A sad day for gamers

1up_is_dead

According to a post on GAF 1up has been sold to UGO/Hearst. As a result, EGM will be discontinued, all of the 1up podcasts ceased, and the 1up show cancelled. So much for the best, brightest, and most trusted gaming news on the internet (and a good 5 hours of listening material per week).

In addition 40 1up/EGM employees were sacked in this buyout.

FUCK.

Shawn Elliott Griefing Videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qJ2e_ED56U

If you’ve ever listened to the GFW podcast one of the highlights is often Shawn Elliott and his stories about griefing people in online games. On Gaf today there was a link to some YouTube videos that hes posted up. This one was my favorite that I saw so far. Its in Team Fortress two and he is messing with some guys and trying to get a girl to talk to him. Pretty funny stuff. If you play TF2 and have 10 minutes check it out.

Note: There is an age verification thing on the youtube cause there is some swearing. Kiddies beware.

I’m listening to 1up yours…

Fallout 3

…and they are talking about Fallout 3. I am really excited for this game. I’ve loved Bethesda games since Daggerfall, but I’ve never tried any of the other Fallout games. I cant wait to see more on this.

They were just talking about how the game opens and it starts at the moment of your birth. The doctor then brings out a machine that “predicts” how you’ll look when you’re grown. At this point you do the basic character creation stuff and when you’re done a procedurally generated father (based on the choices you made on your character’s creation) walks out from the shadows.

Stuff like this is really great game design. It sounds like the whole game has really well integrated, interesting ways to do the “tutorial” type stuff. The new screenshots are really impressive as well. CAN NOT WAIT.