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“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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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