Bethesda can make it so the DC Wasteland never existed

Discussion in 'Fallout: New Vegas Discussion' started by The Suave Gambler, Jan 16, 2012.

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  1. Sabirah

    Sabirah Water Chip? Been There, Done That

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    Jul 10, 2011

    As Surf Solar heroically got infuriated over nothing, his seething rage unable to find a proper release being shunted into weird internet ramblings.
     
  2. Courier

    Courier Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Apr 10, 2011
    I'm not saying it's not a bad game, I'm saying that my theory actually makes fucking sense.

    Fallout 3 being an exaggerated version of historical events that you're witnessing through a virtual reality simulation (keep in mind that virtual reality was introduced to the Fallout universe in Fallout 3) actually makes fucking sense. It makes more sense than the actual plot. It explains so many things, like why you have to fight alongside the Brotherhood of Steel.



    Where the hell did I say it was canon? I said it was a fucking fan theory.

    Just like Zion being part of the Matrix is a fan theory, just like "James Bond" being a code name instead of an individual is a fan theory; sometimes fan theories just fucking make more sense than canon.


    Edit: Also lol if you're implying that creator's intention has anything to do with the meaning you draw from a work of art. It's like when Ray Bradbury tries to say that 'Fahrenheit 451' isn't about censorship. He doesn't get to make that decision anymore. His original intent has nothing to do with the message people draw from it.


    Edit: From Wikipedia,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorial_intent
     
  3. Surf Solar

    Surf Solar So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 20, 2009
    You initially said that it would make the game better. How? Do events where you constantly had to facepalm now suddenly make me "hey that's so cool now that I know of this fanfiction explaining this"?

    How would it make "sense" in your story that I can kill every BoS Soldier (except, ofcourse the named ones) on sight, nuke their main base and/or even support the "enemy" faction? How does it make "more sense" that me as a potential test subject in your simulation pod can totally ignore all this BoS stuff and instead roam the wasteland themepark to kill molerats or help people with their inane totally unrelated quests?

    Where does this "it makes sense" actually come from? We are talking about fictional characters and factions, not the real life. Other people aquired an intellectual property of the original creators of these characters and wrote a story in their way which now makes "sense" for them.
    Really, I don't even care that much if you like or hate that game, I am pretty neutral about it and don't really care, it's just funny to see people coming up with "hey guys I finally found something which makes the game less shittier!" while in reality it doesn't change anything. It's just that, fan fiction.
     
  4. Courier

    Courier Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Apr 10, 2011
    Because it provides an explanation for how the events of the game can actually fit in with the rest of the series' universe. I don't know how important verisimilitude is to you, it's kind of a big deal to me though.

    Because it's a fucking simulation, it's meant to simulate reality as closely as possible. In real world war simulations it's also possible to kill people who are on your side or go wandering off into the wilderness. It's your own damn fault if you go around killing BoS soldiers for no reason, the question you should be asking isn't "why does it allow me to do this?" but "why am I doing this even though they're on my side?". You realize that even if you go around slaughtering BoS soldiers they'll still worship you as a messiah right?

    My theory has more internal consistency within the game's universe than the accepted canon. Verisimilitude. Google it.


    "How dare you try to find some sort of solution that makes your games internally consistent!"
     
  5. Surf Solar

    Surf Solar So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 20, 2009
    Thank you for your lesson on Verisimilitude, I never heard of it before and cannot comprehend it when I play a game. :roll:


    Judging by this "theory" I could slap the same on each game out there. Don't like how the story/gameplay/combat in game XY turned out? No problem, just slap the "it's a simulation thingy!" on, then it's all some kind of super mastermind at the developers who intentionally made that I can't kill character XY. Seriously?

    By the way - you still haven't explained to me how this makes "The game better" how you wrote on the last page. Care to elaborate?

    That's the whole point. I want you to explain to me how some random internet theory actually changes the game and why we should care.

    To find a "solution" for what? :lol:

    I usually shun people being oversensitive when they say "it's just a videogame" but in this case it applies really well. Why do you seek some sort of "solution" for something which you can just ignore? The game won't change because of this "solution", why do you care?
     
  6. Ohaimerk

    Ohaimerk Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Mar 30, 2009
    A good guy pacifist who's never even shared an angry hateful word with anyone suddenly punches a man in the face unprovoked and the man he punched dies. We can try to make sense of it or we can just say he's suddenly gone crazy and forsake him for the rest of his life. Which should we do with fallout?
     
