Beginning today, you can purchase New Vegas’ latest and greatest DLC, Old World Blues, on Xbox LIVE, Steam, and PSN. To get you ready for all the crazy fun, here’s a short diary from Old World Blues’ lead brain, Chris Avellone.
Take it away, Chris!
There is an expression in the wasteland called “Old World Blues.” It refers to those obsessed with the past they can’t see the present, much less the future for what it is. Their eyes are like pilot lights, guttering and spent, the realities of their world continuing on around them as they stare into the past.
Old World Blues is built around the history of Fallout games we’ve worked on. It’s history-that’s-created-history, with a dash of what might have been from past games, media, and design documents from Fallout 1, 2, and past Fallout projects given new life. From Lobotomites, DNA splicing, Cazadores, Night Stalkers, where-the-hell-did-those-plants-in-the-Mojave-come-from, the scientific enclave of Big MT itself, Proton weapons, and giant robotic scorpions, all of these things formed the nucleus of taking a trip into the past-is-present Fallout universe to see a slice of the Old World that’s been fenced in and feeding on itself for far too long. We wanted you to see the context and homages to the Fallout universe in a scientific preserve, both from the distant Fallout past to more recent adventures in New Vegas and the DLCs. As you’ll discover, Big MT (or the Big “Empty”) is filled with what-might-have-been… and all that was lost that potentially could have made a better world for all. There’s an undercurrent of the blues all around Big MT… but if you’re strong enough, you can change it, and the whole meaning of Old World Blues forever.
With QuakeCon just over two week away, we’ve got details on this year’s tournaments. Get the full scoop in the press release below…
QUAKECON 2011 TOURNAMENT LINE UP ANNOUNCED
July 18, 2011 (Rockville, MD) – The world’s very best QUAKE LIVE® players will once again gather in Dallas, Texas to take part in intense online tournaments at QuakeCon® 2011, being held August 4-7, 2011 at the Hilton Anatole. Top professionals will compete in the Intel-sponsored QUAKE LIVE Duel Invitational Masters and the Intel® QUAKE LIVE Team Deathmatch Invitational Masters and contend for a share of over $40,000 in prize money. Also new to this year’s QuakeCon®, up-and-coming players will have the opportunity to prove their gaming expertise in the Brink™ Open Championships.
This year, players competing in the tournaments will all be using the same kind of computers thanks to Dell. Players will be using the Alienware Aurora, which combines the latest in gaming technology to deliver a premier gaming experience to even the most demanding hard core gaming fan.
QuakeCon, which is free and open to the public, offers an opportunity to see the greatest players in the world compete in highly-competitive tournaments. Matches will also be broadcast live each day of the competitions on large screens with play-by-play commentary from this year’s shoutcasters who will capture all of the energy, excitement and behind-the-scenes drama, with live match coverage, player interviews and expert analysis.
The third video in our six-part, behind-the-scenes series for RAGE has arrived: “The Arsenal.” In this installment, the team at id Software discuss the various weapons, ammo types, and gadgets you’ll come across in the RAGE wasteland.
Attention fans of id Software: you will not want to miss QuakeCon 2011!
To mark two decades of gaming excellence, key figures from id are coming together for the “20 Years of id Software” panel, a lively look back at one of the most storied studios in gaming.
John Carmack, Todd Hollenshead, Kevin Cloud and Tim Willits will all be on hand to tell their tales on the main stage, with G4TV’s Morgan Webb hosting the proceedings. Following the hour-long panel, the id guys will stick around for a signing session with fans. It’s all going down at 2:30pm on Friday, August 5 in the Grand Ballroom.
But before the panel even begins, we’re giving you a chance to participate. Are you a collector of id-related materials? Did you have your picture taken with John Carmack once — or did you get your Quake box signed by the dev team? Send in QuakeCon photos, pictures of your id game collections, your favorite screenshots — anything related to id — to “email@example.com” under the subject “id 20th” and you may see your image featured on the big screen during the event. We’ll be giving away id-related posters to the people with our favorite contributions, so good luck!
For more information on QuakeCon, head to the brand-new QuakeCon.org.
QuakeCon is around the corner, and if you’re planning to come from outside the area, hotel rooms are going fast. To make sure you’re not left out in the Texas heat with your LAN setup strapped to your back, book your discounted room at the Dallas Hilton Anatole — the site of QuakeCon 2011 — today.