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Next-Gen.Biz Interview: Fallout 3's Lead Unlocks Vault 101

Next-Gen.Biz writes: Fallout 3 lead designer Emil Pagliarulo talks inspiration, why story matters and when to stop listening to fans.

The "go anywhere, do whatever" open-ended game offers a unique challenge for videogame writers. Often, the writing in such games is compared to the beloved Choose Your Own Adventure kids' books. But that's not necessarily a fair comparison. Fallout 3, for instance, will be like Choose Your Own Adventure injected with literary growth hormone. With 30,000 lines of dialog played out in an open world, Fallout 3 ain't kiddie stuff.

Bethesda put the game in the hands of the very capable Emil Pagliarulo, the lead designer on Fallout 3, the brains behind The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion's amazing Dark Brotherhood storyline and no. 24 on this year's Hot 100 Developers list.

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