  7. Courier

    Courier Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Apr 10, 2011
    A theory actually has to make sense with a universe's canon. Fallout 3 introduced virtual reality simulations and armies using virtual reality simulations as propaganda. Therefore it is not difficult to believe that, while the events of Fallout 3 are based on historical events in the Fallout universe, they are merely exaggerated and propaganda filled versions of those events that you're viewing through a virtual reality simulation.


    You don't enjoy having games that actually make sense on some level? Sorry, I don't find nonsensical games to be as enjoyable as ones that actually make sense. Apparently I can't speak for everyone on this board when it comes to that.

    I'm sorry that I made an attempt to reconcile a pile of horseshit with the series' universe's canon. I guess I should just accept that giant robots and mutants and Enclave remnant armies are part of the Fallout universe now, since that obviously makes so much more sense.


    You really don't get it do you? Some fan theories make more fucking sense than the official canon. You don't have to believe those fan theories if you don't want to, no one is forcing you of course, but you can't deny that they sometimes make more sense than the fucking canon.

    Doesn't it make more sense that "James Bond" is a code name instead of one immortal person who changes bodies every couple years and stays young while everyone he knows ages? It's not official canon, but you have to admit it makes more fucking sense than just accepting that the "James Bond" in the film's universe is one individual.


    If everyone adopted this "lol why try to make sense of things when you can just ignore them instead" attitude we'd still be living in caves.


    It's what humans do. We make sense out of chaos. Deal with it.
     
  8. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    Shhhhh! guys, don't argue, you'll make Sabirah cry and contribute nothing to the topic.
     
  9. Surf Solar

    Surf Solar So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 20, 2009
    This is still no explanation how this makes the game a better game. I am sorry, maybe I am missing some neurons in my brain to understand how this "theory" makes the game better. I am still seeing robots, vampires and White Knight BoS people there. The gameplay isn't changed, like you said. How does it change the game? By the way, do you have some of these theories for Fallout 2 and its numerous nonsenical elements too? Boy I'd love to here them so I can pretend the game is better than it is.


    Bethesda decided that these things are cool and make sense in their universe. Your theories on how it makes sense or not are irrelevant, since they decide what makes sense for them and what not.


    As said above, it is irrelevant what some rambler on an internet board invents for theories behind the games, the canon is the canon and the people who own the franchise decide what it's in their games and what not. If it helps you to invent some stuff what could go on behind the curtains to make for a better game, all power to you, but don't call it "it makes the game better". That was all I wanted to say, what I found completely ridicolous.

    Not even commenting on your "if people like you, we'd still live in the stone age", it's been a while since I've read such a comparison. :lol: Fallout 3 is serious business, apparently.
     
  10. Courier

    Courier Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Apr 10, 2011
    See:

    Are you even reading what I'm writing? You're just making yourself look stupid now.



    Yeah this is called an "Intentional Fallacy".

    Wikipedia is your friend:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intentional_fallacy



    My point was that your argument was stupid. "Lol why try to make sense of things when you can just ignore them instead?"[/quote]
     
  11. sea

    sea First time out of the vault

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    Oct 5, 2009
    So you can pull anything out of your ass, and it's alright so long as it "makes sense"? What does "makes sense" mean anyway? By what standard? How does "it was all a virtual reality simulation!" make any more sense than the simple explanation that the writers at Bethesda are incompetent and terrible?

    So long as we're making shit up, we might as well say all those prostitution mods on the Nexus are just as valid an explanation for why Fallout 3 is stupid. Incest and inbreeding led to fucked up genes! It makes sense!

    This might be a difficult concept for you, so I'll try to break it down.

    There are things in the game.

    There are things that you make up in your head.

    These are not the same.

    Once again: you trying to make sense of a game that makes no sense, does not make the game make sense. It only makes you think it does. This does not change what is in the game itself, nor does it change how Bethesda will handle Fallout 4 (just as incompetently, I'll wager).



    Seriously. Fallout 3 happened. It's done. It will never go away. That doesn't mean anyone has to like it, and indeed, criticism of it and speaking out against Bethesda's "reimagining" of the franchise can hopefully lead to better things in the future (a long shot, admittedly). Trying to fit it in with the "proper" canon won't change the fact that the game sucks. You are creating a delusion for yourself, and it is not healthy or praiseworthy.

