GTTV Video Footage

Gametrailers.com has posted the source footage for their recent SpikeTV special.  In all, four new videos showing off a lot of combat.

Yeah, I was tempted to use a planetarium shot again.  I resisted.

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Bring Back Will Wright

A new episode of Todd Time has gone live on G4TV’s website.  This week, Todd talks about reinvention in game design.  Recycling old ideas.  Professing his love for space marines and nazi killing.  Yeah, I’m not sure either.  Make sure you navigate away from the page before that E for All video starts, you might find yourself in mortal danger before you know it.

You’re Not Invited

Why is VaultBoy holding a toilet seat?

Joystiq got invited to a party, we didn’t.  Not that we’d go.  We’re busy that night.  We’re busy every night.  Too busy for launch parties anyways.  People that did get invited:

The party features headline music by the Foo Fighters, and it’s hosted by Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Odette Yustman, Ben Harper, and it’s being co-hosted by the Bethesda / Zenimax board of directors, which includes bigwig producer Jerry Bruckheimer, bigwig CBS president Les Moonves, bigwig MGM president Harry Sloan and and bigwig baseballer Cal Ripken, Jr.

I heard Ausir was invited too.  (Not really but I’m using this to link the wiki and make him feel better about the whole thing.)

Ashley Cheng on Fallout 3

It has been a great year for Ashley Cheng, he’s gotten married and now he’s shipped Fallout 3.  He shared a few thoughts on the latter over at his blog:

There’s always some work to do, but I’m finally at the point where I can actually breath at work. The game is done done. Like done. For most of the team, the game has been done for a while and the final push of a project always feels like a lot of hurry up and wait, as we wrap up testing, carefully eyeballing every bug we find, trying to get as much information as possible before deciding if the risk/reward is there to make the change.

Now I get to wait along with them. I’m very fortunate to be working with an incredibly talented team, at an awesome company, for great bosses, where we work on fun and successful games.

It is as good as I hoped it would be. I can’t express how proud I am of Fallout 3. It is the best game, in my opinion, that we’ve made. And (doing my best Peter Molyneux impersonation here) it will be one of the best games you’ll play this year 😉

And as we continue on, my goal, as ever, is to make sure our next project is even better. Most people don’t know this but I am usually the last person to touch all the games we make here. So as you boot up Fallout 3 on your PC, Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, know that I was the one who sent it off to you. So you know who to blame:)

I know how lucky I am to be in this industry, to have been given the opportunity to make these great games, and to have our hard work pay off with the tremendous success we’ve had.

I think I can speak for everyone here at the blog when I say congratulations to Ashley on both counts.  I hope he, and the rest of the good people at BethSoft, enjoy this quiet time before the next project kicks into high gear.

Pete Hines: Bounty Hunter

According to Kotaku, Bethesda is searching for those responsible for the recent leak of Fallout 3 (360).  Pete Hines has made the solemn vow to hunt them where they sleep, to find those responsible and make them pay by any means necessary.  That’s not actually what he said, here’s the quote:

“We’re looking into it. Since we haven’t sent out a single disc, it greatly reduces the number of places this might have come from.”

The Kotaku reporter wasn’t sure what to do with this non-quote and started talking about sniffing his games.  I’m not that kinky so I’ll just ask that you postulate who will be rounding out Pete Hines’ vengeance posse in the comments below.  My money is on Gstaff, I heard he carries a peacemaker with him everywhere he goes.

GTTV Footage

A Planetarium in Fallout 3

As Briosa mentioned earlier, GTTV had an episode dedicated mostly to Fallout earlier this morning.  You can watch the episode over at Gametrailers.com,  There’s some new footage interspersed with lots of old footage and short Q&A sessions with various developers from the game.  There’s also some coverage on other games and an exclusive Red Alert trailer.  But hey look, a planetarium, I love planetariums!

Benchmarking Tool

For those of you still unsure as to whether or not you have machines capable of running Fallout 3.  YouGamers.com has integrated the released specs into their benchmarking tool.  It’ll install a small Java applet that will assess your system, compare it to the specs furnished by BethSoft and report back to you on whether or not your machine is up to snuff.  Give it a shot and then head on over to NewEgg to fill in the gaps where need be.

