Before anyone sets foot in the post-apocalyptic Washington, D.C. portrayed in Bethesda Softworks' Fallout 3, they should read through UGO's Fallout timeline. Then come back here of course. Series newcomers won't necessarily be lost walking into FO3 cold, but they'll miss plenty of inside references not to mention the historical context which has grown out of the two canonical entries in the series.
Of course, if you fancy yourself a Fallout fan then skip the timeline and read on for a look back at some of our favorite characters, of both the P and NP variety. The enduring quality of Fallout's many colorful denizens is a credit to the quality of the decade-plus old series. Gamers nowadays may spend too much time nitpicking over exactly how many pixels qualifies a game's graphics as "high definition," but the Fallout fan in all of them still gets a little misty-eyed at the thought of Dogmeat's tragically short existence at the Vault Dweller's side.