New weapon details at IGN

This week is “Fallout 3 Week” at IGN. To kick things off, they’ve got new screenshots and concept art, a new video, and a two-page preview from Erik Brudvig — all focusing on weapons found within the game.

Check out the video above, and then head over and read the preview. Here’s a taste:

“Most games reward progression by giving you access to cooler weapons. At the beginning of the game, you’ll be stuck with a few junky weapons, but by the end you’ll be a walking death-bringer armed to the teeth. That is not the case in Fallout 3. It is possible to get awesome weapons very early in the game. The catch is that most of these will be half-broken, require some serious effort to obtain, and you won’t have the skill level to get the most out of them yet. The trick to getting these weapons is usually making them yourself.”

Stay tuned to IGN all week for new information on the game.

David reveals almost nothing…

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I don’t know whether we’ve ever mentioned him, or if he has said so himself, or if it’s already known, but David Hodgson wrote the Fallout 3 strategy guide for us that will be coming out from Prima (N. America) and Future (Europe). Once again, another “phonebook” guide.

Google Alerts just let me know David recently did a blog post over at the Prima web site about the experience, complete with a whole slew of non-spoilers. Here’s an excerpt:

But if you’re wanting to explore every nook, cranny, and small wasteland [SPECIFIC SETTLEMENT TITLE REMOVED] out in the middle of a blasted heath, you’ll need to free up a seriously large amount of time; more than mere weeks: [NOPE, CAN'T SAY], in fact. Fortunately, these expeditions can be performed in [A DIFFERENT, AND SUITABLY VAGUE MANNER], allowing you to savor the experience, as well as picking and choosing where you’d like to visit, and how savaged you’d like to get at the talons of a [REALLY RATHER COOL CREATURE I CAN'T MENTION].

We’ll be working with David again. There isn’t anyone here that worked on this project with him that wasn’t completely impressed with his professionalism and fanaticism in getting this guide done. He was tireless and did an outstandng job.

Matt and I have talked about getting something together with him for the blog, perhaps an interview where he’s talks to some degree about the process without ruining the game for everyone. After all, the guy is a walking Fallout 3 spoiler at this point. In the meantime, head over to read what else he had to say.

Who we’re rooting for: Steelers and…Frankenstein?

This week I thought I’d try something different — find out what teams (NFL, college football, MLB, etc.) folks at the office root for, as well as their favorite moments. I didn’t know what to expect, since not everyone at the office has sports memorabilia around their desk space (like Ash, Pete and Todd). From reading the answers I got, clearly, not everyone is a sports fan.

Nevertheless, the Boston Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Steelers were amongst the most popular. Since the Red Sox get enough attention already, I decided to use this video as a tribute to Steelers Nation — a classic Super Bowl commercial from 1980 of Mean Joe Green taking a Nuka Coca- Cola break.

Next week, I think I’ll stick with games.

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Around the web

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Here’s some of the newest Fallout 3 coverage from this week.

Here is a clip of Todd being interviewed by X-Play’s Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb during PAX. That Saturday, they were filming their X-Play segments for about an hour or so at our booth. All I can say is…total pandemonium. Between the guys lining up behind them, and the guys in line to get their Fallout 3 swag, it definitely wasn’t easy getting around.

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The Real World meets Fallout: Power Armor and Nuclear Cars

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Fallout 3 might take place in an alternate history; branching apart from our history back in the 1950s, but that doesn’t mean some of the ideas don’t surface in our history. Here’s two examples I came across this week.

Over in the BSG forums, member andyguy82 came across a Sci-Tech article about real-life power armor being developed in Japan. Robot Suit HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) is a “wearable device that dramatically increases the strength of the wearer.” Okay, maybe that suit looks more like something out of Tron thanFallout…but it’s still cool.

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Prepare for the Future: Now Online and Fully Operational

During E3 week, we launched a new Fallout site, prepareforthefuture.com. For the past two months, content of the site has only been teased. Starting today, you can go through and explore the nooks and crannies of the site, which are divided into different channels.

Plenty of hard work went into the site, so we hope you have as much fun checking it out as we’ve had putting it together.

But enough talk. Head over to the site and let us know which channels you like best.

Chatting with Vault Dwellers from PAX

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Last month at PAX, we had plenty of memorable moments at our booth. One of my personal favorites was when a group of three guys in Vault 13 costumes showed up to see the game. We were so blown away by the effort they put into their costumes, we gave them a chance to kick back, drink some Nuka-Cola and play Fallout 3 within our Airstream trailer.

Recently I caught up with the trio to talk costumes, PAX, and Fallout 3. Check it out after the break.

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Inside the Vault: Terry Dunn

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Inside the Vault presents Terry Dunn, quality assurance tester.

What’s your job at Bethesda?
I am a quality assurance tester, which basically means I get to play games for a living. While it may sound like a glorified position to some, it actually requires persistence, conviction, and thoroughness. It’s my job to track down issues in our games, find a way to reproduce it if possible, and then write a report up for it and submit it to the developers for review. When fixes come in, I double check it to make sure the problem has been resolved.

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Planet Fallout site launches

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Briosafreak, creator of Fallout 3: A Post Nuclear Blog, let me know that a new fansite, Planet Fallout, has launched on the IGN Network. Kudos to Teddy Pierson (Editorial Manager), Briosafreak (Site Director), and the rest of the Planet Fallout team, who have already made the site a great place for finding information and discussing all things Fallout. With Fallout 3 launching in October, there’s plenty of cool stuff on the horizon — including game guides, detailed maps and quest guides.

Like Planet Elder Scrolls, it’s a community-driven fansite — so feel free to contact the guys working on the site to express your interest in helping. They’ve already got a great group working on the site, but they’ll also be looking to YOU for ways to improve it.

Best of luck guys!