Fallout 3 v The Originals

With the release of Fallout 3 nearly upon us, Videogamer.com has decided to run a comparison on Fallout 3 and the original games of the series.  They’ve broken down the game over a variety of categories; combat, perspective, quest, and a few other categories.  The author basically states the obvious over four pages and comes to the same offers up the same attitude outsiders think old Fallout fans should have towards the game (neutral acceptance and get the fuck over it).  But hey, this is the internet and we like to share hits so here’s a snip:

If, however, you’re a fan who is open-minded about the idea of a non-Black Isle Fallout, you’ll find that Bethesda has done an admirable job of capturing the atmosphere of the wasteland you trawled through in the late 1990s. No, it’s not exactly the same – and it was never going to be – but from what we’ve played, we reckon that Fallout 3 will offer one of the most exciting and involving video game adventures of 2008. And, we reckon, it’s going to introduce a huge swathe of new players to the Fallout world – and that can only be a good thing.

Yeah, he used ‘reckon’ twice.  I think he’s trying to be folksy.  Read the whole article here.

Thanks to Kharn for pointing this beauty out.

I Give an Interview, World Taken By Surprise

That guy Briosafreak gave an interview to the excellent blog Alley of Infinite Angles. It’s not so bad as you might think, since he barely speaks of him, and instead brings ahead some point for discussion about the Fallout community and Fallout history. One example:

The way they followed the original is still available in the old newsgroups, but much of the FO2 data seems to have been lost forever.

The Interplay message boards during the Tactics days was a great loud party, with the AtheistsforChrisT (as in Chris Taylor) like Killzig or JC causing all sorts of trouble, Saint_Proverbius making some great posts, and the Baldurs Gate and Fallout fans always picking at each other.

The devs interacted with the fans there, and lobbying was made in the fansites. There was a bit of a lack of informal channels though, that caused many misunderstandings, a lesson I learned it should be avoided in the future.

Later, and after two cancellations of the development of Fallout 3,that were kept in secret, the fans were tired of waiting…

I still don’t trust that guy, still thanks for your patience Tigranes.

Tonight on Spike TV

A message from Rohan at Gametrailers TV:

Hi! I’m Rohan from GameTrailers TV

I wanted to let you know that this Friday, tomorrow night at 1am on Spike TV, we’ve got a whole show on Fallout 3!

We went to Bethesda to talk about the game with the developers, received over 15 minutes of brand new, never-before-seen footage, and ask the questions that true Fallout fans want to hear. Trust me, I’m one of them. We unveil a new quest that takes you to the Washington Monument and get up close and personal with the Super Mutant Behemoth.

Not only that, but we’ve got other exclusives in the show – everything from an interview with Tony Parker about NBA Live 09 to a brand new Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 trailer that features the remixed Hell March theme. It focuses on the Empire of the Rising Sun, and has to be seen to believe!

Check out the promo for the show here:

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/40937.html

Fallout 3 Gold! It’s Official Now

Fallout 3 Special Edition, coming in October

Almost here

From the Official Site:

October 9, 2008 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax Media company,  announced today that its highly anticipated title, Fallout® 3, has gone gold and will be available on store shelves and online in North America on October 28, in Europe and Australia on October 30, and in the UK on October 31. Developed at Bethesda Game Studios – creators of the 2006 Game of the Year,  The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®Fallout 3 is slated for release on the Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows.

Fallout 3 has been the biggest project we’ve ever undertaken,” said Todd Howard, game director for Fallout 3. “It’s been a long journey and we’re really happy with how it turned out. We can’t wait for everyone to get a chance to play it.”

Fallout 3 features one of the most realized game worlds ever created. Set more than 200 years following a nuclear war, you can create any kind of character you want and explore the open wastes of Washington, D.C however you choose. Every minute is a fight for survival as you encounter Super Mutants, Ghouls, Raiders, and other dangers of the Wasteland.

Fallout 3’s first review is featured as this month’s cover story in Official Xbox Magazine, hitting subscribers now and on newsstands October 21. Hailed as one of the most anticipated games for 2008, Fallout 3 has already won numerous awards including Best of Show from the official Game Critics Awards at E3 2008, a selection voted on by an independent group of journalists from 36 leading North American media outlets that cover the videogame industry.

Fallout® 3 has been rated Mature by the ESRB.

System Reqs… Finally.

What are the PC system requirements?

