Strange detail discovered on Fallout 2 box art

Discussion in 'General Fallout Discussion' started by JustAShcookius, Jan 25, 2024.

  1. JustAShcookius

    JustAShcookius It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Sep 4, 2020
    While poking around Mobygames' Fallout 2 repository, I came upon a series of images that struck me as very interesting. Polish and French Fallout 2 box art appears to have this inexplicably large city featured on the box and jewel case insert. This city is ENORMOUS, and evidently possesses a completely functioning power grid with enough electricity to expend on wasteful amounts of illumination. The skyscrapers appear to be prewar and damaged, but restored to livable condition. What on earth could this mean?

    This strikes me as being eerily similar to how the Lucky 38 in NV glows in the sky at night in the intro.

    This is wholly lacking on American releases from what I can tell.
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    Here is the Lucky 38 at night:
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    Here is the American box art most of us are familiar with to compare:
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  2. Dr. Sep

    Dr. Sep Keeper of the G.E.C.K.

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    It's probably New Reno if anything but I don't know why that would be on certain releases and not others. It doesn't seem like anything significant that they'd need to change for whatever reason.
     
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  3. raynor009

    raynor009 Yeehaw!?!

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    Apr 29, 2012
    random box art that looks cool. i wouldn't read too much into it.
     
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  4. The_Proletarian

    The_Proletarian Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!
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    Mar 15, 2012
    Interesting form on those Skyscrapers. Kinda look like this:


    This is probably the inspiration:

     
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  5. PlanHex

    PlanHex Legislative Senator oTO Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Nov 4, 2007
    Is CD Projekt a legit publisher or still a pirate publisher in those days?


    Those tall buildings look like someone glued Tetris blocks together...
     
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  6. william dempsey

    william dempsey Veteran of the psychic wars. [REDACTED]

    Jan 23, 2022
    I would read into the background as being a nuclear blast. The foreground is the goat-headed man obviously a freemason.
    If it was the holodisk version it would show NMA members looking back into the past thinking of shit to post.
     
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  7. SquidWard

    SquidWard Pirate and Bankrobber oTO Orderite

    Jun 1, 2018
    Pretty sure after around 1994-95 they were trying to doing legal business and localizations. I think prior to that, the founders were young and selling pirated material during their high school years. According to how old Google says they are, they'd have been out of high school for about 2-3 years before starting CD Projekt legitimately.
     
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  8. raynor009

    raynor009 Yeehaw!?!

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    like most people in eastern europe in the late 90's and early 2000's.
    i remember flea markets were full of pirated movies and games. back then very few had iinternet at home so they gladly paid people to download movies games for them.
     
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  9. JustAShcookius

    JustAShcookius It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Sep 4, 2020
    In any case, the images appear to be fully legit renders from Interplay. You can actually see the shadows and reflections on the helmet from the illumination behind it. I wonder if this box art came out too late to be useful and simply got deferred to foreign release. We may never know.

    Apparently someone asked Chris Avellone (or was it Tim Cain UGH) about this piece of advertisement below (for what its worth), and he could not seem to remember it ever existing. I mean, he WAS in production and not sales, and would not know all the intricacies of the running business. This lack of communication would unfortunately confirm your hypotheses about the box art being relatively meaningless. Unless, it is Chris Avellone being Chris Avellone, in which case, we can't really make a decision.
    high quality fallout poster.jpg
     
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  10. Iprovidelittlepianos

    Iprovidelittlepianos Vault Senior Citizen

    May 12, 2020
    I’m pretty sure Chris Avellone didn’t work on Fallout 1
     
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  11. william dempsey

    william dempsey Veteran of the psychic wars. [REDACTED]

    Jan 23, 2022
    I have the same artwork on a Fallout 2 CD !
     
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  12. SquidWard

    SquidWard Pirate and Bankrobber oTO Orderite

    Jun 1, 2018
    I've never seen him credited as such or mentioned by Cain or Boyarsky (or anyone they've done catchup talks with on Youtube). But there is an NPC named Chris Avellone in the Boneyard. I'm sure we can make assumptions from that but nothing more really. It would not shock me if Chris was poking his head around Fallout during its development, probably on good terms with the team as they included a character named after him, and showing interest in it considering how prominent his name became to the game series. But only those people would actually know.
    Tim might be willing to answer it on Youtube at some point if the question provides enough reason to make a video out of answering it.
     
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  13. TheKingofVault14

    TheKingofVault14 Fallout Fan For Life!

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    Jul 5, 2022
    I'd say this Twitter Thread right here practically confirms Chris Avellone's involvement with Fallout 1:



    But hey, at least he was added into the game though! Which spawned The Great Adventures of Chris Avellone throughout the Interplay Era Fallout Games...
    He was bounty hunter in the LA Boneyard, then moved to the Midwest G settled in Illinois, and became the Mayor of Springfield, then after that run he moved back to the West, and became known as "The King of the Dance Floor", and died peacefully in his sleep.

    :ok: :cool:
     
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  14. Homer2137

    Homer2137 It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Jan 11, 2024
    Cut the part where he died, and replace it with losing his memory and becoming a part of Twisted Hair tribe, later becoming Legion's Frumentarius. Now that fits Chris Avellone's self insert.
     
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  15. SquidWard

    SquidWard Pirate and Bankrobber oTO Orderite

    Jun 1, 2018
    Does that make this his self-insert as well?
     
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  16. hexer

    hexer It's PJ! Modder

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    Dec 7, 2013
    Yes, that box art was on the European version of the game. I always imagined the advanced city in the distance to be Vault City, made most sense to me.
     
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  17. Homer2137

    Homer2137 It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Jan 11, 2024
    Who tf is that lmao
     
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  18. The_Proletarian

    The_Proletarian Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!
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    Mar 15, 2012
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