The Fallout series of video games provide a wonderful alternative history that answers the question of what might have happened had the microchip never been invented. Yes, most things run on tubes, and apparently you can implement an AI that passes a Turing test in tubes (does the Turing test apply if you’re comparing it against NPCs?). Of course, as with all of computer history, the coolest parts of Fallout are the computer terminals, so [Pigeonaut] decided to build one. All the files are available, and if you have a Pi sitting around this is a good weekend project.
This terminal has a host of features that are well-suited for the modern vault dweller. Of note, the entire case is 3D printed, in multiple pieces. Sure, considering the display is an LCD it’s a tiny bit thick, but you don’t get the Atomic age aesthetic without a big CRT, do you? The keyboard is a standard, off-the-shelf mechanical keyboard for clicky goodness with vintage-style keycaps. There’s a 3.5″ USB floppy drive, because there’s nothing that will survive a nuclear holocaust like magnetic media. The rest of the build is a Raspberry Pi 3B+, which is more than enough compute power to open a door shaped like a gear.
As for what you would do with a retro-inspired Pi terminal, well, it would make a good computer for the workbench, and since the case is already designed for a 3.5″ drive, you could use this to archive some old media. If there’s one thing the apocalypse tells us, it’s that these old terminals will still be kicking after a few hundred years.
26 thoughts on “A Raspberry Pi Terminal Fit For Fallout 76”
….but nobody likes fallout 76.
???? I’m still hoping they push an update that makes it good.
Quite the optimist. I see.
Let the kid dream
I like Fallout 76. :)
I do too
Gotta love someone desperately pushing an old, ill-informed opinion around as fact.
I think that the general concensus is that most people don’t like Fallout 76. The best that you could say about it is that it’s mediocre.
Some guys like fat chicks. Some like Fallout ’76.
There’s more diversity in affinity than you are acknowledging. :-) Infinite diversity. Infinite permutations. LLAP
It’s actually a good game. You retard.
I enjoy it quite a bit.
… because there’s nothing that will survive a nuclear holocaust ON magnetic media – fixed that for ya ;-)
Either was correct actually
You didn’t really fix it. You just changed it.
Looks more a terminal from sevastopol in alien isolation.
Paint it red and…
Needs a 5 1/4″ floppy instead. 3.5″ floppy didn’t exist on terminals that looked like this.
Well I was going to say that this technique could me modified to make a r pi Commodore Pet but somebody beat me to it.
I’d like to know where the keycaps are from – the keyboard he listed had all black keys, is there a good source for new, ‘retro looking’ keycaps?
He has a link to the retro keycaps in the “optional” parts list at the bottom.
Hey sorry for not including the keycaps on the listings. Here is the link for the keycaps that I used: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079GZQFY6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I will update the page accordingly. Thanks!
Thanks Brian for writing an article about my computer! This made my day!
The game had a bad launch but can half of you say that you have played the game. i seen how bad it was and I still gave it a chance. I said ill play for 10 hours and I collected all my thoughts and discussed them with my group and we came up with this. Bethesda has had a big impact on us and we’ve played all the games, poured hours in to all of them. the games have become part of gaming history and people care about the worlds that Bethesda shares with us. This is there first big mistake and all gaming studios have there fair share of hardships. So give them the benefit of the doubt. They have earned ititittit..a.deserved
They have earned it and deserve it.
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