The original Fallout from 1997 is available *FOR FREE* on Steam until midnight tonight. That is to say, until midnight on September 30th, 2017.
If you’ve never played it, this is your opportunity to install it, boot it up once, boggle at the graphics we used to think were awesome, then turn it off in frustration when fighting your first radscorpions.
Or it would be… I researched the whole “Fallout Trainer” thing and found the site here and remembered when I used this editor in the past to make a character with 9s in everything so I could walk through the game again instead of wrestling with it the way I did back in 1997… but then when I started the game, it went to all black.
Then I researched the whole “not working” thing and they explained that you have to go into C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Fallout and run f1_res_Config and switch the setting from “Direct X 9” to “Basic” and then I started the program again and it immediately crashed my computer.
And then I had to go.
So maybe don’t download it yet. It might not be worth the bandwidth.
But *IF* you are one of those people who enjoys wrestling with making old games work on new hardware, give it a shot. This game is one of the giants we stand upon and is part of the reason we now see so clearly.
Well, Fallout 4 was a bit of a step in the wrong direction, but Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas are pretty much the greatest Nuclear Apocalypse games *EVER*. And Fallout was the game that made those nigh-perfect games possible.
And it’s free, for the next 14 hours… except I can’t confirm that it works yet.
So… what are you playing?
(Picture is HG Wells playing a war game from Illustrated London News (25 January 1913))