What we’re playing: Duty Calls


For a number of folks at the office, the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare has been hugely anticipated. When a local GameStop got the game a little earlier than expected on Monday, I noticed plenty of guys fleeing from their desks at lunch. I hope they have plenty of time to play it this weekend, because with the holiday season in full gear, time is precious.

Here’s how we’re spending our weekend… 

Tim “Visor” Lamb, Associate Producer: Call of Duty 4

Aaron Mitschelen, QA: LotRO, Soul Nomad and the World Eaters, World in Conflict, Jean d’Arc, Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness, GrimGrimoire, Persona 3, Hellgate: London

Michael Lattanzia, QA: Way too much Hellgate: London, Team Fortress 2

Dan Ross, QA: Civilization 4, Orange Box/Team Fortress 2, and lifting heavy things for friends.

Kurt Kuhlmann, Designer: Portal, HL2 (again), Company of Heroes (still)

Jonah Lobe, Character Artist:  Team Fortress 2, Red Orchestra

Angela Browder, Associate Producer: Call of Duty 4, Puzzle Quest, Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker

Ryan Ashford, QA: Waiting for Super Mario Galaxy, TF2, Bioshock?

Jonathan Peake, QA: Call of Duty 4, Uncharted demo, Hellgate London, Crysis Demo

Matt Weil, QA: Team Fortress 2, Vampire: Bloodlines, EVE

Craig Lafferty:  Call of Duty 4, The Simpson’s Game, Switchball

Ryan Sears, World Artist: Call of Duty 4, Orange Box (dying a lot in TF2), waiting for Super Mario Galaxy.

Fred Zeleny, Aesthematician: Frying fools in TF2, practicing pacifism in Fallout 1, and achieving art in SF0.

Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: Call of Duty 4, Uncharted demo (again!), Half-Life 2, Everyday Shooter

Todd Howard: CoD4. IW shoots…IW SCORES!

Ricardo Gonzalez, Fashionably Late As Usual: Hey, guys!  I got The Orange Box; let’s play!  Wait, what?  Call of What 4?

Justin McSweeney, QA: Orange Box, Planescape: Torment

Michael Wagner, Marketing: Hellgate: London

Nate Ellis, Design Intern: Fallout and WoW (I need a macro that adds this to my what you’re playing list).

Larry Waldman, QA: Stranglehold (almost finished), Clive Barker’s Jericho, Witcher (if my copy shows up), Orange Box.

Dan Geske, QA:  Maybe some NCAA Football ’08, but there’s too much normal football to be watched to expect much more.

Joel Burgess, Hall Monitor: Halo 3 co-op, Knytt Stories, TF2

Jennifer Noland, QA: Portal

Jared Angus, QA Tester:  The Legend of Zelda:  Phantom Hourglass

Ryan Salvatore, World Art Intern: Team Fortress 2, Half-Life 2, Shadow of the Colossus

Jeff Sheiman, Graphics Programmer: Team Fortress 2 Practice (Getting ready to take on other game companies and eventually Valve!), Half-Life 2, Halo 3, Gears of War

Ruben Brown, QA Project Lead: More WoW, Hellgate London Demo

Chris Esko, Systems Programmer:  Orange Box, Guitar Hero III, Mario Galaxy, board games

Jabarie “Shoryuuuuken” Brown, Quality Assurance: Call of Duty 4 (Xbox Lan party entree), Halo 3 (I AM the Aribiter), Team Fortress 2 (KaBOOM), World of Warcraft (I wish I knew how to quit you).

Reader Comments

  1. I’m happy to say I’ve been WoW free for an entire month. After playing since release that’s an accomplishment. I know I’ll eventually go back to play, but I just bought a Wii, and would like to see what all the fuss about consoles is.

  2. No Bladestorm.. that’s 5 points off..

    Call of Duty 4.. two more points off..

    Guitar Hero III.. Come on guys, we’ve discussed this.. 3 points off..

    Simpsons game.. You actually bought it? Three points off for gross stupidity, one point gained for courage..

    Halo 3.. two points off.. Microsofties..

    One point off for Stranglehold, two gained for Fallout..

    Orange Box gets you four points added..

    Congratulations Bethesda, you started with 20 points and managed to end on.. 11! Well, it’s better than last time..

  3. Too bad only one of you is (hopefully) going to play The Witcher…especially since, you know, its the best rpg of the year, hands down.

    But yeah,CoD 4 is quite good, at least the first two missions I managed to try so far.

  4. @BlackIce

    He said best of the year, not better than Oblivion.

    COD4 was fantastic! The ending was great! The only downside was the fact that it was a bit shorter than I would have liked. Otherwise every mission was wonderful and all had at least one part where you are like: “OMG! DID YOU SEE THAT!?”

    Gonna try out Gears of War on the PC shortly.

  5. Actually, Witcher is (in my opinion) much better than Oblivion – in terms of how much i enjoy it and of the impact it leaves in me..
    But they are different types of RPGs, but anyway, I have not played such a good RPG since Vampire Bloodlines (and Fallout : ))