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When returning to my reliable Unreliable, I went to go tinker on some weaponry and was greeted with this sight:

cows

This is actually the second time this has happened and I went in and out of my ship at least a dozen times over the next 6 hours, but never saw these Wooly Cows again, nor could I find any trace of them anywhere on my ship. I’m incredibly baffled and have no idea where these are coming from nor why this is happening... what is going on?

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    I only noticed the cows when ADA complained about "shipments of fertilizer". I thought I had accidentally accepted a quest for delivering cow crap... – Nolonar Oct 28 '19 at 20:49
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    @Nolonar yeah I figured that somehow I had accidentally brought this onto myself and I was extremely confused. Even more so when I left and returned and they were nowhere to be found – Vemonus Oct 28 '19 at 20:51
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    Unrelated question, but why does that screen shot seem so dark? I have seen this exact same problem on several games over the years that I have played across multiple machines. – Michael Oct 29 '19 at 3:36
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    @Michael no clue. Honestly, all of the screenshots I’ve taken in menus and buildings in this game have been extra dark. Haven’t tried during the daytime outside or anything, but... – Vemonus Oct 29 '19 at 3:36
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    @Michael: I think it's that many games configure a custom display gamma value (higher than the usual 1.0), and this only affects GPU video output but not the stored pixels that a screenshot captures. (I don't have the game and don't know what setting it uses, but e.g. with 1.4 it would look like this.) – user1686 Oct 29 '19 at 10:52
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This is an easter egg referencing the sci-fi show Firefly. This area can randomly show crew interacting with each other and one of these random scenes is the cows that reference Firefly.

As you play through The Outer Worlds you will be running into more Firefly references, it's likely that the show served as inspiration to the creators in the game.

Screenshot from the Firefly TV show featuring the cow scene: firefly cows

And here's the clip from the show:

(starts at 39 seconds)

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    @Vemonus You should watch it, it's incredible. – FoxMcCloud Oct 28 '19 at 19:00
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    @FoxMcCloud Concur - Season 1 is great and I can't wait for season 2.... – Criggie Oct 29 '19 at 7:56
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    @nick012000 It's coming out about the same time as Half Life 3. – Darren Oct 29 '19 at 14:15
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    @Darren No, I heard it was going to be released alongside the final Game of Thrones book. Some kind of crossover deal, I think. – Upper_Case Oct 29 '19 at 20:33
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    @Criggie While you're waiting can I perhaps suggest watching Serenity? I heard it ties in pretty well with the Firefly universe – MindSwipe Oct 30 '19 at 13:56

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