May 28, 2022

Fallout 76 Players Hoarding (& Raising Prices of) Toilet Paper

Amidst all of this COVID-19 news, you’d think that gaming would be the ideal place to escape it all. Well, if you’re a Fallout 76 player, you may have noticed a sharp uptake in the cost of some toilet paper. Well player Fallout 76 players. Well played.

If you thought people hoarding toilet paper in real life was annoying, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

As brought to my attention by Polygon, it seems as though Fallout 76 players are aping real-world hoarders in light of COVID-19. You’ll have undoubtedly been in a supermarket in the last seven days and noticed a substantial lack of toilet paper on the shelves. Thanks, in no small part, to the dozens of selfish individuals who panic-bought them (and other things, naturally) all up ahead of going into lockdown.

And why shouldn’t Fallout 76 players get in on the action? In a game that (kind of…sometimes) lets you do whatever you want (within the game’s mechanics), what more can you expect? You see a roll of toilet paper, you pick it up. You then go on a collection spree and hoard all of it for yourself.

Oh, and naturally overcharge anybody who might want to buy some from you. For…reasons.

Let’s Be Fair, Does Anything Make Sense in Fallout 76?

Of course, toilet paper in Fallout is considered junk. You use it to reconstitute items by breaking it down into various resources. Much like any other item of “junk” in the Fallout universe.

Toilet paper was never considered a luxury, rare, or even useful junk item. (And it still shouldn’t be, it doesn’t yield anywhere near enough resources for anything). However, it’s a reflection of the crazy world we live in in 2020.

On a serious note though, please, for the love of God, if you need something, don’t be a clown and take more than your fair share. We’re all trying to get through this the best we can. It’s ridiculous. It’s been way overblown by the media. Selfish people hoarding items does not help the situation in any way.


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