Most known ghouls were created from vault dwellers living in Vault 12 under the city of Bakersfield (better known as the Necropolis after the Great War). As part of the vast Vault Experiment Program, the Vault 12 door was designed not to close properly. Thus, massive amounts of radiation attacked those within the Vault, most of whom were turned into the current ghoul population. Generally, in the Fallout universe, massive exposure to radiation might cause humans to transform into ghouls.
The game takes place in the year 2161 on the West Coast of what used to be the United States of America, particularly in California. It begins in Vault 13, the protagonist's home. Vault 13's water chip, a computer chip responsible for the water recycling and pumping machinery, has broken. Armed with a PIPBoy 2000 and meager equipment, the protagonist is sent out into the remains of California to find another water chip.
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Good news for all Fallout fans who play on Mac OS. GOG.com has added 12 Interplay titles Interplay games for Mac OS X which include Descent 1 and 2, Earthworm Jim 1 and 2, MDK, Battle Chess, and, of course, the original Fallout.
Fallout is available for $5.99 and will require Mac OS X version 10.6.8 or newer to run. If you already own the Windows version of the game, you can download the OS X version for free.
It is also said that Fallout 2 and other 19 Interplay games will get a free update to OS X once the Mac versions are ready.
If you're eager to get some old Interplay classics, make sure you don't miss the Pay What You Want sale we've reported recently.
Guys from RPG Codex has recently posted an interesting interview with original Fallout and Fallout 2 developer Tim Cain. Former Interplay Entertainment and Troika Games and current Obsidian Entertainment employee, Tim speaks about the development of the first two installments of Fallout series, his impressions of Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, his work for Troika and other topics. Here is an excerpt:
Rule-based AI runs into a lot of the problems that “expert systems” run into. They are very brittle systems, with a set of unchanging rules that may not cover every case. So you end up using default rules, which don't often lead to very intelligent actions. Fallout's AI was very much rule-based and brittle, and if I were to make it again, I would use fuzzy logic with a variety of parameters, and some of those parameters would be available to the player, so he could tell his followers to act more defensively or to wait for the player before reacting to potential targets.
Given that you left Interplay midway through Fallout 2's development, how did the resulting game differ from the original design you had in mind for it?I don't remember the specific details of my plans for Fallout 2, but I do remember playing the game and seeing it was different from the storyline I had proposed for it. I think my biggest disappointment with the game is that each area was made in almost complete isolation from the others. There was no over-arching theme and no attempt to make sure the different areas were cohesive. It felt like a lot of Fallout-y areas, placed adjacently and connected with a storyline. Those areas were individually well-done, but they suffered from the lack of a strong central design.
See the full version of the interview for even more interesting stuff.
Today's Steam Daily Deal offers 66% off Fallout Collection also known as Fallout Trilogy. This pack includes original Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics. Individual games are also subject to discount.
Recently there was some leaked info about bundles to be discounted on Steam. Now the Great Steam Summer Sale is here. From now till July 23 you can save 68% on buying Bethesda Collection which includes Fallout: New Vegas with all DLC, Brink with all DLC (including Fallout Pack), Hunted: The Demon’s Forge and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
There are also individual discounts on all and every Fallout game:
- Fallout Collection - -50% (including Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics)
- Fallout 3 - -40% (including all DLC and Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition)
- Fallout: New Vegas - -40% (including all DLC and Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition)
Knowing the nature of such sales, we can expect even more interesting offers. Stay tuned!