I just thought I'd throw this out there for anyone interested in the Fallout series. Fallout 1 and 2 were published by Interplay and developed by the legendary Black Isle studios, who among Fallout created Planescape:Torment, and assisted the-now Bioware guys with Baldurs Gate and its sequels (Bioware went on to create a little game called Knights of the Old Republic). Long story short Interplay mishandled its money, put out some poor games, and went bankrupt. Sadly as they went belly up the original Fallout 3 (being developed by the creators, Black Isle) was cancelled, Black Isle broke up and they went onto to other things, like Vampire:The Masquerade, and Knights of the Old Republic and Neverwinter Nights sequels.
When Interplay put the Fallout franchise up for sale, the original Black Isle guys tried to buy back the license, but were outbid by Bethesda (who just released the immensely popular Oblivion), and as you might guess many felt bitter towards Bethesda. The point of this post is to encourage those who liked Fallout 3, but might've felt a little something missing, to try Fallout 1 or 2.
Bethesda made many controversial changes to the Fallout series in making 3, including changing the game from a 3rd person isometric turn-based RPG into a first-person RPG (essentially a shooter), removing the ability to murder children (before you lampoon me here, many of the children in the original Fallouts would steal from you, and killing one made you hated and hunted by nearly everyone), as well as the classic option to target an enemy's groin. There was always a certain joy to completing the first areas simply by kicking rats and scorpions in the babymakers, as well as getting revenge on the raiders you had sex with to help others (I will not give away anymore than that). There was also criticism of Fallout 3 in that it toned down the dark elements of Fallout. The originals let you pimp out your wife, kill her johns for money, and than kill her for the heck of it. You could become a porn star (with hilarious results), start and finish gang wars, you get the picture.
Please, please do not miscontrue this as a "Fallout 3" sucks post, which would be a waste of time. Fallout 3 is a good, well-made game. But it isn't Fallout. I will warn you, if you are not fan of RPGs, and have not love of literature or literary wit and style, stick to Fallout 3, and go try Oblivion, which is basically Fallout 3 with swords and shields. But if you prefer more in-depth games, with sharp satire and some of the most memorable characters/situations/towns games have to offer, please, try Fallout 1 and 2. They are very cheap, and you might realize why it has such a strong cult following a decade after being released.