What we’re playing this weekend: Devs eating up the Orange Box



I thought our guys at the office had it bad for Bioshock when it came out, but I think the frenzy over the Orange Box might have eclipsed it. It’s not too surprising, it’s got Half-Life 2 and the episodic content, Team Fortress 2 for frenzied multiplayer, and that’s without mentioning the ingenious madness of Portal.

Still, there’s plenty of other games being played. Folks are digging pointing and tapping action of The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglas, and playing recent favorites like Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, Halo 3 and Bioshock.

Here’s the rundown:

Joel “Dixie” Burgess, LD: Wrapping up Halo 3 campaign, TF2, Portal, Portal (flash!), Brain Age 2, Fallout 3

Phil ”Finger Puppets” Nelson, Aspiring Superhero Sidekick: Orange Box

Jonah Lobe, Character Artist: Team Fortress 2, Half Life 2: Episode 2, Red Orchestra

Larry Waldman: The Movies and some games inside an Orange Box.

Jeff Sheiman, Graphics Programmer: Halo 3, Orange Box, Oblivion

Dane Olds: Artist: Team Fortress 2, Portal, Metroid Prime 3, Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, UT2K7 Beta.

Matt Ouzounian, Quest Assigner: NHL ’08, City of Heroes, The Conquest Campaign Challenge!

Dan “Dancing Bear” Geske: NCAA 2008, Madden ’07 on the Wii, and maybe some Lords of the Realm 3 (if I feel like inducing vomiting)

Gavin Carter, Producer: Finishing up Portal and replaying Half-Life 2 in Orange Box, trying to maintain my top-50-in-the-world Geometry Wars: Waves rank, and continuing Star Trek 25th Anniversary through the magic of the Box of DOS.

Nate Ellis, QA: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (3-4 player co-op woot!), Dragon Blade, settlers of Catan, WoW, trying to remember I don’t have time or money for the Orange Box and spending one of our last summery days at Rennfest.

Jeffrey Gardiner: NWN2: Mask of the Betrayer; The Orange Box

Craig Lafferty, Lord of Content: Orange Box, Sega Rally Revo, Puzzle Quest XBLA

Erik Caponi: Now that my 360 has shed its red ring, I’m finally jumping on the Halo 3 wagon.

Ricardo Gonzalez, Mysterious Scripter: Fallout 2 ( 3rd time attempting a Science Boy build; *sigh* I miss Fallout 1 ), Puzzle Quest

Will Noble, Quality Assurance Team Lead: Orange Box PC, Civ IV: Beyond the Sword, World of Warcraft

Ashley Cheng, Fighter’s Stronghold Producer: The Orange Box, The Orange Box, The Orange Box

Jennifer Noland, Quality Assurance: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.

Rich Lambert, Producer: World of Warcraft, TF2 and ProgressQuest!

Brian Chapin, Designer: Halo 3, Puzzle Quest, EVE Online

Todd Howard: Orange Box. Best game collection ever? Could be.

Ryan Salvatore, World Art Intern: I’ll be playing the blues, since I can’t play the Orange Box yet.

Emil Pagliarulo: Orange Box, Neverwinter Nights

Jabarie Brown, Quality Assurance: Halo 3 Lan Party (Master Chief baby!), Team Fortress Two (Medic, Pyro, Engineer)

Aaron Mitschelen, QA: LotRO, Persona 3, Soul Nomad and the World Eaters.

Orin Tresnjak, Second Assistant Shader Wrangler: Phantom Hourglass, C&C Generals: Zero Hour, maybe Quake Wars.

Pete Hines: Halo 3, Jeanne D’Arc, soccer

Steve Fraden, QA: Tabula Rasa, Ultima Online

Nathan McDyer, Associate Producer: Stabbing and sapping in Team Fortress 2, also finish portal.

Rob Gray, QA Manager: Halo 3, Madden ’08, Maximum Carnage for the Genesis

Jeff Browne, Level Designer: Red Orchestra and patiently awaiting news that Planetside 2 is in full production so that I may once again sleep at night.

Daryl Brigner, Level Designer: Portal (2nd time), Team Fortress 2, Red Orchestra, Portal (3rd time)

Nate Purkeypile, Expert Broken Stuff Creator: The Orange Box, UT3 Beta, Project Gotham 4 and eating cake with my companion cube.

Jay Woodward, AI Programmer: HL2 Episode 2, Oblivion, Metroid Prime 3, Portal extras.

Alan Nanes, Designer: Bioshock (Xbox 360), Carcassonne (Xbox Live Arcade), Folklore (PS3), Panzer Dragoon Saga (Saturn), and numerous boardgames!

Matt Weil, QA: Team Fortress 2, Portal, Counter-Strike Source, Fallout 2.

Grant Struthers, Artist: All things orange and box shaped.

Kurt Kuhlmann, Designer: COH:Opposing Forces, Halo 3, Bioshock

Michael Lattanzia, QA: Monster Hunter Freedom 2, Team Fortress 2, Portal, Hellgate: London Beta, and going to Rennfest!

Mike Dulany, Programmer: Halo3, Bioshock, Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: Everyday Shooter, Halo 3, Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, maybe Heavenly Sword, maybe I’ll pick up the Orange Box.

Jared Angus, QA Tester: Dota and Diablo II

Josh Andersen, Programmer: PGR4, Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Halo 3, possibly Orange Box…

Ryan Lea, QA: WoW (Oh man, not again), Dragon Blade, and hopefully Phantom Hourglass

Fred Zeleny, Truth Enhancer: Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Jagged Alliance 2, Half-Life 2 and its assorted episodes, replaying Portal with developer commentary

Ryan Ashford, QA: TF2, Episode 2, Portal, Perhaps finish Ico?

Jonathan Bilodeau, Graphics Programmer: Eternal Sonata, Halo 3, Phantom Hourglass

Jesse Tucker, Level Design: The UT3 demo, hopefully.

Louis Riley: Final Fantasy Tactics PSP, Jeanne D’Arc

Reader Comments

  1. I am with Jonah Lobe, Character Artist, I too love Team Fortress 2, Red Orchestra and everyone likes Half-Life… I even host server with TF2 and Red Orchestra using co-location service from Nationwide Bandwidth

  2. Games I’m playing— Timeshift, RealFlight G3.5. Timeshift is really awesome– similar feeling in some ways to Fallout with the dark/rainy environments. BTW the trailer for Fallout 3 is great– couldn’t have picked a better classic song for the trailer, since the overall theme is so similar to Fallout 2. Looking forward to Fallout 3.