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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Around the Web: Plenty more to read edition

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E3 2008 is in the books, but there’s still a steady stream of previews/videos/podcasts/etc. making their way online. Here’s the latest…

1Up had an opportunity to do a video interview with Todd for their podcast, the 1Up Show. The video begins with Resident Evil 5 coverage — with the Fallout 3 coverage starting a little after the 12-minute mark.

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Fallout 3’s E3 roundup of lists for you to click on

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More links for everybody! Thank god for Google. Who has time to look this stuff up? Where the heck is Gstaff when you need him? Why am I doing this? After working a 10 hour day, I’m tired, whacked out on caffeine and Sour Patch Kids, and I’m liable to write all sorts of things about Fallout 3 that no one is supposed to know about like this.

Gaming Nexus has a post you MUST visit. They have pics of the life size Brotherhood of Steel statue along with a life size Fatman — both can be found at our booth at E3. It is one of the coolest things you’ll ever see, make sure you stop by if you happen to be in the LA Convention Center. Can’t make it? Well, above you’ll find an iPhone pic of Istvan Pely, the lead artist of Fallout 3, next to his creation when it was delivered to our offices last week, prior to heading out to sunny LA.

Xbox 360 Fanboy, the blog, has a great write up of their hands on. A couple more hands on previews include this one from Bigdownload.com and Thatvideogameblog.com.

IGN posted another preview that talks a bit more about the game, and mentions something about being on track to ship this year (that’s when I did a spit take of the diet coke with lime I was casually sipping, and thought, Oh S***, and I got to stop reading about how much the Internet loves Fallout 3 and get back to work!)

Actiontrip also has a great post about Fallout 3, so does one of my favorite blogs, Destructoid.

Lastly, Entertainment Weekly’s (a magazine I read quite frequently, on a weekly basis, religiously, like every Saturday) Popwatch has a brief mention of Fallout 3.

Best part about Pete and Matt being away? Nobody to check my blog posts before they go live. Giddyup!

Don’t forget…

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If you’re interesting in hearing the Oblivion Suite (and other famous videogame tunes) live in concert, tickets for Play! – A Video Game Symphony are still available for this Friday at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. If that’s too far for you, keep in mind that Play! will tour to San Francisco as well next month.

Also, congrats to Andrew Scharf, who won the tickets donated by Play! for the show this week.

How Fallout 3 will kick Oblivion’s ass

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Craig Lafferty just sent me this preview from Games Radar’s Mikel Reparaz, titled 11 ways Fallout 3 will kick Oblivion’s ass. With a title like that, I think this preview deserves its own post.

Great article, Mikel, and by the way, my favorite way to start the game is to kill Megaton’s sheriff by sneaking up him while he is alone in his house, so I can get his outfit, including that awesome hat.

Fallout 3 Impressions from E3

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Hi all, we’re working hard at the studio so I only have a few minutes to write this up. Lots of great E3 impressions appearing at several media outlets, and Todd Howard has more hands on demos going on throughout the week.

I hope you guys are enjoying the first looks at Fallout 3. I know the development team is really excited that we’re finally showing off the game. Anyhoo, here are some links for your clicking pleasure. (By no means comprehensive:)

  • Shacknews also wrote up some comments on the game – looks like they’ll have more impressions coming in a future post.
  • 1UP’s Garnett Lee, of the great 1Up Yours podcast, wrote up his impressions.
  • VentureBeat had a great interview with Todd Howard that I personally enjoyed reading. A nice discussion on franchises, in general.
  • Not E3 related but PC Gamer’s Fallout 3 cover story is online and a great read, though has some spoilers.
  • GameSpot posts their E3 hands on.
  • After posting a new preview early Monday morning, IGN has updated E3 impressions here.
  • Finally, here is an interview with Todd on Gametrailers.com. If you look carefully, you can see Pete Hines walking around behind him. And the blond with the wine glass is Tracey, one of our PR folks. Hi Tracey! Oh yeah, if you stare long enough, you might be able to catch glimpses of Fallout itself. (Or you can come to my desk, I’ve got the game running at my desk pretty much all day long.)