playstation Move, and this rumored PSP phone. And new titles of course!

Pete Hines: The part where it’s over.

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What we’re NOT playing: Three Day BBQ edition

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It’s Memorial Day weekend, and many of us are putting the controllers down and taking advantage of our extra day off from work. From BBQs to road trips, here’s a look at how we’re unofficially kicking off summer.

Rest assured there will be games played this weekend too, and we’ll let you know what we’re playing next week. Until then, here’s our non-gaming rundown…

Emil Pagliarulo: Massive spring cleaning (including a much-overdue dusting of the Man Cave; hanging up a big Celtic tapestry in my front hall; perfecting my Irish coffee recipe; having a cool day out with two of my kids (I have so many, we need to work in shifts!)

Ian Rogers: Going to Virginia to meet with the wedding cake baker Saturday, Memorial Day BBQ on Sunday night and hopefully, going to the pool on Monday.

Ken Barner: Maybe going to the parade in VA w/family. Probably partying with friends. There’re errands that free time would let me run. No plans, plenty of possibilities.

Max Cameron: Playing GURPS with friends, chilling around the house.

Brett Douville: Coaching a weekend of baseball at the Walk the Plank tournament with the Olney Buccaneers (Arrrrg), watching games when I’m not coaching, and using the evenings to refine my cooking technique.

Tracey Thompson: Heading out for another little Grizwold family vacation — Hershey Park here we come!

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What we’re playing: Red Dead’s everywhere

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Between this week’s What We’re Playing and my Xbox LIVE friends’ list, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a game getting more playtime than last week’s big release from Rockstar — Red Dead Redemption. In the short list below, 23 guys guys are playing it, and as I look at my friends’ list on LIVE, 29 people are playing it at this minute.

On top of RDR, the past week has seen the release of several other popular titles — including Alan Wake, Split/Second, and Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Check out the full What We’re Playing list below…

Matt Ponton: Super Street Fighter IV and Mini Ninjas.

Matt Grandstaff: Splinter Cell: Conviction (just finished it), Mass Effect 2, Red Dead Redemption, FIFA World Cup, and possibly Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Matt Weil: League of Legends, Neptune’s Pride, and Final Fantasy on my phone.

Matt Killmon: StarCraft II Beta (getting killed), Alan Wake (getting scared), and Final Fantasy XIII.

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What we’re playing

This week two entire different fantasy games — 3D Dot Game Heroes (trailer above) and Mount & Blade Warband — are getting plenty of playtime from our developers. In addition to these titles, folks continue to play the Halo: Reach beta while there’s still time left. And speaking of time, it’s a matter of time before everyone gets their paws on Alan Wake and Red Dead Redemption!

Let us know the games you’re playing, and what you’re looking forward to…

Shane Liesegang: 3D Dot Game Heroes, plus delving back into the Marathon trilogy (possibly my favorite game series) from the start.

Jon Paul Duvall: Mount & Blade: Warband

Dane Olds: 3d Dot Game Heroes and Warpgate.

Joe Owens: Bayonetta.

Nick Heller: Currently playing Alan Wake, FIFA 10, and Fight Night Round 4.

Jeff Browne: Mount & Blade Warband.

Brent Krische: Going to the hospital in Wolfenstein and taking on the Dark Star in Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story.

Mike Dulany: Super Street Fighter 4 ( It’s time to oil up ).

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