What we’re playing: NFL kickoff edition


The NFL season kicked off last night to the delight of many here at the office…at least until the Redskins showed they were still playing like it was still pre-season (Claff’s comments pretty much sum it up). Even with the NFL, there’s still plenty of time to play games on Saturday. Personally, I’m jealous of all the folks that managed to get an early copy of Spore.

Here’s what we’ll be playing.  Let us know what you’re playing, who you’re rooting for, or just your weekend plans.

Craig Lafferty, Producer: Fallout3, Madden 09 so I can have the Redskins run plays that actually get the ball to the 1st down marker!!

Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: Metal Gear Solid 4, cheering on the Lions and Wolverines.

Megan Sawyer, Artist: Fallout 3, some zombie related board games, and a slight chance of squeezing in some Spore or Soul Calibur.

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Shivering Isles Savings


Major Nelson today announced Extended Play Downloads Days for Xbox Live. From now until the end of October, you can save on various downloadable content, including the Oblivion expansion, Shivering Isles. During this period, the expansion will be available for 1600 MS points (marked down from 2400 points).

For more details on Extended Play Download Days, head here.

Around the Web: OMG Moments!


Yesterday Edge Online put up a new feature celebrating 50 moments in videogames that left your jaw dropping to the floor. Amongst the list were moments from the original Fallout (The Glow), as well as the Dark Brotherhood quest from Oblivion. Here’s what they had to say about the latter:

They come soon after you commit murder against the innocent. Then you have a choice: walk with the virtuous, or stray to the side of The Dark Brotherhood. Those who chose dark over light were rewarded with one of the best storylines in an RPG.

Pretty good list if you ask me…had me reminiscing about some of my favorite gaming moments. Feel free to share some of your favorites in the comments section.

More nuggets from around the web after the break…

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New interviews from PAX, Leipzig


Last night on G4, X-Play’s PAX coverage included a Fallout 3 segment with Todd Howard, Istvan Pely, and Emil Pagliarulo.

Plenty of interviews elsewhere. Here’s a rundown:

Beyond PAX, there’s a few Leipzig interviews with Pete worth checking out, as he met with Game Trailers, GamersGlobal, Videogamer.com, PSU and German site GameRadio.

Vault Boy T-Shirt with Pre-Order from Walmart.com


If you haven’t pre-ordered Fallout 3 yet, I just discovered a new pre-order incentive over at Walmart.com. With your order, you’ll receive this Vault Boy t-shirt. Just be sure to select the version of the game with your desired t-shirt size (Large or Extra Large).

After the break, you can check out the flip side of the shirt.

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News from Europe and Japan


I’ve received word from our UK office that Fallout 3 has been nominated for a Golden Joystick Award in the Edge Most Wanted Award category. As you may recall, the game received a similar nomination last year. It won’t be able to pull off the trifecta in 2009 though, as it will be available in UK stores on the same day the winners are revealed — October 31st.

Meanwhile, if you live in the Land of the Rising Sun, it was announced today that Fallout 3 will be released in Japan on Thursday, December 4th.

Around the web: PAX blowout


After a week out of the office, here’s a catch up Fallout 3 coverage.

Shacknews’ Nick Breckton made his way to PAX on Friday, where he interviewed Pete and Istvan, and also went hands-on with the game, in which he admits his “rabid anticpation” for the game. Here’s a snippet:

“The thing about the VATS system–the slow motion approximation of Fallout’s tactical limb targeting system–is that, while it at first seems to function more like a bullet time system, it fundamentally works on the same level of Fallout’s original system. There’s that same decision between a sure shot or a low-percentage attempt, and that same glorious anticipation before a 99%, skull-exploding, point-blank blast to the eye.”

For more coverage from PAX and beyond, hit the jump.

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PAX was like a crate full of puppets

Whew! After three long days in Seattle, we’ve returned from PAX. With over 58,000 people at the event, we had our hands full — but it was definitely worth it. We had a blast chatting with fans and letting them try out Fallout 3.

One of the highlights of the event was the reaction to the Vault 77 puppets. Above is a video from the Omegathon — where the dancing puppets stole the show…