Another Definition of Fun: The Troubled Life of Blackrod LeDouche
The title of this piece is off-putting, I know. Bear with me though because I’m not telling the story of my character. I’m telling the tale of how my cousin found fun in New Vegas with an hour and thirty minute time limit.
You see, my teenaged cousin (who wishes to not be named) spent an evening here at my house recently, and I observed him while he played Fallout: New Vegas on the PC. It was his first time to play New Vegas, and he only had an hour and a half to go before he had to go to sleep (long story), so he basically did everything I was not expecting out of a gamer.
He set out to create a character so unlike any other I’ve ever met. Strangely enough though, during my watch of his playthrough, I kept thinking that his character looked a lot like the Hispanic porn star from the movie Boogie Nights (Luis Guzman, pictured here). Of course, all my cousin heard was that he looked like a porn star, and so, Blackrod Ledouche was born.
My cousin quipped that Blackrod was now an amnesiac former pornstar who took part in the straight-to-video release of Ghouls Gone Wild 6. That statement has absolutely no bearing on the play session, but seemed fitting for the setting and took note of it.
Of course, Blackrod’s first order of business upon leaving Doc Mitchell’s House was to relieve Easy Pete of his revolver and dynamite, and does so by shooting the old man in the head. After doing so, he takes the starting quest for the Gecko killing mission, and pickpockets a live stick of dynamite into Sunny Smiles’ pants. He then follows this up by taking the newly acquired Leather armor off of Sunny Smiles and goes back into town, taking down Trudy and a random settler.
Moving into the next door general store, he performs a sneak critical on Chet, the shopkeeper, who has his head blown off. Remembering his roots (and perhaps what it feels like to have his head blown off, wink wink nudge nudge), Blackrod proceeds to mount Chet onto the countertop, where he promptly begins mounting him again.
I forgot to mention this earlier, but Blackrod also teabagged the corpse of Sunny Smiles before taking her armor off, which was a bit weird.
The intrepid amnesiac ended his playtime with a jaunt to Primm, where he promptly stole some Power Ganger outfits, killed NCR soldiers, and finally, realizing the futility of it all, took a frag mine, activated and stood on top of it, and promptly fired into the ground, setting the mine off, and killing his crippled Blackrod body.
While I would never play a game in such a manner, I think it’s nice that someone can actually do that sort of thing in a game. Sure it may be weird or unsightly, but the alternative to this sort of “fun” might be to experiment with real people, and I could never live in such a world.