All the news fit to print

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Just went through a stack of magazines at my desk, and thought I’d share some of the highlights with you guys.

We just received the August issue of Game Informer, which includes a feature titled “The Art of Writing” that discusses how game studios prepare interactive storytelling in games. Check it out to read Lead Designer Emil Pagliarulo’s thoughts on the topic. If you’re thirsty for more, Game Informer Unlimited members can see more of his thoughts on storytelling here.

Over in the UK, the latest issue of Xbox World has an 8-page cover story on Fallout 3. Meanwhile, in the July issue of X-360, Lead Producer Gavin Carter sits in for their “Hot Seat” feature. Here’s a sample of Gavin discussing endings within the game:

“Most games either give you one big ending, or you get right to the end and then you get to make a choice which determines which ending you see from one of two, or three, or however many. We wanted to do something that was tailored more to your individual character and was based on your actions throughout the game, as opposed to one big choice at the end of the game.”

Lastly, if you haven’t read the Fallout 3 cover story in the September issue of PC Gamer (US), their web counterpart, GamesRadar, has confirmed it’s now on newsstands.

Around the Web: More from E3

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Time again for another post-E3 web roundup.

We’ll start with videos. First, Steve Masters from GotGameTV talked with Pete after going hands-on with Fallout 3 last week. You can also hear Pete talk about the game on the latest episode of The Totally Rad Show. The program is pretty long, so if you don’t want to hear the crew discuss movies, you’ll want to head to the 17-minute mark where the Fallout stuff starts.

In other online coverage, Fallout 3 has pulled down a few more E3 awards. Here’s a rundown:

  • GameSpy honored Fallout 3 as the Xbox 360 and PS3 Game of Show. The game was also was named the Game of Show Overall Runner-Up.
  • GamePro has their awards up, where they awarded the game with a E3 2008 Silver Award.
  • Planet Xbox 360 awarded the game their Best of Show honor.
  • GameDaily listed the game among their Best of Xbox 360 here.
  • At Gamezone, there’s a Top Ten Games of E3 list where Fallout 3 makes the list at the #2 spot.
  • Scrawlfx declares Fallout 3 their Game of Show.

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The Penny Arcade Fallout Comic Begins

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Today we posted the first Penny Arcade Fallout comic that begins an original series/story that Tycho and Gabe did for us. When we first approached the guys about doing this, years ago at this point, we really wanted to do something where they just kind of ran with it. Let them come up with their own ideas, whether it was a bunch of standalone strips, or one that worked all together, or whatever. We really didn’t care whether it had anything to do with Fallout 3, or its locations or characters, we just wanted to see what would happen when Penny Arcade did Fallout.

So we went back and forth with them providing what info and assets we could, and Tycho and Emil would trade emails about different ideas of things they had come up with. They picked at some different ideas, but it wasn’t until I had a chance to go show them the game many months ago that it really clicked for them, I think. And they came up with this idea of telling their only story of one of the other Vaults. And it was one of those great things where we started getting strips over in bunches and it went from start to finish in a hurry.

We’ll be releasing a new strip every Wednesday for the next couple of months. We hope you enjoy them!

Bully PS2/Xbox 360 hits shelves in Japan

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This morning ZeniMax Asia put out a press release announcing that they’ll be shipping Bully to PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 on July 24th to Japanese retailers. Developed by Rockstar Games, the critically-acclaimed game allows you to experience the life of a troublesome schoolboy. Originally released on the Xbox 360 in 2008 and the PlayStation®2 in 2006, this is the first time the game will be available to the Japanese market.

To read the full press release, head here.

Around the web: Another E3 roundup

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Here’s the latest Fallout 3 coverage from last week’s E3 festivities…

First some “Best of E3″ news. Edge-Online picked their top 20 games of the week and included Fallout 3 in the mix. Elsewhere, WhatIfGaming’s unveiled their awards for E3 — with Fallout 3 picking up the Best RPG award and a number of runner-up mentions (including Game of Show, Best PC Game, and Best Console Game). To check out all of their awards, click here.

As for hands-on previews, here’s a list of sites that have put up new previews:

  • Gaming Shogun played the game and believe it’s “as addicting as Jet sprinkled on iguana-on-a stick!” Nice reference.
  • Travis Meacham shares thoughts on his 30-minute gameplay experience over at Tom’s Games.
  • Gay Gamer has a new preview after getting to try out the game.
  • Tracy Erikson of GameShark analyzes the game’s combat system, including VATS.
  • Jem Alexander references Oblivion and previous Fallout games in PS3 Fanboy’s latest preview of the game.
  • PC World’s Sid Shuman found playing the game to be “a pleasure.” A fan of Bioshock, he draws comparisons between the games.

Outside of E3 coverge, Dan Stapleton interviewed Todd and Emil for PC Gamer’s September cover story. If you haven’t checked it out already, it’s now available at Games Radar.

