NMA Fallout Anniversary Pt 3: Jason D. Anderson Interview

jasondanderson.jpgAs a part of the countdown to the Tenth Anniversary of Fallout, No Mutants Allowed has an interview up with the illusive lead technical artist and original game designer of Fallout, Jason D. Anderson. This is a treat not to be missed considering how hard this guy is to pin down.

Anderson is a co-founder of now defunct Troika. He’s worked on games such as Arcanum and Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines which has a cult following of it’s own and enjoys player programmed patches with content upgrades to this day.

Anderson gives details about his background and experiences working on Fallout such as this gem:

I have a few favorite memories. I think one of the best is when we came to
the conclusion that the player was going to have to get kicked out of the
vault at the end of the game. Leon and I shared an office and he was
struggling to think up an end movie for the game. Originally, it was going
to be a celebration… You are the returning hero of the vault in classic
rpg fashion. This was decided on early in the game’s design. And while we
sat there wracking our brains trying to figure out how to make the movie
work, it dawned on us that the whole idea of this celebration sounded kind
of ordinary and lame.

Leon made the comment that, through the whole game, the vault dwellers are
completely xenophobic… I mean, why would they even *let *you in? And I
responded, well, then we should just have the movie being them kicking you
out.

It was so funny. Over and over again we said we can’t do that! But we
absolutely loved the idea – it was just so cool! So we went to tell Tim.
Tim wasn’t sure of the idea. He thought it would flop with the fans,
nothing like that had ever been done. But he finally gave in (we could be
pains in the asses when we wanted something our way.) That movie is one of
my favorite parts of the whole game – the returning hero getting kicked
out. Absolutely perfect!

Check out the full interview and keep up with the countdown to the October 7 anniversary for Fallout on No Mutants Allowed.

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