What we’re playing: TGIF Edition

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TGIF…another week goes by, and our developers can get back to doing what they love best…playing games. It’s funny when I send out an e-mail to these guys because 5 minutes after I hit send, I can look in my inbox and see that 50 people have already submitted something.


Jay Woodward, AI Programmer: the UNN Nightwalker campaign for System Shock 2, Carcassonne, Fallout, some eurogames with friends (probably two of Notre Dame, Amun Re, Princes of Florence, or Puerto Rico).

Cory Edwards, World Artist: Beat Metroid Prime 3, now playing Bioshock.

Jeff Browne, Level Designer: Red Orchestra, FO3, maybe Bioshock, but most of the weekend will be spent fishing and getting outdoors.

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

Mike McGinn, QA: Fifth stratum in Etrian Odyssey, case three in Phoenix Wright, and trying to finish up Dotstream and Orbital.

Ryan Salvatore, QA Tester: Camping and River Rafting in Pennsylvania Cobra Triangle style.

Jared Angus, QA Tester: DotA and WoW Arena custom maps for Warcraft 3

Tony Greco, artiste: Looking forward to trying Knytt Stories, Viva Pinata, and Halo 2 to prepare for Megatonz day.

Hal Jenkins: Tabula Rasa Beta

Ashley Cheng, Producer: NCAA Football, Call of Duty Beta, Dynasty Warriors Gundam (with Nate)

Nghi Huynh, QA: Playing Heavenly Sword, Metroid Prime 3. Poor Michigan, we hardly knew thee.

Jonathan Bilodeau, Graphics Programmer: Blue Dragon and Two Worlds.

Ryan Ashford (QA): Bioshock, Ico

Dan Ross, QA: Guitar Hero 2, Rise of Nations, Checkers – the boardgame one. No, really!

Shannon Bailey, Associate Programmer: Still trudging through Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne.

Gary Noonan, Character Animator: The 12 Hour Sleepening (Saturday and Sunday expansions)

Matt Ouzounian, QA: Star Trek Conquest (work counts, right?), finishing Arcanum, City of Heroes, praying Michigan State loses big, and watching 3:10 to Yuma.

Garrett Maloney, QA: NCAA 08

Tim Lamb, Golf God: Skate, COD4 Beta, Tiger Woods 08

Gavin Carter, Producer: Getting murdered by Tim Lamb in the Call of Duty 4 beta, fighting the urge to throw Blue Dragon out of a window, and vainly striving for more Puzzle Fighter achievements.

Megan Sawyer, Environment Artist: playing Rune Factory for the DS

Todd Howard, Executive Producer: CoD4 Beta and reliving my NCAA Football win over Gstaff (too bad the real game will not work out as well).

Nate Purkeypile, World Artist: Playing the COD4 Beta and Quake Wars to pass time until the TF2 beta.

Fred Zeleny, Wordwright: Touch Detective, Odin’s Sphere, whatever I happen to find on playthisthing.com while drinking beer and cheering for the Steelers.

Justin Sweeney, QA Tester: Playing Bioshock, Ultimate Alliance, Gears of War multiplayer, and trying for that final achievement in Streets of Rage 2.

Andrew Barron, Artist: COD 4 beta, Blue Dragon.

Dan “Dancing Bear” Geske, QA: Guitar Hero 80s; Chips, Beer, and Football starring The Couch and 82 Inch Wide Screen Projector TV.

Craig Lafferty Producer: Skate, Stranglehold, Tiger Woods 08, Madden 08 and maybe some Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on Live Arcade.

Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: Finishing Bioshock, starting Stranglehold, praying that Michigan beats Notre Dame so I don’t have to sing the fight song to Todd.

Nate Ellis, QA: Bioshock, Hotel Dusk, WoW (as usual), and maybe Metroid Prime 3 if I feel like I have the time/extra cash.

Ricardo Gonzalez, Keeper of the HUD: Oblivion ( time to finally finish that main quest line )

William Killeen, Design Intern: Fighting games! Guilty Gear, Soul Caliber, Tekken, maybe pull out some old school Bushido Blade. Finally catch up painting that Warhammer 40K army (Imperial Guard).

Ben Barreras: QA: Twilight Princess, Neverwinter Nights 2, Beer Pong

Ryan Lea, QA: Getting every ounce of RE4 story by finishing Separate Ways…After that I’m not sure.

Cory Dornbusch, QA Intern: Fallout 1 and 2 (Found my Jewel Case copy in storage!), and Battlefield Apocalypse (Battlefield 2 MOD).

Nathan McDyer, Associate Producer: Buying Skate, making sure Tim Lamb doesn’t top my kill streak in the Call of Duty 4 Beta

Terry Dunn, QA Intern: WoW, Classic Black and White LAN, Counterstrike LAN.

Ryan Sears, World Artist: Finishing The Darkness, Call of Duty 4 Beta, The Lord of the Rings Online, Picross DS.

Orin Tresnjak, Graphics Programmer: Painting some Warhammer figures (Black Orcs and Necron Warriors at the moment). Finishing Bioshock.

Mike Dulany, Programmer: Bioshock, Metroid Prime 3, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

Louis Riley, QA Tester: Playing Jeanne D’Arc over a 7.5 hour flight

Steve Fraden, QA: Tabula Rasa

Noah Berry, Artist: PC Ultima VII: The Black Gate, Redguard, Fallout, Death Gate, Thief: The Dark Project/Gold 360 – Call of Duty 3, Guitar Hero II

Mike Lattanzia, QA: Monster Hunter Freedom 2, Skate maybe if I pick it up

Aaron Mitschelen, QA: Persona 3, LotRO, Civilization 4, WoW

John Pisano, QA: Tabula Rasa Beta, Incursion, Dwarf Fortress, Odin Sphere, Persona 3


Reader Comments

  1. Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: Finishing Bioshock, starting Stranglehold, praying that Michigan beats Notre Dame so I don’t have to sing the fight song to Todd.

    Well, guess who I’m rooting for now?
    @Todd: You’re going to put the video of Gstaff singing up on the blog, riiight?

  2. Hey, I’m cool either way if the bet goes both directions.
    I just wanna poke fun at some dev for singing just as bad as me. 😉

  3. I’m jealous of Noah playing Redguard. I can’t get mine to run even with the dosbox stuff. 🙁

    I may buy an old 98 machine to play that and Daggerfall again. 🙁

    BTW: WoW players… mostly Horde, or mostly Alliance?

  4. There are lots of WoW players (or former WoW players that have moved on) here and from what I can tell they’re almost all Horde.

    Don’t tell them .> but…. my girlfriend and I play alliance. (sssshhhhhh)