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What We're Playing: 'tis the Season Finale


The end of the year is fast approaching, making this 2010's last regular look at what games we're playing here at Splash Damage. With most of the office already off on their well-deserved Christmas holiday, this edition is somewhat shorter than usual, but packs the same amount of sugary sweetness as the rest. Oh, and with 2010 over and done with, look for a special edition revealing our individual game of the year picks soon.

And now, without further ado, let's get to the games, shall we?

Relive the Brink Parkour Tour in Awesome Videos


Earlier this year, master of all things freerunning and Parkour Daniel Ilabaca toured eight European cities in the name of Brink. In each of the cities, Daniel met up with local freerunners (known as traceurs) to find out more about their approach to Parkour and to train with them. Daniel also had a camera crew with him to document his exploits and capture the ensuing free-running greatness.

Just in time for the holidays, the guys have released a series of tour stop videos on the Parkour Tour website, filled with frightening jumps, elegant movement combos, interviews with the locals, and even some behind-the-scenes fun. If you're into Parkour or just want to know more about it (and see lots of it, of course), we can't recommend these videos highly enough.

Techland Goes Hands-on with Brink

A few weeks ago, Evan Narcisse from Time Magazine's Techland blog stopped by the Splash Damage offices for a whole day of playing Brink. He's since returned to his Techlair and put together his thoughts and impressions. Here's a slice:

While other first-person shooters will be vying for gamers' thumbs in 2011, no game next year will look like Brink. The characters look lived in, with pockmarks, scars and receding hairlines all among the options for customization. And that customization's amongst the best I've ever seen in any game in recent memory. Sections of the game world - a giant ship called the Ark - harbors layers of corroding metal laid over each other in patchwork fashion. Several weeks ago, I spent the better part of a day playing Brink with the folks at Splash Damage in their studio outside of London. I came away very impressed with what's going into the title. It's the anti-Halo: scuffed-up, grimy and funky.

Sounds like Evan had a great time. Head over to Techland for the full preview.

In addition, Evan also spent some time with Game Director Paul 'Locki' Wedgwood and Creative Director Richard 'Rahdo' Ham, quizzing them about Splash Damage and Brink. Multiplayer and social gaming are the big topics covered there, with plenty of light being shed on both. Interested? Check out the interview over here.

What We're Playing: Bonfire Night Edition

Welcome to the latest installment of What We're Playing, our semi-regular look at what games the guys and gals here at Splash have been playing lately. It seems hardly possible, but Mount and Blade: Warband has stealthily usurped the long-standing king of Splash Damage lunchtime gaming, Left 4 Dead 2, replacing hordes of zombies with mobs of peons. Add to that Olivier's DJ Hero 2 escapades, the newly launched Rock Band 3 (complete with keyboard), and IT's daily FIFA 11 bonanzas, and you've got a pretty good idea of what goes on here at the office at midday.

But that's not all. A whole new wave of games has taken over our collective spare time, led by the insidious Game Dev Story, proving quite effectively that it's all about technique. To find out what else we've played lately, and to see our amazing Game Dev Story office leaderboard, keep on reading!

Style up Your Desktop with All-new Brink Wallpapers


Looking for some stylish new Brink backgrounds to pep up your desktop? Welp, you're in luck as the Brink website has been updated with a whole bunch of new wallpapers showing off some of the Ark's Security and Resistance fighters. Numerous resolutions and styles are available, including dual monitor and iPhone flavors. Happy decorating!

We're Hiring: Artists and Programmers Wanted

We're currently looking to hire additional artists and programmers for Brink, our current project with Bethesda Softworks. Click on a position to learn more about it:

Art & Media

Programming

Splash Damage offers a comprehensive benefits package to all successful applicants. Check out our Culture section to find out more about what it's like to work here and don't forget to browse our extensive Living in London guide for everything you need to know about moving to London and living here.

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