Fallout 3 Official Trailer now live

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Hold onto your pants, kids! You can find the trailer at the official Fallout 3 website, complete with download mirrors. Download and watch the entire Fallout 3 Official Trailer — part of which was shown at the Microsoft press briefing earlier today.

Don’t forget that Todd Howard will be on G4′s Xplay E3 Special tonight, starting 7 PM, EST, with more gameplay from Fallout 3.

What we’re playing: Off to E3 edition

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Can you believe it? We’re only a weekend away from E3! Todd’s got his “If Lost” sign ready, so I guess that means everything is a go for next week.

Before the madness begins, let’s take a look at the games we’ll be playing over the weekend.

Gary Noonan, Character Animator: Fallout3, Mass Effect.

Matt Spahlinger, QA Tester: Age of Conan, Baseball Mogul 2009, Championship Manager, Fallout 3

Craig Lafferty, Producer: Fallout 3, Civilization Revolution, Iphone games if my Ibrick ever starts working again.

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Post-Apocalyptic Movie Time

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We just put out a press release announcing ‘A Post-Apocalyptic Film Festival Presented by Fallout 3′ that we’ve put together in conjunction with The American Cinematheque and Geek Monthly. The festival is a two-day event taking place at the Aero Theatre in Los Angeles, and will feature the following post-apocalyptic favorites:

Friday, August 22nd (beginning at 7PM Pacific Time)

Saturday, August 23rd (beginning again at 7PM PT)

If you’re in the area and dig the genre, you’ll want to check it out. Tickets will be available on Fandango.com beginning July 25.

Around the web and in print

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Here’s some more stuff for you to check out before E3 next week.

Subscribers of PC Gamer (US) should be on the lookout for the August issue in their mailbox in the next few days. The Fallout 3 cover story spans seven pages and includes hands-on impressions from Fallout fan Dan Stapleton, new screenshots, and more.

In other print coverage, the latest issue of the Polish mag CD-Action has a new hands-on preview of the game.

Moving over to the world wide web, at Game Trailers, there’s a new countdown of their Top Ten Most Anticipated Games of E3 2008. Plenty of great-looking games made the list, and Fallout 3 came in at #2.

Finally, there’s a good read about creating game worlds, appropriately titled, “The Age of the World-Builders.” Within the piece, both Todd and Emil discuss keys to creating an immersive environment. Here’s a sample:

When you play an MMOG, a game like Oblivion or Bethesda’s current big project, Fallout 3, “you’re not controlling that character, you are that character,” Pagliarulo says. “You get a sense of control over the world that you can’t find anywhere else.”

To read the rest, head over to The Escapist.

Get a sneak peak at the new E3 trailer

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E3 kicks off next week, but if you want a first look at the new trailer for Fallout 3, be sure to throw back a few energy drinks so you can stay up until 1AM on Saturday morning to watch GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley: E3 Preview on Spike TV. During the broadcast, they’ll be showing a glimpse of a never-before-seen Fallout 3 trailer that’ll be shown during E3 next week.

Inside the Vault: Tony Greco

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On Inside the Vault today, our subject is Tony Greco, one of our world artists. During development, Tony’s test cells are among the best to visit. He makes lots of cool unique items and you can find them all in his test areas — you know, the amazing stuff that you get as rewards for quests or after fighting a tough boss or [Fallout 3 stuffs we can't talk about], imagine all that awesome loot in one place. Hmmm….

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