Fallout 4 is finally here, and we hope you’ve taken several days off work to fully immerse yourself into the nuclear wasteland. It’s the game we’ve all been waiting for; set in a post-apocalyptic Boston, Bethesda promises Fallout 4 is the most ambitious world they’ve ever created. And that's saying something, coming from the minds behind the Elder Scrolls series.
Of course, every so often you have to surface for food, drink, a toilet break, and to check the internet… and while we have your attention, here are 12 things you may not know about the epic series.
1. In the Fallout universe, the nuclear bombs fell on October 23
Bethesda planned the release of Fallout 3 to coincide with this date, but ended up coming out a week later than expected.
The exact date The Great War started (and ended) was October 23, 2077. [Image Credit: Youtube]
2. Bethesda Softworks is no longer based in Bethesda
The game studio behind the series since Fallout 3 was only based in Bethesda, Maryland for a short time (although, long enough to give it its namesake). Bethesda’s offices are now located in Rockville, Maryland, around nine miles away from Bethesda. [Image Credit: Wikipedia]
3. Actress Courteney Cox (y’know, Monica from Friends) worked at Bethesda in the 80s
Although, it’s not exactly clear what she did there. Cox later hosted the Fallout 3 launch party in the US.
That’s not the only Friends connection though, Matthew ‘Chandler’ Perry is a massive fan of the series, and voiced the character of Benny in Fallout New Vegas. [Image Credit: TV]
4. The names on New Vegas’ Boulder City Memorial are not those of developers
Despite a lot of people thinking this is the case, it isn’t. They’re actually fictional, and have links to past Fallout games. For example, Roger Westin III is the grandson of a character in Fallout 2. [Image Credit: Fallout Wiki]
5. There are Monty Python references aplenty
New Vegas is a veritable honey pot for Monty Python fans -- there’s a building graffitied ‘Romanes Eunt Domus’, from Life of Brian, of course. You’ll be able to find Holy Hand Grenades. And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll get assaulted by Hell’s Grannies, taken from a sketch from And Now For Something Completely Different. [Image Credit: Youtube]
6. The Fat Man Nuclear Catapult is actually based on real weapon
Inspiration was taken from the M-388 Davy Crockett Tactical Nuclear Recoilless Rifle. Made in the 1950s, it was one of the smallest nuclear weapons ever built, and is absolutely insane.
On a related note, the bell that rings after shooting the Fat Man is a recording of the lunchroom bell at Bethesda’s offices. [Image Credit: Wikipedia]
7. There’s a secret perk in New Vegas called Meat of Champions
The perk is not talked about in any strategy guides, but it’s a reward for cannibalising all of the Kings of New Vegas. Tasty…
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8. Wil Wheaton is the voice of Robobrains
When he’s not being an irritating child prodigy, acting as himself in Big Bang Theory, or doing something with Star Trek, Wil voices Robobrains, the clever little humanoid robots found in the wasteland. [Image Credit: Fallout Wiki]
9. There’s a fully working text adventure in Fallout 3
It can be found in the Hubrus Comics’ building, on a terminal in the computer games division. It’s called The Reign of Grelok. [Image Credit: Youtube]
10. There’s also references to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
While exploring it’s possible to come across a splattered whale and a flower pot. That’s a little nod to the cult novel, where the Infinite Improbability Drive transforms two nuclear missiles into these objects. Got your towel?
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11. The cars are based on an actual Ford which was powered by nuclear fission
Of course, it was just a concept knocked up by Ford, called the Nucleon, and never actually made. It worked similar to a nuclear submarine, using uranium fission to power it. Needless to say, nothing came of the concept, apart from some video game scenery. [Image Credit: The Truth About Cars]
12. Morphine was renamed Med-X thanks to strict Australian censors
There’s quite a bit of mature content in the Fallout series, but characters using morphine was too much for Aussie censorship. As a result, the developers changed the drug’s name to Med-X, which in a way, is much more in keeping with the universe anyway. [Image Credit: Nexus Mods]