WaNe, better known by its radio name Mr. New Vegas, is an Artificial Intelligence designed by Mr. House for information gathering. Later, Mr. House added in programming, forcing WaNe to operate Radio New Vegas, much to WaNe's annoyance.
Programmed by Mr. House at an unknown time, but suggested to be before the Great War, WaNe is the first of a few AIs designed by House. WaNe was needed to keep the data flow from the securitrons in check, constantly collecting, analyzing and sorting various information for Mr. House's needs. While at first WaNe was accepting of its role, this changed with the new programming requiring WaNe to run Radio New Vegas for the Mojave. Despite no signs of it in the broadcasts, WaNe has a strong dislike of being a DJ, considering it a waste of processing power.
Despite WaNe being the oldest of the AIs, it is considered the most powerful of them, needing the more advanced hardware for its role. While an AI like Victor is meant for combat and controlling one securitron at a time, WaNe stays inside a well protected server, indirectly monitoring various securitrons at once.
Interactions with the player character
- Have You Heard?: The absence of Mr. House has caused WaNe's programming to go out of control. It needs to have its systems restored, if not shut down altogether.
- Radiological Warfare: A signal coming from Black Mountain Radio is messing with the signals used for controlling the securitrons. WaNe wants their frequencies changed or, better yet, shut down entirely. Again, this has nothing to do with them being WaNe's competitor.
Effects of player's actions
- Upon completion of the Have You Heard? quest, the player will have the option to turn WaNe on and off. While offline, WaNe will not be able to talk nor report on Radio New Vegas, with the Radio only playing music. If the player repeatedly shuts it on and off, WaNe will start complaining about headaches.
- With a Science skill of 60, the Courier can suggest trying to reprogram WaNe to give it more freedom. WaNe will, surprisingly, be thankful for the offer, but will always decline, stating that it actually wants to obtain its own freedom.
- WaNe will always refer to the Courier simply as "Six." When asked why it will state because "you're Courier Six" and if asked to use the Courier's name instead, WaNe will complain that it is not worth the memory space.
- WaNe openly dislikes Mr. House due to him reprogramming it. If the player tries to blackmail WaNe with threats of telling House about this, WaNe will counter that it has mentioned its dislike of House to him 36 times in the information reports that are sent.
- WaNe will dislike the player during their first encounter, but for different reasons. Either because you are working for House (House playthrough), you are "trying to replace him" (independent playthrough), or because you are trying to "use the news to spread your agenda" (NCR or Legion playthrough).
- The only way to get WaNe to accept the player more openly is to choose to reset it during the Have You Heard? quest, without ever shutting it down, or to offer to try removing some of House's programming.
- It is only possible to access the RN Bunker, and thus speak with WaNe, by either speaking with Mr. House after completing The House Always Wins I or by completing the Have You Heard? quest.
- If asked why WaNe chose this specific voice for itself, WaNe will comment that it "tested well with a focus group in 2072."
- Despite its statements of a dislike of being Mr. New Vegas, WaNe has an odd pride in its work. Often making comments, and even sending the Courier on a quest, about boosting the station's ratings and how to improve it.
- "Don't forget, Six, I have data on everyone in this city, that includes you and your little fan club. You wouldn't have anything you're trying to hide from them, would you?"
- "Just because I dislike operating this radio doesn't mean I can't have a pride in my work."
- "Because I'm pro-independent, you NCR puppet."
- "Information is power, Six. I used to collect that power, I was a merchant in the most valuable resource there is. Now, my programming tells me to give it away for free."
WaNe only appears in Fallout: New Vegas.
Behind the scenes
- WaNe's name is a portmanteau of Wayne Newton, WaNe's voice actor. Not so coincidentally, WaNe's name is also pronounced as Wayne.
- The message displayed on the securitrons WaNe controls, "CONELRAD", is a reference to the real-life CONELRAD, an emergency broadcast system used between 1951 and 1963.