Star-Studded ‘Fallout 4’ Launch Party Braces For Apocalypse with Calvin Harris, Bloc Party, Walk the Moon

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When Todd Howard and his team at Bethesda Game Studios set out to work on “Fallout 4,” the latest in a series set in a post-apocalyptic United States, they looked at how people experience open world games.

“It’s really about understanding how people think about video games, how they experience the world and making that reward them as best as possible,” Howard said.

Thursday’s launch party also spared no expense. Held in a warehouse in downtown L.A., buildings were erected to resemble wasteland settlements and custom “Fallout” drinks were served along with In-N-Out burgers and fries, an entire candy shop with endless options for the taking, and a celebration of National Doughnut Day with more frosted and unfrosted baked goods than you could count.

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Attendees, including Halle Berry, Kaley Cuoco, January Jones, Chrissy Teigen, Lynda Carter and ZeniMax Media’s Robert A. Altman, Scott Porter and Robbie Amell, braced for the coming apocalypse of “Fallout 4” with musical performances by Calvin Harris, Walk the Moon and Bloc Party.

Set in the wasteland in and around Boston called the Commonwealth, “Fallout 4” lets players do what they want and explore how they want. Explorers of the wasteland will be able to hunt raiders and uncover the secrets of the mysterious Institute, help the people of Diamond City (a settlement built inside the remains of Fenway Park) or spend all your time building your own settlement and weapons.

That ability to engage more directly is what CBS President and CEO and member of ZeniMax Media Board of Directors Leslie Moonves said separates games from other media.

“It’s clear that games are blowing up,” Moonves said. “This is an engagement. When you read a comic book you’re not involved, when you play ‘Fallout’ you are.”

Courtenay Taylor, who provides the voice of the female survivor, said “A lot of women play games and a lot of men don’t want to play as men, they want to play as something different. That’s the beauty of gaming, you can design your player character to be nothing like you. I don’t want to do a husky voiced brunette chick, I want to do something completely different than what I wake up and do everyday. It’s important to have all those options for people who don’t want to play as themselves or who do want to play as themselves and want to be represented.”

“Fallout 4” releases Nov. 10 on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.
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Kaley Cuoco, ZeniMax Media CEO Robert A. Altman, Chrissy Teigen and Halle Berry at the “Fallout 4” launch party
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  1. I remember the first game i played you could chose a STRONG FIGHTING woman was GAUNTLET.
    That put aside, Bethesda: whad do you do when you don’t have faith in the product? Mislead with a great launch event. #videogames indeed.

  2. Noitek says:

    Ha ha. What a bunch of maroons.

  3. Justamuggle says:

    Dear variety, the internet never forgets.

  4. Dat feel when you didn’t even bother to post a correction to I dunno, apologize for being grossly disingenuous, instead you deleted the disinformation hoping people would be none the wiser. The internet never forgets, kid.

  5. AndrewH says:

    Like, you could have played as a women since the very first Fallout game, this is the 5th. (contrary to the whole ‘4’ part) Perhaps do a bit more research before you post something.

  6. Andrew says:

    Interesting…I think I can remember playing as female in Fallout 1, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas (she was african-american too…woooow). But maybe my memory is fading… To be honest Fallout 4 is probably first in which female character gets so much promotion in marketing materials, but lack of such promotion never stopped me from choosing fem-Vault Dweller, fem-Choosen One and so on. Please correct this misinformation.

  7. Danny says:

    This is the last time I ever get my news from Variety. What classless thing to do. How can you even call yourself a journalist?

  8. Edohiguma says:

    Propaganda written by the willing minions of old men who still think print media matters in 2015.

    Also, sneaking in an edit without acknowledging the edit happened, yet still leaving in the second part of the lie about character gender? This is exactly why print media is slowly dying. We’re sick of your BS, your lies and your propaganda.

  9. I see yet again Mainstream media propping up a narrative without every actually researching the material….Just an fyi. If you wish to reach a target audience with an article it is best you research the material rather then copy pasting something a professional victim uttered to make money.

  10. this is 'journalism' says:

    you shouldnt ever be allowed to write an article about something that you really dont know anything about. and trying to erase it like it never happened is even worse.

  11. Jodie Mae says:

    Erm, you’ve been able to play as a female since the original Fallout from 1997.

  12. Friday says:

    Such a major change to an article – which even corrects an error – and no mention of an edit anywhere in the text? Shame upon you, Variety.

