What we’re playing: Super-Cold-Football-Inauguration Weekend Edition

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Crazy times here in the Capital region. First, it’s insanely cold. Checking out  Weather Channel, right now it “feels like 1 degree.” BRRRRR! To add to the fun, we’re expecting 2-3 million visitors coming to the area for President-Elect Obama’s inauguration next week. Exciting times…but it’s going to be hectic too.

On top of all that, the stage for this year’s Super Bowl will be determined this weekend. While we’re in Redskins country, I would have expected some rooting for the Baltimore Ravens. But from the list below, it’s all about the Stillerz. Hmm, maybe we should make some downloadble content in the Pittsburgh area??? :)

Anyways, while we stay inside to avoid the cold and all the tourists, here’s the games we’ll be playing when we’re not watching football.

Have a great weekend!

Fred Zeleny, Steel City Expatriate: X-Com Interceptor, Rock Band 2 (with my new cymbal set!), and starting my second campaign in Fall From Heaven 2. I think I’ll make a black and gold Steeler empire to crush the world. Oh yes.

Megan Sawyer, Environment Artist: Animal Crossing City Folk. Also,  rooting for the Steelers. GO STILLERZ!

Chris Rodriguez, Systems Programmer: Twilight Princess, Bully.  Go Steelers!

Erik J. Steelersponi: World of Steelercraft, Steeler Quest, giving Steelers of War 2 another try.

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Fallout 3 iMix on iTunes

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Since Fallout 3 was released, I’ve received numerous emails asking about where you can buy music from the game. If you pre-ordered the game from Gamestop, you might have been lucky enough to get a few of the game’s tracks on our soundtrack sampler. If you’re looking for more tunes from the game, there’s a pretty good iMix up with songs you can purchase from the game.

To find it, enter the iTunes Store. From there, select “Music,” then “iMix.” From the iMix page, if you do a search for Fallout, you should find an iMix one user submitted called Fallout 3.. From there, you can purchase any or all of the following songs:

  • Butcher Pete — Roy Brown
  • I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire — The Ink Spots
  • Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall — The Ink Spots & Ella Fitzgerald
  • Way Back Home — Bob Crosby and the Bobcats
  • Anything Goes — Cole Porter with Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
  • Maybe — The Ink Spots
  • Dear Hearts and Gentle People — Bob Crosby and the Bobcats
  • Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo) — Danny Kaye
  • Happy Times — Bob Crosby and the Bobcats
  • Mighty Mighty Man — Roy Brown
  • Easy Living — Billie Holiday
  • Crazy He Calls Me — Billie Holiday
  • A Wonderful Guy — Tex Beneke

Enjoy!

This…is Medieval Games!

No, we’re not making a game based on the Cable Guy, but that scene above was the first thing that came to mind when I learned about Medieval Games, a new title coming to the Nintendo Wii from our sister studio, Vir2L Studios. Here’s a bit from the game’s press release:

From battling dragons and storming the castle, to catapulting and archery contests, Medieval Games offers hours of fun for the entire family. Choose from a variety of colorful characters, such as the knight, princess, bard, or wizard as you compete in a variety of game modes. Tournaments and jousting await in this rich fantasy world!

The game is early on in it’s development, but I wanted to make sure it’s on your radar. Additionally, Vir2L is working on ZeniMax’s first iPhone (and iPod touch) game — Scram Sam.

For more details on these titles, keep an eye on Vir2l’s new site.

Fallout 3 receives a Writer’s Guild of America nomination

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Yesterday the Writer’s Guild of America announced Fallout 3 as one of their nominees for their Videogame Writing award.

Congrats to our guys, including Emil Pagliarulo, Erik Caponi, Brian Chapin, Jon Paul Duvall, Kurt Kuhlmann, Alan Nanes, Bruce Nesmith, Fred Zeleny and the rest of the Fallout 3 team.

The winner of the Videogame Writing Award will be announced at the 2009 Writers Guild Awards on February 7.

Games for Windows LIVE Marketplace & Fallout 3

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The 1.1 title update for PC that was just released today also includes an extra feature — it deploys the Games for Windows LIVE Marketplace app that Fallout 3 will use to release downloadable content for the PC. It will appear as a separate application in your Start Menu under Microsoft Games for Windows LIVE. You can also download the app separately from Microsoft’s Games for Windows site.

To access GFWL Marketplace, you will need to join Games for Windows LIVE, which is free. However, if you’re already are a member of Xbox LIVE (silver or gold), you can use your Xbox Live gamertag and login with Games for Windows Live. Think of this as the PC equivalent to Xbox LIVE. It even uses Microsoft points just like Xbox LIVE.

If you log in using your Xbox LIVE gamertag, it will automatically recognize your pool of Microsoft points, too.

The first DLC for Fallout 3, Operation: Anchorage, will be available on Games for Windows LIVE and Xbox LIVE on Tuesday, January 27th.

Fallout 3 Update

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Today we’re releasing the Fallout 3 version 1.10 update to PC and Xbox 360 in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish territories. Additionally, if you’ve got a PS3 and are living in one of the aforementioned European territories, the update is coming your way as well.

To download and read the update’s release notes, head over to the Fallout 3 Official Site. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 users with online connectivity will receive a notification of the update upon starting the game.