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Why do cars go nuclear when I shoot at them?

In Fallout lore, the futuristic cars that were driven in 2077 were based on the prototype Ford Nucleon, a car designed in the 1950s which would have been powered by a nuclear reactor instead of a ...
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How do I efficiently lower my karma?

tl;dr - The most evil things you can do: Take the Devil's Highway Perk (-2000 karma) Blow up Megaton (-1000 karma) Blow up the Citadel (-1000 karma) Infect Project Purity (-1000 karma) You'll notice ...
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Is there clean water for sale in Megaton?

If you do the bomb disarming job in Megaton, you can get a house there. In that house, you'll find a robot* who gives you a few bottles for free every day. Fresh water can be obtain randomly from ...
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Can I settle at the Tenpenny Tower without destroying Megaton?

You cannot. Mr Burk will only give you the key to your room as a quest reward for setting off the bomb. Even killing him doesn't get you the key.
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Do HAM radios have a purpose?

According to the Fallout 3/NV wikia: Generally, ham radio stations are only useful in that they broadcast a radio signal and serve as a beacon to lead a player to an otherwise difficult-to-find ...
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How do I repair my weapons and armor?

You can repair your gear by opening your Pip-Boy. Go to the item you want to repair, then press the "Repair" button it shows somewhere to the right. I'm pretty sure it's R or F on default. If it's ...
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Do karma and your choices really change the way Fallout 3 is played?

Well, if you play Fallout 3 for its story and characters, it sure is worth playing again. Many quests have different outcomes relative to your choices, and your relation to other characters will not ...
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In fallout 3 where can I find the power armor training perk

This perk is acquired from Brotherhood of Steel: After gaining permission from Elder Lyons, speak to Paladin Gunny in the Bailey (Courtyard) of the Citadel. There is no charge or other ...
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How do I efficiently lower my karma?

By far the simplest way to acquire Bad Karma in Fallout 3, provided you have the Broken Steel add-on installed, is to take the Devil's Highway perk. It instantly sets your karma to the bare minimum of ...
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Places to avoid in Fallout 3 as a beginner

If you're just starting out, I suggest following the main quest until you reach a city (like Megaton) and then explore that city for side quests. Generally, the game will take you to places that you ...
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Is there a Doctor anywhere on Point Lookout?

There are no doctors in Point Lookout. The only way to heal your character is through food/stimpacks and using radaway to lower your radiation level. If you have an addiction, you have to go back ...
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Are the radio towers good for anything?

The towers are there to provide atmosphere, but they don't advance the plot or otherwise "do" anything. In other words, they're part of the backdrop meant to make the world feel authentic. Powering ...
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Can I use the same save game over two discs?

Short answer You don't need to worry about it. You will be able to access your save game as usual. Long answer Your save data will not transfer from one disk to another, because the disks are not ...
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Merchant with most caps in Fallout 3

If you invest in the caravans via the Merchant Empire quest, the caravans are by far the richest - they will stock between 500 and 1200 caps each (roughly). Most other merchants top out at less than ...
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Should Three-Dog already be dead when I go to see him?

Nope, this is not normal, but luckily you're playing on PC so we can resurrect him using the console: Stand near the body of Three Dogg and press the tilde ~ key to open the console. Left Click Three-...
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What's the highest skill level one can increase up to before potentially wasting skill points?

In order to maximise a skill, you only need to reach lv. 40. There are 25 books for each skill. Lv. + Bobblehead + (Skillbooks * Comprehension perk) = Max lv. 40 + 10 + (25 * 2) = 100 Keep in mind ...
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Where can I find the parts for a Shiskebab?

To build the Shishkebab you need: Motorcycle gas tank, there are 5 located in the Minefield Motorcycle handbreake, again two are located in the Minefield ( Each is located near the burned out remains ...
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Do karma and your choices really change the way Fallout 3 is played?

It really depends on what kind of player you are, as -- although there is lots of new/different stuff -- there is a lot of things you already know that will be boring the second time. So the real ...
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Fallout 3 stopped working

The fact that you're getting inconsistent (ie: different) results each time you put the disc into the console makes me wonder if this is really a problem with the disc, or one with the console itself. ...
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So Custom Weapon Bonuses automatically apply to currently made weapons?

Does my currently built Shishkebab automatically have the bonus from my Shishkebab v2 schematics? No, it doesn't, but there are no weapon attack/damage bonuses gained from getting multiple copies of ...
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How to effectively engage enemies at medium to long range?

Unlike some answers above stated, there is no bullet drop in fallout 3, or New Vegas. However the game does have issues with scopes being misaligned, which means at longer ranges, the centre of the ...
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Can I run a Fallout mod launcher and have Steam think it's the original game executable?

Sorry for the necro, I just found a great little way to do this. First, rename fose-loader.exe to Fallout3Beta.exe Then rename Fallout3.exe to Fallout3ng.exe It seems that if the launcher cannot ...
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Is a charismatic build really worth it?

A highly charismatic character is the fastest way to win in Fallout (This Speedrun highly relies on speech. SPOILERS in the video) If you actually know what you are ...
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How do I force-skip Unsafe Working Conditions?

Got the following info from the Fallout 3 wiki: During Ashur's address in the square the speech can glitch causing him to stop half way, making it impossible to compete in The Hole or to progress the ...
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Do karma and your choices really change the way Fallout 3 is played?

Absolutely. It's such a large game that unless you've played it through multiple times or REALLY thoroughly on a single playthrough, there will be something you've missed. The game will feel ...
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Is it possible to do The Pitt without a slave outfit?

Step one is to return to the train tunnel, which is near the north end of the map, northwest of Fort Constantine and a distance east of Raven Rock. If you didn't take it and sell it, there's a slave ...
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Paving The Way Won't Complete

What helped for me was standing at the outpost balcony (while no enemy was there), and using the waiting utility (press T, wait 1 hour). After waiting, 2 enemies spawned there, after I killed them, ...
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How do you increase RAM use for Fallout 3

I would use a mod to change the program, Fallout 3 was made specifically for 32bit and so can only utilise 2GB of ram. Nowadays newer games have "Large Address aware" set up so that they can access ...
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Fallout 3 crashes when updated to version 1.7?

According to a couple of websites this issue lies with "Games for Windows Live". Start off with trying to install this mod. This program allows you to do the following to Games for Windows LIVE in ...
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