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The Red Menace

The holotape game Red Menace being played on a Pip-Boy 3000 Mk IV.

A video game, colloquially referred to as a holotape game,[1] is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback. There are two types of video games in the Fallout world, holotape games, and virtual reality simulations.


Holotape gamesEdit

Prior to the Great War, holotape games were a rising medium of entertainment that saw moderate success in public, with holotapes being sold stand-alone or being included in magazines to entice sales.[2] Dedicated companies[3] and divisions of companies[4] were created to develop holotape games in an attempt to get a foothold in this burgeoning market. Holotape games spanned a wide spectrum of genres, including strategic defense,[5] platforms,[6] and text adventures.[7]

Terminals would attempt to keep up with the rapid progression of holotape games, with RobCo Industries developing consumer terminals capable of handling the highest-end graphics.[8][9]

Holotape games (and in turn holotape game players) are often looked down upon for being childish and generally a complete waste of time with no redeeming social value.[10] However, there are some individuals, human and robot alike, that not only enjoy playing holotape games but also boast about their skills.[11]

Virtual realityEdit

Mess hall tranq loungers

The flight simulators in the mess hall & munitions storage

Virtual reality (VR) was a fairly new technology before the Great War and was known to have been in use only in the United States military and in at least one Vault-Tec vault, being Vault 112, dedicated to virtual reality, with other vaults having SimTek 5000 VR devices.[12]

Similar to holotape games, VR simulations were utilized by the United States Armed Forces to train both pilots in aerial dogfights tactics[13] and soldiers in past battles.[14] Vault-Tec also used virtual reality for some of their vault experiments, most notably in Vault 112 where the overseer and all residents have been in a simulation for over 200 years. The Mojave Brotherhood of Steel is also known to have utilized these simulations for training purposes, with pre-War VR tapes being found, but also created from scratch by Lars Taggart.[15]

The extent to which VR simulators generally replicate reality is unknown. In some cases being killed in the simulation results in the person being killed in real life.[16] For example, as a fail-safe in Vault 112 and a simulation used to open an armory in the VSS facility.

List of known holotape gamesEdit

Name Description Appearances Developer
Atomic Command Defend eight cities from nuclear bombardment by firing missiles to obstruct the trajectories of the incoming warheads. Fallout 4, Fallout 76 Planned Diversion Programming
Automatron Destroy the evil robots before they overwhelm you. Fallout 4, Fallout 76 Planned Diversion Programming
Grognak & the Ruby Ruins Grognak the Barbarian and his party embark to vanquish the evil warlord Grelok from the realm. Fallout 4, Fallout 76 Hubris Comics Game Studio
Nuka Tapper Serve bottles of Nuka-Cola down four bar lanes to various customers as customers become more frequent. Fallout 76 N/A
(Possibly Vault-Tec Game Studios)
Pipfall Find five Vault-Tec bobbleheads scattered throughout the wasteland while avoiding obstacles. Fallout 4, Fallout 76 Vault-Tec Game Studios
Red Menace Rescue Vault Girl from the Red Menace as you hop over barrels and dodge atom bombs. Fallout 4, Fallout 76 Vault-Tec Game Studios
Reign of Grelok Grognak must adventure a fantasy landscape via text to defeat the evil warlord Grelok. Fallout 3 Hubris Software
Wastelad Wastelad, emerging from Vault 1, must journey through a post-apocalyptic wasteland to stamp out Chairman Cheng once and for all. Fallout 76 Hubris Comics Game Studio
Zeta Invaders Destroy a grid of invading alien targets while defending four buildings, and any cattle within the crossfire with a roving tank. Fallout 4, Fallout 76 N/A

List of known VR simulatorsEdit

Name Description Appearances Developer
Tranquility Lane simulation A prototype life simulation in Vault 112 designed and run by Stanislaus Braun as part of the Vault Experiment of prolonged living in a VR simulation. Along with Tranquility Lane, the simulation also supported Toucan Lagoon and Slalom Chalet. Braun may also design new simulation inside his pod as he wishes.[17] Fallout 3 Future-Tec
Anchorage Reclamation simulation A malfunctioning simulation designed as a military simulation to recreate the Battle of Anchorage. As of 2277, if the subject dies within the simulation, they also die in real life. Operation: Anchorage Virtual Strategic Solutions
Two possible unknown simulations The simulator at the VSS facility is labeled "SIM-U-TEC Chamber 003," suggesting that at least 2 more simulators were built by VSS Inc. Whether these were functional or not is unknown. It is possible that there are simulator rooms behind the doors you see when you go down with the elevator. Operation: Anchorage Virtual Strategic Solutions
Flight simulators at Nellis Air Force Base They were used pre-war to train pilots. After the Boomers settled there they began to use the simulators for the same purpose, hoping to one day recover and refurbish a bomber and put the training to use. Fallout: New Vegas Unknown
VR simulators in the Hidden Valley bunker Training simulators used by the Mojave Brotherhood of Steel. Fallout: New Vegas Unknown
Broken VR A broken VR room in the X-13 research facility at Big MT. Old World Blues Big MT
Memory Den Simulation pods that allow people to access their past memories. Fallout 4 Unknown



Video games appear in Fallout, Fallout 4 and Fallout 76. Virtual reality appears in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.


  1. The Resident: "How's the holotape game, Sofia?"
    Sofia Daguerre: "It's been soothing to play games again -- a few moments of normalcy once more. I think it even helps my headache a bit."
  2. RobCo Fun
  3. Planned Diversion Programming and Virtual Strategic Solutions, Inc.
  4. Vault-Tec Game Studios and Hubris Comics software division
  5. Atomic Command
  6. Pipfall and Red Menace
  7. Grognak & the Ruby Ruins and Reign of Grelok
  8. RobCo sales & service center terminal entries; RobCo sales & service center terminal, Calvin Crenshaw
  9. RobCo sales & service center terminal entries; RobCo RX-9000 terminal: "ROBCO Model RX-9000 Terminal System
    The future of gaming has arrived! Impress your friends with the new ROBCO RX-9000.
    This terminal features an upgraded processor and cutting-edge graphics unlike any other terminal on the market. Please see a sales associate for a compatible game demo holotape."
  10. The Vault Dweller: "{180}{}{Yeah, I had a friend.}"
    Cleo: "{182}{}{Sorry I can't be more useful. Oh, and then there's the rumor about the ship from outer space. I think someone's been playing around with too many of Rufus's stupid games.}"
  11. Sofia Daguerre boasts about her skills in various games, the Rust Devils had an ongoing leaderboard competition with Automatron, Samuel boasts about his Nuka-Tapper score, and various other characters.
  12. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide; SimTek operations
  13. Nellis Air Force Base virtual reality pods
  14. Anchorage Reclamation simulation
  15. The Courier: "Did you make the training VR yourself?"
    Lars Taggart: "Not far from it. When we reclaimed this bunker, I found a number of VR tapes. Most were corrupted, but a few programs still ran. Using those as my foundation, I was able to code the training VR, as well as other applications."
  16. The Lone Wanderer: "So it's a computer game. I get it. Sounds like fun!"
    Protector McGraw: "Well it's not. It's a hyper-realistic military training simulation of the liberation of Anchorage, Alaska from Chinese Communists. This is heavy combat -- safety protocols off. That means you die in the sim... your body goes into massive cardiac arrest. Sim death... real death. You're still listening, so I'm going to assume you're interested. But time's wasting. Sibley can take you to the pod. Olin will get you briefed. If you want to walk away, you're free to leave. My men won't stop you."
  17. Tranquility Lane terminal entries
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