Just One in the Mushroom Cloud that is Apocalyptic Pop-Culture

Posted: September 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

I just recently finished the 2008 video game Fallout 3. This game took me by surprise just like some of the best novels I found it difficult to get into but once I got into it I was hooked. The part of the game that is so amazingly fascinating is the setting. the setting is a much more advanced world with lasers and and plasma weaponry yet they held on to the stylizing of the  1950’s and some of the social intricacies of the fifties. but those aspectt are only in reference to what the world looked like before nuclear fallout.

So your character emerges from a subterranean shelter called a vault where he is struck by the sights and dangers of what has come to be known by the name the capital wasteland. Nuclear fallout has ravaged the surface and although many buildings have survived they look as though they have been bombed out and are in a state of deterioation. the earth appears to be trying to reclaim the land but the damage from the nuclear bombs has crippled the earth’s capacity to regenerate as the water is irradiated and the animal life has mutated to create fierce and vicous overgrown animals and insects in the 200 or so years since the war. The people of this wasteland live off the various irradiated wildlife and products or scavenge for unharmed pre war products yet they have many different methods to help heal radiation. The attention to this setting is what is amazing the destroyed vehicles that resemble the stylings of the 50’s and the advertisements and decor makes this game unique.

Not only is this futuristic 50’s  what makes the game so interesting is its attention landscape of the game. the capital wasteland is the fallout of Washington DC and the games map is in fact a map of Washington which includes many of the famous landmarks that are so prevalent when imagining Washington are present in the game as well. The mall, the jefferson memorial, the smithsonian these are all places that during the game you are able to visit and enjoy the developers take on what a nuclear fallout might look like in Washington.

I just thought I would attach some pictures taken from the game to show some of the more interesting sights and scenery that is found in Fallout 3’s capital wasteland

  1. Miriam Jones says:

    I’d like to see one set in Ottawa.

    Or Fredericton.

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