A Fallout 4 player has noticed a typo in a line of dialogue spoken by shop vendor Shelbie Chase, highlighting the mistake on Reddit for others to poke fun at. All in all, it’s a pretty small goof-up next to most of the technical issues Fallout 4 has seen in its lifetime, but for those with a distaste for bad grammar, it’s likely to touch a nerve or two regardless.
The latest mainline Fallout has been out for seven years now, and while Bethesda is focused these days on Fallout 76 when it comes to the franchise, players continue to explore the post-apocalyptic expanses of the Commonwealth and discover new things. These range from rarely-explored locations to previously-unknown tricks that can make for a smoother adventure, but they also include the occasional bug or some sort of mistake that Bethesda left in the game.
Grammar fans may wince at one such mistake pointed out by samanthaohm on Reddit, as it’s one of the more common grammatical mistakes one may come across. Players can encounter Shelbie Chase in the Nuka-Town marketplace, and one of the lines she says upon greeting them is “If you need supplies, then I’m you’re girl.” Although the line is easy enough to understand as is, it doesn’t change the fact that the subtitles mistakenly use the contractive “you’re,” as in “you are,” instead of the correct “your,” and samanthaohm couldn’t help but wonder who at Bethesda was in charge of proofreading Shelbie’s dialogue.
Fans, unsurprisingly, responded to this discovery with plenty of playful mockery. Samanthaohm and other Reddit users ran with the joke by using the incorrect versions of “you’re” and “your” in their replies. A few others also pointed out this isn’t the only instance of this type of grammatical error in Fallout 4, as one of the dialogue options when speaking to Mason include “Do as your told.” Needless to say, a lot of jokes were had at the expense of Bethesda and its quality assurance.
With how big open-world games like Fallout 4 can be, it’s understandable that mistakes like this can sneak into the final release, especially if developers are busy trying to address more problematic glitches. Combine that with Fallout 4’s 110,000+ lines of dialogue across its numerous story missions, side-quests, and general NPC interactions, and one could be forgiven for forgetting about a few small typos every now and then.
That said, Bethesda’s next game, Starfield, is said to boast over double the amount of dialogue as Fallout 4, with over 260,000 lines. With that mountain of dialogue to sort through, grammar lovers may be worried that a few typos may slip past Bethesda’s notice. Should that end up happening, though, at least it could make for a good laugh, just like it has with Fallout 4.
Fallout 4 is available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
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