The Fallout franchise started in 1997. It all began with a person born and raise in a fallout shelter some time in the future. Those who played the game watched The Vault Dweller take his or her first steps outside the Vault and embarked on a journey through a darkly comedic wasteland populated with quirky survivors, dangerous raiders, and a hidden army of super mutants who were out to eradicate humanity.
You love it. Or you hate it. These people obviously loved it with all the epic tattoos that landed because of Fallout.
A lot of stuff from Black Isle’s cancelled Fallout 3 project, referred to as Van Buren, was later used for Fallout 3 or Fallout: New Vegas, from characters and settings to entire storylines and factions.
The sound you hear played upon entering V.A.T.S. is the combat turn sound from Fallout 1. It used to help signal the end of a fight – and, let’s face it, entering V.A.T.S. usually does too.
Some secrets extend to even the wallpapers put out by Bethesda to market New Vegas notably one of a young lady looking coquettish in a Vault 34 jumpsuit. Its actually the leader of the Boomers faction, Pearl, as a young woman, says Lead designer J.E. Sawyer. Which is why her name appears next to the picture on the side of the Boomers B-29 in the background of their end slide.
In the world of Fallout, the nuclear bombs fell on 23 October. Bethesda wanted to make the release date of Fallout 3 coincide with this. It ended up releasing a week later in North America.
The names on New Vegas Boulder City memorial are not, as is widely thought, those of developers. Theyre fictional, but have links to past Fallout games. Roger Westin III is, for example, the grandson of an NCR character in Fallout 2.
The very first piece of Fallout 3 art was created by lead artist Istvan Pely in 2004. It was the power armour image that eventually became the games cover.
Matthew Chandler Perry became such a vocal fan of Fallout 3 that he was asked to voice the character of Benny in New Vegas.
Monty Python references abound in New Vegas Wasteland but only if you have the Wild Wasteland perk. For instance, in Cottonwood Cove a building is graffitied Romanes Eunt Domus in reference to Life of Brian, and Holy Hand Grenades can be found in a Camp Searchlight cellar.
The Fat Man is based on an actual nuke launcher, the M-388 Davy Crockett Tactical Nuclear Recoilless Rifle, which was made in the 1950s.
Actress Courtney Cox (i.e. Monica from Friends) worked at Bethesda briefly in the 1980s. She later hosted the Fallout 3 launch party.
The cars in Fallout 3 are based on the Ford Nucleon, a concept car built to run on a nuclear generator in the 1950s.
Obsidian knows its beer. In a New Vegas location called Brewers Beer Bootlegging theres an advert for a tipple called Strategic Nuclear Moose in reference to mind-annihilating Scottish brew, Tactical Nuclear Penguin.
The Downtown D.C. area in Fallout 3 was originally twice as big, but the team decided it was too large and confusing and cut half the space out. Conversely, the Wasteland area eventually doubled.
The voice of the baby you play at the start of Fallout 3 is game director Todd Howards son Jake on his 1st birthday.
The voice of the Robobrains… Thats none other than Wil Wheaton formerly irritating child prodigy Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation and now jack-of-all-nerd-trades.
At one point, Fallout 3 featured a surgery minigame, where you had to cauterize your own wounds while watching your character scream in pain. The team felt it slowed down the games pace to just heal your limbs.