What we’re playing: It’s that time a year!


For a couple of weeks now, there’s been plenty of new games hitting the market that have had the office abuzz. Last week it was Call of Duty 4, and now this week we’ve got Super Mario Galaxy and Assassin’s Creed, which you’ll see folks are pretty excited about. Not only that, Ash and a few other guys have already started digging into Bioware’s Mass Effect. Earlier this week, a bunch of members from the team headed into the theater to get a peak at the game.

Speaking of games hitting early, there’s rumors that some guys at the office will be rocking to a new game very soon…

Chris Esko, Systems Programmer: Mass Effect (thanks, Microsoft!), Super Mario Galaxy, Guitar Hero III

Ashley Cheng, Producer: Mass Effect

Jennifer Noland, QA: Super Mario Galaxy.

Cory Edwards, World Artist: Assassin’s Creed, Mario Galaxy.

Craig Lafferty, Game Addict: Assassins Creed, COD4 MP, Rock Band rehearsals

Dane Olds, Artist: Super Mario Galaxy.

Angela Browder, Associate Producer: Super Mario Galaxy, Assassin’s Creed, Puzzle Quest, Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker

Gary Noonan, Character Animator: Morrowind GotY on 360 (that’s right, I beat Oblivion 360 last night so I am going old school again)

Todd Howard: Assassin’s Creed

Ryan Lea, QA: Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Galaxy.

Steve Fraden, QA: Ultima Online

Phil “Famous On The Internet” Nelson, Level Designer: TF2, Assassins Creed, Carcassonne

Jeff Browne, Level Designer: Red Orchestra, Replaying The Bard’s Tale with a melee character, and cheering on the Bills as they end the Patriots winning streak. Go Bills!

Ben Barreras, QA: Guitar Hero III, Bioshock, Super Mario Galaxy, Dawn of War

Jon Paul Duvall, Designer: Assassins Creed, Guitar Hero 3 while day dreaming about Rock Band, various euro board games, watching Blade Runner on the big screen!

Ryan Ashford, QA: Super Mario Galaxy

Dan Geske, Travelling QA’sman: “Señior Feefth” at the Wake Forest vs. NC State game

Nghi Huynh, QA: Finishing Ratchet and Clank: FTOD, Renting Assassin’s Creed (if it’s available). Praying that the Redskins won’t get waxed in Dallas

Pete “Go Deacs! Beat State” Hines: Guitar Hero III, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Company of Heroes, Picross, Jeanne D’Arc, whatever else on my “to play” stack I decide to open and start on, praying Dan survives “Señior Feefth”

Tim “Visor” Lamb, Associate Producer: Call of Duty 4 (55 here I come)

Ricardo Gonzalez, Thankful for Video Games: Half-Life, Episode 2, maybe getting up the courage to infect a whole TF2 server with my special brand of untalent

Michael Lattanzia, QA: lots of Assassin’s Creed, Super Mario Galaxy, more Hellgate: London

Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: Wii Sports with the family, Super Mario Galaxy, heading to the Big House to watch Michigan beat the Buckeyes.

Emil Pagliarulo: Mass Effect (thanks K-Mart!), Assassin’s Creed, The Witcher, Kane & Lynch, Soldier of Fortune: Pay Back, Tomb Raider: Anniversary

Jared Angus, QA Tester: Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass battle mode

Daryl Brigner, Level Designer: Super Mario Galaxy, Assassin’s Creed, and if all goes as planned today, Rock Band.

Larry Waldman, QA: The Witcher and Dead Rising.

Bruce Nesmith: Orange Box, Company of Heroes

Nate Ellis, Design Intern: Fallout (a smidgeon, before I take off for vacation). Otherwise, I’ll be on a plane and at my mom’s so maybe I’ll pick up Dementium or Phantom Hourglass or go back to Puzzle Quest.

Fred Zeleny, A Bitter Unlikable Loner, Whose Passing Shall Not Be Mourned – SHALL NOT BE MOURNED: Who needs a working 360? I’m having an Obscure Game Weekend, playing Trilby – Art of Theft, Do You Worship Cthulhu?, SF0.org, and Calvinball!

Mike Dulany, Programmer: Super Mario Galaxy & Guitar Hero 3 (Through the Fire & Flames over and over again)

Reader Comments

  1. And it’s time to mark Bethesda again! Here we go..

    As usual, you start with 20 points.

    Mass Effect: +3
    Super Mario Galaxy: -5
    Guitar Hero III: -3
    Assassin’s Creed: +4
    CoD4 Multiplayer: +1
    Puzzle Quest: +0
    Dragon Quest Monsters Joker: +0
    Morrowind Goty: +3 (I’ve got Bloodmoon on order from Amazon. Not sure on getting Tribunal)
    Ultima Online: +1
    TF2: +0
    Carcassonne: +0
    Red Orchestra: +1
    Cheering Baseball Games: -10
    Praying for Baseball: -9

    I’ll stop there.

    You finished with 6 points. Tip for next time: Don’t share your Baseball hopes.

  2. Its nice that one of Bethesda’s staff is playing The Witcher, to be franked this game feels like an Oblivion Mod, hehe, can’t distance myself from Elder Scrolls.