October 02, 2014

20 Incredibly Great References in Fallout 3 (Page 2/2)

 11. Star Trek (others)

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - The password for the shipping computer in the Nuka-Cola plant is NC-C1864. The call letters of the USS Reliant, the ship hijacked by Khan, were NCC-1864. The end of the final quest Take it Back! (if the player chooses to take the path of self-sacrifice) resembles Spock's self-sacrifice at the end of the movie.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Protector McGraw stated that the Anchorage Reclamation simulation ran without "safety protocols", which meant that a person killed inside the simulation would also die in the real world. The holodecks introduced in The Next Generation had a similar safety protocol feature that was often disabled as part of an episode's plot.

Star Trek: Voyager - The robot Sawbones greets you with, "Please state the nature of the medical emergency" - the signature phrase of the Emergency Medical hologram "The Doctor" from Star Trek: Voyager.

 12. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

During the Mothership Zeta add on, you can optionally enter the waste disposal area of the ship during the quest-line 'Among The Stars' where you meet Sally fixing an elevator and an optional speech option is "what an incredible smell you've discovered" which is also Han Solo's line from Episode IV: A New Hope in which the main characters find themselves in the maintenance level of the Death Star.

 13. Terminator

When talking to the slave Prosper in The Pitt add-on, one dialogue option reads, "Your Clothes. Give them to me. Now." Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in The Terminator says the same line after arriving naked from time-traveling. Terminator 2: Judgment Day - The picture for the Cyborg perk refers to the Terminator series T-101 appearance with its face damaged.

 14. Transformers

One of the phrases Liberty Prime says while fully activated is "Freedom is the sovereign right of all Americans", which is similar to Optimus Prime's motto "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings." While Emil Pagliarulo denied any intentional relation between Liberty Prime and Optimus Prime, he admitted he could have made the reference subconsciously, as he sometimes is known to do.

 15. United States moon landing

When completing Head of State in favor of the Slavers, Three Dog will report on the incident with a news section on Galaxy News Radio. He closes with the phrase "One small step backwards for man, one giant evolutionary rewind for mankind...". This is a reference to U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong's quote after taking his first step on the moon. The original quote is "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

 16. The Wizard of Oz

After completing The American Dream and convincing President Eden to self-destruct, Three Dog will report on the incident on Galaxy News Radio, opening with the phrase: "Ding, dong, the sanctimonious, self-righteous, self-proclaimed Presidential asshole is dead!". This is a reference to "Ding, dong, the witch is dead!" sung by the munchkins in The Wizard of Oz.

 17. The Simpsons

Some of the radios and televisions in the Wasteland are called Radiation Kings (there is also a Radiation King store in downtown D.C.), which is the name of the TV Homer had as a young boy. This easter egg was originally present in the opening movie of Fallout.

 18. Saving Private Ryan

Asked what she does for the Brotherhood, Knight Captain Dusk replies that she is a sniper, and then says "Put any mutie bastard within one mile of me and my rifle and well, pack it up troops... fight's over." Jackson in Saving Private Ryan makes the same remark, with 'Hitler' replacing 'mutie' as the subject. When asked what his real name is, Knight Captain Gallows responds with "What's the pool up to?", similar to Captain Miller's response in Saving Private Ryan when a query is made regarding his occupation.

 19. Pittsburgh

Lulu, the woman who claims to feed the army in Uptown, is named after Lulu's noodles, a popular restaurant near the University of Pittsburgh. The character's name, Reddup, is a Pittsburgh term meaning 'to clean'. Duke may be named after Duquesne University. Mex is most likely a reference to the chain of Mad Mex restaurants, which are relatively popular in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area, e.g. Monroeville and Squirrel Hill.

Phantom is a reference to Pittsburgh's only amusement park, Kennywood, that has a roller coaster called "The Steel Phantom", which was later rebuilt and renamed the "Phantom's Revenge". Squill's name is likely a reference to Squirrel Hill, a residential Pittsburgh neighborhood that Carnegie Mellon University students (though not most other Pittsburghers) call "Squill Hill" for short.

 20. Abraham Lincoln

The karmic title "Last, Best Hope of Humanity" is a phrase which has its origin in Lincoln's closing remarks to his 1862 Annual Message to Congress, "We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth." ("Last, best hope" has since become a popular rhetorical trope.)

The dog's name "Four Score" is a reference to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Abraham Washington's first name is a reference to Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln's repeater is a reference to Abraham Lincoln's Henry rifle.

There are so many references and I really had a hard time choosing the ones to bring to you. And that's why Fallout is so great! Thank you Fallout, for reminding us on those many of the weirdest and greatest references hidden throughout Fallout 3. For more cultural references in Fallout 3 visit the Fallout wiki, which was the source of this article. How many of them have you noticed? You can comment on #VTi Facebook or Google+ post.

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