What we’re playing: Gaming Overload!!!

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It’s getting hard to keep up with all the games coming out. “Wait, what…how are we already in November…how do I keep up?” is what I’m hearing from the devs. This week alone, both Gears of War 2 and Resistance 2 hit shelves. Things get even busier with Mirror’s Edge, Call of Duty: World at War, Wrath of the Lich King, and Left 4 Dead around the corner.

Here’s the games we’re keeping up with this weekend. Let us know what you’re playing.

Sam Bernstein, Quality Assurance: Fallout 3, Fable 2, Dead Space, and the Left 4 Dead demo.  Sooooooooooooo much fun.

Pete Hines: Fallout 3.

Kurt Kuhlmann, Designer: Far Cry 2. Fable 2.

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The Beards of Bethesda

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Last week at Kotaku, Luke Plunkett saluted the in-game beards of Fallout 3. After reading it, I found it only fitting to pay homage to Beards of the Bethesda Game Studios. Earlier in the year, devs at the office competed in a “beard off” between the months of February and May. Like hockey players refusing to shave during the playoffs, many of our team members were able to fight through the itch and keep the beards on.  While not pictured, I tried to go without shaving for about two weeks, but my scraggly mess was driving me mad.

Anyways, above is the before, and below is the after…

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Someone grab the Gillette Fusion!

Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame

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Planet Elder Scrolls has announced their October Hall of Fame modding entries. Let’s give a round of applause to these nine modders for their excellent work.

Morrowind mods

  • Darknut’s Little Weapons Mod Complete by Darknut: Mod replaces all the Weapon Textures in Morrowind, Tribunal & Bloodmoon. The mod requires that you have Morrowind and BOTH expansions.
  • At Home Alchemy by Syclonix: This simplifies and makes alchemy projects more efficient in the game.
  • The Underground 2 by Qarl: A new vampire quest full of romance, humor, and vampire bars. Sounds like an episode of True Blood.

Oblivion mods

  • Enchanted Druid Treehome by AtomicDryad: In his first mod release, AtomicDryad adds a large Redwood tree just southwest of Imperial City. This “treehouse” is full intriguing stuff.
  • Tabaxi Race by Luchaire: Adds a new race to the game…the Tabaxi!
  • Nicos Scimitars by Nicoroshi: Adds some pretty wicked blades that pay homage to Morrowind.
  • Smarter Mercantile Leveling by wavion: This mod changes how the leveling system for the Merchantile skill.
  • Unique Landscapes: Entius Gorge by Phitt: A beautiful mod that adds a deep gorge to the Nibenay Basin Region.
  • Realistic Flora by Quarn: According to Quarn, this mod will make all flora behave more realistically by changing their appearance when you harvest them (whether you are successful or not). Cool idea!

That’s all for this month. Hats off to these modders!

Around the Web: Trophies, reviews, interviews, and a Golden Joystick

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Here’s some Fallout 3 related news from around the web that I thought you’d like to know about.

Pete answered Fallout 3-related questions today on EuroGamer. Included in the Q&A, Pete let PS3 gamers know that trophy support for the game will be implemented into the game (we’ll give you more details on this when we can). Head here to read the rest of the chat.

Last week at the Golden Joystick Awards, Fallout 3 won the Edge Most Wanted award.

Mike Snider at USA Today has a new article showcasing new releases with a focus on Fallout 3. Meanwhile, at MTV Mutliplayer, Patrick Klepek discusses how the game is consuming his time.

New reviews for Fallout 3 continue to hit. Here’s some of the latest ones to go up…

  • UGO’s Russ Frushtick grades the game an A+ in his review.
  • Scott Taves at MSNBC feels Fallout 3 is a “no-brainer for game of the year.
  • Gaming Trend gave the game the Michael Phelps’ treatment — awarding the game a Gold Medal in their review.
  • Stu Horvath has a review up for the New York Daily News.
  • Nick Chester of Destrutoid declares the gameplay experience of Fallout 3 “unmatched” in his review.

To read more reviews, head here.

Games for Windows Live, save game issues with Fallout 3

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PC users now get achievements and friends lists similar to how Xbox Live works. Here some cool things you can do with Games for Windows Live.

1. Earn achievements. You can create a free Games for Windows Live profile or link your Games for Windows Live profile to your existing Xbox Live profile. That’s right — you can earn Fallout 3 achievements twice, for both PC and Xbox 360. To link your Xbox Live profile, create a Games for Windows Live profile using your Live ID (ie, the email and login you used to link your Xbox Live profile to Live ID — that is, how you log onto xbox.com)

2. Once you link your Xbox Live profile, you’ll be able to see both your Games for Windows Live and Xbox Live friends together via the Games for Windows Live dash.

3. Question: Hey I was playing the game for a while, then logged onto my profile and my saves are gone? What happened?

Answer: Your saves are kept in specific directories tied to your profile. But don’t worry – you can go into your My Games folder and copy those saves over to your Profile’s save game directory.

For example, on my computer running Windows XP, under the Saves directory, I have two folders – Player1 and acheng. I can simply copy all the saves from Player1 to acheng, and I’m able to access them while logged on with my gamertag. On Windows XP, look in your My Documents\My Games\Fallout 3\Save folder. On Windows Vista, the path is C:\Users\{Username}\Documents\My Games\Fallout3\Saves.

For more troubleshooting tips, visit the Games for Windows Live technical support pages.

Around the web: Reviews and more!

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Fallout 3 is now in stores worldwide, and in less than a week, there’s tons of reviews to read up on. Head here to check them out.

Before you start reading, you can also watch Xplay’s video review. They’ve also got a video showcasing the Collector’s Edition and Game Guide.

Moving along, GameSpy’s editorial staff has plenty of new Fallout 3-related articles to read. For those playing on 360, Will Tuttle has put together an achievement guide. Additionally, they’ve got five new editorials. Below is a snippet from Sterling McGarvey’s piece, Doing It All Wrong (And Loving) It: An Outsider’s View of Fallout 3:

“It’s actually a bit liberating to experience Fallout 3 without being caught up in the RPG conventions. The first one that I threw out the window against everyone’s advice was to specialize in specific areas. Deep down, I know I’m only padding the clock, since it’ll take a long time to get really good at anything instead of being great at a few things. Oh, and if there’s a level cap, then I’ve effectively shot myself in the foot.”

Moving along, you can check out a new interview with Todd on The Escapist Show. Over at Examiner.com, there’s an A to Z Guide to Fallout 3 worth reading. After reading Luke Plunkett’s blog at Kotaku, Saluting Fallout 3’s Beards, I wonder if that what “B” should have stood for beards.

Last but not least, head over to either GamerDNA and 360voice.com to enter their contests to win Fallout 3 schwag!

Fallout 3 uses SecuRom ONLY for disc check

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For Fallout 3’s copy protection on PC, we use the same security model as we did for Oblivion – a simple disc check. We only use SecuRom’s disc check functionality for copy protection. We do NOT limit the number of installs. We do NOT use online authentication or any other SecuROM functionality except for a disc check when you install the game and when you launch the game. We do not install any other programs and we don’t have anything that runs in the background while you’re playing the game.

If you experience issues installing the game, try running setup.exe directly off the disc. That will resolve most compatibility issues.

Get the latest information from our tech support forums, including this specific thread related to SecuROM.