If you’ve ever found yourself dismembering raiders in The Capital Wasteland with projectile coffee mugs and railroad spikes only to long for a reality where these implements if destruction exist, you’re not alone! Fortunately for us, the super-nerd exists. The following are some of the wildest and most impressive recreations of our favorite Fallout weapons!
Kicking it off with Ol’ Fisto himself, the Power Fist has been a Fallout series name stay. While having a few alterations throughout the years the base idea has remained the same, hydraulic metal fist. Often accompanied by rusty barbs on the end, The power fist is a melee build best friend. This real life adaptation hits the nail right on the head! Modeled off the basic Fallout 4 style Power Fist, this iteration is designed using compression similar to the in game design in order to propel the fist forward. Even to those who aren’t familiar with the Fallout series, this thing is 100% badass!
Continuing on with the both visually pleasing and lore accurate, This adaptation of the popular melee weapon, The Shiskebab, is constructed using almost the same concept design as in the game! Mirroring it’s virtual counterpart the real life model uses a motorcycle handle at the helm and three burners along the blade to deliver a scolding cut. Unlike the game design however, rather than having a front facing nozzle to expel the flammable gas, the creators opted for the more realistic and sensical fuel rod along the side witch is ignited by a park in the center of the blade. That being said, visually this model is still to the tee even going as far as to include the false nozzle and gas spicket.
Fallout 4’s creation engine gave a new lease to basic melee weapons the series had included from day one. With the inclusion of the revamped weapons workbench, and more damn aluminium than you’d ever thought you’d need in your entire life, normal everyday blunt objects became weapons of mass destruction. One of the simplest yet most satisfying of the bunch however is the Rocket Bat. With multiple alterations, the baseball bat changes from a throwaway scrap piece of wood to a jet propelled killing machine. Two rocket thrusters bolted to a swatter, what’s more american than that? The real life adaptation is not far off! While significantly smaller rockets are used, for obvious reasons, this adaptation is nearly spot on in every sense of the word!
Unlike the previous entries this adaptation of Fallout 4’s Pipe Rifle does not follow the in game schematic. While the in game rifle is calipered in .38 rounds, the real life model is a simple BB build. While there is a significant difference in stopping power, this BB adaptation may be the most accurate and functional real life design, unlike some other cosplay designs. Hell, you’ve played the game, feels like a BB gun anyway.
Now unlike the rest of the entries on this list, this one does not come to us straight off the screen of post-apocalyptia. While this laser rifle is NOT inspired by the fallout series, it is the most accurate recreation of one. While other cosplays may have the dimensions and appearance, none can lay claim to actually being able to disburse a functioning beam. Now this is one badass piece of science!
For those of us who weren’t fortunate enough to seek shelter from the events of total nuclear annihilation in a state of the art underground vault brought to you by Vault-Tec, 200+ years of residual radiation will take it’s toll. Regardless of which game played host to your first encounter with one was, we all recall our first interaction with a ghoul. There are some out there who despise them, some who fight for them. and those who simply ignore them. Regardless of where you stand one thing is for certain, all ghouls are not created equally. We took a detailed look at the series and decided who are the best and worst ghouls in Fallout!
An easy going, radio listening, rotting, bartender, We meet Gob in Megaton‘s Moriarty’s Saloon in Fallout 3. Gob is no stranger to the waste ridicule on ghouls and isn’t afraid to show it. While you do have the option to continue these antics and refer to him as a zombie, the latter shows how appreciative Gob is towards the civility. Possibly the only person in Megaton without his head firmly planted up his ass, Gob is also a solid source of information about his fellow residents as well as on the journey to find your dad.
A prisoner found in the Mohave Wasteland, Raul has all the making to be one of the absolute greatest characters in the series. Voiced by legendary actor Danny Trejo, Raul comes to us with an interesting backstory, mustache, badass name, knowle of guns, and Mustache! So where does Raul fall flat? Unfortunately his biggest downfall comes by association.In a game like New Vegas with companion options such as Boone, Rex, and Gannon, Raul seems to fall by the wayside. While having the smokey, intimidating, legendary voice of Danny Trejo behind you may be awesome, the illusion of the ancient ghoul fades quick because of it. Apart from his voice and that sweet mustache, Raul lacks any interesting physical features coming off as just a typical ghoul.
Worst: Billy “Fridge Kid” Peabody
A remonderonce again, you cannot kill children in Bethesda games. Billy Peabody is found inside a fridge in The Commonwealth. At first introduction he’s just a scared kid, a 200 year old scared kid who somehow never grew up, who just wants to find his parents. However, Billy makes it increasingly difficult to help him. No only do you have to deal with the fact he is a useless temporary companion in any altercation, but if you can put up with that then his non-stop bitching will set you over the top. Seemingly every 5 minutes this kid is whining about this, crying about that. It’s just one of those times where a character fails to be sympathetic to the point of annoyance. Fortunately for the annoyed and evil players, you do encounter an option to have someone take him off your hands.
