Modder Interview: TheTalkieToaster

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This week we’re checking in with Sam Mangham, otherwise known as TheTalkieToaster within our forums. Sam is a 21-year-old student at the University of Bath in, where else, Bath, England. When he’s not modding or studying Physics and Chemistry, he spends his time walking, seeing movies, and baking cakes.

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Around the web: Interviews, awards and more

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Welcome back for another edition of Around the Web.

We’ll start today at 1Up, where they’ve got an Afterthoughts interview with Emil. In it, Emil discusses design decisions, inspirations, as well as some things you might not have known about the game.  Here’s an excerpt:

1UP: The first time you played the game all the way through, what kind of character build did you use?

Emil: I’ve played the game at the office so many times, with so many different characters, at so many different stages of development, that I honestly can’t remember the first! But I do remember one of my favorites. I’d made this guy with Tag Skills in Science, Energy Weapons, and Speech. And every time I hit a option in dialogue, I would take it. It actually took me several hours of play before I looked at my character — and his suave little moustache — and then it hit me…I’d inadvertently created Tony Stark. I’d been playing the whole game in the role of Tony Stark, and hadn’t even realized it.

In Emil’s interview, there are a few references to the upcoming DLC. For more DLC discussion, check out WonderWallWeb, where there’s a new interview with Jeff Gardiner. Here’s a quick preview:

Can you tell us a little about the experience players will have in Operation Anchorage and what situations they will find themselves in?

Jeff Gardiner: The player will be tasked with taking the main Chinese stronghold outside of Anchorage.  Along the way they’ll pick up new weaponry, and even get to command a small strike force of their choosing.  They’ll be able to pick what type of team they’d like to create, and then how to utilize them in succeeding in their objective.

Speaking of Operation: Anchorage, it appears news of the DLC has made its way to Alaska by way of the Anchorage Daily News. I have to wonder what some residents of the Land of Midnight Sun had to think when they read the introduction.

More news after the break…

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Fallout 3, Team Honored

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A few more year end awards have been announced for both Fallout 3 and Bethesda Game Studios over the weekend.

Up first, GameSpy concluded their year end awards — with Fallout 3 taking home the award for Overall Game of the Year and winning the Gamers’ Choice awards for Xbox 360 and PC. It’s a great honor anytime we get awards like these — especially when it comes from fans.

On Friday night IGN announced their Best of 2008 awards for Xbox 360, with Fallout 3 taking awards for Best RPG, Best Use of Sound, and Game of the Year. Here’s an excerpt from what they had to say on the game winning GOTY:

“The sense of immersion in this twisted, yet somehow believable, world is fantastic, but it’s the freedom and memorable moments that put Fallout 3 on top. The VATS combat is fantastic. The role-playing and decision making is top notch. Just about everything Fallout 3 does is special. You could (and should) play Fallout 3 for dozens and dozens of hours and still turn it on the next day and find something new and exciting.”

In other news, GamaSutra included Bethesda Game Studios in their list of the Top 5 Developers in 2008.

What we’re playing: Holiday Edition

 

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With Christmas and New Year’s (and the always important Celebration of Gstaff Day) coming up, many of us are taking time off and celebrating the holiday season. Of course, that means many of us will get to spend some extended time playing games.

Here’s a rundown of some of the games we’ll be playing.

Michael Lattanzia, QA: Warhammer Online (Woo, Keg End event!), Left 4 Dead, Gears of War 2, Persona 3 FES, Animal Crossing: Wild World, Chrono Trigger DS, Dead Rising… whew, trying to catch up on some games finally.

Chris Esko, Gameplay Programmer: Trying to finish all the games I haven’t had time for. Fallout 3, Left 4 Dead, Gears of War 2, Prince of Persia, Rock Band 2, Kings Bounty, and getting sucked back into WoW with the Lich King expansion.

Orin Tresnjak, Graphics Programmer: King’s Bounty: The Legend, World of Warcraft, Prince of Persia.

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Community Scrapbook — Scenic Landscapes

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Last time around for Community Scrapbook, we requested that you send along your best scenic landscape screens you’ve taken. The shot above, taken by Ghostwise, is currently my desktop wallpaper.

Rather than coming up with criteria for the next scrapbook, how about you guys make some suggestions by commenting below. I’ll pick one of the suggestions and let you guys know.

Hit the jump below to see more scenic landscapes…

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Around the web

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Here’s the latest news on Fallout 3.

Following up their selection of Fallout 3 as the top PC game in 2008, GameSpy has now bestowed the same honor to the 360 version of the game. The PlayStation 3 release of the game also was honored — being named runner-up for GOTY. IGN has begun giving out their year end awards as well, with Fallout 3 winning RPG of the Year on both PlayStation 3 and PC.

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Enclave Commander Mod turns heads at HQ

This morning I got several emails from members of the team pointing out the trailer for a new Fallout 3 mod — Enclave Commander Mod. Here’s the basic decription for the mod, created by J3X:

“This mod adds a Enclave Radio Transmitter. When you use it it will call forth a Vertibird loaded with 3 friendly Enclave soldiers to your position. You can find the transmitter at the entrance desk in the Museum of History.”

Nice work J3X!