Win a Survival Edition (PC)

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As noted last week on the blog, Games for Windows has a Connect & Win contest — where if you’re logged into Games for Windows LIVE and playing Fallout 3, you have a chance to win one of their daily prizes.

Today kicks off the last week of the contest with a chance to a Fallout 3 Survival Edition. So boot up the game, log into your Games for Windows LIVE account and cross your fingers.

For more details on Connect & Win, head here.

OXM GOTY

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No, that doesn’t stand for Only Xylophone Managers Guard Operating Train Yards. We received the latest issue of OXM and discovered that Fallout 3 was named their 2008 Game of the Year!

In addition to their year end awards, they also look ahead to the games they’re excited for in 2009 (with Fallout 3 DLC coming in at #17). So what game are you looking forward to most in 2009? I listed a few candidates on the current blog poll.

What we’re playing

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Because of the holidays, this was the first week back at the office for many folks, and boy, did it feel like a long week. This week’s “What we’re playing” is coming a little late, because as soon as I got home on Friday, all I wanted to do is relax and play games — finishing Dead Space and finally getting to Left 4 Dead.

Here’s this week’s rundown. Tell us what you’ve been playing this weekend.

Emil Pagliarulo, Fallout 3 Lead Designer & Writer: King’s Bounty (pictured above), Dead Space, World of Warcraft, Mount and Blade, and Tomb Raider: Underworld.

Craig Lafferty, Producer: Kings Bounty, LittleBigPlanet, Midnight Club: LA, iPhone.

Ryan Lea, Programmer: Valkaryia Chronicles!

Orin Tresnjak, Graphics Programmer: Ninja Gaiden 2, Red Alert 3, Prince of Persia.

Andrew Scharf: Fable 2, Beyond Good and Evil, and just started playing Persona 4… which will probably take up all of my time the next month or so.

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Fallout in the Real World: Pip-Boy 30,000

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Gear heads, gadgethounds, and even gamers have invaded Las Vegas this week for the annual Consumer Electronics Show. In addition to 150″ TVs, 3D monitors, and MC Hammer, this year’s show gives us a taste of Fallout in the Real World. Joystiq and Engadget have reported on a device from Universal Display Corporation that definitely resembles a Pip-Boy.

Don’t expect to find this device at a Best Buy anytime soon — it’s planned for military use.

G.E.C.K. Quick Tips 1 – Hiding References & Orthographic View

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Fallout 3 Lead Level Designer Joel Burgess has put up a new video on YouTube to help folks with one of our new features in the G.E.C.K. — orthographic view. Take it away Joel….

Since releasing the G.E.C.K., we’ve seen the mod community get off to a great start on the G.E.C.K. Wiki and forums. Part of this kickoff was a series of You Tube video tutorials, aimed to help getting acclimated with the basics of the G.E.C.K.

Designers use the G.E.C.K. daily when creating content for Fallout 3 and DLC, so there are a lot of workflow tips we take for granted. For example, level designers frequently need to get specific views in the render window. I decided to create a brief video tutorial on the topic to help fledgling G.E.C.K. users as their spaces become more complicated.

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Around the web: New DLC interview

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Today Eurogamer put up a new interview with Fallout 3 DLC producer Jeff Gardiner. In the interview, he reveals some new details about Operation: Anchorage, the first DLC for Fallout 3, as well as new details on future DLC. Here’s an excerpt:

Eurogamer: Finally, can you tell us anything else about The Pitt and Broken Steel?

Jeff Gardiner: The Pitt is a more ‘Traditional’ Fallout 3 quest – it’s full of morally grey choices, shady NPCs, and features another city ravaged by time, neglect, nuclear waste and moral degradation.

Broken Steel not only extends the game to level 30, it alters the core ending. It allows the player to continue exploring the ashen Wasteland and see the fruits that are born, or that die, from their decisions. It will reprise several main characters, and conclude some of the story threads left dangling.

Head to Eurogamer to read the rest. More news after the break.

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Hall of Fame Mods at Planet Elder Scrolls

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Here’s one last round of Hall of Fame mod entries for the year 2008 at Planet Elder Scrolls.

For December, four mods met the criteria necessary to be honored.

Morrowind Mods:

  • Vality’s Bitter Coast Mod: Now in Version 4.0, according to Vality, this mod, “replaces all the ‘leafy’ Bitter Coast trees with my own ‘speedtree’ like trees, a similar technique to what was used in Oblivion.”

Oblivion Mods:

Nice work all!

The Gav feels faint

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Let’s be honest, many of us are excited for the release of Final Fantasy XIII and God of War III (fingers crossed that they both come out this year). But does anyone else get woozy thinking about them — like our very own Brendan Fraser Gavin Carter:

“I’m most looking forward to the coming installments of PlayStation series that haven’t seen a true next generation debut – namely God of War and Final Fantasy. Everything I’ve seen on the new Final Fantasy games has looked fantastic, and I feel faint when I think of the potential of a PS3 God of War game.”

Ladies love Gavin Carter. Gavin Carter loves Kratos.