Laboring Over Games (mostly Bioshock) this Holiday Weekend



For many, Labor Day marks the end of summer, the return to school, and at least for me, it brings the dawn of another season of college football! Just as important, however, it provides us with a nice, relaxing 3-day weekend for catching up on games.

Looks like Bioshock is still the most played game around the office, with at least 30 guys planning on playing it this weekend (some for the second time through). In addition to this instant classic from the artists formerly known as Irrational Studios, there’s plenty of other games being played this weekend, including the Call of Duty 4 Beta, Two Worlds, and Metroid Prime 3. Anyhow, here’s the list:

Welter Almeida, QA Intern: Starcraft: Brood War, Lair, Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix, Nascar ’08 Demo

Josh Anderson, Programmer: Bioshock (Xbox 360) while I can and Marvel Trading Card Game (PSP) on my long flight to Utah this weekend…

Jared Angus, QA: Pokemon Diamond on the plane ride to Oregon and then various Wii games with family when I get there.

Ryan Ashford (Srezic), QA: Day of Defeat: Source, Ico.


Shannon Bailey, Programmer: Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, Wild Arms V, Bioshock. I’m more interested in finding out who ISN’T playing Bioshock.


Andrew Barron, Artist; Warhammer 40K, Bioshock, Blue Dragon, Carcassonne.

Jon Bilodeau, Graphics Programmer: Lots of Two Worlds, probably some Bioshock (gotta replay it on hard), possibly some Blue Dragon if I get around to picking it up.

Daryl Brigner, Level Designer: Bioshock, Call of duty 4 Beta, Settlers VI Beta

Angela Browder, Producer: Madden 2008, Blue Dragon

Ruben Brown, Party King of QA: World of Warcraft, God of War 2 AGAIN, Guitar Hero 2, Quarters, Flip Cup, Red Card/Black Card, Beer Pong & “Where is the Porcelain God”?

Jeff Browne, Level Designer: Planetside, Red Orchestra, Fallout 2.

Joel Burgess, Lead Level Designer: Bioshock, Psychonauts, Civ IV: Beyond the Sword, Freelancer, re-reading the Road (okay, not a game, but throwing it in there for my post-apoc credibility since I’m not playing a Fallout title right now)

Brian Chapin, Lead Procrastinator J: Bioshock, EVE Online, Zelda: Twilight Princess

Ashley Cheng, Producer: Bioshock, Call of Duty 4 Beta, Phoenix Wright: Justice for All

Michael Dulany, Programmer: Metroid Prime 3 and Bioshock

Terry Dunn, Jr, QA Intern: WoW is of course the standard. Last weekend I got into a Age of Empires III and Counterstrike LAN, so there will probably be more of the same this weekend.

Cory Edwards, World Artist: Metroid Prime 3

Nate Ellis, QA Tester: Bioshock, WoW, Stranglehold Demo, Neverwinter Nights: Dark Alliance, Lux

Chris Esko: Programmer: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, replaying Bioshock, playing lots of boardgames.

Steve Fraden, QA: Archlord online and Chess with my wife 🙂

Jeffery Gardiner, Producer: Bioshock, Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms, Two Worlds

Phil Georgatos, QA: Ultimate Frisbee

Dan “Dancing Bear” Geske, QA: NCAA Football 2008, Lords of the Realm 1&2

Ricardo Gonzalez, Interface Programmer: NCAA Football 2008, Lords of the Realm 1&2

Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: Call of Duty 4 Beta, Bioshock, NCAA 2008, Warhwawk

Pete Hines, VP Marketing and PR: NCAA Football 2008 (Go Wake!) and Bioshock

Ahn Hopgood, Senior AI Programmer: Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (360), Rune Factory DS, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)

Nghi Huynh, QA: Lair, Bioshock

William Killeen, Design Intern: Bioshock, Company of Heroes, Lord of the Rings Online (free trial, yay!).

Kurt Kuhlmann, Senior Designer: Bioshock, Company of Heroes, Rome: Total War

Craig Lafferty, Producer: Madden 08, Stuntman Ignition, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (they should make the title longer, it’s not quite long enough)

Tim Lamb, Visor Intelligence: Bioshock, if I don’t finish it before hand. Golf (real life)

Rich Lambert, Producer: World of Warcraft, Bioshock and lots and lots of College football on TV 😀

Mark Lampert, Sound Design: Civilization IV, GTA: San Andreas

Michael Lattanzia, QA: Monster Hunter Freedom 2, Civilization 4: Beyond the Sword, Counter-Strike

Ryan Lea, QA: I’m playing a ton right now: Metroid Prime 3 Corruption, Mario Strikers Charged, Dungeon Explorer, Resident Evil 4, and Military Madness

Daniel Lee, Artist: Super Puzzle Fighter II HD Remix (360), Eets: Chowdown (360), Picross DS (DS), Persona 3 (PS2), Call of Duty 4 Beta (360), Chromehounds (360)

Jonah Lobe, Character Artist: Bioshock, Red Orchestra (Half-Life 2 WW2 Mod)

Garrett Maloney, QA: I’m playing Two Worlds, and NCAA Football 2008 (Go Hokies!!!!). Probably some Madden 2008, as well.

