Yes, this is real. I've been playing since open beta: Spoiler I've lived through the worst Fallout release in history. I've suffered wave after wave of minor to game breaking bugs (one of which literally disabled my characters for several days). I've played when dupers were so rampant they literally crashed the servers. I've seen it all and yet I'm still playing (as are a couple hundred thousand other people). The game has a bad rep but Youtubers and game journalists also make a living by shoveling half-informed outrage for clicks and subscriptions and many of them base their content around posts on the sub-reddit and not from actual experience. Ask me anything and I'll give you my honest opinion, tell you whether it's actually true, as bad as it sounded or if it's horseshit. Disclaimer: I am not going to argue whether the game is good or not or whether you should enjoy it. Those are subjective determinations. If you don't like Bethesda open world games or what they do with Fallout, you will definitely not like Fallout 76. If you ever thought Fallout 2 jumped the shark with stupid shit like a chess playing radscorpion then you aren't going to believe some of the weird shit that's in this game. I can however dispel any myths or clarify things you've heard about the game so that your gem of hatred is as glitteringly accurate as possible.