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A Vault-Tec Presentation

Thankfully, I do not drive!!


Fallout 3 is sitting at my house as I type. This is just not fair! :p

In the meantime - here's the intro to Fallout 2 - Generally regarded as, and frequently voted one of the greatest opening sequences for a video game:

There's an archived version of the original Fallout 2 website over on NMA

Bonus Fallout 2 Triva:

The music playing when the player enters the town of Redding changes, but one track heard comes from the soundtrack to the TV miniseries The Stand from the book by Stephen King, which was about a world devastated not by nuclear war, but by a supercharged version of the flu. The name of the track is titled, "Project Blue", and it played at the beginning of the miniseries. The artist's name is W.G. Snuffy Walden.
Posted by: IgwanaRob @ 02:40 PM on 10/28/08 in Category: Entertainment
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.: Gimmie my Wasteland dammit! :.

.: 10/28/08 :.
Fallout 3

Let's get one thing straight - This is not Fallout or Fallout 2 (or either of the bastardizations), it's Fallout 3. It's not a continuation of the series by the original creators, it's a re-imagining by a studio that felt it better to give this wildly popular and influential franchise the live and future it deserves rather that fade out to cult-status obscurity.

It's a re-imagining of the game that does a good job of sticking to established cannon and time lines. Yes they changed stuff, but it's not a re-release or a continuation of the original version of Van Buren (what would have been Fallout 3 if Black Isle and Interplay didn't go tits-up) - it's a new game that invokes the thematic feel of the series in a more visual way that the originals. Bethesda has gone out of their way to bring some insanely cool things to promote the game that look like they were pulled right out of the dystopian alternate time line, as well as fitting in their new ideas with the established ones. The Fallout universe may be heading on a different path than originally intended, but thankfully they've got a lot of experience behind them to try and pull it off.

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Posted by: IgwanaRob @ 12:43 PM on 10/28/08 in Category: Entertainment
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.: Zero-Day WTF :.

.: 10/28/08 :.
On the eve of Fallout 3's launch, Bethesda asks sites to remove Fallout 3 trailers due to 'ESRB advertising guidelines'

That explains why the video below went poof overnight, good thing users at YouTube don't give a damn :-p

My collectors edition is on the UPS truck - I can't wait to get home and play!

(Is it 5 PM yet?)
Posted by: IgwanaRob @ 09:30 AM on 10/28/08 in Category: Entertainment
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.: One. More. Day. :.

.: 10/27/08 :.

Check out more official videos on Bethesda's YouTube channel

(Wal-Mart sent out the Prima Guides early, and I got my hardcover version Saturday - it makes waiting to get my hands on this game even harder!)
Posted by: IgwanaRob @ 10:43 AM on 10/27/08 in Category: Entertainment
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.: Latest poster :.

.: 10/23/08 :.
Who watches the Watchmen?

I remember buying the books as they originally came out 22 years ago....
Posted by: IgwanaRob @ 09:26 AM on 10/23/08 in Category: Entertainment
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.: 6 days and counting... :.

.: 10/22/08 :.
Fallout 180 is a great article on the original 2 games, and introducing them to a class of relative n00bs. It's interesting to see them come to the same conclusion that most everyone else arrived at years ago - Fallout 3 might look and play like a great game, but in the end it simply won't be the same Fallout game(s) that a decade ago showed the world how rewarding a truly open game could be (thank or blame it as you wish :-p ), and how choices early on can change the game experience completely.

(I hope GameStop delivers the game on Tuesday like it's supposed to!)
Posted by: IgwanaRob @ 02:10 PM on 10/22/08 in Category: Entertainment
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.: one week :.

.: 10/21/08 :.
....until I become a hermit for a few months!

Fallout 3:  10-28-2008

Posted by: IgwanaRob @ 10:27 AM on 10/21/08 in Category: Entertainment
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.: R.I.P. Don LaFontaine :.

.: 09/02/08 :.
Voiceover Master Don LaFontaine has died. Movie trailers will never be the same again....

LaFontaine, known as the "King of Voiceovers," died Monday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. LaFontaine's agent, Vanessa Gilbert, tells ET that he passed away following complications from Pneumothorax, the presence of air or gas in the pleural cavity, the result of a collapsed lung. The official cause of death has not yet been released.

Over the past 25 years, LaFontaine cemented his position as the "King of Voiceovers." Aside from being the preeminent voice in the movie trailer industry, Don also worked as the voice of Entertainment Tonight and The Insider, as well as for CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and UPN, in addition to TNT, TBS and the Cartoon Network. By conservative estimates, he voiced hundreds of thousands of television and radio spots, including commercials for Chevrolet, Pontiac, Ford, Budweiser, McDonalds, Coke, and many other corporate sponsors.

He recently parodied himself on a series of national television commercials for Geico. At last count, he has worked on nearly 5000 films, including appearances as the in-show announcer for the Screen Actors Guild and Academy Awards. Based on contracts signed, he has the distinction of being perhaps the single busiest actor in the history of SAG. Don is survived by his wife -- singer/actress Nita Whitaker, and three children: Christine, Skye and Elyse.

One of the few actors people my age can actually say we grew up with and, until recently, never actually knew who he was. It's nice he finally stepped out of the voice-over booth, especially displaying a sense of humor about the whole thing, cementing his deserved place in pop-culture history.
Posted by: IgwanaRob @ 02:24 PM on 09/02/08 in Category: Entertainment
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.: R.I.P. Stargate Atlantis :.

.: 08/21/08 :.
Stargate Atlantis' 5 year run is ending. I knew it was gonna happen last year when they made it clear that they want to get a third series going, but not at the same time as Atlantis is running because of the problems they had running SG1 and Atlantis for three years together before ending SG1's historical 10 year/214 episode run as the longest running SciFi show in US television history (and anchoring what has become pretty much the most popular science fiction franchise worldwide, finally giving Star Trek some real competition). Add in the fact that they recently announced that they would run the entire 5th season of Atlantis consecutively instead of the recent (and fucking stupid) trend of splitting the season into two, and it was obvious they wanted to clear the schedule and money up for the new series to get underway ASAP.

Well, at least they got their 5th season, unlike Farscape (No, I'll never forgive that twit for what she did to my favorite show of all time!)
Posted by: IgwanaRob @ 12:14 PM on 08/21/08 in Category: Entertainment
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Step 1: Complete

RIAA Pays Tanya Andersen $107,951

"Well, Phase I of the RIAA's misguided pursuit of an innocent, disabled Oregon woman, Atlantic v. Andersen, has finally drawn to a close, as the RIAA was forced to pay Ms. Andersen $107,951, representing the amount of her attorneys fee judgment plus interest. But as some have pointed out, reimbursement for legal fees doesn't compensate Ms. Andersen for the other damages she's sustained. And that's where Phase II comes in, Andersen v. Atlantic. There the shoe is on the other foot, and Tanya is one doing the hunting, as she pursues the record companies and their running dogs for malicious prosecution. Should be interesting."

My hopes for the next phase? Second Verse, Same as the First - natch.
Posted by: IgwanaRob @ 01:55 PM on 08/15/08 in Category: Entertainment
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