Nathan McDyer, Associate Producer: Wrapping up my second play through on Bioshock, Freelancer, Puzzle Fighter HD

Aaron Mitschelen, QA: More Persona 3. Also, LotRO.

Alan Nanes, Designer: Bioshock (Xbox360), Shadow of Rome (PS2), Sword of the Berserk: Gut’s Rage (Dreamcast), Spartan: Total Warrior (Xbox) and Vagrant Story (PSOne) and raiding in World of Warcraft!

Will Noble, QA: World of Warcraft, Persona 3, Metroid Prime: Corruption, Dawn of War: Dark Crusade board games: Betrayal on the house on the hill, Smarty Party, Loot.

Jennifer Noland, QA: Bioshock, Okami.

Gary Noonan, Character Animator: AutoX: Need For New Suspension; Fishing for Guinness, Cookout Manager: Labor Day Edition

Matthew Ouzounian, QA: Arcanum with some City of Heroes thrown in the mix.

Emil Pagliarulo, Lead Designer: Bioshock, Lord of the Rings Online, Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, Far Cry (PC), Call of Duty 3, Medieval: Total War 2, Resident Evil 4 (Wii), S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Oblivion: Shivering Isles, Lego Star Wars 2 with the kiddies!

John Pisano, QA: Lord of the Rings Online, Bioshock, Eve Online, Incursion (a D&D Roguelike), Persona 3, The Elder Scrolls Construction Set (that counts, right?).

Nathan Purkeypile, World Artist: I’ll be playing Metroid Prime 3 and Curse of Monkey Island.

Louis Riley, QA: Bioshock, Metroid Prime 3

Daniel Ross, QA: Guitar Hero, Kingdom Hearts and Fallout 2. Playing with 1 INT is hard… 😀

Justin Sweeney, QA: Bioshock, Steets of Rage 2, Oblivion

Dan Teitel, Programmer: NCAA Football ’08 (Go Bethesda)

Orin Tresnjak, Graphics Programmer: Bioshock, World of Warcraft, Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz

Jesse Tucker, Level Design: Fallout (Luck/Critical build), Bioshock, UT2004 (TAM, iCTF), Super Smash Bros Melee

Michael Wagner, Marketing Design: Bioshock, Supreme Commander, Metroid Prime 3

Craig Walton, Lead Programmer: Candy Land, Cranium Hullabaloo

Matt Weil, QA: Bioshock, Red Orchestra

Jay Woodward, AI Programmer: Bioshock, Carcassonne, Catan, Oblivion, and (yes!) Fallout. On the more obscure side, I’m also going to check out Christine Schneider’s ( new UNN Nightwalker and Polaris campaigns for System Shock 2, because her earlier campaign (Ponterbee Station) was like playing SS2 again for the first time.

Fred Zeleny, Quest Designer: I’ll be playing Bioshock (PC), Rune Factory (DS), and Super Puzzle Fighter II HD Turbo Remix (XBLA), Lord of the Rings Online

Reader Comments

  1. OMG Arcanum! Awesome game, despite the combat system. We need more steampunk RPGs.

    I just got an nVidia 8600GTS, so I’m going to play some Oblivion to enjoy it with more playable performance and video settings turned way up. Good times.

  2. What’s “Lords of the Realm”? And why am I playing it this weekend?

    ( The correct answer is “Bioshock and WoW”, if’n you’re interested. )

  3. Lords of the Realm was an incredible game that I suppose you could compare to Rome: Total War in that you manage your settlements and build a war effort while sieging cities on a battlemap. It was really really good.

  4. No games at all this weekend, as I’m going to Wisconsin Dells on vacation. But tonight, definitely WoW.

    When I get back, I’m diving back into Shivering Isles and Overlord.

  5. I should’ve been cooler and said other activities and pretended they were games.

    Gary Noonan is always going to be cooler than me.

  6. Lords of the Realm I and II were awesome. I think I reviewed both way back in the day. Great fun. Props to Dan for going old school.