Peering Out of the Vault

A friend gave me a copy of the Fallout collection, which includes Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics. I’ve been reading all the buzz about Fallout 3, and since I haven’t played any of the Fallout games, I’m obviously missing just what the big deal is. Apparently Fallout 3 is scheduled for an Autumn 2008 release, so that should give me plenty of time to play at least Fallout.

I like science fiction, so you’d think that I’d have played Fallout by now. I really like that, at least from preliminary pictures, Fallout 3 is set partly in Washington, DC. I used to work not too far from the White House, and I grew up in Northern Virginia, so the familiar setting is neat for me. I’m not sure whether my computer will be able to handle Fallout 3 next year, but I can at least start at the beginning of the series.

I don’t have a good reason for not having played all of those “really awesome” computer games of 10 or so years ago, except that I didn’t have my own computer and my access to a computer was limited. I don’t have a good reason for not playing those games now, except a bit of laziness and that daunting feeling you get when you’re about to embark on something potentially momentous and/or time consuming and you can’t quite bring yourself to get stuck in — almost like housework or a large project.

I won’t get started on Fallout in earnest, however, until I complete Mr. Robot. Guild Wars activity to recommence soon as well.

* The title of this post references The Vault, one of the reinforced structures used to house some survivors of a nuclear war in Fallout.

  3 comments for “Peering Out of the Vault

  1. 11 June 2007 at 05:53

    I hear ya. I have copies of Fallout 1 and 2 sitting on my shelf, gathering dust. This isn’t because I expect to be disappointed by these games, but rather because I know they’re both going to be a big commitment. I figure as long as I play them before Fallout 3 hits, I’ll be alright.

    Considering Fallout 3 will arrive in Fall 2008, I’ve given myself quite a generous dead-line!

  2. 11 June 2007 at 08:48

    Just simply one of the great franchises.

    I remember building a character in Fallout 2 that was pure carnage. Wildly unlucky and yet had the potential for critical hits – everytime he got into a fight there was a decent chance someone would break a limb. Often it was him.

  3. 11 June 2007 at 12:00

    I hope you enjoy them. Fallout 1 and 2 are some of my favorite games, and if you can get past the dated graphics they’re every bit as fun today as they were 10 years ago.

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