Hey guys. I’ve been a member of the Fallout subs for a while. I don’t know if this is the proper place for this but here goes. I’d first like to thank each and every member of the Fallout subs for being genuinely awesome people. Through the subs, I have figured out that my passion for Fallout is a widely shared passion, and that makes me happy.
I don’t know where to start.
For a lot of us, we have spent countless hours playing Fallout. It has become a world of its own. We pretend, we play, we discover, we survive.
I started playing Fallout 3 around when it came out. I was in my early teens, maybe 14 at the time.
My first play-through…my god I didn’t like it at all. Mainly because I never cared for in depth RPGs at the time….or maybe I had just not played an RPG like that before.
I gave it another shot a few months later, after borrowing again from my brother, who insisted i play it and pay attention to my choices.
So I did.
I fucking fell in love. Fallout became an obsession. I had to know everything. Every possible combination of playstyle, outcome, and quest. Once I absolutely was certain I found everything in the game, I would find a whole new branch of new stuff.
Not much later, New Vegas came out. I just didn’t know what to make of it. It was beautiful. I hadn’t gotten a feeling like that from a sequel since Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Yes, I’m aware MM and NV weren’t direct sequels, however due to the basis that they were both run off the previous games engine, about a year from the previous entry, I consider them somewhat of a sequel.
Anyways, New Vegas left me in fucking tears. It was so good. For years, I played these games.
Fast forward to Fallout 4. Bethesda announces a new Fallout trailer dropping, with the “please stand by” thing or whatever. I had long since moved away from my hometown, and it had been a while since I played Fallout.
When I say I nearly dropped my phone and flew into space from excitement, I mean I went zero to fucking infinity and beyond faster than Buzz Lightyear speedballing some white lightning.
Why so excited? It was set in my fucking hometown of Boston, Massachusetts! One of my all time favorite games, getting the Beantown treatment. I didn’t know what to say.
Once I played the game for the first time, and saw nuked Boston, I nearly cried. It was my home. The home I grew up in, merged with a game I was obsessed with as a teenager.
They did my city such justice. Little things that keep popping up that remind me of home. The city architecture is amazingly done (i understand some things had to be compressed to fit on the game, but even with that said they still did amazing.) The accents are spot on, little nods to the history of beantown….there’s even some things that I don’t really see brought up on Easter egg lists, you just have to be a Bostonian to get it.
I’ve fallen on these games during some pretty rough times in my life. I have this incredibly happy moment whenever a random NPC in Diamond City says “how aaaaah yah?” (Seriously, the Boston accents were so well done.)
There have been times where I have wanted so badly to just go out and make bad decisions. I’m a recovered alcoholic, as well as a recovered drug (sorry, “chem”) user. I turn to Fallout sometimes to help me cope with all the stupid shit I’ve done in the past. It seriously is like therapy. I sometimes think if I didn’t have that sort of release, I wouldn’t be who I am or here at all today. So….thank you for that, Fallout.
But Fallout has done more than act as a coping mechanism for stress, depression, anxiety, and urges throughout the years. Fallout has taught me so much.
It’s shown me that even though these people in the game are all completely made up, they still have some sort of will to fight another day; they showed me hope. It’s shown me my choices matter. It’s shown me that who you hang around can influence your actions and fate. It’s shown me to hone my skills with the time I have carefully. I mean hell, I’d credit some of my knowledge of American and World history to Fallout, it’s not all fiction after all!
I will always cherish these games.
Again, thank you all for being wonderful people in these subs. I truly feel part of a huge, radiated family with all of you. It’s almost as if these subs are a Vault of their own!
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