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13 April 2011

Location 15: Freeside - The Atomic Wrangler

The Wrangler
Vegas Vicki
 There's no direct equivalent for the Atomic Wrangler across the street from King's, but I wouldn't mind betting (ha!) that it's a tribute to Vegas Vic and his female counterpart Vegas Vicki, big neon cowboy and cowgirl signs on Fremont St.

The Glitter Gulch on the real Fremont St is actually a strip club, which I visited in the interests of research.  The Atomic Wrangler sign in the game is an obvious tribute to Slim Pickens in "Dr Strangelove", riding a nuclear missile out of the bomb bay towards oblivion.

It's getting late: let's check out Freeside's East Gate.


6 comments:

  1. ....more like towards Skyrim, amirite?

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  2. I'm a Las Vegas resident who also plays FONV, and I suspect that the Atomic Rangler is supposed to be at the present location of Binion's Casino. It makes sense in relation to the other locations in Freeside compared to their corresponding RL locations. However, I think the developers took as inspiration the casino that was there before Benny Binion bought it. That place was called the Apache. You can see that the RL neon sign is similar to that in the game in this old postcard: http://www.flickr.com/photos/78469770@N00/95835983/

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  3. "The Glitter Gulch on the real Fremont St is actually a strip club,... which I visited ... in the interests of... um... research." LOL This cracks me up!!

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  4. I was gonna nitpick about how the atomic bomb Slim Pickens rides out of the bomb bay in Dr. Strangelove isn't a missile because it's not self-propelled, but I looked it up and found out they mean slightly different things in British and American English. Huh.

    Oh, I still love this blog by the way, I come back to it all the time =D

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