What we’re playing: War has changed edition

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In last week’s edition of “What We’re Playing,” OrganicShadow commented, “Wow. ONE PERSON playing MGS4?”

Well, actually, there were two of us — both Craig Lafferty and myself, as I ended up getting a copy that night. And if you ask me, it’s definitely a must-play game. Looking through the run down of what the devs are playing this weekend, it looks like at least three of us are now playing it.

On the topic of MGS 4, my Google Alerts picked up an interesting blog post that notes the contrasting messages presented in Fallout and MGS 4′s introductions. I’m glad someone brought it up, as my friends and I were blown away when we heard Snake begin with “War has changed.” Personally, I think both introductions make compelling arguments supporting their claim.

Anyways, here’s this week’s rundown. Let us know what you’re playing.

Phil Glaser, QA: Playing Fallout 3, Battlefield BC Demo, MGS4 (In all honesty, I’m mostly watching this one. Best movie evar!!)

Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: Metal Gear Solid 4, Ninja Gaiden II, NCAA Football 09 demo

Craig Lafferty, Producer: Fallout 3, Space Invaders Extreme, Metal Gear Solid 4.

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Rising Site

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In a continued effort to make our websites accessible to folks around the world, this week we launched the Japanese version of our official site.

As you may already know, ZeniMax Asia, is responsible for publishing/distributing Bethesda titles to Japan and other Asian territories — games like Fallout 3, Star Trek: Conquest and Star Trek: Legacy. ZeniMax Asia will also be publishing titles from other developers. As you’ll notice on the homepage, ZeniMax Asia is bringing Rockstar’s Bully to PS2 and Xbox 360.

For more details on ZeniMax Asia, check out the press release we put out back in April.

Around the web: Todd takes the Hot Seat

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Interviews with Todd continue to roll in. Here’s two more for you to check out.

At IGN, Todd sat in their “Hot Seat” to answer burning questions — both gaming and non-gaming related. Here’s a sample:

IGN: Does your work say anything about you?

Todd Howard: That I’ve never really grown out of my love of the 100 hour adventures of my Apple 2 days. The ones I would go to bed dreaming about solving. I crave moments of discovery in games, the moments of “can I do this?” and the sense that I have found something no other player has. I want my games to have that. I want length and depth and hint books that can kill a child if dropped on them.

More stuff after the jump…

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Memorable Moments in Gaming: Erik gets Punk’d

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This week I asked the devs if they would be interested in sharing their favorite gaming moments here on the blog — whether it be from a game developed here at Bethesda or a game they played during their leisure. Cheers to Lead Interface Programmer Erik Deitrick for leading off…

Hit the jump to read his tale from Oblivion…

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July magazines on newsstands

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After being out of the office for a good part of last week (travels and a bad back), I found a stack of magazines on my desk this morning, so I started sifting through them to find any coverage on Fallout/Oblivion/etc.

Here’s what I came up with. In the July issue of PlayStation The Official Magazine (US), there’s a 3-page preview for Fallout 3. Here’s a snippet:

Vault 101′s denizens are infamous for never venturing out into the world, so you can imagine the stir that ensues when your father suddenly vanishes. The Overseer naturally assumes you, now 19 years old, had something to do with his disappearance.

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Around the web: Be like Pete edition

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Happy Monday! Here’s a few that you might want to check out.

After sharing a handful of updates on Fallout 3 a few weeks back, TGR has a new interview with Pete Hines up on their site. You’re not going to find any new insight on Fallout 3, but if you’re curious about the ins and outs of Pete’s job, you might want to give it a read. Here’s an excerpt:

THE GAME REVIEWS: Those are very rare talents. What would you suggest to somebody who is looking to get into the industry either in PR or marketing?

PETE: I think the biggest thing is to know how the system works, and get games. When I am looking through resumes or applications, I look at where they went to school and job experience. I interview many folks who are interested in doing this, and they don’t seem to know much about games. If you really want to do this for a living, then it better be something that you enjoy and take seriously on some level so that you can participate, have knowledge and make an effort at it. If you are going to talk to me, you better know what we publish, what we make and have made an effort to play those or have an understanding of them.

If you’re dying for more insight on getting a career in gaming related to marketing/PR, check out this blog post from Pete.

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What we’re playing: RPG/MMO extravaganza

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Looking through the responses I got to my “What we’re playing” email this morning, it seems like most of the devs are spending their time playing some of the new RPGs that are now out. In terms of single-player RPGs, Penny Arcade: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, is already becoming a fan favorite at the office. Meanwhile in the MMORPG realm, Age of Conan is beginning to impede on precious World of Warcraft play time. You’ll also notice that Square’s newest RPG on the DS, The World Ends with You, is getting some serious attention.

After taking a look, let us know what you’re playing.

Michael Lattanzia, QA: Age of Conan, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A King (whew, I think that name needs to be longer), The World Ends With You, and thinking of finally picking up On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness.

Ryan Salvatore, QA: 2 games that I will collectively call “The World of
Warcraft Ends with You.”

Fred Zeleny, Acronym Enthusiast: Finishing up TWEwY, reading some D&D4E,
and maybe picking up PA:otRSPoD.

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New competition for new Morrowind modders

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For you Morrowind modders out there, here’s a friendly competition you might be interested in. One of our BGS forum members, Fliggerty, has started up a competition intended to help up-and-coming Morrowind modders showcase their skills.

So how do you determine if your a modding noob or an experienced veteran? For the purpose of this competition, you must be a modder that ”is not a Hall of Fame modder at Planet Elder Scrolls, and has not released a mod that has attained a cumulative download count of 5000 for any single mod.”

In the competition, modders will be working on creating Housing and/or Hireable Mercenaries mods. For more details and rules, visit this thread in the forums.

Good luck!