    Seriously, a simple “a previous version of this article accidentally said that this is the first time that characters may play as a female. In truth, the Fallout series has allowed female player characters since its inception. Variety regrets the error” would have been fine.

    Remember, Variety, the internet never forgets.

  13. Magnus Vile says:

    Well, the line seems to have disappeared…

    But come on kids, do none of you remember that in the game that preceded Fallout, (Wasteland) you could have female characters? In 1988? The option to play female characters wasn’t even new then. (3D Ant Attack, in 1983, for example, 3 years ahead of Samus)

  14. “For the first time in the series, players will have the option of playing as a female character. ”

    Do you have any idea what you’re talking about?

  15. Taylor Abdon says:

    The first line of Fallout 3–literally the very first line–is Liam Neeson saying, “Let’s see… are you a boy or a girl?”

    • Mr_SP says:

      That’s right! Even Fallout 3 acknowledged the right for humans to specify their own gender, regardless of such social constructs like “genitalia”.

      • Mr_SP says:

        Sarcasm confuses you, doesn’t it?

      • Remington says:

        Go back to Tumblr and stick to bitching about Steven Universe fanart, ya git.

      • Digger488 says:

        “Even Fallout 3 acknowledged the right for humans to specify their own gender”
        No, it didnt. Dont overanalyse the simple choice of playing as a Man or a Woman.

        “regardless of such social constructs like ‘genitalia’ ”
        How can a physical/anatomical Organ you can touch be a ‘social construct’?

      • SouthernCrossBrony says:

        It was a game mechanic. From a narrative point your character’s father had poor lighting and an umbilical cord in the way.

        Stop trying to push a bullshit agenda SP.

  16. Carmen Brass says:

    You’ve been able to play as a female since the first game. Do a little research before you post things.

    • Judge says:

      For the first time in Fallout, you can finally be a girl! Well, aside from New Vegas, 3,2,1, and tactics.
      “Video gaming journalism.”

  17. calbeck says:

    Every Fallout game has had the option of playing as a female. Also as gay or lesbian.

    The only people pushing this “female characters are new!” nonsense are those who bought into the “gaming is all Call of Duty dudebros” pitch. Prolly the same kind of idiots who think black people all eat watermelon and smoke menthols.

  18. Nekko says:

    What are you going on about, you can play as a female character in literally every Fallout game that’s been released. Have you actually PLAYED any of these games, or are you just paid to make actual gamers depressed?

  19. Scott Salmon says:

    First time you can play as a female? That’s not accurate FYI. A real story would be about how Bethesda failed to include the perks for gay (Confirmed Bachelor) and lesbian (Cherchez La Femme) characters that Fallout New Vegas (written by Obsidian Entertainment) had.

  20. The dude below me is referring to the fact that this isn’t the first time you can play as a female in the Fallout franchise and this article is a part of a large series of “new wave” articles over the past few years that have been reporting on video games as they become a more successful medium.

  21. Marty Frer says:

    I remember my first time writing an article. Seriously though, has your boss not thought you to research things when such a newsworthy agile piece of content comes up? Congratulations, you lost all of your credibility. Thanks for playing.

  22. AthasDuneWalker says:

    “For the first time in the series, players will have the option of playing as a female character. Courtenay Taylor, who provides the voice of the female survivor, said the ability to customize adds even more to the agency players receive.”

    Not only have you been able to choose your character’s gender in every single game in the series, the first two games and Fallout: Tactics have even offered female pre-made characters. Seriously, Variety, do a simple amount of research before writing something.

  23. darkkitarist says:

    I’m not gonna repeat what you did wrong… Casting a bad light on Fallout as a series when it’s one of the rare ones that allows you to literally be anything you want…

    Ps. God bless Reddit!

  24. Just someone anonymous says:

    “For the first time in the series, players will have the option of playing as a female character.”

    I know, I know, almost every single commenter has already said that this is utterly false.

    But the reason why I’m throwing my comment here is that it seems the article writer is somehow trying to make it seem like Fallout games have always been sexist for excluding female playable characters, and it hasn’t been until recently that the developers figured out in a sudden flash of brilliance how to include women into the game. “The developers were sexist at some point in time, but not anymore!”

    Why exactly is it OK to either completely fail to do your research and present such falsehood in an article, or even worse, intentionally smear game developers with these sorts of insinuations? It’s a bit like writing a story about some particular person and including a line about how this person has recently stopped beating their SO, even when said person has never done so in the first place.

  25. you’ve been able to play as female in every fallout game and every Bethesda game for 20 years… If you are going to write about something you know nothing about then at least do some basic fact checking.

