Arcade Gannon in Fallout: New Vegas

Arcade Gannon is an NPC in Fallout: New Vegas, who is first found in the Old Mormon Fort in the town of Freeside. He can be recruited to accompany the player-character on their game quests. He is revealed in some game trajectories to be gay.

For example, if a male player character with the Confirmed Bachelor perk tries to recruit him, the PC can flirt with Arcade, to which he will respond: “Overt flirtation will get you everywhere, you know.” You can watch a video of this scene here (starting around 3:50).

There are only a few other dialogue lines that suggest his sexuality, though existing information does not make it clear if these are also tethered to a male PC having the confirmed bachelor trait. It is clear, however, that these dialogue lines are only played if specific in-game stats are met or dialogue tree options are chosen, which are listed along with the lines on this page:

  • If the PC dismisses him from traveling with the PC: “{joking} I thought my charm could win you over, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. Are you sure you want me to go?”
  • If the player greets him later in the game he, discussing the character Daisy Whitman, says: “There have been some good men along the way, but lovers make poor confidants. Daisy never had children of her own, so she was always there to listen.”
  • If the player character says “Arcade, I’m asking you because I’m interested. Don’t put yourself down,” Arcade responds, “{a bit of sarcasm} Right now, I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “Why hasn’t some lucky man scooped this bachelor off his feet?” {serious} Like I said, I’m boring.”

These are the only dialogue options in 459 total for Arcade that reference his sexuality.

There is a trail of events in the game that can lead to the player-character selling Arcade to Caesar, whom Arcade hates and whom has outlawed homosexuality (punishable by death) in Caesar’s Legion. Oddly enough, though, despite his openness about his own sexuality, Arcade never once mentions this as a reason for why Caesar taking over would be bad (though he has many, many lines about Caesar in the game).

A video overview of Arcade’s role as a companion character is available here.

LGBTQ references in this game:

Fallout (1997): Sexaulity

Fallout 2 (1998): Sexuality

Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel (2004): Sexuality

Fallout 3 (2008): Sexuality; Carol and Greta; Anthony Ling; Flak and Shrapnel

Fallout: New Vegas (2010): Sexuality; Arcade Gannon; Christine Royce; Veronica Santangelo; Jimmy; Corporal Betsy; Sergio; Major Knight; Alex RichardsConfirmed Bachelor and Cherchez La Femme perks; Mentions of homosexuality

Fallout 4 (2015): TBA


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