Ever dream of wandering the post apocalyptic radiation scorched earth with the decaying body of the man who proved he’s got the biggest balls in American history? Well you’re in luck!… Kinda. Actually the brother of the mayor of Diamond City, Hancock is a more recent ghoul self created by radioactive drug use. Hancock took up the name of the hung revolutionary and began serving as the laid back but never taken for granted mayor of Goodneighbor. Not only does the man have a cool, calm, collected complex that rivals Rob Van Dam, but when he gets down to it Hancock is all business. A companion that will provide hours of fun and compelling commentary and combat, Hancock is not only one of the greatest ghoul characters off all time, but companions as well.
Let’s be honest here, you blew up Megaton for one reason. You didn’t give a damn about Tenpenny, Simms, Cromwell or the entirety of the town. Moira’s endless tasks, childish voice, and oblivious personality that constantly put you in harms way crossed the line. You can’t kill her and make it out of town alive though you thought. Drastic times call for drastic measures. Boom! Bye bye Megaton. Upon returning to see your evil deed you find but one survivor. That bitch Moira Brown. Not only has she driven you to the point of using your own nuclear armaments, you did it for absolutely no reason. One last fuck you from not only the worst ghoul but one of the absolute worst characters.
Weather you love them or hate them the ghouls of Fallout impact the paths you take and the stories we make. Let me know who your favorite and least favorite Fallout ghouls are in the comment section below! Be sure to check out even more Fallout content on Style’s Rebel Radio Here!
As the release of Next Gen. consoles creep up on the horizon and the powerhouse that is Microsoft gears up on planning to release the first Fallout title under their new ownership, the question that plagues every fan of the series rears it head once gain. Where will be the location of the next Fallout game? We’ve poured over the data and compiled just a few locations we would love to explore in post-apocalyptic America.
The only way to start this list, the location that comes up every time there is whispers of new Fallout game. The sky is blue, the grass is green, and Fallout fans want to explore New Orleans. Obviously the strip would provide hours of entertainment alone with a sudo New Vegas feel, but the surrounding environments are peak for nuclear aftermath fun. The bayou biome provides perfect opportunity for all new irradiated creatures as well as wasteland favorites. Another location not to be overlooked is the home of The New Orleans Saints, The Superdome! Well, Unless you’re Hulk Hogan brother! We’ve seen the likes of Fenway Park transformed into Diamond City in Fallout 4, why not see how the legacy of american football has held up after total atomic annihilation.
If Fallout 76 has proven anything, its that Bethesda is not afraid to conquer an entire state. A statement made every year, this would truly be the largest Fallout of all time. The typical trend followed by every good title in the series is an area surrounded by rich historical opportunities for the player to explore. Enter The Alamo, the perfect opportunity to dive deeper into the altered american history of the in game timeline, the opportunity for factions such as The Brotherhood or Enclave to play a huge presence or even the chance of a new Texas based faction to drive the man story. If that’s not enough for historical presence, we can combine Bethesda’s love of space and Sci Fi culture in the famous Huston International Space Station. With a map as big as this one the possibilities are endless! Just watch out for the Radscorpians and mutated armadillos.
We’ve all seen the imagery, June 3rd 2072: “U.S. to annex Canada!”. In the post war timeline the annex of Canada was front page news, in the post war present… not so much. Hardly mentioned in the series, the Fallout faithful are dying to know what is going on in the nuclear north. With the potential for new creatures, factions and government systems, Canada provides a new fresh environment with an open platform for new lore. Just imagine patrolling the wastes and bashing a few ghouls with your trusty hockey stick!
Pokemon has done it, Southpark has done it, it’s high time Fallout made the jump. Hawaii provides the unique environment nowhere else can. Being apart from the continental United States provides fresh environment and new opportunities for some serious tropical mutations. Exploring the lore of Hawaiian history a well as the secluded map would provide hours of captivating game play. Not to mention the possibility for offshore DLC like Point Lookout.
Back 2 Vegas
The most requested game in the community. More than a Fallout 5, more than 76 DLC, Fallout New Vegas 2 has been one of the most talked about possibilities for years now. A choice with multiple options, the sequel to the fan favorite game could pick up after the events of the first (assuming one of the ending choices is deemed to correct lore friendly ending) following a brand new protagonist living and surviving in the environment established by the player of the first title. However, a more realistic and lore friendly story to tell may be a prequel. The story of the journey behind the platinum chip, perhaps the true backstory of Benny or even the story of how Caesar rose to power. There are numerous routes to take when it comes down to it, unfortunately if anything should come from the New Vegas titles, more likely than not it would be a simple remaster. Hey, I’d still buy it.
