“Fallout: New Vegas” Gets Beaten in Pacifist Playthrough

“Fallout: New Vegas” Gets Beaten in Pacifist Playthrough (photo)

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Role-playing video games take a lot of their cues from pen-and-paper entertainments like “Dungeons & Dragons.” The combination of richly populated fantasy worlds with the statistically detailed structures that govern them creates a juicy tension that drips into every interaction.

But games by their very nature demand action and, in some implementations, a corresponding amount of violence. However, while orcs and goblins met their ends in a play session of “D&D,” the death doled out during a tabletop session doesn’t come close to the kinds of numbers of enemies killed during a game of, say, Mass Effect or Final Fantasy.

So it’s especially impressive that NeoGAF user water_wendi played through “Fallout: New Vegas” without killing a single living thing. “FNV” assigns players different skills and lets them allocate stats to them. The non-combat skills–Charisma, Barter, Speech–let players resolve situations without firing any of the game’s exotic retro-futuristic weapons, but it’s extremely rare that anyone uses such methods for every encounter in the game.

“Fallout: New Vegas” isn’t the first high-profile game to have a no-kill resolution. Many of the games in Konami’s “Metal Gear” series have offered a less violent option to players painstaking enough to only disable enemy soldiers. Stealth is “Metal Gear”‘s stock-in-trade, though, and a no-kill play-through makes sense in a sneaky-centric game.

“New Vegas” is much more of a mixed bag and it doesn’t seem like water_wendi did every quest in the Bethesda title. Nevertheless, the achievement’s still impressive because killing is an essential part of farming the experience points used to build skills like Charisma. Head over to NeoGAF to read how water_wendi smooth-talked his way to no-kill nirvana.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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