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New Fallout 4 video introduces the real-life inspiration for Dogmeat

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We already knew that the furry Fallout 4 follower Dogmeat cannot be killed. But did you know that the in-game canine is based on a real dog? According the story as it's told on Bethesda.net, Dogmeat's real-life alter-ego is a German Shepard named River who belongs to Lead Level Designer Joel Burgess and is a regular visitor to the studio.

The reason for Dogmeat's indestructibility, as Game Director Todd Howard explained in the latest E3 recap video, is simply that, in previous games, the death of the dog was a "reload scenario" for a lot of players. "[In Fallout 4] he can get really hurt, so he'll go down and be incapacitated during a fight, and you can run over and jam a stimpack in him, and then he'll get up," Howard said. "[But] no one plays the game, the dog dies, [and] they go, 'Fuck it, I'll just keep playing'."

There's truth to that, which is why I usually pick up the dog and then keep him around just long enough to get him someplace relatively safe. Humans I don't generally worry about so much—if you're dumb enough to follow me, then you're dumb enough to eat bullets on my behalf—but dogs deserve better. It's a position I feel is affirmed by the "Behind the scenes with Dogmeat" video below. It's not terribly informative, but he is a good boy (oh yes he is!) and he's not going to be turned into some wasteland scumbag's evening meal as long as I have anything to say about it.

Fallout 4 comes out on November 10.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.