What we’re watching

This week we’re letting you know what we’re watching, since it’s a good time to be watching the tube. Summer is nearly over, Fall TV is coming back, football is on, and well, there’s this show called Hole in the Wall. I watched it last night, and all I can say is…wow.

Let us know what you’re watching on TV these days. Have a great weekend.

Fred Zeleny, Designer/Writer: Arrested Development, 30 Rock, and the Steelers on Sunday.

Erik J. Caponi: I’m watching the stupid “acquiring channels” spinning wheel on my Tivo while I wait for the cable company to come fix it.

Ruben Brown , QA Certification Lead: Remainder of Heroes 2, Righteous Kill, Football on Sunday.

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Sold Out: PS3 Survival Edition

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Just a head’s up, we’ve received word from the folks at Amazon that the Fallout 3 Survival Edition for PlayStation 3 has sold out. So if you’re looking for it on their site, now you know why it’s not there. For those wanting to order the Survival Edition on Xbox 360 or Games for Windows, we’re told these are expected to sell out soon as well.

If you missed it, the Survival Edition includes:

  • Fallout 3 (yes, it has the game)
  • A life-size replica of the Pip-Boy 3000, the wrist-mounted device worn by characters in the game.
  • Vault Boy Bobblehead: Your very own Vault Boy collector’s item is direct from Vault-Tec.
  • The Art of Fallout 3: Features nearly 100 pages of never-before seen concept art and commentary from Bethesda Game Studios artists.
  • The Making of Fallout 3 DVD: An exclusive, inside look at Bethesda Game Studios and the team behind the game.
  • Vault-Tec Lunch Box: A fully customized metal lunch box.

Again, the Survival Edition of the game is exclusive to Amazon.com and only availabe to US residents.

Modern Ruin

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Recently I received an email from a fan named Maurice Moynihan regarding a new art exhibit at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. He mentioned to me that he couldn’t help but think of the game we’re working on when he saw images from the exhibit, entitled Modern Ruin. The picture above definitely looks like it could be somewhere in the Capital Wasteland.

For more details on the expo, which runs through October 12, visit here.

Zenimax Online Studios unveils website

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Thought you guys would like to know that ZeniMax Online Studios launched their new website today. Check it out to learn more about the company — including current job listings and a greeting from Matt Firor, the company president.

Speaking of job listings, recruiters from ZeniMax will be at this year’s Austin Game Developers Conference next week. If you’re interested in a job and in town for the conference, be sure to stop by Booth 100.

Around the web and in print

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Here’s a few notable mentions I’ve seen in the press recently.

If you live in Germany, you’ll want to check out GameStar’s August cover story for Fallout 3. The issue is currently on newsstands and features five pages of coverage — written by Christian Schmidt. You can also read his preview on GameStar’s website here.

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Mod Interview: Mr_Siika

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Today we’re chatting with Mr_Siika (aka Martin). A 25-year-old from Munich, Martin is a busy guy. He spends his days studying math AND working as a software developer. He doesn’t spend all his time in front of computers though. When he can get away, he enjoys swimming and hiking during the summer. He also enjoys skiing when there’s snow.

Check out the interview after the break.

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Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame

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Hall of Fame mods for August were announced recently at Planet Elder Scrolls. According to APY, all six projects come from modders that have never been inducted before — so congrats to all the first-time honorees!

Oblivion

  • Frostmourne and Lich King’s Helm by jojjo: Adds enchanted and unenchanted one and two-handed versions of the sword and enchanted and unenchanted versions of the helm.
  • Better Letters by Cliffworms: Want a new twist on the game? With this mod, all written letters (love notes and such) have been replaced with new stuff.
  • Qarl’s Texture Pack 3 – Redimized by Bomret and Dev_Akm: A project that lets folks enjoy Qarl’s Texture Pack with lower PC hardware requirements.

Morrowind

  • Building Up Uvirith’s Grave by Acheron: This mod allows Telvanni players to expand Tel Uvirith into a town which reflects the player’s tastes and faction affiliations. Check out all the options here.
  • Necessities of Morrowind by Taddeus & Nymeria: Realism increases with this mod as it requires your character to eat, drink and sleep.
  • GIANTS Ultimate by The Puma Man: A mod that adds nearly 200 new enemies to fight — giants, mummies, and more…oh my!

Again, congrats to this month’s nominees…great work!

What we’re playing: NFL kickoff edition

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The NFL season kicked off last night to the delight of many here at the office…at least until the Redskins showed they were still playing like it was still pre-season (Claff’s comments pretty much sum it up). Even with the NFL, there’s still plenty of time to play games on Saturday. Personally, I’m jealous of all the folks that managed to get an early copy of Spore.

Here’s what we’ll be playing.  Let us know what you’re playing, who you’re rooting for, or just your weekend plans.

Craig Lafferty, Producer: Fallout3, Madden 09 so I can have the Redskins run plays that actually get the ball to the 1st down marker!!

Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: Metal Gear Solid 4, cheering on the Lions and Wolverines.

Megan Sawyer, Artist: Fallout 3, some zombie related board games, and a slight chance of squeezing in some Spore or Soul Calibur.

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