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You Could Be Playing Dungeon Master Right Now

With Legend Of Grimrock coming up soon, my thoughts turned back to the original Dungeon Master. Released in 1987, a year I mostly spent aged 9, it was for me one of the most defining games of my childhood. Smart, enormous, and terrifying, it was such a stride forward for gaming. But I was pretty certain getting it working on a Windows 7 box was…

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Bethesda Own All Rights To A Fallout MMO

You may remember that last week we brought the news that the legal fusspottery over the ownership of the rights to make a Fallout MMO had come to an end. We just didn't know which way the nuclear chips had fallen. It seems things fell in Bethesda's favour, in a fight that now looks rather like Goliath squished David with his fist. Eurogamer are reporting…

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Bethesda/Interplay Argy-Bargy Ends

It's the Duke Nukem Forever of gaming-based legal scuffles, and apparently it's over at last. We don't yet know the details - i.e. who's won, who's paying who what and most of all who, if anyone, will be releasing a Fallout MMO - but we do know that, after an awful lot of back and forth and he said no he said but he started…

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Law: Fallout MMO Can Continue To Continue

Here's the story so far. Interplay are developing a Fallout MMO title and Bethesda are attempting to block further development through application of The Law. When their previous injunction failed, Bethesda took things all the way to the United States District Court of Appeals, claiming that the previous court had "misapplied the law". If it was indeed a misapplication, the very same slip up has…

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Bethesda Barred From Barring Fallout MMO

The great and terrible Final Battle between Bethesda and Interplay regarding the latter's right to create an MMO based on the Fallout licence they part-sold to the former some years ago is still yet to be fought, but the litigation-lovin' folk at Bethesda have seen a potentially major setback in their efforts to take full control of wasteland adventuring. For a while, the two parties…

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MDK2 HD Via Beamdog In September

Now that is an efficient headline. But just to unpack it a bit: Interplay and Overhaul have remade offbeat 3D action-adventure MDK2 with modernised graphics. They're going to be releasing it next month for $14.99, and it will only be appearing on Beamdog. Seems like a bit of an odd decision to me, but I suppose the smaller games portals have to find some way…

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Wastedland: The Axed Fallout Movie

Times were an awful lot easier for Interplay back in 1998. A string of hit franchises, apparent sovereignty of the new RPG kingdom and, it appears, big, brassy enough cajones to start up a film division. While nothing much ever came of this, we now know that a Fallout movie was in the works, based on the first game. Whatever would it have been like?…

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More Falling Out? Fallout Online Teaser Site

This is getting interesting, at least in the industry-watching way. Despite the last we heard was Bethesda denying that Interplay have been given the okay to progress with the Fallout MMO, a teaser site - including a mailing list and Beta-possibility sign-up - has just launched. The whole site is incredibly slow right now, but it's all first-person looking at cards before being lobbed on…

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Fallout Battles Still Ongoing

So says Pete Hines over at the big K. That means rumours about Interplay being okay to proceed were indeed false. "The bottom line is it's an ongoing legal matter, it's in no way, shape or form done," Hines continued. "We're going to let the process play out in the courts, which is what we've said all along, but beyond that I can't give specifics…

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Fallout Online Lawsuits Ended?

Duck And Cover reports that Bethesda have dropped their lawsuit against Interplay. (Interplay were suing Bethesda back for something or other, so we can assume that is over too.) Anyway, the long and the short is that Interplay are now able to press ahead with their Fallout MMO, assuming this is true... There's still a long way to go before "Project V13" (pictured) becomes a…

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No More Than Words: Fallout Extreme

It appears the word "EXTREME" is the thread in my linkposts today. ANYWAY! Paweł Dembowski dropped us a line, noting that details on another canceled Fallout game have come to light. If the sources are correct, it was only in development for a few months by 14 Degrees East in 2000, and appears to be a Hidden & Dangerous-inspired tactical shooter. As in, four men,…

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Fallout Online Images?

Polish site Polygamia.pl send word that they've got their hands on some of the images from vapour-MMO Project V13, which would be Fallout Online, via the court case between Bestheda and Interplay. Probably not even vaguely representative of what said game will come to look like, if it ever comes to be, but worth a look to see what the Interplayians have been up to…

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Fallout Fallingout: Bethesda Sues Interplay

This broke on Friday, but RPS were dividing and conquering across the world, requiring Kadayi - cheers! - to bring it to our attention. In short, Gamasutra reports that the coldness between Interplay (Original Fallout IP holders) and Bethesda (Purchaser of the Fallout IP) has crossed into an actual legal suit. However, it isn't about the MMO situation, as described in the link. It's to…

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Fallout Online Offline?

Confused squinting at legal dispute time! We've known for a while that Fallout 1/2 publishers Interplay had clung onto rights for a Fallout MMO as part of their skin-saving deal to flog the Fallout 3 license to Bethesda, and a few months back the reborn publisher had coolly revealed they have one 'Project V13' in the pipeline. Deal done, right? Apparently not. Bethesda may now…

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Wasteland Relics: The Other Cancelled Fallout

Rejoice, for there is suddenly and magically a crapton of information about the cancelled Interplay Fallout game. No, not Van Buren - the other cancelled Interplay Fallout game. What, eh, etc? Okay. Back before Bethesda's take on Fallout split PC gamers down the middle, Interplay caused similar controversy by side-stepping the series into the action-RPG curio Brotherhood of Steel on Playstation 2 (which, confusingly, was…

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Fallout MMO Hires Chris Taylor (Not That One)

Well, we're all presuming the reborn Interplay's secret project is a Fallout MMO, as there's plenty of proof out there and nobody's denied it yet. Yesterday the new Interplay website opened up, and with it came a mention of “Project V13,” the working title for a 'next generation' MMO. No details whatsoever on that, but what is scintillating is the announcement that they've hired Chris…

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Black Isle’s Fallout 3 Demo

Some of the Fallout chatter on here reminded me of the canceled "Van Buren" project, which would have been Fallout 3 had Interplay not closed down the Black Isle project in 2003. Most of you will have seen this last year, but I thought it worth mentioning that the tech demo was leaked in 2007 and is now freely available over on StrategyInformer. There's not…

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Retro: Tales Of The Unknown: The Bard’s Tale

[The original version of this appeared in PC Gamer. There's been a handful of additions.] Maths was always our favourite lesson, for the simple reason we never did any Maths in it. There were always more obvious rebels for the teacher to whip into line than David Hyland, Simon Holmes and myself, crouched over our desks and using the class’ infinite supply of squared paper…

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