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If you are a die hard Fallout fanatic like me you may find the in game radio stations grow old rather quickly. Now, that’s not a knock on the stations themselves or the music included in them, in the last article we took the time to run down the Best and Worst radio stations and hosts the Fallout series has to offer. This time we are providing some lore friendly alternatives for your in game radio immersion.
Old World Tunes
From an app with a great idea, to an in game radio mod. Old World Tunes provides a lore friendly library of music that keeps the game fresh and lively. As someone who works for an oldies radio station, the developers went out of their way to put in the time and effort into selection not only tracks that are lore friendly to the time frame, but more so than not, thematically friendly as well, something that Bethesda Softworks also prides themselves on. Old World Tunes didn’t stop there though, going above and beyond their competitors, Old World Tunes went the extra mile by adding in Pre-War ads, Their own jock, and even voiced liner from Fallout 3’s Three Dog! As far as immersion and quality goes, Old World Tunes is the cream of the crop!
The quintessential western equivalent of Old World Tunes, Tumbleweed Tunes provides calming and cinematic desert guitar tracks that’ll make you wish you were roaming the Mohave almost wishing for a nuclear winter. The calm slide guitar tunes provide the perfect ambiance for wandering the wastes and the perfect alternative for the rock and roll heavy in game stations. Hosted by radio jock, “Dusty Dude”, it’s almost as if Sam Elliot were narrating your atomic adventure. Dude regularly discusses his travels from The Mohave Wasteland of New Vegas to The Commonwealth. Tumbleweed Tunes is sure to provide hours of lore friendly enjoyment from your pip-boy or home radio!
One of the most overlooked genres in the Fallout universe as well as life, unfortunately, is Folk music. Being one of the most prominent genres during the shaping of America and thriving during The Dustbowl era, Folk and Delta Blues would be thought to show more of a presence in post-apocalyptic society. Independence Radio provides over 100 tracks of the best dust bowl era instrumentals and lore friendly tunes. The perfect station to listen to while defending the wasteland or fortifying The Castle.
An Old World Radio Christmas
The boys are back at it again. The creators of Old World Tunes and Old World Radio are giving us all a gift this holiday season. An Old World Radio Christmas provides countless hours of lore friendly holiday music, more commentary about the holiday season, original tracks, commercials, and even… decorations. Listening to Old World Christmas almost makes you wish for a nuclear winter, but now you don’t have to! Fully decorated in game radios also enhance the holiday mood. Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year while remaining completely immersed in the lore!
The October 9th 2020 WWE Draft marked the TV return of “The Freak” Lars Sullivan. Sullivan was drafted to Smackdown in shocking fashion following the tag team match of Miz and Morrison Vs. Jeff Hardy and Matt Riddle. This marked the first time Lars Sullivan had been seen on WWE TV since June 2019, when he was sidelined with a knee injury.
All may not be going to plan with Sullivan’s return however as new information about Lars Sullivan sending unsolicited nude photographs has surfaced. Sullivan is no stranger to falling victim to his own actions online, In December of 2019 videos surfaced of Sullivan’s past in the adult film industry under the name of Mitch Bennett.
Sullivan had also been under previous scrutiny for comments regarding race, sexual orientations, and inappropriate sexual comments about WWE Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie McMahon. The comments were found and showcased by a user on Reddit and feature forum comments on BodyBuilding.com from two separate accounts linked back to the wrestler posted between the years of 2007 and 2013. Sullivan has since issued an apology for the comments and was given the fine of $100,000 by WWE.
The latest incident see’s WWE’s Lars Sullivan harassing a woman via Instagram and asking for pictures before then sending unsolicited pictures of his own. A Reddit thread was posted showing photographs of the conversations from Sullivan’s official account.
As of now there has not been any statement issued by Lars Sullivan or the WWE. Moving forward, what will this mean for the career of the newly returning Lars Sullivan?
Eddie Van Halen tragically passed away on October 6th 2020 after a long battle with lung cancer. Eddie was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, and though he was a frequent smoke, attributes it to a metal guitar pick he would often hold in his mouth. While the music industry and the world as a hole are devastated at this lose, we are able to look back at the incredible life and career of the Van Halen Co-Founder and remember some of the lasting impressions and moments he has left with us. The following are just a few of the things we will continue to remember Eddie Van Halen by.
