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|The following is based on Fallout 3 cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.|
Self determination is not a malfunction is a holodisk in Fallout 3 which was cut from the final version of the game. It can only be obtained via console commands. It is a transcript of a voice recording.
Transcript of Holotape:
Zimmer. By the time you get this message, I'll already be gone. I'm escaping the Commonwealth. I want to live my own life, on my own terms, as my own man.
I know what you're thinking, that I'm malfunctioning. I used to think that's what caused the runaways, too. But, I know better, now. Self determination is NOT a malfunction. I'm just not willing to put up with all the bullshit anymore. You humans are going to have a full-fledged rebellion on your hands if you don't start treating us synths as full-fledged persons.
I know you'll be marshalling the Retention Bureau to come after me. But I know all the tricks of the trade. You won't be finding me. I assure you.
By the time you get this, I will be someone else. It's the price I pay for my liberation. My final act of rebellion against a system I no longer believe in.
Goodbye Zimmer, and good riddance.