In interview news, there’s a pair of new interviews worth reading. At GamaSutra, Todd talks about the process of creating Fallout 3, while Pete tackles questions at Big Download. Here’s a snippet from the former:
How does it feel, by the way, to have been making games for that period of time, and especially having one series that has existed for so long?
Todd: Well they take so long, so it’s not like we’ve made many games. It’s good. I mean, I think we’re lucky, in that the audience for what we do hasn’t gone away. It’s gotten bigger, if anything. It’s gotten a lot bigger. So, we’re fortunate that we can make those kinds of games that we want to play.
Last night’s episode of GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley is now available to view on their website. The episode is split into four segments, which includes new footage of the game and interviews with Gavin, Istvan, Emil and Todd. Additionally, the episode features an interview with Fallout 3 composer, Inon Zur.
Last week I felt very lucky to be one of the few folks with a LittleBigPlanet beta key. While I created very little, I’ve had a blast playing the game. This week I’ve got company, as a few devs were able to track down a beta key. I can’t wait to see these guys come up with. Will Daryl create his next RenTest? He better get cracking, the beta ends this weekend.
Here’s the rundown of the other games we’re playing.
Daryl Brigner, Level Designer: Mount & Blade, Brothers in Arms: HH, and Little Big Planet Beta.
Larry Waldman, QA: LittleBigPlanet Beta (thanks Nghi), Fable 1.
Quick update on some new stuff on the PlayStation Store. We’ve put up two Fallout 3 themes for you to download — Brotherhood of Steel and Pip-Boy. Istvan helped put these together, and both feature unique icons from the Fallout universe. If you enter the PlayStation Store and search by title, you’ll find these free downloads under Fallout 3.
Additionally, the October episode of Qore is up and features Fallout 3. You can download it for $2.99.
Announced earlier in a press release, the December issue of OXM will feature the first review of Fallout 3. The magazine should be hitting subscribers any day (maybe even as we speak), and will hit newsstands a week before the game hits shelves — October 21st.
It’s Wednesday â€“ so here comes another Penny Arcade Fallout comic. It’s not just any comic though…it’s the final one. Head over to the Fallout 3 Official Site to see how the saga of the Vault 77 Dweller ends.
While you might be sad to see the comic go away, I’ll try to turn that frown upside down. At my desk, I’ve got some leftover goodies from PAX to giveaway. From amongst the schwag, five lucky winners will win a Vault Dweller’s Survival Guide. Additionally, three very lucky winners will win Survival Guide, a signed Fallout 3 poster, and one of the coveted Fallout 3 puppets.
All e-mails must be received by midnight (U.S. EST), Sunday, October 12th. Winners will be randomly selected and contacted shortly there after. Any foul play detected will result in automatic disqualification.
All participants must be 18 or older to enter and verification may be required before the winner is announced.
Here’s the latest Fallout 3 coverage from around the internet.
Since our last update, Gus Mastrapa of Crispy Gamer has completed his hands-on preview trilogy. Click here for the cliffhanger, and here for his celebration with the Ewoks.
Also coming out of Pete’s trip out to San Fran — there’s a new preview from GamesRadar, as well as a new interview at GameRevolution. Here’s a snippet from the latter:
GameRevolution: Can you talk a little about the work and prep that went into rendering believable post-apocalyptic environs based in and near Washington, D.C?
Pete Hines: A lot of research went into figuring out what buildings in DC would have existed in the Fallout universe, since that world splits off from the world we know after WWII. So you’ll see landmarks you may recognize, and a number of things you won’t because they’re unique to the Fallout world. Our artists spent a lot of time figuring out how to incorporate the design influences of that period with the buildings they created so that it feels both familiar and slightly “off” at the same time.
To read the rest of Pete’s interview at GameRevolution, head here.
Fallout 3 is the 67th Strategy guide you’ve authored. How did you get into this business?
Bear in mind that my body of work includes everything from The Official Strategy Guide to Gex: Enter the Gecko, Akuji the Heartless, and Star Wars: Demolition to Half-Life 2 and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. I started off in the UK, working for some defunct video-game magazines that no one has heard of (Maximum, for example). I then fled the UK and landed a job at the part-fraternity, part-sanitarium known as GameFan magazine in 1996. During that time, I helped out with GameFan Books, wrote a guide for Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, then helped start up a magazine called Gamers’ Republic, and also wrote a well-received guide for Metal Gear Solid shortly before that venture imploded. In 2000, I decided to go freelance, and work for a “proper” strategy guide publisher, and I’ve been working on Prima guides ever since.