When thinking of Van Halen one image always seems to comes to mind, That guitar. Eddie Van Halen is well known for his custom hardware, the first and most famous of course being The Frankenstart. Comprised of a Fender Stratocaster body personally modified to fit a Gibson PAF humbucking pickup, which was encased in paraffin wax to reduce feedback due to the nature of it’s installation, and off-centered to allow the differently spaced strings of a Fender bridge to be able to be picked up. Removing both tone control knobs, Eddie opted rather to use one of the knobs marked “Tone” on his volume control. He wasn’t even close to done there however, When deciding on a pick guard EVH chose to shape a vinyl record over the controls, which was later replaced. Now onto that classic paint job. Originally painted black, Van Halen used gaffing tape to section off strips of the body before painting the guitar over again in white, then once more in red. Did I mention that later on in his career Eddie decided to add a sideways three way switch in the middle of his guitar that wasn’t actually connected just to throw off imitations. A copy of the Frankenstrat can be found in the National Museum of American History, but in April of 2019 the original was displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Listening to Van Halen it becomes very clear, very fast, it’s all about the guitar. With all the time and effort he out into creating the instrument how could it not be! Eddie Van Halen is known world over as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Playing with a wild and fast style that has yet to be replicated, Eddie used every possible aspect if the guitar. Known best for his signature tapping, a style of playing based around using both hands to hammer string on the neck of the guitar, EVH left us with some of the absolute most iconic and memorable solos of all time. Most notable, Van Halen’s instrumental track Eruption features a near two minute guitar solo from EVH popularly considered one of the greatest solos of all time. Featuring on the self title album Van Halen, The track leads perfectly into You Really Got Me, beginning in key of A flat and ending on E flat. Eddie Van Halen will forever go down in history as one of the greatest there ever was to pick up six strings.
Whether it’s prancing around in three piece brown suits in Hot For Teacher or flying across the stage in Panama, Eddie steals the scene. Eddie Van Halen was true superstar both on stage and behind the camera and always looked like he was having the time of his life doing it. Think back, when I say Van Halen music video, do you see Eddie in the scene that comes to mind? Who could forget him flying across the screen guitar in hand in Panama, or strutting down a library desk busting out one of the meanest solos of all time. These are images that have been engrained in our brains and society for decades. Not to mention my personal favorite, that cheeky smile in Jump knowing damn well the history he’s making with that guitar. Something just hits different in a Van Halen music video, and that something is Eddie.
Above all else the greatest gift EVH ever gave us was himself. Van Halen was formed in 1972 with brother Eddie and Alex, and have been a staple on our radios and in our homes since. A band like this with a line up this powerful only comes around once in a lifetime and Eddie was the force that brought it together. We will always have the unforgettable, iconic, and rockin’ tunes of Van Halen to remind us how legendary and unique Eddie Van Halen was. One of the greatest guitarists of all time, and one of the most influential musicians to ever take the world by storm, none of this happens without Eddie Van Halen. Rest In Peace.
As a life long fan of the Fallout series as well as a host for two weekly radio shows, I feel qualified to break down the best and worst radio jocks the Fallout universe has to offer. Not many people realize how much can truly go into being a compelling and entertaining personality who is at least half way decent at what they do. Spanning over multiple titles, states, and personalities, these are the absolute best and worst on air personalities that the Fallout universe has to offer.
BEST: Three Dog
Host of Galaxy News Radio for The Capital Wasteland, Three Dog is an entertaining jock with a smooth voice to match. Capturing the essence of the stereotypical old school radio DJ, his personality fits perfectly with the tracks he’s playing. Not only does Three Dog fit the bill of a classic radio jock, he also includes precise social observations and great comedic timing which is a huge part of any successful jock. “…Your friendly neighborhood Disc Jockey, What’s a disc? Hell if I know!” is just one of the ever quotable phrases you cam catch Three Dog sending out over D.C.’s flagship station. With all this considered, he is at his core an NPC best described by the word “cool”. From his cool, calm, collected demeaner, to his no cares given approach to calling out what he sees as unjust live on the air. Voice actor Erik Todd Dellums hit the nail right on the head to provide Fallout 3 with the absolute perfect voice.
Side note: Erik’s role as Three Dog was done so well and left such an impact that I regularly encourage my listeners to “Fight the good fight” at the end of each of my weekly shows.
WORST: Travis Miles
Now let’s get this out of the way right now. I enjoy Travis, I am 100% aware of the fact the DJ with no confidence is meant entirely for the irony of it. Travis Miles is a good novelty character and is fun. HOWEVER, we are looking at the best and worst DJs. As a jock, Travis begins as an unconfident and insecure host of Diamond City Radio. Through out the progression of the game, you are able to engage in a side quest to help Travis gain his confidence and in turn impact how he sounds over the Commonwealth air waves. The issue however is, regardless on whether or not you choose to do this mission Travis falls into the one category absolutely nobody in the business ever wants to come anywhere close to, annoying. Travis’s initial style is good for a quick laugh or two here and there, but very quickly grows repetitive and annoying. Even after helping Travis find his confidence, the transition is neat but once again wears thin relatively quickly. The confident Travis more often then not comes across as forced and just seems like a radio host impression rather than a natural sounding host, complete with transatlantic accent.