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Windows XP/Vista
  • 1GB System RAM (XP)/ 2GB System RAM (Vista)
  • 2.4 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor
  • Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 256MB RAM (NVIDIA 6800 or better/ATI X850 or better)

Recommended System Requirements:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor
  • 2 GB System RAM
  • Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512MB RAM (NVIDIA 8800 series, ATI 3800 series)
  • Supported Video Card Chipsets:
    • NVIDIA GeForce 200 series
    • NVIDIA Geforce 9800 series
    • NVIDIA Geforce 9600 series
    • NVIDIA Geforce 8800 series
    • NVIDIA Geforce 8600 series
    • NVIDIA Geforce 8500 series
    • NVIDIA Geforce 8400 series
    • NVIDIA Geforce 7900 series
    • NVIDIA Geforce 7800 series
    • NVIDIA Geforce 7600 series
    • NVIDIA Geforce 7300 series
    • NVIDIA GeForce 6800 series
    • ATI HD 4800 series
    • ATI HD 4600 series
    • ATI HD 3800 series
    • ATI HD 3600 series
    • ATI HD 3400 series
    • ATI HD 2900 series
    • ATI HD 2600 series
    • ATI HD 2400 series
    • ATI X1900 series
    • ATI X1800 series
    • ATI X1600 series
    • ATI X1300 series
    • ATI X850 series

Fallout 3 Pirated

While we do not support nor condone piracy (do not expect us to post download links nor tolerate them in the comments), the story is too big and widespread now not to report it: Fallout 3 has found its way to torrent sites. Interestingly, despite claims of piracy killing PC gaming, it’s not the PC version that leaked, but the Xbox 360 one. A few Fallout 3 videos have found their way to Youtube, although they’ll probably be taken down soon.

This definitely sucks for Bethesda Softworks, since it’s almost 3 weeks before the game’s premiere. Since the game has gone gold some time ago and probably at least part of the game boxes are ready for shipment, will it cause them to release the game earlier?

That’s all folks!

The last Vault Arcade comic is up, it ends with a whimper.  The big news though is that the BethBlog is having a contest to celebrate the end of the PA run (or maybe to celebrate the game finally coming out, could be a little of both)…

  • Send an email to bethblog@bethsoft.com. In it, let us know which of the 12 comics was your favorite.
  • All e-mails must be received by midnight (U.S. EST), Sunday, October 12th. Winners will be randomly selected and contacted shortly there after. Any foul play detected will result in automatic disqualification.
  • All participants must be 18 or older to enter and verification may be required before the winner is announced.

While you’re at it.  Tell Bethsoft you want some new wallpapers, preferably high-res versions of those DC ads linked below.

Timmy C on Fallout 3


Tim Cain is looking forward to his PipBoy 3000 digital clock. At least that’s what he’s telling Edge Online. He’s also very interested in the as-yet-unannounced-but-widely-known-about Fallout Online (or FOOL as we affectionately call it):

“I’ve hardly thought about [what I’d do different] with Fallout 3,” said Cain, “but I have thought about the online version. I’ve also talked to the guys at Interplay about Fallout Online.

“The biggest problem I have with expanding the game is that the original games were designed to make you feel like you were one of the last people left on Earth. And with Fallout 3 and the online version, I’m curious about how they’ll handle making the game not feel too crowded–making it feel like there’s not much life left out there after the war.”

It figures he would be more interested in Fallout Online, afterall the reason he’s back in the limelight is the recent announcement by Carbine Studios that Timmy will be the new design director.  (Good luck!)

It’s going to be really hard for me to continue ignoring MMOs with both ChrisT. and Timmy working on them.

Riding on the Metro

John Cangany of Washington D.C. alerted Joystiq to a new ad campaign by BethSoft in support of Fallout 3.  Apparently, these ads are having the desired effect:

Anyway, metro riders were transfixed by this ad. Unlike the “Fred, your ass is looking fat” hippo posters or the metro etiquette ads, the crumbling Washington Monument and mutated American flag caught a lot of eyes, and people STARED. Like, legit stared, as if the ad were either a really pretty or really ugly, disfigured lady.

Joystiq contacted BethSoft for more information and received a few photos of the different ads.  They’ve also requested some help from DC residents in identifying the locations so if you’re familiar with the locales, head on over and share what you got.

Update: Pete Hines says the ads are currently at the Metro Center station and only at the Metro Center station.