    I know you already got your due, but I still think it's worth reiterating: Fallout 3 has more plot holes than just about any other game (or work of fiction in general) I have seen, and the entire plot literally depends on all the characters acting like morons - in fact, it forces the player to be a moron in order to advance. Maybe you don't notice, being incredibly stupid yourself, but others do object to being forced into the role of a dumbass to satisfy the needs of the worst storyline in a videogame since Custer's Revenge.
     
  12. TorontoReign

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    I think this thread will self-destruct soon.
     
  13. Courier

    Courier Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Apr 10, 2011
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intentional_fallacy


    I was using #1 (Internal evidence) as my justification for my theory "making sense". Virtual reality was introduced in Fallout 3 and had already been demonstrated as being used for propaganda/military purposes.

    It's not like I'm taking something like Half-Life 2 and going "lol it's all a simulation", because that wouldn't make sense since there's no reason to believe that any such virtual reality technology exists in the Half-Life universe. It's now canon that that kind of VR tech exists in the Fallout universe.


    "lol you obviously weren't Andrew Ryan's son in Bioshock since it was never directly stated that you were"

    "lol it's impossible that Zion is part of the Matrix since it's never explicitly stated that it is"

    You're just being stupid.


    Yeah and with my theory the game actually does make sense. Does that bother you?


    Fan theories pop up all the time, this is not a concept I created, it is not "delusion". The game still sucks, at least with my theory it actually fits in with the universe's canon.

    Nice ad hominem. I can see you're a real intellectual. :clap:
     
  14. Surf Solar

    Surf Solar So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 20, 2009
    Yup, I do, but it seems that you can not, since I even said

    :clap: on the "reading" comment then!

    It's now the 4th post in a row where you avoided to answer a simple question now, btw. But don't bother, I can see where this thread is going. :lol:
     
  15. Courier

    Courier Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Apr 10, 2011
    Or perhaps you need to work on your writing skills? I interpreted that as meaning, "The gameplay isn't changed, like you said it was" rather than, "Like you said, the gameplay isn't changed."

    Grammar is your friend if you want people to comprehend what you're writing. Please forgive me for this comment if you're not a native English speaker, in which case your English is quite good.

    What simple question haven't I answered?
     
  16. DirtyWaterConnoisseur

    DirtyWaterConnoisseur First time out of the vault

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    Jan 3, 2012
    Good evening, Gents.
    Simulation, eh? From a narrative standpoint I feel this only worsens the story (as crazy as that sounds) by attaching the cliched "it was all a dream" ending to the steaming heap.
     
  17. Courier

    Courier Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Apr 10, 2011
    Not all a dream, just an exaggerated and altered version of actual events.

    Much like Operation Anchorage was based on historical events in the Fallout universe, even if it wasn't 100% accurate.
     
  18. Moe Canibo

    Moe Canibo It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Jan 1, 2012
    Fallout 3 happened. Deal with it and go on with your lifes. It's canon, it happened and that's it. This kind of pathetic things takes hardcore Fallout fans dangerously close to guys shouting "You sold out" at Metallica concerts. Seriously, it's downright pathetic in so many ways.
     
  19. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Guest

    You can only say pathetic so many times before you start looking like a jackass. Use a fucking Thesaurus or something. Try pitiful or ridiculous.
     
  20. aboniks

    aboniks Still Mildly Glowing

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    Jan 17, 2012
    Since the premise of the thread was "Bethesda CAN..." I have to admit that, yes, Bethesda could use OP's theory to explain away the...um...quirks in FO3.

    Of course they won't, but they could. Frankly, it's not a bad idea. I like it.

    I was introduced to fallout by FO3, and I'm now playing through 2.

    Obviously, I miss my giant robot friend. Not having played #1 yet, I don't have a frame of reference for what the BoS is "really" like. In FO2, they're a few random dudes who ask you to steal shit and then give you some completely illogical armor and some things that go ker-zap. The FO3 version of the BoS is essentially the same thing.

    On the question of why the BoS would use such a VR simulation, I think that answer would be pretty simple. They give recruits enough rope to hang themselves, and see what they do with it. Maybe the ones who go off on a slaver rampage or start shacking up with Enclave poster girls never wake up from the simulator...they just get dumped out behind the chemical shed.

    Cheaper than training them and then having them go AWOL with a minigun and a full suit of power armor, neh?
     
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