Splash DamageOctober 2009

October 2009

First German Brink Fan Site Launches

The newest Brink fan site to set sail for the internet is the German language BrinkGamers.com. The site's run by Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars veterans UK Visuals and wolle of PlanetQuakeWars.net fame, and promises to be the premier destination for Brink news and information for our German friends. If you haven't yet, be sure to watch their epic 45-minute video interview with Brink's Creative Director Richard Ham and Lead Writer Ed Stern recorded back at gamescom and don't forget to follow them on Twitter if delicious micro-blogging is your thing. Welcome guys!

Huge Brink Features in Latest EDGE and VietGame

VietGameThe latest issues of British gaming magazine EDGE as well as Vietnam's VietGame are packed with Brink goodies. EDGE devotes no less than eight pages to the game, sprinkled with quotes from Game Director Paul Wedgwood. It's all topped off with an interview with Splash Damage's Lead Writer Ed 'BongoBoy' Stern.

On the other side of the globe, Brink is on the cover of Vietnamese gaming publication VietGame. Inside you'll find six pages full of Brink along with generous helpings of information from Creative Director Richard 'Rahdo' Ham.

If online coverage is more up your alley, you can find new previews over at NowGamer and German site Gaming XP.

Things You Were Too Afraid to Ask: Pierre 'trega' Tregaro

Pulling no punches, metaphorically or otherwise, in our latest staff interview is Pierre 'trega' Tregaro. Pierre is a Programmer of the gameplay / physics variety here at Splash Damage, which means he makes things work and bounce around, often simultaneously. Prior to joining us, Pierre was the project lead on PuppIT, a very cool digital puppet theatre controlled entirely by way of a multi-touch interface. If you have trouble picturing this, worry not - a link to a video of PuppIt in action is hidden somewhere amongst Pierre's answers.

In any case, to find out more about Pierre, including his work at Splash Damage, his advice for people wanting to break into the industry and his gaming exploits, multi-touch the full interview in his profile.

Currently Hurling Controllers / Mice At ... Rocktober, Baby

Make way for the latest installment of Currently Hurling, our semi-regular look at what games we're playing here at Splash Damage. October's always a great time for new games and this one so far hasn't disappointed in the slightest. The hilarious Brütal Legend and the superb Uncharted 2: Among Thieves just finished falling into our collective laps and with Forza Motorsport 3 and Borderlands, the next batch of concentrated fun is already waiting. More hours in the day or, failing that, five day weekends are clearly required.

In this installment, Richard Ham Wii-zaps, Jamie makes a horrible pun, and Ronald uses the Rube Goldberg approach to take out enemies in Batman. All the gory details can be found below:

Brink Previews From Around The World

Just in time for the weekend, here's a round-up of Brink previews from the UK and elsewhere in Europe. PC Zone's Steve Hogarty has written up a great four-pager on the game that can be found in the current issue, drizzled throughout with quotes from Game Director Paul "Locki" Wedgwood and Senior Game Designer Ed "BongoBoy" Stern. Better yet (and most convenient for those without access to UK newsstands), the entire thing can now be found online over at GamesRadar.

In more international news, there are a few more gamescom write-ups we haven't mentioned yet, and since bulleted lists are utterly handy for this sort of thing, we've assembled one below:

Brink to be Shown at Eurogamer Expo in Leeds and London

eg_expo09.pngMarking its public debut here in the UK, Brink will be shown at the Eurogamer Expo in both Leeds and London. Splash Damage CEO and Game Director Paul 'Locki' Wedgwood will present the game at 13:30pm at The Royal Armouries in Leeds on October 27th and 28th and in London at Old Billingsgate on October 30th and 31st. Seating in both theatres is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. For tickets and all sorts of other information, please visit the Eurogamer Expo website. We hope to see you there!

Things You Were Too Afraid To Ask: Boris 'Zobbo' Lowinger

ZobboThe latest person of interest in our relentlessly inquisitive series of staff interviews is Boris 'Zobbo' Lowinger. As one of our animators, Boris makes all manner of things move around in SMART ways und occasionally dance. Before coming to Splash Damage, Boris worked on games like MotoGP, Republic: The Revolution, the popular quiz franchise Buzz!, as well as the short film "This Way Up", which was nominated for an Academy Award.

To find out more about Boris, his daily duties, how he ended up in the industry, and the mystery behind his nickname, vault/slide/sprint over to the full interview in his profile.

Brink Developer Diary #1: Paul Wedgwood

Back in June I was on a flight to London returning home from E3 2009. We had just completed three days of non-stop, behind-closed-doors demos of Brink, to standing-room-only crowds of journalists and industry veterans. The response at the show was phenomenal and very humbling; at one point I had to ask someone not to sit between my legs while I was presenting! What really struck me more than anything was simple: “People get it, they want to play this way too, and we’re not completely mad!” Since the show, the interest in the game has continued to grow. All these ideas we’ve brought together into one game are resonating with audiences.

It’s been a fun road to get to this point.

First Brink Developer Diary Released

In a conspicuous feat of timing in light of Brink's demonstration at QuakeCon 2009 later today, our first ever developer diary has just been released over on Bethesda's Blog. In this inaugural installment, Brink Game Director Paul 'Locki' Wedgwood explains the thinking behind some of the big concepts in the game, including blurring the lines between single and multiplayer, the SMART system, and Brink's unique art style and setting. Point your input device of choice here to get reading.

Also, as noted by Paul, this diary is the first in a series - please let us know in the comments what you want to hear about in the next diary.

Currently Hurling Controllers/Mice At... Space Marines, Footballers, and Bats

WindosillHere's the latest edition of Currently Hurling, our semi-regular look at what games we're playing here at Splash Damage. The Beatles: Rock Band, Left 4 Dead, and FIFA continue to be regular fixtures in our gaming area at the office, cunningly mixing the zombie apocalypse with sliding tackles and four-player harmonies. In more forward-looking matters, we're now ankle-deep in October, which is set to bury us in a considerable pile of great new titles, like Brütal Legend, Uncharted 2, Forza 3, Borderlands and so many more. It's definitely a good time to be a gamer.

But clumsily circling back to the here and now, let's have a peek at what we've been playing. Incidentally, we've got two new faces in this update, with Production Testers Aidan 'UdP' Price and Philip 'pipster' Barnell contributing words for the first time. Hello and welcome, chaps! And now, games:

All-New Brink Interviews Packed with Questions, Answers

If you enjoy conversations held in a question and answer format, this post is sure to delight and frighten you with its inquisitive goodness.

Our first stop is Xbox360Achievements, where an epic, four-part video interview with Brink's Creative Director Richard 'Rahdo' Ham covers everything from backstory to achievement design.

In more text-based news, Hooked Gamers have an extensive interview with Splash Damage CEO and Brink Game Director Paul 'Locki' Wedgwood about all things Brink, while Edge Online features a two part interview with Senior Game Designer Ed 'BongoBoy' Stern about writerly things.

And lastly, Turkish site Merlin'in Kazani has a lengthy Q&A with Media Director Richard 'Fluffy_gIMp' Jolly. Due to its bilingual nature, this one's spread out over nine pages, easily navigated using the dropdown menu at the bottom.