Yesterday our office was closed in celebration of (and to avoid a chaotic travels due to) President Obama’s Inauguration. While around 2 million people watched from the National Mall, MTV Multiplayer’s Stephen Totilo decided to visit what’s left of the Mall playing Fallout 3. A cool idea, but maybe he needed a modder to add a couple million Super Mutants.
I wish I could find a good pic of the Mall after the two million people left. Might look closer to the image from Fallout 3.
Gear heads, gadgethounds, and even gamers have invaded Las Vegas this week for the annual Consumer Electronics Show. In addition to 150″ TVs, 3D monitors, and MC Hammer, this year’s show gives us a taste of Fallout in the Real World. Joystiq and Engadget have reported on a device from Universal Display Corporation that definitely resembles a Pip-Boy.
Don’t expect to find this device at a Best Buy anytime soon — it’s planned for military use.
Fallout 3 might take place in an alternate history; branching apart from our history back in the 1950s, but that doesn’t mean some of the ideas don’t surface in our history. Here’s two examples I came across this week.
Over in the BSG forums, member andyguy82 came across a Sci-Tech article about real-life power armor being developed in Japan. Robot Suit HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) is a “wearable device that dramatically increases the strength of the wearer.” Okay, maybe that suit looks more like something out of Tron thanFallout…but it’s still cool.
Recently I received an email from a fan named Maurice Moynihan regarding a new art exhibit at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. He mentioned to me that he couldn’t help but think of the game we’re working on when he saw images from the exhibit, entitled Modern Ruin. The picture above definitely looks like it could be somewhere in the Capital Wasteland.
For more details on the expo, which runs through October 12, visit here.
While reading through the forums today, I came across an interesting post from LateWhiteRabbit. While reading Paleo-Future, he came across a blog post discussing an old newspaper article titled, “Will War Drive Civilization Underground?” The article, as well as the illustration shown above, dates back to December of 1943 — where it was featured in the Montana Standard. As the title indicates, the article suggests the possibility of humans moving underground to avoid the perils of war. Hmm, sound familiar?
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Deep underground, vast chambers will have to be excavated. Families can keep together in cubicles designed for the purpose. Single men will sleep in tiers in bunks 15 or 20 high; single women will sleep in similar accommodations.
No mention of blue vault suits, but it’s still an interesting read. If you’d like to further your retro-future reading, be sure to check out some of the other stuff on Paleo-Future.
There’s been a couple of discussion threads in the Fallout forums regarding this, so I thought I’d share it as well. Today the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, better known as the “Doomsday Vault,” opens in Norway. The vault, which has been in construction since June of 2006, is expected to house millions of seeds for the world’s main food crops — in case these crops disappear from the planet as a result of a major catastrophe. Carved into a mountain in a remote area of the Arctic, the vault allegedly can withstand a plane crashing on it or even a nuclear missile attack.
To check out more pictures of the Doomsday Vault, head here. No word if they’re hiring Mr. Handy to help out.