TES Nexus’ File of the Month for May

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Here’s a quick look at last month’s most popular mod over at TES Nexus — jojjo’s New Frostmourne Sword. Inspired by World of Warcraft, jojjo created the sword from scratch. I gotta say, it looks pretty amazing!

To check out the rest of this month’s top 5, head here. And don’t forget if you’re registered, you can start voting for June’s top files.

Mod Interview: Kat and Tommy

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This week’s mod interview is with the tag team duo of Kat and Tommy. According to Kat, she spends her free time in Orwell, England distributing stale bread crusts to deserving peasantry and helping out at the local home for Retired Eel Teasers. She also received high praise and acclaim for her performance as a tree in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’

Meanwhile, Tommy lives in the Netherlands where he does IT work on IBM mainframes. He graciously accepts Kat’s stale bread.

On to the interview…

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We adore fan art

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It’s been a few months since we last featured Fan Art from the blog, so when I received this homage to the Adoring Fan from Raven Hall, I couldn’t resist sharing it.

If you haven’t checked out the Fan Art section on Bethblog, it’s over on the right column of the blog. As always, if you’ve got fan art to share with us (whether it’s Star Trek, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, etc.), shoot us an email.

What we’re playing: Heat wave edition

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Having lived in DC for over five years now, I can tell you that when it gets hot…it’s unbearable. Sure you can go to places with higher temperatures, but the humidity is a real killer here. While we had a rather pleasant spring in these parts, the party’s officially over this week. Looking at the weather report for Rockville, it’s supposed to get to 96 degrees tomorrow. Sounds like a good weekend for us to stay indoors and play games…like Fallout 3:).

Feel free to let us know what you’re playing, as well as the local weather forecast in your neck of the woods.

Ashley Cheng: Fallout 3

Craig Lafferty, Producer: Fallout 3

Jeff Browne, Level Designer: FO3

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Fallout 3 Survival Edition — Own Your Own Pip-Boy

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Update: I’ve added two photos of the prototype below. You can see that it does open up. This one doesn’t show a clasp, but it will have one on the bottom to close it shut. This doesn’t have any decaling or any anything and obviously the whole thing won’t be black, but it does give you and idea of the size and form vs. the rendered image we showed previously.

We just put out a press release announcing the Fallout 3 Survival Edition, available only through Amazon.com, and only in very limited quantities. The Survival Edition of the game will come with all the content found in the Fallout 3 Collector’s Edition (you order whichever platform you want), PLUS a life-size replica of the Pip-Boy 3000 that functions as a watch/clock/whatever (the screen above is just a placeholder image as we’re still finalizing the screen as we speak).

In addition, it’s sort of become a tradition that I get asked to write a diary about whatever Collector’s Edition we’ve created for the game we’re doing. With today’s announcement it seemed like the right time for that, so over on the official site you’ll find a new Diary in the Vault that talks about the different components of both the Collector’s and Survival Editions, and how they came to be.

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Keep in mind this Survival Edition is only through Amazon.com, and won’t be listed for any localized versions. The console versions will be NTSC only, not PAL. If you can get to Amazon.com from where you are and order the PC version, I suppose that should still work and they’d still ship it to you.

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I have to say the Pip-Boy is turning out really cool. So far we only have an unpainted mold, but it’s still pretty awesome. I’ll try to get a picture of it up shortly. It’s just very cool to see it go from a random idea I had one day to something sitting on my desk. And I need to give props to Losi for the 10,000 emails and phone calls she’s put in to make sure this thing happened, and to our sales VP Ron for all his work on this too.

Inside the Vault: Angela Browder

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Today’s Inside the Vault is about Angela Browder, associate producer. Angela is actually a lawyer who would rather work here — though her only legal experience was working with Robber Barons and Railroad Tycoons, which actually sounds pretty cool to me. Though, I bet if you asked most lawyers, they’d rather be working on videogames.

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Around the Web: Peterem Hinesem edition

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Last week Pete had a chance to meet with Polish gaming journalists to discuss Fallout 3 — so if you’re fluent in Polish, you might want to check these out. First, Gram.Pl has a video interview with Pete — where he discusses character gender, NPC companions, and more. Even if you don’t understand Polish, you should be able to pick up on the questions asked based on Pete’s answers.

Meanwhile, Gry-Online has footage up from their interview with Pete as well. They’ve also got a four-page preview on their site.

And just a reminder, as Pete mentioned in the interview with Gram.Pl, our Fallout 3 homepage is now available in Polish. We’ve also got the site localized for French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Russian fans as well. If the cookies on your PC already have the site set to English and you want to change it, you can find the different language options at the bottom of any page on the site.

Hit the jump to find more Fallout 3 news coverage.

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What we packed for lunch

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Last month we announced the Fallout 3 Collector’s Edition, and today we’re giving you a first look at the contents included with it. When you purchase the CE, you’ll get the following:

  • Vault Boy Bobblehead: Enjoy your very own Vault Boy with this collector’s item direct from Vault-Tec.
  • The Art of Fallout 3: This hardcover book features nearly 100 pages of never-before seen concept art and commentary from Bethesda Game Studios artists.
  • The Making of Fallout 3: Get an exclusive, inside look at Bethesda Game Studios and the team behind the game with this special DVD.
  • Vault-Tec Lunch Box: The entire package comes in a fully customized metal lunchbox.

The Fallout 3 Collector’s Edition will release the same day as the regular edition of the game and is available for pre-order now.