Treehugging Hippies, Inc. Maybe we should ship them over to Big MT, I’m sure they could find a use…
So this time I’m going to be looking at Oasis and a nearby new location I’ll be adding. First of all, let me say this: I hate Bethesda for what they did to Harold. He’s a fun and interesting character, and having him shoehorned into dreck such as Brotherhood of Steel and, of course, Fallout 3 as a living god-tree is just… *sigh*
That being the case, I’ll be changing it entirely. No more silly god-tree, no more dumbass treeminders, no more Oasis. The location itself will exist, but it won’t be filled with treehugging hippies and will instead be something rather more morally grey, with an unpleasant history leading the player to actually have to make a difficult decision on how to deal with the uh… inhabitants.
But first, Harold. He’ll be around, we can still say that he headed out east and just continued walking, or alternatively we can say he’s here in DC for a specific reason. I’ll be going with a specific reason I’ll get to in a later post, when I talk a bit more about quests and how some of the unused locations can be tied into the wasteland, but either way his presence isn’t offensive in and of itself.
It’s how he’s presented that’s the problem. Taking a well-known and well-liked character like Harold and turning him into a bad joke is in very poor taste, but it’s about what I’ve come to expect from Bethesda; you only have to look at how badly they handled everything else in Fallout 3 to see they don’t give a crap about the source material beyond how it can make them the most money.
It feels like someone sat down with the Fallout Wikia and hit the random page button, got Harold as a result, and thought, ‘Hmm… interesting, he has a tree growing out of his head, I wonder if we could use that… wait, wait… WAIT… I’ve got it! We can turn him into a tree! Genius, gaming is saved, guys.’
Anyway, I don’t want to spend ages ranting on Harold, I’ll cover him later, but for now you just needed to know that he ain’t a tree-god in Oasis in my world. Moving on! (more…)