Expect more previews/coverage of Fallout 3 in the coming days/weeks. We’ll keep you posted on what we find.

Splash Damage Fills Key Roles

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The folks over at Splash Damage put out a release today that they’ve added a number of new folks to their dev team in some key positions. They are:

  • Olivier Leonardi (Rainbow Six: Vegas, Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones) as Art Director;
  • Chris Sweetman (Black, Burnout: Paradise) as Audio Director;
  • Tim Appleby (Mass Effect) as Lead Character Artist;
  • Chris Dawson (Driver, Test Drive, Evil Genius) as Producer.

With plans to increase the size of the team to more than 60 folks, they’ve still got some hirin’ left to do and you can head over to see a full list of the art, design, and programming positions they’re hiring for. They even have a 3D Art Test and an Environmental Art Test you can try your hand at to show you know your stuff.

In other news, Splash Damage mentioned they will be at Develop 2008, being held in Brighton at the end of the month. They’ll have a booth there and Studio Head Paul Wedgwood and Audio Director Chris Sweetman will both be giving talks during the event.

Finally, it’s worthy of note that Splash Damage is on the shortlist for several Golden Joystick awards for Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars: Nuts All Nighter, PC Game of the Year, PlayStation Game of the Year, Xbox Game of the Year, UK Developer of the Year, and Ultimate Game of the Year. If you’re inclined to cast your vote, head to the Golden Joystick voting page.

Around the web: Return from E3

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Pete and Co. (and the Fat Man) are back from E3. Here’s a look at some of latest Fallout 3 coverage on the internetz.

We’ll start at Kotaku, who have two Fallout 3-related posts today. First is a clip of Todd volunteering for their “Justify Your Game” series, where the participant has 15 seconds to do just that. If Todd’s 15 10 seconds doesn’t provide enough substance for you, Mike Fahey has a post discussing how different 30 minutes can be spent exploring the game.

Moving along, Robert “Apache” Howarth of Voodoo Extreme has his impressions of the game online. Here’s a taste of what he had to say:

“The demo started with us leaving the Vault; we just had to press a little button and off we went. As you might imagine, being an underground dweller for most of our life, the glare at first was overwhelming. After we rubbed the bloom from our eyes, we ventured forth into the wasteland to see what sort of trouble we could get into. We only had 30-minutes, so there was a limit to what havoc we could create, but I managed to explore the surrounding area a bit, enter a town, talk to a bunch of NPCs, collect a few new weapons and other items of interest, get a couple quests and of course, kill a bunch of radioactive critters.”

While time was limited at E3, Will Porter of PC Zone (UK) got to spend five hours playing the game when he visited our office last month. You can check out his impressions in issue 197 (now on newsstands) or just head over to CVG. Here’s a snippet:

“Having played the game for only five hours, and with many of the hang-ups people had with Oblivion only becoming apparent after 50, I can’t be definitive about this – but in terms of building a modern game on the systems of one that’s now 10 years old, it’s hard to think of how Fallout 3 could have been tied closer to what has gone before.”

If you’re eyes are too blurry from reading up on E3, there’s an audio interview with Todd that’s worth a listen. He discusses a variety of topics — including the game’s title, the world size, and the chance to win a pie. Mmm, pie.

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A few E3 awards

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Over the weekend, a few sites put together their Best of E3 lists. Here’s a few where Fallout 3 received honors…

On Friday’s edition of X-Play, G4 selected Fallout 3 as the Best Mutliplatform title at the show. Additionally, the game was included in their Best Game of Show category. Watch the video here.

Meanwhile at UGO, Fallout 3 pulled out awards: Best RPG, Best Console Game, and Best in Show. Here’s a sample of what they said:

“An RPG is about making choices, taking on the role of someone else and living out his or her life. Fallout 3 does a lot more than that. By recreating a post-apocalyptic Washington DC packed with mutants, armored warriors and ghouls, Bethesda has given folks a kick-ass sandbox in which to be a savior, an asshole or just someone who couldn’t give a damn. Blowing up or saving Megaton is just the beginning.”

Finally, the folks at Blast Magazine picked Fallout 3 as the Best Game at E3. Head here to view the rest of their awards .

What we’re playing: ‘Why so serious?’ edition

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Okay, so it’s not game related at all, but I’m pretty sure by the end of the weekend, at least half of the folks here will have gone to see the latest Batman flick, The Dark Knight. Like others here, I attended a sold-out midnight screening last night. Despite needing several cups of coffee this morning, it was well worth it.

Below are a couple references to guys going to see the movie, as well as the games we’ll be playing this weekend.

Sam Bernstein, QA Tester: Buying a DS! Huzzah! So I’ll be playing Advance Wars: Days of Ruin

Fred Zeleny, the Dork Knight: Civ:Rev on DS, Fallout 3 on PC, and finding any excuse to go see The Dark Knight again and again and again.

Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: NCAA Football 2009, Boom Blox, GTA IV, the sleep game.

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