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JE Sawyer on guns & gender

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JE Sawyer on guns & gender

Game News - posted by VentilatorOfDoom on Tue 25 May 2010, 11:55:16

Tags: Fallout: New Vegas; Obsidian Entertainment

Josh Sawyer addresses the issues with the merging of small guns & big guns and the alleged transphobia. Read the whole thing at NMA.

The exact categorization of weapons in F:NV isn't rooted in the logic of transferable skills from real life, but it's arguable they never were previously, either (missile launcher/flamer/minigun, for example). The categorizations have more to do with being clear and consistent with definitions. It follows this basic pattern:

  • Does it explode? It's an Explosive.
  • Does it use Small Energy Cells, Microfusion Cells, or other energy ammo? It's an Energy Weapon.
  • Does it use conventional bullets of some flavor as ammo? It's a Gun.

So while it's accurate to say that Big Guns no longer exists as a category, it's not accurate to say that Big Guns and Small Guns were combined. The weapons in Big Guns were divided among the other weapon skills.

I know not everyone will be happy with this re-organization, but those are the reasons for the change. I hope the reasons are clear, even if you disagree with the decision. Thanks.

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