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Old 02-21-2012, 11:29 PM   #1
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The Origins of Fallout

No Mutants Allowed has a series of articles about the origins of Fallout written by Scott Campbell, one of the lead designers of Fallout 1 and 2.

When you are in the games industry, the first question you are always asked is, "What games have you worked on?" Although I've worked on plenty of games in the last 20 years, whenever I mention Fallout people always get excited. For over a decade-and-a-half now, I still get asked questions about the origins of Fallout. Where did the ideas come from? What was working on the game like? What things never made it in?

Over a year ago, I received an email, asking me questions about Falloutís history. As I began writing answers, I realized that my explanations led to much bigger questions... So, I decided to write this story as my account of how Fallout was born.

Just a little note before beginning: Much of this document is about Fallout and its predecessor, Wasteland. However, there is a bunch of stuff about my life at Interplay Productions at the time. I've highlighted those parts so you can skip over them if you want, but they do contain some funny stories about game development in the early nineties.

It all ties in, I promise!

Read on!
You can read the rest of part 1 here. Read part 2 here and part 3 here.
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:46 AM   #2
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Fallout 1 and 2 was basically an easier and more mainstream Wasteland. That is really all you have to know about Fallout's "history". One of the reasons I didn't completely rage on New Vegas had to do with the fact that it seemed like a remake of Wasteland. (there are a few easter eggs here and there...plus the police/military are totally ripped from Wastelands original "rangers".)
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:12 AM   #3
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Great read. I would give anything to be able to go back in time and be involved in that late 80s-mid 90s era of PC game development at one of the notable studios.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:42 AM   #4
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I remember seeing that picture. I think it was one of the load screens. Blew me away.
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:42 PM   #5
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That was a good read, thanks for sharing this.
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