Mod Interview: TES Nexus’ DarkOne

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In a bit of a twist, this week’s mod interview is with Robin Scott (aka DarkOne), the site administrator over at The Elder Scrolls Nexus. Before working on TES Nexus, he was also the brains behind The Elder Scrolls Source. Currently, Robin in a university student living in Exeter, a small city in southwest England.

On to the interview…

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Bethesda and Bioware Brawl

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As mentioned before, many of our devs take Team Fortress II pretty seriously when playing against other studios. This past week was a big one, as the Vault 101 Dwellers took on the boys from Bioware. Check out our very own Nate Purkeypile’s summary of the victory. It’ll be remembered here at the office as “Mass Beatdown.”

Last night, two titanic forces met in a battle of epic proportions. A prophet foretold of the match ages ago and said that two studios would have a battle to decide once and for all, who was the best RPG studio…well, or who was better at a multiplayer shooter. The day… was a Thursday. The maps would be Dustbowl and 2fort.

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Around the Web (and Print)

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A variety of things going on that I thought I would mention.

Matt did an interview with the folks at Games Radar for an article they were doing on “Are Developers Even Listening?” Matt’s responses are included along with folks from Lionhead, Rare, Epic, and Bungie. Head over to read the full article.

Primotech did their Game of the Year awards and voted Shivering Isles the Best Expansion. From the article:

Bethesda’s last expansion pack does more than throw open the door to a land suffering from a split personality. It adds nearly twenty to thirty hours of new quests, complete with plenty of gear to acquire and the opportunity to find out just how insane a Mad God can really be.

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What we’re playing: Everything under the sun

Wow, looking at this week’s list, I’m seeing more diversity in the games we’re playing. Sure plenty of folks are playing the recent favorites like Rock Band, Mario Galaxy, CoD4 and Team Fortress 2, but I’m also seeing a wide variety of other stuff. Dan Ross is playing Onimusha on PS2!? Is this 2001? Nathan McDyer is going Neo Geo on us with Garuo: Mark of the Wolves. Our resident Fallout Raider, Fred Zeleny, is playing Fallout, as well as Passage…I’m not familiar with it, but as an art student, Fred says it’s worth checking out.

I think my favorite list this week belongs to Mike McGinn, as I’m eager to play both Contra IV and Delerium the next time I’m travelling. And anyone that plays Ikaruga is cool in my book…it’s the most hardcore top-down shooter I’ve ever played (be sure to check out the video above). As for myself, I’m digging into Christmas presents I shouldn’t be opening already. Thanks to my brother Chris in San Jose for sending Rock Band!

Here’s the rest of the list…

Shannon Bailey, Programmer: Persona 3, Eternal Sonata, Wii Boxing

Jeff Browne, Level Designer: Red Orchestra

Fred Zeleny, Game Writer and Right Gamer: Fallout 1 (the classic role-playing game), Team Fortress 2 (the I’m-gonna-burn-you-to-death game), Race for the Galaxy (the galactic conquest and economics card game), and Passage (the beautiful and melancholy art-game).

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Eurogamer announces contest to win PS3, Oblivion GOTY

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If you live across the pond from us, you know that Oblivion GOTY is arriving soon in Europe for the PS3 (if you don’t have it already). Just to refresh your memory, Oblivion Game of the Year features Oblivion, Knights of the Nine, and the Shivering Isles expansion — all on one Blu Ray disc.

To celebrate the occasion, Eurogamer has teamed up with Ubisoft (our publishing partner in Europe) for a contest to win a 40 GB PS3 and a copy of the game. Looks like they’ll also be giving four additional copies of GOTY for the runners-up as well. To enter, register on their site and then answer the following question:

“If all the people in the world camped out in your back garden would you write and tell the king or grab a tent and join them?”

Good luck!

Fallout “Defines” PC RPGs

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This morning I noticed that over at GamerHelp, they have a feature called “Pinnacle Games: 18 Games That Define Their Genre.” Of these 18 games, Fallout is considered the defining PC RPG game. Here’s a sample of what they said about it:

Most RPG titles have you duking it out as a knight or a mage in a fantasy setting rife with clichéd monsters like dragosn and orcs and trolls, oh my! But not so in Interplay’s Fallout, a breakthrough RPG title that was set in a memorable setting: post-nuclear holocaust Earth. The narrative dirve of the story was nothing new — a ‘chosen one’ ventures forth to save the world — but the presentation was something else: dark, gritty and visceral, the stark landscape of the atomically cleansed landscape was as inhospitable as it was compelling.

In addition to Fallout, there’s some pretty solid choices for other genres: Street Fighter II for fighting games, Ikaruga for the shooting genre, and of course Pete’s probably happy to see that Company of Heroes was their defining RTS game (Pete: I probably would have argued C&C or Warcraft is what got the genre started and established, but COH has changed what they’re about and what they can be).

Preparing for the future

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This week, a couple of sites, Shack News and Team Xbox, have started making lists of games to look forward to in 2008.

In Nick Breckon’s article for Shack News titled, “The Year Ahead: PC Gaming in 2008,” Fallout 3 leads off the list, where the Fallout franchise is compared to the Star Wars saga with the burning question, “Will it (Fallout 3) be the Phantom Menace that taints the franchise, or the Empire Strikes Back that only enhances it?” I suppose only time will tell, but I’m glad we dropped the planned pod race sequence (*rimshot*).

At Team Xbox, the staff has compiled their “Most Anticipated RPGs of 2008,” where Fallout 3 rounds out the list. Talking about what to expect from the game, they write:

“We’re also expecting that Fallout 3 will have hybrid gameplay elements, such as combat that resembles a first-person shooter—though with more intricacies and nuances. And the little bits we’ve seen reveal character dialogue that could actually be as entertaining as the gameplay. Imagine, a smart, sassy and challenging RPG….”

As we discover new coverage on Fallout 3, we’ll continue to keep you guys updated.