In what’s become a tradition here at the office, the development team holds a speed run competition near the launch time. With Fallout 3 readying for release in October, the Fallout 3 Speed Run final was held on Friday, September 5th. To the winner: a pie of their choosing.
This week we’re letting you know what we’re watching, since it’s a good time to be watching the tube. Summer is nearly over, Fall TV is coming back, football is on, and well, there’s this show called Hole in the Wall. I watched it last night, and all I can say is…wow.
Let us know what you’re watching on TV these days. Have a great weekend.
Fred Zeleny, Designer/Writer: Arrested Development, 30 Rock, and the Steelers on Sunday.
Erik J. Caponi: I’m watching the stupid “acquiring channels” spinning wheel on my Tivo while I wait for the cable company to come fix it.
Ruben Brown , QA Certification Lead: Remainder of Heroes 2, Righteous Kill, Football on Sunday.
Just a head’s up, we’ve received word from the folks at Amazon that the Fallout 3 Survival Edition for PlayStation 3 has sold out. So if you’re looking for it on their site, now you know why it’s not there. For those wanting to order the Survival Edition on Xbox 360 or Games for Windows, we’re told these are expected to sell out soon as well.
If you missed it, the Survival Edition includes:
Fallout 3 (yes, it has the game)
A life-size replica of the Pip-Boy 3000, the wrist-mounted device worn by characters in the game.
Vault Boy Bobblehead: Your very own Vault Boy collector’s item is direct from Vault-Tec.
The Art of Fallout 3: Features nearly 100 pages of never-before seen concept art and commentary from Bethesda Game Studios artists.
The Making of Fallout 3 DVD: An exclusive, inside look at Bethesda Game Studios and the team behind the game.
Vault-Tec Lunch Box: A fully customized metal lunch box.
Again, the Survival Edition of the game is exclusive to Amazon.com and only availabe to US residents.
Recently I received an email from a fan named Maurice Moynihan regarding a new art exhibit at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. He mentioned to me that he couldn’t help but think of the game we’re working on when he saw images from the exhibit, entitled Modern Ruin. The picture above definitely looks like it could be somewhere in the Capital Wasteland.
For more details on the expo, which runs through October 12, visit here.
Thought you guys would like to know that ZeniMax Online Studios launched their new website today. Check it out to learn more about the company — including current job listings and a greeting from Matt Firor, the company president.
Here’s a few notable mentions I’ve seen in the press recently.
If you live in Germany, you’ll want to check out GameStar’s August cover story for Fallout 3. The issue is currently on newsstands and features five pages of coverage — written by Christian Schmidt. You can also read his preview on GameStar’s website here.
Inside the Vault presents one of our level designers, Daryl Brigner.
What’s your job at Bethesda?
I’m a Level Designer. I design the layout for specific areas/dungeons. This usually consists of where enemies are, where and what the loot is, and what the basic flow of the dungeon is.
Today we’re chatting with Mr_Siika (aka Martin). A 25-year-old from Munich, Martin is a busy guy. He spends his days studying math AND working as a software developer. He doesn’t spend all his time in front of computers though. When he can get away, he enjoys swimming and hiking during the summer. He also enjoys skiing when there’s snow.
Hall of Fame mods for August were announced recently at Planet Elder Scrolls. According to APY, all six projects come from modders that have never been inducted before — so congrats to all the first-time honorees!
Frostmourne and Lich King’s Helm by jojjo: Adds enchanted and unenchanted one and two-handed versions of the sword and enchanted and unenchanted versions of the helm.
Better Letters by Cliffworms: Want a new twist on the game? With this mod, all written letters (love notes and such) have been replaced with new stuff.