If the image above looks blurry, that’s because it pulled from a video taken at this year’s GDC awards. Wanna see the awards with a little more clarity? Tonight’s your chance. At 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (EST), G4 is replaying higlights from this year’s award ceremony.
Get the DVR and popcorn ready!
Here in DC (the “real” DC, that is), Spring is definitely in the air. The weather’s warming up, the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom, and the baseball season has started up. For you folks that don’t live in DC, here’s a couple ways to liven up The Capital Wasteland that I found at Fallout 3 Nexus.
All that barren wasteland becoming an eye sore? As you can see from the screenshot above, Khyrim’s GreenWorld might be just what you’re looking for. Want some blue sky too? Hattix’s Fellout: The Fallout 3 Weather Overhaul might help too.
Now if we could only get a mod that brings back the Capital Congressmen — so we can all revel in the joys of sport and sunshine.
MI6, an annual conference for videogame marketing, held their awards show last night. With Pete on hand, Fallout 3 captured 13 awards — including nine Gold & Silver Awards in the following categories:
- Outstanding Promotional Trailer: Fallout 3 Teaser Trailer
- Best Limited Edition or Collector’s Promotion: Fallout 3 Collector’s Edition
- Standout Print Campaign: Fallout 3 DC Metro Takeover
- Best Online Advertising Campaign: Fallout 3 Online Advertising Campaign
- Sharpest Pen Award — Best Copywriting/Print: Fallout 3 Vault Dweller’s Survival Guide
- Sharpest Eye Award — Best Directing: Fallout 3 “E3 Trailer”
- Best Use of Music: Fallout 3 “E3 Trailer”
- Outstanding Overall Marketing Campaign: Fallout 3
- Outstanding Promotional Trailer: Fallout 3 “E3 Trailer”
Huge shout out to Pete and the rest of the marketing team, AKQA, The Ant Farm, Tangible Media, the developers, and everyone else that helped these ideas come to fruition.
This week’s modding interview features Barney Blankenship (known in the forums as MentalElf). Barney is a retired software engineer living out in Kauai. He’s also a big fan of Chihuahuas.
How did you first get involved in the Bethesda modding community?
I wanted to become a graphic artist, so I purchased a student license copy of 3DS Max. It occurred to me Morrowind was the best game at the time, having just earned Game of the Year award, so I began learning about modding and playing Morrowind. I soon found the Elder Scrolls forums and how indispensible the community is. I soon got involved with the Children of the Night III (CON3) Morrowind project, and learned about modding as part of a team.
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Jangjoon Cha is our latest Inside the Vault profile.
What’s your job at Bethesda?
My job is to do whatever the character department needs me to do. So far I have been tasked mostly to do animations, but I have done some model and texture work on some clutter items and weapons.
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Very few trends this week in what people are playing. Hmmm. I’ll bet dollars to donuts (it is Donut Friday) that a bunch of these guys are going to end up playing countless hours of Peggle on Xbox LIVE.
Brent Krische, QA Tester: Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures, The Darkness, and watching my girlfriend play Cooking Mama: Cook off and Order Up!.
Cody Shumway: Gears of War 2, Devil May Cry 4, Resident Evil 5, and Lost Planet
Sean Palomino, QA Tester: Street Fighter IV (360) and Prince of Persia (360).
Fred Zeleny, Back in the (Raptor) Saddle Again: Looks like I’ve resubscribed to World of Warcraft again. One of these days, I swear I’ll keep playing long enough to get a character to top level…
Dan Ross, QA: Empire: Total War and painting Warhammer minis.
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Planet Elder Scrolls has announced the latest Hall of Fame mods for Oblivion and Morrowind. Let’s take a quick look at the latest (and greatest) mods to be honored…
- Tamriel Rebuilt: Map 2 – Antediluvian Secrets by The Tamriel Rebuilt Team: A massive mod that “aims to recreate ‘Mainland Morrowind’ as Bethesda would have had they included it in the third Elder Scrolls game. TR uses a combination of imagination and lore to bring you new areas to explore, new secrets to discover and allowing a host of new adventures to unfold.”
Great work all!
Happy Friday everyone! Here’s some stuff from around the web you can check.
We start with an X-Play interview from last week’s GDC, where Todd and Emil look back at Fallout 3 , discuss the game’s strategy guide, and briefly mention design goals for future projects. Check out the embedded video above.
The Pitt’s been out for more than a week, and there are plenty of new reviews. Wesley Yin-Poole recently put up his review at Videogamer.com. Here’s a snippet:
Eventually the five or six hour experience evolves into a more traditional Fallout 3 quest than Operation Anchorage ever was. There are plenty of NPCs to interact with, one or two funny moments, some intense action, vibrant and atmospheric environments and plenty of interesting choices to make. At one point you’re forced to battle for your freedom in an irradiated arena Gladiator style. The big decision at the end is, unlike many in Fallout 3, a choice between two disturbing outcomes. Throughout much of the game the right and wrong answers are obviously distinct. Here it’s the same, but at least you’re made to feel a little uncomfortable by both choices.
Additional reviews can be found at Eurogamer, GameSpy, GameFocus, Feed Your Console and What If Gaming. We’ll also continue to post new reviews over at the Fallout 3 Official Site.
Lastly, with the release of The Pitt, Fallout 3 has jumped back into the Top Ten most played Xbox titles. Check out the list over at Major Nelson’s blog. Speaking of his blog, I’ve noticed he’s given out a few DLC codes for The Pitt on his Twitter page. Keep an eye there, as well as on our Twitter page.
A new version of The Pitt is up on Xbox LIVE. If you’re experiencing crashes when trying to access content on The Pitt, delete the content off your hard drive and re-download. If you haven’t experienced any issues with freezing, there’s no need to re-download.
To delete the previous content for The Pitt, follow these steps:
- Sign in to Xbox LIVE then press the guide button
- Go to Settings->System Settings->Memory.
- From here, scroll down to Fallout 3 and press A.
- Select Fallout 3: The Pitt (Marketplace Content) press A then choose Delete, then Yes to Delete.
Now, you can go and re-download the new version for no charge and begin your adventure.
Our buddies at Splash Damage have unveiled their latest game, Tapir Wars: Welcome to Jungle. By some strange coincidence, the game was announced exactly one year after the announcement of the original Tapir Wars. Hmmm….suspicious.
BTW, no, this isn’t the announcement you’ve been looking for…. 🙂