Fallout Dev Diary: Pip-Boy Model 3000

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Bethesda’s Fallout site has a new developer diary up featuring the Pip-Boy Model 3000. Lead artist Istvan Pely gives
gamers the details on a Fallout character’s most important piece of standard equipment. The Pip-Boy is used as the player to character interface, and in many ways sets the tone for Fallout 3 as far what to expect from technological devices.

Technology in the world of Fallout 3 is somewhat paradoxical in that it’s incredibly advanced in some ways, and downright primitive in others. Certain technological advancements that we take for granted in our own history either did not occur, or developed along a very different path. Miniaturization is one example; yes, the fact that a device with the capabilities of the Pip-Boy could be made at all is amazing, but it’s still a rather bulky and heavy lump of hardware. It uses a monochrome cathode ray tube, there are no flat LCD/Plasma/OLED screens. Its housing is cast out of a metal alloy, not plastic. And it’s an ergonomic nightmare. But all these qualities give it character, and this was an important aspect of the design, as the Pip-Boy is almost a character itself.

Read the complete article on the Bethesda Fallout web site.

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