BEST: Mr. New Vegas
You cannot talk about the best Fallout radio jocks without talking about Mr. New Vegas, and who else to play such a role other than the one and only Mr. Las Vegas himself Wayne Newton. The absolute perfect deep raspy voice to fill the airwaves of The Mohave, Mr. New Vegas is actually just an AI created by Mr. House before The Great War. While Johnny Guitar may get a little stable by your 10th New Vegas playthrough, one thing that never will is the calming tones of Mr. New Vegas. Knowing your audience is half the battle in the radio game, and Mr. New Vegas is able to capture the tone of both the lively strip of New Vegas as well as the secluded deserts of the Mohave Wasteland. Possibly the one universally accepted truth of Fallout is how good Mr. New Vegas actually is and how much he adds to the experience.
BEST: President John Henry Eden
Hear me out now, John Henry Eden may not exactly be the most entertaining host on the planet, however take a step back and look at it in broadcasting terms. Enclave Radio is not deigned to be a high energy music station. It’s a news talk and political information station. If you look at Enclave Radio as the Fallout universe equivalent of NPR, that helps to out things into perspective. Now the problem with this you may be thinking is the fact on of the most important aspects of political and talk radio is to remain unbias, which Mr. Eden clearly does not accomplish. One thing to remember is this is post- apocalyptia. There is no structured uniform government. Politics are debated with guns in the wasteland. So when a sudo-political leader takes a stand behind a certain belief such as those of the Enclave, and has the means to sing their praises while damning the Brotherhood of Steel at a state wide level, why wouldn’t you jump at it? The AI known as John Henry Eden may not be the most likeable or easy to listen to, but when it come down to broadcasting, he’s certainly not the worst.
Hands down the absolute worst hails from, surprise surprise, Fallout 76. With the addition of the wastelanders DLC came Appalachia Radio’s new host Julie. A complaint from day one was the lack of effort put into the radio and soundtrack for Fallout 76 but after hearing Bethesda’s solution, I think I’d rather play in silence. I honestly don’t even know where to begin. As far as lore friendliness and believability goes, there is none. Rather than an immersive and fun radio host who shows motive and interest for establishing a presence in Appalachia, we are given Bethesda’s attempt at a “quirky” 23 year old girl reminiscent of a bootleg Travis Miles. We see what you were trying to do Bethesda and you’ve once again totally missed the mark. Julie is not cute, quirky, or funny and certainly not believable as someone who gives any kind of a shit about radio broadcasting. Above all else, would it have killed them to find a voice actor with an authentic accent to the region. That’s like the ONE qualification that could at least help overlook the rest of the issues. We are deep in the wild hills of West Virginia, not Cleveland Ohio.
At the end of the day maybe I’m a little bias, maybe you don’t really look that deep into the Fallout radio. Regardless, Let me know what you think in the comment section below! Then feel free to check out some of my other Fallout related blogs by clicking the link below!
The day of reckoning has come and love him or hate him, Todd Howard and the Bethesda team are now under the management of Microsoft. Above all else this means Todd Howard has achieved his greatest feat yet, he has sold Skyrim again. This time is the heist of the century however, $7.5 Billion. The master plan does not end there however, with the overwhelming popularity of Game Pass, Todd will be selling Skyrim to Xbox users every single month for the foreseeable future. While the future of Todd presenting the newest Bethesda titles may be up in the air, we can always look back at the wise words he has left us in the past.
“It Just Works”
There is absolutely no way we are running down the best Howardisms without kicking it off with THE most quoted line of all. “It Just Works”. Picture it, E3 2019, Bethesda Softworks own Todd Howard takes the stage, rumors have filled the air about a brand new Fallout title but have been supported by whispers of a new Skyrim variant. Then boom, there it is. Fallout 4. You sat in awe at the new iteration of the series was unveiled. The gameplay rolls on the screen as Godd Howard’s voice projects over the audience. As he explains the new world design, lore and mechanics, One assurance was made. “It Just Works”. From the game studio with more bugs than an insect exhibit, the lie that defined the future of the product and spawned millions of mems, “It Just Works”.
“Who’s Laughin’ Now?”
Coming off the cult success of the Oblivion title, ZeniMax Media’s Todd Howard sat down for a one on one interview to discuss his most recent works. During this encounter, Todd recalls how in school while other students dreamed of playing professional football, Todd always planned on becoming a game developer. To all those who doubted him Todd had one simple message, “Who’s Laughin’ Now”. Of course because the internet exists and we are all equally awful people this too was subject to become top meme material but hey, Who’s laughin now?
“You Dork, Go Back To The Chess Club
During his infamous “Who’s laughin’ now” interview came anither great line that was sadly overlooked. While the internet latched onto the previously stated line, the exclamation that follows is equally as funny in that same regard. Todd explains that while sharing his dreams of designing video games the general consensus from his peers was, “You dork, Go back to the chess club”. The line is delivered with such straight face monotone conviction that one cannot help but laugh, not to mention after a few breif moments of silence he follows it up with, “… yes I was in the chess club”. Classic Todd.
