Splash DamageJune 2010

June 2010

E3 2010 Coverage: Weekend Previews


Brink write-ups from E3 2010 continue to appear all over the internet, detailing people's hands-on time with the game at last week's show. Here's the latest batch just in time for the weekend:

In other news, Brink is currently third in the Best Shooter reader's choice poll over at German magazine PC Games, just behind Crysis 2 and Rage. If you haven't yet, be sure to vote - it's turning out to be a very close race over there!

Finally, if you missed them last week, check out our E3 aftermath, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 round-ups.

If you've come across any other Brink coverage from E3, post it up in the comments and we'll include it in our next round-up.

E3 2010 Coverage: The Aftermath Begins


With E3 over, game journalists everywhere now have some much-needed time to actually write about all the cool stuff the saw out at the show. Incidentally, we've got several new previews and a trio quartet of interviews for you to check out today - expect plenty more in the coming days.

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Golden Joysticks 2010: Vote for Brink as 'One to Watch'!

Following the earlier bout of longlist voting, the nominees for this year's Golden Joystick Awards have been revealed. We're delighted to see that Brink made the cut and is up in the One to Watch category – a big thanks to everyone who voted! This final round of the Golden Joysticks is decided entirely by public vote, too, so things are once again in your hands.

To vote for Brink, follow these simple steps:

  1. Browse to the voting page on the Golden Joysticks website
  2. Click on the One to Watch category
  3. Select Brink
  4. Fill in the form fields
  5. Submit everything

The Golden Joysticks have been going since the 1980s and are amongst the most prestiguous video game awards out there, especially since they're up to the video game community. This year's winners will be announced on 30 October.

Voodoo Extreme Best of E3 2010 - Vote Brink!


Well E3 2010 is now officially over, notably marked by our strained voices that remain several octaves lower than usual; if there ever was much call for a Barry White sound-a-like Quartet we'd have the market sown up by now. Another common resultant of the aftermath is of course E3 awards, so without further ado we call your attention to VoodooExtreme's Best of E3 2010 Awards for which a new round of voting has commenced.

Brink has been shortlisted in two categories Best First Person PC Action Game and Best Overall PC Game.

As before voting is as easy as pie, to vote for Brink simply click on the two links above and select 'Brink' from the respective lists - no registration or hoop-jumping required.

E3 2010 Coverage Round-up - Day 3: More Footage and Q&As


E3 2010's over and done with, but Brink coverage is just getting started. Most notably, Game Director Paul 'Locki' Wedgwood appeared on GameTrailers TV to narrate a 7 minute walkthrough of the character customisation and campaign map shown at E3. There's lots of gameplay in this one, so be sure to watch it.

In other news, we've also got a couple new video interviews from the show with Game Director Paul 'Locki' Wedgwood and Lead Writer Ed 'BongoBoy' Stern, as well as a new preview:

Previews

Interviews

Don't forget to catch up on our Day 1 and Day 2 round-ups if you haven't already. If you've spotted any other Brink coverage from E3, let us know in the comments.

E3 2010 Coverage Round-up - Day 2: Brink Footage and More


Day 2 of E3 was an exciting one, with all-new Brink footage being shown on IGN's Live at E3 and G4TV's E3 '10 Live. Better yet, if you missed the G4TV piece last night, it's now available online. The five minute video contains plenty of footage from Reactor, all set to the gentle sound of Brink's Game Director Paul Wedgwood being quizzed by G4TV's Kevin Pereira.

In other news, here are the latest Brink impressions and interviews from the show:

Previews

Interviews

As with yesterday's round-up, we'll be keeping this updated throughout the day. If you've spotted any other Brink E3 coverage, please let us know in the comments.

E3 2010 Coverage Round-up - Day 1 [updated]


The first day of E3 has come and gone, and we've got the first batch of Brink coverage from the show for you to check out.

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Interviews

If you've spotted a preview or interview not listed here, please let us know in the comments. We'll be updating this post throughout the day with new coverage, so keep checking back.

Gameplay Demos of Brink to be Shown on IGN, G4TV, GameTrailers TV


Great news for everyone who can't make it out to E3 - live demos of Brink will be shown on several websites throughout the week. Here's a rundown of what you can expect when and where:

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

  • IGN.com - 2:40 PM PT / 22:40 UK
  • G4 TV - 4:30 PM PT / 00:30 UK

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Please note that these times are subject to change - we'll keep you updated.

Lastly, don't forget to keep an eye on the @SplashDamage and @BrinkGame Twitter feeds for the latest E3 right as it happens.

Is Brink Your Most Anticipated Game of E3? Vote Now!


Before E3 officially kicks off later today, both VoodooExtreme and GameSpot are looking to know what games you're looking forward to most at the show. Brink is offered up by both sites and voting is delightfully easy:

To vote for Brink over at VoodooExtreme, simply head to their main page, select Brink in the poll on the right and submit it - no registration or hoop-jumping required.

