I deeply love Fallout 1 but it very much is a game that you have to come in aware that it is slow and that you really should go into the options and crank up the speed of movement (unless you want to spend a long time for characters to move in combat).
That said, the talk about Fallout and it’s willingness to talk about politics did make me think about the one thing that’s always been a gaping hole in Fallout’s commentary.
Race, sexism, and LGBTq topics pre-war. So getting to the part about not confronting elements and was curious about Fallout. It’s a bit different but one of the things that has always felt awkward to me is that, while Fallout 1 and 2, to a lesser degree NV, a lesser degree 3, and an even lesser degree 4. All of them do address certain political elements with the concept being the veneer of 50s raygun idealized future combined with rampant capitalism, cold war paranoia, and jingoistic imperialism. At the same time though, it’s always been something peculiar to me the general absence of overt racism and other forms of discrimination. Admittedly 1 and 2 were far more reserved in mentioning the pre-war era and 3+ added persecution of Chinese-Americans (as far as I remember) but it always felt sort of off not addressing Jim Crow, the Lavender Scare, harsh immigration rules, and so on. There’s the stuff that sends mixed messages where racism does exist towards chinese-americans and there is some terminals mentioning the rounding up of queers using disease outbreaks as an excuse to target them but it’s extremely on the margins. I dunno, they just mentioned Fallout and it’s one of the things that’s always been a bit peculiar of an element that doesn’t really get addressed as often. Not to say it isn’t in the games. Even 4, that feels like it has stumbled the most, in some of the side terminals and lore bits does bring up these subjects but they often feel particularly diluted.