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Gene projector at the start of the game
The Gene Projector is a device which is capable of predicting a newborn baby's future appearance as a young adult by extrapolating physical characteristics from their genome. In Fallout 3, this device was used by James to show the Lone Wanderer how he/she would look "When you're all grown up".
Accessing Gene Projector
Other than at "birth", there is only one other opportunities to use the Gene Projector to change your character's face: just before you exit Vault 101 after your escape. After that, the only facility to alter your facial appearance is with the Lasergrafter in the possession of Pinkerton in the broken bow of Rivet City.
Even though only Pinkerton allows you to change the character's face after the tutorial, there are multiple characters which allow you to change your hair style:
- If you own a house in Megaton, your personal robot butler Wadsworth will be able to give you a new trim or shave your beard. If you choose the Tenpenny Tower Suite then Godfrey will perform the same service.
- You can receive a haircut from Butch when you encounter him during Trouble on the Homefront or if you have him as a follower.
- A haircut is also available from Snowflake in Underworld.
- It is also available from Joseph in Little Lamplight
Your character's name.
There are four races available. They are:
These are the different ways to customize your character's face.
|Heavy/Light||How fat or skinny your character's face is.|
|Thin/Wide||The width of your character's face.|
|Small/Large||How big or small your character's forehead is.|
|Tall/Short||The height of your character's forehead.|
|Tilt forward/back||The angle at which your character's forehead is tilted.|
|High/low||Overall height of the eyebrows|
|Up/Down (Inner)||Adjust the angle of the part of the brow close to the nose.|
|Up/Down (Outer)||Adjust the angle of the part of the brow farther from the nose.|
|Up/Down||Determines how far up or down your eyes are.|
|Small/Large||The size of your eyes.|
|Together/Apart||You can change the distance between your eyes.|
|Bridge Depth||The height of the bridge of your character's nose.|
|Up/Down||How long your character's nose is.|
|Flat/Pointed||How pointy your character's nose is.|
|Nostril Tilt||The angle at which your character's nose tilts.|
|Nostrils Wide/Thin||The width of the nose at the nostrils|
|Sellion Height||Adjusts the position where the bridge of the nose emerges from the forehead|
|Short/Long||Adjusts the length of the nose from the upper lip to the tip|
|Large/Small||How deep your character's lip goes in.|
|Overbite/Underbite||Adjust the angle of the mouth|
|Low/High||This determines how far up or down your character's cheeks are.|
|Shallow/Pronounced||How shallow or pronounced you character's cheekbones are.|
|Concave/Convex||How far out your cheeks extend from the side.|
|Retracted/Jutting||This determines how far out your character's jaw extends.|
|Wide/Thin||The width of the jaw.|
|Slope High/Low||The angle from the jawline to the neck.|
|Concave/Convex||The curvature of the jawbone.|
|Forward/Backward||How far out your chin extends.|
|Broad/Recessed||Determines how wide your chin is.|
|Shallow/Deep||Adjusts the shape and position of the chin.|
|Tall/Short||Determines how far your chin goes down.|
The different skin tone options.
|Shade||Pretty much just the overall color of your character's skin depending on race.|
|Flushed||The highlight of your character's skin.|
|Blue Tint||The special blue tint of your character's skin.|
|Yellow Tint||The special yellow tint of your character's skin.|
|Eye Sockets||The tint of your character's eye sockets.|
|Eyebrows||The tint of your character's eyebrows.|
|Eyeliner||Mainly for females, this is the eyeliner for your character.|
|Nose||The shade for your character's nose.|
|Lips||The shade of your character's lips.|
|Moustache||The tint of your character's moustache.|
|Cheeks||The shade of your character's cheeks.|
|Beard||The tint of your character's beard.|
The color for your character's eyes. There are only four different colors.
- Dark Brown
There are many types of hair-do's in Fallout 3.
- (Any wanted color via RGB setting)
- Buzz Cut
- Blast Back
- The Unsettler
- Clean Cut
- Tunnel Snake
- Buzz Saw
- Smooth Wave
- Shaggy Suave
- High Riser
- Domestic Goddess
- No Nonsense
- Prim 'N Proper
- Rough Nite
- Wendy the Welder
- The Sophisticate
- Iron Maiden
- Rude Ridge
- Fallen Angel
- L'il Devil
- Clean Cut
- Pretty Puff
- Rough Beard
- The Gentleman
- Shaggy Sideburns
- Soul Patch
- Old Coot
- The Gettysburg
- Chin Strip
- Honest Abe
- Man's Man
- Lady's Man
- Tough Guy
- The gene projector can be seen in the medical area of Project Purity, located in the sub-basement.
- Another gene projector can be seen in the upstairs area of the REPCONN Test Site in Fallout: New Vegas, upside-down. The far right button on this unit is labeled "Body" instead of "Hair".
- Yet another can be found in the Medical area of the Brotherhood of Steel's Hidden Valley bunker, turned sideways, in Fallout: New Vegas.
- It is unknown which pre-War company developed and manufactured the gene projector, as there is no company logo on the device itself.