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


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
    Commented Oct 28, 2019 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
    Commented Oct 28, 2019 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
    Commented Oct 29, 2019 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
    Commented Oct 29, 2019 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
    Commented Oct 29, 2019 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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    Ah, see, I haven’t seen Firefly, so this went over my head, I thought I was just hallucinating or something, haha. Thank you for the explanation!
    – Vemonus
    Commented Oct 28, 2019 at 18:47
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    @Vemonus You should watch it, it's incredible.
    – FoxMcCloud
    Commented Oct 28, 2019 at 19:00
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    @FoxMcCloud Concur - Season 1 is great and I can't wait for season 2....
    – Criggie
    Commented Oct 29, 2019 at 7:56
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    @nick012000 It's coming out about the same time as Half Life 3.
    – Darren
    Commented Oct 29, 2019 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
    Commented Oct 29, 2019 at 20:33

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