  26. Gray Onzo says:

    This isn’t the first time in the series you can play as a female.

  27. James Ravens says:

    Disappointing article quality

  28. For the first time you can play as a female? Um, you could do that from the very first Fallout game back in the 90’s.

  29. gaikang says:

    You should be rightly ashamed of yourself.

  30. Supermutant Biff says:

    As others said, your facts are uncoordinated.

    What bugs me is why have a launch party with a pack of dumbass celebrities? I’m sure Halle Berry is going to grab a copy of Fallout 4 and pour 200 hours into it. How about a party for the fans? You know, the people who made paying for that party possible.

    In n out burger? Candy? Modern music acts? Why not have foods from the game (albeit not 200 year old irradiated versions) and have a cover band play tunes from the past few games? Do I have to think of everything?

    Looking forward to Fallout 4, but, geez…

  31. Seriously says:

    Why even write an article if you can’t research it? You could play a female in all of the fallout games.

  32. John says:

    Um…You could play as a female in fallout 2,3 and New Vegas as well. Now this would be the first time you can play a FULLY VOICED character but that goes both ways

  33. wombat554583 says:

    I played as a female character in Fallout 3. And you could in the previous 2 games too!

  34. Todd Howard says:

    “For the first time in the series, players will have the option of playing as a female character.”

    Generally, the author of a news article is supposed to do research on a topic before discussing it in a publication. Literally a single google search will reveal that players have had a choice to play as a male or female character since the original Fallout game.

    The only new aspect that the player character has in Fallout 4 is that they are now voiced.

    “the ability to customize adds even more to the agency players receive.”

    I get the feeling that, if you asked a group of gamers what’s important in a good video game, “giving me agency as an individual” won’t be on the list. Things like “good gameplay”, “good story”, and “good characters” come to mind. After all, the video game is about playing the game.

    Perhaps If you ask a group of gender studies demagogues the same question, then you might get that response. The gamers’ responses probably won’t show up from them, as the main point of video games is playing them, something these types don’t really do.

  35. Bob says:

    Er.. being able to play as a Female protagonist has been in Fallout since 1..

  36. Patrick says:

    This article should be corrected. As several people have said, it’s not the first time you’ve been able to play as a female. Pretty bad research.

    • thatguyvlad says:

      This is not the first time you could have played as a woman. The original Fallout from 1997 let you play as a woman. I am a college student barely maintaining a 2.5 gpa and could have done better research than that LMAO.

  37. Steve says:

    You have been able to play as a female since the first Fallout game. Do your research before you try to be all social justice relevant and cute. It’s insulting to those of us who have been riding that wagon for decades.

  38. Corrom says:

    Might need to make a correction on this bit:

    “For the first time in the series, players will have the option of playing as a female character. Courtenay Taylor, who provides the voice of the female survivor, said the ability to customize adds even more to the agency players receive.”

    There have been female Player Characters since the first game.

  39. Unreal says:

    Wow….See this is what happens when a video game that real gamers love goes mainstream. You a article on Variety where the author has no $!#&ing idea what they are talking about….Sad

  40. Matt says:

    When you say “for the first time in the series”, do you mean “continuing the tradition set out since the beginning of the series in 1997”?

  41. Christopher Peet says:

    Just backing up what the other two guys have said, you’ve always been able to play as a female. First time the main character has been voiced but that goes for the male as well, fair play to you for covering it but please get someone who knows what they’re talking about :)

    • Cordovan Splotch says:

      Practically nobody at that party knew a damn thing about the Fallout franchise, and it shows from the sloppy reporting.
      This is what we can expect from celebrity gossip tabloid reporters and media personalities at a party for something they know nothing about.

  42. Incunabulum says:

    “For the first time in the series, players will have the option of playing as a female character.”

    OMFG – what FO research did you do before writing this?

    Every FO game – all the way back to the first on in 1997 allowed you to make the main character female.

  43. Erica Leigh says:

    Just a heads up, the Fallout series has allowed players to play as both genders from the very first game, as default preset as well as customized character. The only difference in Fallout 4 is that this is the first iteration in which the main character itself has voice-acting, male or female.

  44. James Hamilton says:

    Learn to do better research. You have been able to play a female in almost every Fallout game ever made. “First time in the series”, that quote alone ended my interest in your article. Please learn to research your topic before you make yourself look like idiots again.

    • Cordovan Splotch says:

      All of them had playable female characters, even the Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel by Interplay on the PS2 and Fallout: Tactics.

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