Dogmeat Almost Didn't Make It Into Fallout

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Dogmeat Almost Didn't Make It Into Fallout

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Though he eventually became one of the most iconic pieces of the Fallout universe, Dogmeat almost never made it into the game at all.

Dogmeat became a beloved companion in the Fallout series not only because he's a tough fighter that's great in a fight, but also because he's unwaveringly loyal to you. But as Michael Fiegel explains in this week's issue of The Escapist, some tricky tech nearly kept him out of the Wasteland completely:

If there is one person to thank for Dogmeat, it is likely Heinig. Tim Cain, Lead Programmer and Designer of Fallout and currently the Design Director of Carbine Studios' unannounced MMOG, notes that Heinig was the one who figured out how to get followers working in the first place. ("We never planned for them in the design," says Cain.) No followers, no Dogmeat.

Fiegel's article also makes it clear Dogmeat was inspired both by Mad Max and A Boy and His Dog, but what I'd like to know is whether or not Sam of I Am Legend is based on Dogmeat. True, one's a Blue Heeler and the other's a German Shepherd, but there definitely seems to be a bit of an homage going on -- or is that just me?

Be sure to catch the rest of Junktown Dog in Issue 211 of The Escapist.

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I bawled my eyes out when Dogmeat first died on me in the first Fallout...

The wasteland would have been a much lonelier place without him...

Is sent him to get food and he never came back. I've always wondered what happened to him.

Jon Etheridge:
Is sent him to get food and he never came back. I've always wondered what happened to him.

This somewhat made me laugh.
"Dogmeat? Dogmeat?! DOGMEEEEEAT!!!!!"

Meh. I liked him as a character, if only for the sole fact that he's a German Shepard, but I soon just ended up leaving him at my Megaton house for the rest of the game. He always gave away my position when sneaking, and he died incessantly. It was better off just to go solo.

I got Dogmeat...Then for some reason Dogmeat died, pretty much as quickly as you read this.

So unfortunately I never really got too know him.

What would happen if you told Dogmeat to find some Dogmeat?

I love Dogmeat though like a baby. Hes great and when I accidently had to put him down because he got stuck behind a rock I made sure he went out with a bang. The special fatboy which fires 8 nukes sort of "bang".

I never encountered dogmeat in either of my play through's. I must have shot him or something.

Dogmeat was an awesome dog, for a second there I thought you meant an ITEM named Dogmeat

i was never that bothered. i found him, then i kept him in my apartment. I work better on my own.

I found him to be rather annoying, so when I found him I just left him at Vault 101's entrance.

Thanks Heinig!
If it wasn't for Dogmeat, I would never have found the Firelance.

Wasn't dogmeat also in the original Fallout?

Been my friend since Fallout 1...
I loved it when they brought him back in Fallout 2...

It didn't even make sense that he was where he was and is still there in Fallout 3, but the very idea was so awesome, I couldn't give a damn. I just told myself "the old ones had puppies and one of them somehow got from California to DC."

But yeah, he's my companion forever. I quicksave/quickload to make sure he doesn't die. But I wish I had him before I did the Dunwich building, lol.

Susan Arendt:
but what I'd like to know is whether or not Sam of I Am Legend is based on Dogmeat. True, one's a Blue Heeler and the other's a German Shepherd, but there definitely seems to be a bit of an homage going on -- or is that just me?

Boy, I knew Fallout was old, but I had no idea it was released before 1954.

GonzoGamer:
Thanks Heinig!
If it wasn't for Dogmeat, I would never have found the Firelance.

Wasn't dogmeat also in the original Fallout?

That's what the article refers to I believe, if not for Dogmeat the original Fallout would not have followers

Torque669:
What would happen if you told Dogmeat to find some Dogmeat?

I love Dogmeat though like a baby. Hes great and when I accidently had to put him down because he got stuck behind a rock I made sure he went out with a bang. The special fatboy which fires 8 nukes sort of "bang".

That was very sweet of you. He would have wanted it that way.

Ayjona:

Susan Arendt:
but what I'd like to know is whether or not Sam of I Am Legend is based on Dogmeat. True, one's a Blue Heeler and the other's a German Shepherd, but there definitely seems to be a bit of an homage going on -- or is that just me?

Boy, I knew Fallout was old, but I had no idea it was released before 1954.

Oh, don't be so snarky. If Sam was in the original version of I Am Legend, just say so. I've only seen the most recent version.

Has anybody else noticed all these little articles about bigger articles this go-around?

Yeah, my last play-through of FO3 had me losing Dogmeat. I sent him to Vault 101, but he wasn't there. Disappointment.

I usually just kill Dogmeat in unusual ways when I get bored in Fallout 3. Always after I save though, I love that little guy!

But one day, tragedy occurred. I was about to go do some questing, so I told him to chill out at my house in Megaton. When I came back, he was gone, and I was never able to find him again. It was sad :(

Ugh, Bethesda almost couldn't figure out how to put followers actually following?
That's not really quite difficult.

I mean, I know the their engine is kinda tricky, but even newbie mod developers figured it out on Oblivion, and paid professionals almost couldn't do it on Fallout 3? It's basically the same formula with some tweaks.

That's the main chain of thoughts passing through my mind at the moment anyway..

I liked Dogmeat. <3

Valiance:

It didn't even make sense that he was where he was and is still there in Fallout 3

It makes just as much sense as Harold wandering into the Capital Wasteland.

^Mimi:
Ugh, Bethesda almost couldn't figure out how to put followers actually following?
That's not really quite difficult.

I believe this article is talking about the original Fallout.

Internet Kraken:

It makes just as much sense as Harold wandering into the Capital Wasteland.

I really don't like what they did with him to be honest.