On GameSpot, the affair is similarly simple: Head to the voting page, click the nominate button next to any and all games you'd like to nominate for the final round of voting. All three flavours of Brink are present within close proximity right on the first page. Again, no registration required.

Brink Coverage Round-up: Pre-E3 Edition

Here's one last Brink coverage round-up before we fall headfirst into E3 2010. First up, Colony of Gamers has a new (and lengthy!) community interview with Brink's Creative Director Richard 'Rahdo' Ham, covering virtually every area of the game. It's pretty thorough and well worth the read.

We've also had several new previews pop up over the weekend, summarised below in extremely bite-sized list form:

Lastly, E3 2010 kicks off tomorrow and our landing party is already on the ground in Los Angeles. Be sure to follow us on Twitter to get all the latest Brink and Splash Damage coverage right as it happens.

Brink to Appear at E3 2010


Arguably the year's biggest event in gaming, E3 2010 is set to get underway in a mere two weeks from now. Brink is going to be there as part of the Bethesda booth and, better yet, it'll be fully playable. We're planning on bringing you all manner of coverage from E3 as it happens, so keep an eye on the website as well as our Twitter feed.

If this is the first time you're hearing about E3, it's a humongous annual trade show packed with upcoming games for all platforms. It's closed to the general public, but open to press, buyers, and those working in the gaming industry, with this year's event taking place on 15 - 17 June at the Los Angeles Convention Center. For more, visit the E3 website.

Splash Damage's New Project to be Revealed on Spike TV Tonight

At long last, our closely-guarded latest project is set to be revealed with a sneak peek during tonight's special E3 episode of GameTrailers TV. Titled GTTV Presents: VGA-E3 First Look 2009 Special, the whole thing is set to air on US television channel Spike TV at 11 PM Eastern Time (which is roughly 4 AM here in the UK). Here's more information on the program:

"Want to get a look at the hottest games of E3 before anyone else? GTTV's Geoff Keighley is joined by actress Rose McGowan to reveal the most anticipated games of the show in front of a live audience in Los Angeles. See world premiere trailers, an appearance from Battlestar Galactica's Tricia Helfer, and other surprises."

Don't miss it!

BRINK Revealed

It's official - our next game is called BRINK and viewers of last night's special GameTrailers TV broadcast were treated to an exclusive teaser trailer. If you missed it, you can catch the reveal either via the embedded video below or on the official website at brinkthegame.com. We're really looking forward to sharing more details about BRINK at next week's E3 show in Los Angeles. Stay tuned!

New Brink Developer Diary Slides, Mantles, Vaults

The latest Brink developer diary is here, featuring none other than the Sovereign of SMART, Technical Designer Aubrey 'Bezzy' Hesselgren. Short for Smooth Movement Across Random Terrain, SMART is Brink's freedom of movement system, allowing you to neatly vault, slide, and mantle your way through the environment and up/over/under any obstacles in your path.

In the developer diary, Aubrey describes how and why SMART initially came about, its development process, and how it all works internally. It's very interesting indeed - you can read it on the Brink website.

If you missed them earlier, don't forget to check out Paul Wegdwood's inaugural diary, Olivier Leonardi's diary about the art style, and Ed Sterns diary covering backstory and narrative.

Trio of Brink Interviews Thrills, Excites

Just ahead of next week's E3 appearance, a trio of new Brink interviews has surfaced online. First up is GameReactor who recently managed to quiz Game Director Paul 'Locki' Wedgwood about all things Brink. Here's a taster on the origins of Brink's art style:

I started out with this vision of a photorealistic game, but that changed when Olivier joined the team. He had these ideas about more caricatured characters, that were so different from I was used to that I was probably a bit stubborn.

Elsewhere, Brink's Creative Director Richard 'Rahdo' Ham continues his recent interview streak and is quizzed on PlayStation Lifestyle as well as Empire State Gamer.

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Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Seven Years Young

Somehow, impossibly, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory was released seven full years ago. Okay, it was actually seven years ago on Saturday, but we weren't in the office on Saturday, and Monday was a public holiday, and I only just had enough coffee to remember that it was THAT'S NOT IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW. What is important is that our little game is 7.

That seems at once entirely unacceptable and a source of deep pride. To absolutely everyone and anyone who played it, modded it, admin'd servers for it, complained about the weapon balance, learned to find and use the mortar, located the barking dog, worked on it, voted for it (I'm looking at you, Insanely Dedicated People That Got It To Number Bloody Sixteen In PC Gamer's Top One Hundred Games Ever), we can only say Thank You Thank You Thank You. Without you, SD wouldn't be where we are, doing what we do.

While we're here, why not fire up the old warhorse for some now-looking-somewhat-retro WWII MP FPS Hoo-hah? You can buy it via my personal PayPal account download it for free from our Wolfenstein Barracks page.