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Fallout (computer game)

Fallout is a 1997 computer role-playing game and an unofficial sequel to Wasteland, but it could not use that title as Electronic Arts[?] held the rights to it. There were three titles in the series: Falloutand Fallout II, both RPGs, and Fallout Tactics, a squad-based tactical combat game.

The background story of Fallout involves a 'what-if' scenario where the United States never participated in the Vietnam War and devises fusion power resulting in a hegemonic United States that has less reliance on petroleum. It's grip on power continues until 2077, where an oil drilling conflict off the Pacific Coast pits the United States against China. It ends with a nuclear exchange resulting in the post-apocalyptic world the game takes place in.

The protagonist of the first game is a descendant of those that managed to find solace in government contracted fallout shelters known as Vaults. The year the game takes place is 2161, somewhere in California in Vault 13.

Fallout draws much from 50s Pulp magazine science fiction and superhero comic books. For example, computers have no transistors and use vacuum tubes; energy weapons exist and resemble those used by Flash Gordon. The Vault Dweller's main style of dress is a blue skin tight rubbery looking jumpsuit with a yellow line running down the center of the chest and along the belt area.

Fallout also draws minor influences from other sources. One of the initial armors available in the game is the one sleeved leather jacket, which bears a resemblance to the jacket worn by Max in Road Warrior[?]. Also, the armor featured on the cover of the game is Powered Armor, which is mentioned under the Mecha entry.

The song that plays during the Introductory scene is entitled 'Maybe' and is sung by a band called The Inkspots[?].



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