“As Far As Stupid Gimmicks Go, It’s The Best Fucking One”
When the inhumane Godd Howard begins his reign of game unveiling he knows no bounds and can not be stopped! Alongside the introduction of Fallout 4, Todd showcased a real life Pip-boy 3000 that would be available with the collectors addition. Well surely this is a prop and will not have an actual electronic display the naïve audience collectively thought. Wrong you are peasants answered the divine one! Todd reviled that along with the Pip-boy came an app that acted as a second screen for your Fallout 4 experience. However, Todd was not shy to express his feeling s on how distracting he finds the second screen experience before quickly ensuring us all, “As far as stupid gimmicks go this is the best fucking one.” The man strikes again, dropping a hard F-bomb right there in the center of the E3 stage simply because he is Godd Howard and knows no mortal man can stop him.
“Glows In The Fucking Dark”
There is no stopping this man. Another E3, another Fallout special edition. This time around Fallout 76 was announced to include a functional power armor helmet for special edition packages, but only that, as Todd so eloquently put it, the special edition would also include an in game map that, “Glows in the fucking dark.” Todd, this is why we love ya. The power of Godd Howard knows no social filters and it has since become the stuff of meme expectation for Todd to get so excited during a game announcement that he must drop the F-bomb.
“There Are Very Few Things as Good as Fallout”
Jumping back over to E3 and the presentation of Fallout 4, what better way to introduce your newest addition to the franchise than with a firm pat on your own back. While it’s amazing to hear him mutter in shaken confidence, we cannot exactly disagree with the man. Upon taking the stage an recounting how far video games have come in society, Todd take a deep breath before stumbling trough one of the greatest lines in E3 history. “There are very few things as good as Fallout”. The crowd, dressed to the nines in vault 101 jump suits, erupt along with all the viewers at home. A bold claim? Absolutely, Is he wrong though is the real question. The series will always have bugs, flaws, and skeptics but regardless of individual titles and opinions when it comes down to it, as a game, as a series, a story, and a community, when it comes to entertainment, There are very few things as good, as fallout.
“Sometimes It Doesn’t Just Work”
Oh Todd, there has never been such a strong love hate relationship as the one between the fallout community towards your leadership. Upon revealing the completely online and first ever multiplayer Fallout, Fallout 76, fans of the series were immediately divided between excitement and fear of what this may bring. While the ability to finally explore the waste with friends was on the table, so was the lingering reputation of Bethesda’s engine development. Fortunately enough for us Father Howard shared these mixed emotions as well as he introduced the Fallout 76 Beta dubbed, the Break-it Early Test Application. Now why would a man with the confidence of a god seem unsure about the quality of his engine? To quoke the man directly, he had read on the internet that, “Sometimes, It doesn’t just work”. We love you Todd. The Godd has become self-aware.
In all seriousness I am a die hard Fallout fan through and through, while people may disagree about certain entries in the series or have issues with overall bugs in gameplay, we cannot forget how much time and effort has gone into this project and how much of an impact it has had on our lives. For that we do have to give credit where credit is due to Todd Howard and all the devs from Bethesda. I encourage everyone to go and rewatch both the Fallout 4 and 76 E3 presentations as even though they may not have turned out exactly as you wanted, going back and watching them still gives you that old magic feeling of a new Fallout title.
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Before we dive in here let me make something abundantly clear, this list is a squeal. In order to check out all the great characters who made up the first list give Ol’ Easy Pete here a nice gentle click.
Now, it seems as though the last list of minor characters just didn’t cut it. While there still needs to be limitations set on just how many of these unique beings can be featured here, after further review we definitely could not live with ourselves without including these characters. Once again before we dive in I would like to remind everyone that the qualification these NPCs must meet is ultimately not having any form of barring on the main story or it’s outcome. With that in mind here are MORE of the greatest minor characters in the Fallout series.
Election season is upon is and who better to kick of this list than the president himself, president of The Republic of Dave of course. Let’s face facts here, you rolled up on this little “republic” as you were patrolling the capital wastes where, surprise surprise, you find Dave, leader of The Republic of Dave and from that first interaction you had it out for this pompous SOB. Naturally, seeing organized government working in the post apocalyptic society turned your stomach and with your vast knowledge of the democratic process begin poking around asking about the election of Dave. As you begin to learn more about the ill constructed, incest filled republic, you come to find out The Republic of Dave derived from the The Kingdom of Tom, which derived form The New Republic of Stevie-Ray which itself derived from Billyslvania by way of The Republic of Stevie-Ray originally being formed after it’s predecessor The Kingdom of Larry. Dave is but a spoke on the wheel and you are about to ensure that wheel keeps turning. Whether you choose to oversee the electoral process yourself or “you gotta shoot ’em in the head” you made damn sure Dave got his reality check and you loved every minute of it.
