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Sex in Fallout 2
Fallout 2 is a unique game in many ways. The setting is bleak and scorched in sharp contrast to the typical fantasy RPG where the environment is lush everywhere except where the bad people live. The people range from indifferent to hostile, evoking a sense of desperation in the pursuit of survival. And the sex.....wait, sex? In a video game? From 1998?
You read that correctly. Fallout 2. Sex. A video game. With sex. Nothing graphic, of course, but clearly portrayed and even condoned sexual relationships in a role playing game. Needless to say - not for the faint of heart.
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Sex in Gaming in the '90s
Anyone who played video games in the 1990s is likely familiar with certain sexual tropes: the well endowed woman gently teasing the player via the conceit of flirting with the player's in game character, the ambiguously gendered enigma who may be villain or ally, the always beautiful and ever helpless princess in the clutches of a dark lord.
But while there was innuendo and double entendre style humor, few mainstream games tackled sex in a direct fashion. Grand Theft Auto III was around the corner, but even its attempts to handle prostitution were mere extensions of old tropes now fleshed out in 3-D glory. In contrast, in Fallout 2 sex is present in some form in most every stage of the game. And not just present, sex is actually used in Fallout 2 to help set the scene, to demonstrate the state of humanity two centuries after the End of the World.
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Innocence Lost: Fallout 2 Sex Happens at the Beginning.
The first settlement a player will encounter unless making a Navarro Run or the like will be Klamath. A sleepy trapper town, Klamath is home to a trader named Vic who may have a lead on the location of Vault 13. While trying to find him, the player is almost immediately directed to a local "bath house".
This "bath house" is about the only brothel in Fallout 2 that isn't overtly advertised as such. But make no mistake: the innuendo behind the "bath" options on sale such as the "hand wipe" and "full service body wash" is clear. To track down Vic, the player will need to talk to Jenny, one of the "bath attendants" available for hire in Fallout 2. Sex is not mandatory, but it can be purchased. There is no graphic representation, but the intent is clear and the speech bubbles appearing atop the various bath attendants is as thinly veiled as innuendo can get.
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Fallout 2: Sex, Sex, Everywhere.
Klamath is as clean as it gets. Head to The Den or to Redding and you'll have the opportunity to trade money for in-game sexual favors. Most bars have a prostitute or two, and their character attitudes vary. In an interesting bit of added detail, the Fallout 2 designers made a clear effort to humanize many of the sex workers in the game. To their credit, they appear to have made a conscious effort to portray sex in the desolate future as it might have been.
New Reno goes completely over the top. Everything you'd expect out of a seedy novel set in Las Vegas is here - mobsters, prostitutes, pimps, pushers, and a porn studio. Every other woman on the street is a prostitute, and to run down the streets of New Reno is to be inundated with lascivious and at times disturbingly dark comments. Fallout 2 sex is at its pinnacle in New Reno, where intercourse with a mobster's wife and daughter are possible and the Golden Globes porn studio allows characters with sufficient strength, endurance, and agility to try out as porn stars.
Oh, and before I forget, there's one other darkly amusing Fallout 2 sex scenario worthy of note: In one little town in an off corner of the world, seducing either a brother or sister in a family is possible if you have the right Perk, but their father will walk in on you...and you'll find yourself wedded at the barrel of a gun. Shotgun wedding in the most literal sense.
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Fallout 2 Guide to Sex in the Wasteland
It is possible to play through Fallout 2 with the explicit intent to find and partake in as much sex as possible. It is also possible to avoid everything except the speech bubbles and some conversational allusions to sex, so if you're unsettled by sex in video games you can still enjoy Fallout 2.
The first step to being a sex tourist in Fallout 2 is to take the "Sex Appeal" trait upon creating your character, and be sure your endurance and agility are near to maxed out. Best to bump up your charisma as well. At various points you'll need a higher intelligence or strength skill, so be sure to keep buffout and mentats on hand if these skills aren't up high after character creation.
Get to Level 3 as soon as possible, and take the Kama Sutra Master perk.
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Pick a Gender and Explore the Wasteland
You can play as a man or a woman in Fallout 2. Guides usually don't need to distinguish between the genders, however when it comes to Fallout 2 sex gender does matter. A female character can do almost anything a man can do, but a woman can also be paid by NPCs for sex.
First stop for the budding sex tourist is Klamath. Head on up to the bath house and Big Nose Sally can hook you up.
Oh, a quick note - if you've not already done so, consider making a Navarro Run straight away. While you don't need power armor to have sex in Fallout 2, guide your character's path to Navarro early and you can score some great loot to sell to fund your misadventures.
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The Den: Wretched Hive Indeed, Obi-Wan
No Fallout 2 guide can ignore the Den:
- One of the bars in town has an ill-tempered prostitute available for hire
- Between zones in the Den, a leather jacketed gangster is willing to have sex with a female character.
- A female character can have sex with the slave master, Metzger, which will reduce the cost he charges to free Vic the Trader.
Beware, goody two shoes: The Den is a good place to accumulate bad karma. Not only can a player get the karmic title of "Gigolo" here, but go pawing through the graveyard with a shovel and you'll be tagged as a "Grave Robber" as well.
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New Reno: The Capital of Sex in Fallout 2
New Reno makes The Den look like preschool. Prostitutes on the street, in brothels, in casinos. The place is an anarchistic nightmare, and perfect for a Fallout 2 guide to post apocalyptic sex tourism.
North along main street is Bishop's Casino. On the second floor there is a blonde female character model in a black dress, and another female with dark hair in a leather jacket. The first is the wife of John Bishop, the leader of the Bishop Family mob, and the second is his daughter. Both can be propositioned, but beware - you'll end up in their bedrooms on the third floor, and have to walk past John Bishop to get out. He'll only turn a blind eye so many times...
Also in New Reno: Golden Globes Porn theater. With sufficient stats, Sex Appeal, and Kama Sutra Master, a tryout will lead to your character becoming a porn star. You get to choose one of several dozen pornstar names to be your very own, and can get paid to make a video once a month. Be forewarned - try out when you aren't attractive enough, you'll be hired as a "fluffer".
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Fallout 2 Guide to Sex in the Wasteland
Final notes to this Fallout 2 Guide to wasteland shenanigans? If you want to be married to a man or a woman, as a man or a woman, head to Modoc. Same-sex marriage is both allowed and enforced in Modoc.
And if you are into a particular scene, go wrestle a particular super-mutant in Broken Hills who hangs out in the bar. Lets just say that if you lose, a ball gag will be added to your inventory.