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Differences between the gamesEdit
Children are killable in the first two Fallout games. If you kill them you get the Child Killer Reputation.
Children in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas cannot be killed. Bethesda faced a similar problem when making The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, as they considered adding children to make the game more realistic, but this was controversial – if the children could be killed, Bethesda could be accused of making a child murder simulation. Bethesda's response was to simply make the characters invincible. This once again raised issues, because the tactic would undermine the whole point of children being there, which was making the game more realistic. Eventually Bethesda scrapped the idea for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, but in Fallout 3 they have gone the other way, allowing children for realism, but making them invincible. The only child that can be killed in Fallout 3 is in Tranquility Lane, which is you.
Fallout 3 notable childrenEdit
- Arthur Maxson
- Harden Simms
- C.J. Young
- James Hargrave
- Bryan Wilks
- Knick Knack
- Knock Knock
Fallout: New Vegas notable childrenEdit
- The Forecaster --- 188 trading post
- Hector --- Westside
- Pete --- Nellis Air Force Base
- Tommy Lonesome Road (add-on) --- mentioned only, appears in the add-on Lonesome Road
- Lindsay --- Nellis Schoolhouse
- Max --- Freeside
- All children are marked as essential.
- Harden Simms and Maggie, two child-inhabitants of Megaton, disappear from the game if you choose to blow up the town. They are presumably killed in the blast.
- Arthur Maxson, the only child-inhabitant of the Citadel, will disappear from the game should you choose to blow up the Citadel in the final quest of Broken Steel.
- Sticky, formerly of Little Lamplight, is supposedly 16 years old, but is not essential. Sticky can be killed quite easily, either at the player's hand or by various wasteland dangers.
- Timmy Neusbaum of Tranquility Lane is removed when you are given the task to slaughter the residents, or when you turn on the Chinese invasion program. A unique Garden Gnome called "Timmy the Gnome" is placed on the Neusbaum doorstep, indicating that Timmy's Tranquility avatar has been altered. After the player leaves the simulation (after using the failsafe), examining Timmy's vitals verifies his death.
- Children cannot be targeted in V.A.T.S. However, if they are accidentally injured, they can sustain crippled limbs.
- Since children cannot be harmed, they will generally not fight the player, even if they are armed. Instead, if attacked, they will flee.
- The Mister Sandman perk cannot be used on children (with the exception of some bugged game versions).
Fallout: New VegasEdit
- The kids running around in Freeside who chase the giant rat, have the same voice, regardless of gender.
- When children are attacked you gain infamy with the faction they are associated with even though they cannot be damaged.