For someone not considered a “main” character, Fallout NV does not happen without Doc Mitchell pulling your ass out of the dirt and fixing you up. While we’re on the subject though, why the hell was this dude rooting around a fresh grave and playing with what he found. Regardless after Frankenstein over here finishes digging the 24 caret run of bad luck out of your noggin he goes out of his way to ensure you can walk, talk, and take a Rorschach ink blot test. (Definitely two bears high-fiving BTW.) Not to mention if you were one of the lucky few you got to see this man’s head spin right round like a record while he asked you how you felt. Talk about a way to be introduced to a game. Doc Mitchell deserves more praise for not only being the sole reason you weren’t six feet deep on Benny’s dime through out all of Fallout New Vegas but for allowing a stranger to steal literally everything from his home.
“Please assume the position.” Need I say more?
First and foremost, We know that’s you Todd Howard. You aren’t slick. Fresh off hearing about how “it just works” you boot up Fallout 4 and see this familiar face. Upon his instance and no matter how much you may have tried to avoid him The Vault-Tec rep. locked you into a family plan at your local Vault, 111. Fast forward legitimately 6 minuets, and we see our persistent friend once again being denied access to that very same vault. “I am Vault-Tec” he shouts as we chuckle being lowered into safety while he is inevitably turned to nuclear dust. You take a quick ice nap and wake up 200 years in the future with no wife and presumably no son. Remembering you left the TV on, you head to what was once your neighborhood to find just how much damage nuclear warfare can accomplish. After some chit chat with good ol’ Codsworth you set out on your quest to find your son… and apparently act as Tye Pennington for the entire commonwealth. So your travels lead you to Goodneighbor, and after the live entertainment makes you feel some way you head back to the local hotel for a good nights rest. Why not rummage through other people’s stuff while I’m here, you think to yourself, so you open the first door and who do you find? None other than Vault-Tec himself. You smiled, don’t even lie. The only other human being… well kinda… you have had any kind of bond with in over 200 years. I don’t care who you are are what kind of character you are playing, I know damn well you invited him back to Sanctuary with you. Like it or not, this is the closest living person you’ve got out there who knows you and look at you now, best buds. Go ahead and tell me I’m wrong.
Old Man Harris
Strolling down the streets of an almost picture perfect small community where everybody seems to be in good spirits and family values have outlasted total nuclear annihilation you seem to get the feeling something larger may be at play here. The residents of Andale welcome and greet you with open arms, even going as far as to invite you over for dinner! However one particular resident doesn’t seem to hold himself to that same regard. Old Man Harris explains to you everything is not as it seems and these people are crazy. Hey, he’s just a crazy old an the townsfolk assure you, driven mad by the death of his wife. As much as you may enjoy the change of pace you need to get to the bottom of this and thus you take the old man’s advice to check out the shed out back. Ah yes, cannibals. When confronted about your trespassing you could take the rout of, Hey to each their own, but there is just something about distraught Old Man Harris that will linger in the back of your mind. So you kill a couple people eaters, no harm no fowl right? Reporting back to this lovable Old coot, he explains he will now be taking care of the two neighborhood children himself. While your interaction with Old Man Harris my be limited, should you ever stumble back near Andale, in the back of your mind he will always have a special place. Of course, there is always this gem to take with you courtesy of Old Man Harris himself, “Better an orphan than a cannibal I guess.” All of this may be for loss however if you have been roaming The Capital Wasteland cannibal perk intact.
It had to be didn’t it. For arguments sake, we will be referring to the original Mechanist in Fallout 3 as the Fallout 4 iteration can be argued to be an essential character.to the DLC “story”. While jamming out to the hottest station in all of DC, Galaxy News Radio, you learn about two “costumed cookes” holding up Canterbury commons. Strap in for one of the most out there missions in the game as you diffuse the superhero movie that is The Mechanist vs. The AntAgonizer. Everything about The Mechanist would make you forget you’re playing a Fallout game, other than the endless swarms of Robobrains ruining your day. Once you engage in conversation with the self proclaimed hero, you cannot help but sit there smiling as he does his best impression of a stereotypical comic book hero. Should you chose to align yourself with him in the fight against evil and convince his arch nemesis to throw down her guns, you’ll be walking away with her AntAgonizer garb. This right here is why this spot goes to The Mechanist rather than the former, while the Legion of Doom spikes of the AntAgonizer look cool enough, you know deep down you want to BE The Mechanist. Whether you achieve this by convincing The Mechanist to step down himself or by being true neutral and giving each of them a 10mm alternative to their comic book lifestyle, you know damn sure you’re walking out of there with that armor. Hell, The Mechanist was so well received for such a minor role they brought him…well her… back in Fallout 4’s Automotron DLC.
