Bethesda grants terminally ill 12-year-old’s wish to play Fallout 76

    
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Go ahead and get some tissues handy, ’cause we’ve got a heartwarming tale of gaming goodness for you. According to a recent article published by Inside Edition, after 12-year-old Wes Pak, a fan of the Fallout game series, received the devastating news that his cancer had metastasized and that his doctors recommended stopping his treatment, he was especially distraught that he would never get to play the series’ upcoming entry.

“Wes broke down crying at an MRI scan saying, ‘I just realized I am not going to get to play Fallout 76,'” Inside Edition reports.

Upon hearing of Pak’s distress, a family friend apparently reached out to Bethesda, “and within a week, they brought the game to Wes’s home and surprised him with an entire day of play.” The devs also gave him an impressive souvenir: the first prototype of the wearable Power Armor helmet that will be included with the game’s $200 US Power Armor Edition.

According to Pak’s mom Krista, “He was speechless. We didn’t tell him anything about it. He couldn’t believe we pulled it off and he actually got to do it.”

I’m not crying; you’re crying.

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Mr Poolaty

Got me…

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Nate Woodard

Good on you Bethesda!

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Winter

So sad this makes my heart break :(. I’m so glad he got to play and good for the studio for making it happen.

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Mewmew

First let me say they did a wonderful thing here. I grew up sick and in pain but made it through it, this poor kid… His life, ugh… It’s even hard to write :( His life is coming to an end soon and he knew that it probably wasn’t going to be long but he was upset that he didn’t make it long enough to play a game he was looking forward to. There goes my eyes.

When I was sick and unsure of the future, I kept thinking I wanted to make it long enough to experience certain stories I was in to as well. I really know how the kid feels, except I made a recovery and didn’t end up gone when they thought I’d be. This poor kid doesn’t seem to have that same chance :(

Bethesda did do a great thing. There are no two ways about it, they really did.

Living in the world we’re in, I have an image of a bigwig corporate bad guy saying “You can’t buy this kind of publicity!” I realize that’s not what happened, but the image does come to mind. sigh… I wish we lived in a world where the image would not even come up, even if it’s not at all true for *this* company.

I’m 100% happy they did this and would have been horrified if I heard they wouldn’t have helped. I don’t want to diminish one of our great positive stories or the value of this amazing gift or anything – yet I feel they were lucky to be picked to have the opportunity to do something like this for him.

You can see the article with a picture of the boy and his family there where it was published (at the “Source” link here above), but if you have held back from crying already and don’t want to, you really may not want to look at it (it’s good to see but really sad at the same time).

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duokeks

What a based peep that family friend is

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Suikoden

Right on Bethesda. You just jumped up to my #1 spot. I love to hear about studios acting like people and not corporate conglomerates. Man, I can only imagine how Wes’ parents felt that day. This is the kind of stuff that makes me feel good about my EOS subscription. Well done.

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NeoWolf

I needed this ;)

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Jack Pipsam

Wholesome.

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rafael12104

It is easy to be cynical and jaded, but not about something like this. Bethesda did a great thing here.

As someone who lost a loved one to cancer, this story is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. I remember what it was like. And gestures such as the one made by Bethesda help lighten the load even if it is just for a few hours.

Kudos to the studio and those that made it happen. My prayers are with you and your family, Wes.

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Darthbawl

Dang it BBB, quit tossing onions my way! *sniffles* Very touching story and huge kudos to Bethesda.

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