Appearing as a standard terminal port, the DataPlex 2000 SmarTerminal finds its primary functions being directed towards everything from movies, games, personnel filings, private messages, and most importantly, as an access port to the Enclave oil rig's primary systems such as turret controls, alarm systems, and local research and security computers.
Behind the scenesEdit
The developers had quite some fun with the terminal, embedding several gems into its scripting.
- The dialogue branch about the help system makes fun of crippleware and similar concept where critical parts of a program are at the vendor's servers on the net and stop functioning after they drop support. Both were emerging trends in the late 90s.
- Different terminals have slightly different hacking dialogues, with the Chosen One grasping at straws and inevitably failing (Science checks with modifiers from -75 to -150 are required for a terminal to just continue operation)
- After a terminal shuts down, when checking it out, one of a several humorous messages is given. It can appear to, among other things:
- Be an Apricot-brand terminal running "Fallout 2" that is multiplayer and 3D. This is a stab at corresponding demands from Interplay. The latter ones Black Isle was to (reluctantly) address in Van Buren
- Show messages "Loading Fenestra '98" or "It is now safe to turn off your computer.".
- Display a few different screensavers, which are reminisce stock ones of the operation systems of the time.
- Show a rather boring Indian movie.