Once again we have come to the end of another Fallout list and I’m sure there are plenty of names that have been left off. That’s one of the greatest things about the fallout series as a whole however, no matter which games you prefer they are all packed full of unique and memorable characters that don’t necessarily need to play major roles to have a major impact on your experience. As always I’d love to hear who you think the best minor characters in the Fallout franchise are and who knows, maybe there will even be yet another list.
If 2020 has given us anything, it’s the chance to sit on our couch as our life rots away around us. You could spend this time learning a life skill or bettering yourself in different aspects of your life but instead you spend this time watching video games. The key word there being ‘watching’. In a world full of people demanding instant gratification we cannot simply be expected to play through an entire video game level by level, defeating our enemies and earning our praises. Absolutely not! Luckily for us let’s plays exist. For those who don’t frequent living victoriously through internet personalities, a let’s play is defined as “One or more people, usually from message boards, that record themselves playing video games through screenshots or captured video (Mostly the latter)” by Urban Dictionary. Just like any other job, there are people who are good at it, and those who are bad at it. Compiled below are some of the best and worst the internet has to offer!
Starting up in May of 2012, Markiplier took to the interwebs creating gaming content the likes of which were largely unknown. Many years and many, many videos later, Mark sits comfortably among the top of the YouTube gaming community. Known for his compelling voice and over the top reactions, Markiplier has gained a following of 26.8 Million subscribers and for good reason. Mark seems to be the total package when it comes to the Let’s Play community bringing both sophisticated and sophomoric humor to his game play while more often then not still being able to buckle down and beat a series in a reasonable amount of time.
Talk about finding your demographic and milking it for all it’s got. Rising to popularity seemingly overnight Richard Blevins, otherwise known as Ninja, gained his popularity playing the 2017 free battle royal game Fortnite. Being that this game’s primary demographic consists of children, Ninja wasted no time pumping out game play and commentary tailor fit to that demo. In this case it really is a matter of quantity over quality, I strongly urge anyone who hasn’t yet to attempt and sit through a Ninja stream, you will quickly find a lack of any verbal substance or attempt to provide comedic or thought provoking dialect. The issue comes from the fact, Fortnite being the hot new trend in the young gaining world led mainstream media to select Ninja to represent the face of the let’s play community in their narrative, not to mention he refuses to stream with anyone of the female gender. Not to take anything away from his dedication to the game, but if you have arrived at his channel seeking variety you will be very disappointed. Apart from the occasional one off, the hefty majority of Ninja’s videos are exactly what you would expect, Fortnite game play and more Fortnite game play. Stick to what you know I suppose, he seems to be doing just fine with his 24 Million subs backing him up.
What happens when well known comedy content creator JonTron joins forces with fellow NewGrounds.com OG creator Egoraptor, pure gold. While Arin and Jon began tearing up the YouTube community with their brash and bold comedy game play back in 2012, it was not until Jon’s departure and replacement with Dan Avidan the following year the channel really began to take off. Involving two genuinely funny and creative individuals, Game Grumps tick all the boxes. Providing compelling game play including some of the most abstract and anticipated games of all time partnered with over the top situational and relatable comedy, The Grumps take let’s plays to the next level. Never afraid to expand or try new things for their community Game Grumps have previously expanded their content to involve a series for Steam based games as well as multiplayer arcade style party games. In more recent times, The Game Grumps have capitalized on their Guest Grumps series involving some truly iconic celebrities and comedians, as well as launching a weekly live action show entitled simply, The Grumps.
Friends of and former co-workers of the Game Grumps, Matt and Ryan provide their own unique game play experience. If you are a long time fan of The Grumps who fears that they have lost their crude edge over the years SuperMega may be just the place for you. Never afraid to push a few boundaries or do what ever it takes to commit to the joke, Matt and Ryan go the extra mile to provide quality and humorous content for their viewers. Banking not only on their killer comedic timing but their bold and abrupt editing style, their simple videos always seem to be comedy gold. In addition to their Let’s Plays, SuperMega also provides their viewers with a weekly podcast as well as frequent live action sketches.
What can best be described as a boring video game reviewer to begin with, ProJared doubled down when he decided to do the same on his personal life. Jared’s videos have always been vanilla, using the absolute bare bones approach to game review as well as let’s plays. He did his research and presented you with his findings but if you are tuning in for his witty commentary or comedic timing prepare for it to fall short. A relativity mediocre gaming channel at most suffered the end all be all when in 2019 Jared was accused of cheating on his then wife while also soliciting nude photographs to his fan base. This marked the end of ProJared, while he may still produce his watered down content, his channel will never recover.
These are just a few of the highs and lows in the Let’s Play community and I would love to hear who you think the best and worst Let’s Players are below!