^Mimi:
Ugh, Bethesda almost couldn't figure out how to put followers actually following?
That's not really quite difficult.

I mean, I know the their engine is kinda tricky, but even newbie mod developers figured it out on Oblivion, and paid professionals almost couldn't do it on Fallout 3? It's basically the same formula with some tweaks.

That's the main chain of thoughts passing through my mind at the moment anyway..

I liked Dogmeat. <3

The article refers to the ORIGINAL Fallout not to Fallout 3.

Susan Arendt:

Ayjona:

Susan Arendt:
but what I'd like to know is whether or not Sam of I Am Legend is based on Dogmeat. True, one's a Blue Heeler and the other's a German Shepherd, but there definitely seems to be a bit of an homage going on -- or is that just me?

Boy, I knew Fallout was old, but I had no idea it was released before 1954.

Oh, don't be so snarky. If Sam was in the original version of I Am Legend, just say so. I've only seen the most recent version.

Ayjona is refering to the novel that I Am Legend is based on (released in 1954) however while it does feature a stray dog and Neville wanting it to become his dog it isn't anything like the relationship between Neville and Sam in the recent film version (although it's been a while since I read it so please feel free to correct me somebody)

EDIT: So the point I was planning on making but forgot to add is that the Neville/Sam relationship in the recent film version COULD have been influenced in some way by Fallout.

Banderbear:

^Mimi:
Ugh, Bethesda almost couldn't figure out how to put followers actually following?
That's not really quite difficult.

I mean, I know the their engine is kinda tricky, but even newbie mod developers figured it out on Oblivion, and paid professionals almost couldn't do it on Fallout 3? It's basically the same formula with some tweaks.

That's the main chain of thoughts passing through my mind at the moment anyway..

I liked Dogmeat. <3

The article refers to the ORIGINAL Fallout not to Fallout 3.

Susan Arendt:

Ayjona:

Susan Arendt:
but what I'd like to know is whether or not Sam of I Am Legend is based on Dogmeat. True, one's a Blue Heeler and the other's a German Shepherd, but there definitely seems to be a bit of an homage going on -- or is that just me?

Boy, I knew Fallout was old, but I had no idea it was released before 1954.

Oh, don't be so snarky. If Sam was in the original version of I Am Legend, just say so. I've only seen the most recent version.

Ayjona is refering to the novel that I Am Legend is based on (released in 1954) however while it does feature a stray dog and Neville wanting it to become his dog it isn't anything like the relationship between Neville and Sam in the recent film version (although it's been a while since I read it so please feel free to correct me somebody)

No, you're right.

Personally, I felt that the dog factor was an area that the film handled far better.

Dogmeat wasn't the best companion, sadly. Mainly down to Bethesda's appalling lack of ability to program friendly AI. For a company as big and experienced as they are, their AI is abysmal. After re-loading my save for the thousandth time I gave up and sent him to stay at Vault 101.

I liked him, but the dog from Fable was more useful. And more likeable. When he was limping around after a bandit kicked him I got very very angry at the bandit. Face met axe. Hilarity ensued. At least on my behalf, maybe less so on the bandit's.

In general I found the fable dog to be better characterized and more entertaining, but Dogmeat still rocks Fallout's socks.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Guys, they're talking about the ORIGINAL Fallout. Tim Caine was the project director for the original project, and it was made by Black Isle studios which was a subsidiary of Interplay (both now defunct). This is not talking about Fallout 3, which was a bit of a dubious successor, I think. Not bad, mind you, just not as mind blowingly awesome as the first two; matter of fact, Fallout Tactics may have actually been marginally better than Fallout 3.

Meh Dogmeat was rubbish for Me he's more like Scooby Doo than a fearsome loyal dog.

I had to leave him to be devoured by ants in the ant infested town due to low health...I decided to fire shots in the air as a tribute.

Still he made a change from Roided up Fawkes stealing My Kills and Creeping Up on Me and making Me go mental.

I think Dogmeat lasted 5 minutes with me in Fallout 3? Poor Dogmeat.

Alas my Dogmeat in Fallout 3 was pretty useless. As soon as I had acquired him as a follower, he went and hurled himself off a cliff into some nuclear waste chasing after a Yao Gui.

I love Dogmeat. I like having such a loyal and reliable pet following me around all the time :D
In Fallout 3 I cheated, I made him "essential" so that he wouldn't die (he'd just fall unconscious, like other essential characters). It would have been so lonely without him!

Spinwhiz:
I think Dogmeat lasted 5 minutes with me in Fallout 3? Poor Dogmeat.

That happened to me so often that finally, (after reloading my save) I just told him to wait for me at Vault 101. For the entire rest of the game.

What're these little article news update things? A way to draw in readers by explaining about the contents of the article? I'm curious is all. It seems like sometimes The Escapist just adds in new stuff (so far, good new stuff, which is what I've come to expect) without telling anyone about it. And I'm a man who always wants to know why something happened.

Yay, he lived on only so i could come along and lock him inside my Tenpenny Tower apartment for all of fallout 3...

Ok honestly i locked all the NPCs that chose to follow me in there, i work better alone.

Dogmeat was great. Why would they not want to put that in the game? Once, though, I fast traveled and I turned around and he wasn't there. What happened?

Sheepzor:
I got Dogmeat...Then for some reason Dogmeat died, pretty much as quickly as you read this.

So unfortunately I never really got too know him.

Same here, but I may have been partially responsible. There was this giant radscorpion, you see, and dog meat went off to fight it. Fearing for my canine companions life, and the fact that I had gotten him 30 seconds ago, I promptly decided to end the fight as fast as possible and pulled out a rocket launcher. Suffice to say Dogmeat did not survive the following 4 explosions. I really need to think these things through.

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