Preparing for the future…

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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.

Around the web: Todd takes the Hot Seat

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Interviews with Todd continue to roll in. Here’s two more for you to check out.

At IGN, Todd sat in their “Hot Seat” to answer burning questions — both gaming and non-gaming related. Here’s a sample:

IGN: Does your work say anything about you?

Todd Howard: That I’ve never really grown out of my love of the 100 hour adventures of my Apple 2 days. The ones I would go to bed dreaming about solving. I crave moments of discovery in games, the moments of “can I do this?” and the sense that I have found something no other player has. I want my games to have that. I want length and depth and hint books that can kill a child if dropped on them.

More stuff after the jump…

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Doomsday Vault now open…soon to be closed

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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.

Sir Charles goes Post-Apocalyptic

Working at Bethesda, it probably wouldn’t shock anyone if I said Fallout 3 is my most anticipated post-apocalyptic RPG game of the year. That was the case…until this morning. Over on Kotaku, I spotted the trailer for Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden. The highly anticipated sequel to the Sega Genesis cult hit, Barkley: Shut Up and Jam, BSUJ:G takes our hero, former NBA superstar Charles Barkley (aka the Sir Charles…aka the Chuck Wagon…aka The Round Mound of Rebound), on an adventure through post-apocalyptic New York in the year 2041.

Charles might not be a role model, but after watching this trailer and seeing his turn-based skillz against monsters made of basketballs, he can be in My Five anyday. For more details on this instant classic, head over here.

A message to Fallout fans: Don’t do this at home!

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So you like the Fallouts, and you’re looking to bring a touch of Post-Nuclear society to your life at home?? Here’s a tip: DON’T TRY TO BUILD A NUCLEAR REACTOR!! Reading Kotaku today, that’s exactly what a man, described as an out-of-work gamer, tried to accomplish at his home in Texas. As a result, he had the FBI and Nuclear Regulatory Commission up in his business, and in the end, his little science experiment was taken away. To read more on the story, head over to the original coverage.

This is actually the second story like this that I’ve heard about this month. BGS forum member Gizmo alerted me of a situation that took place in my home state of Michigan back in 1995 where a young man tried to create a neutron gun out of radioactive materials. Again…BAD IDEA!

Student project “Closer to God” reminiscent of Fallout

Within our Fallout Series Discussion board on the BGS forums, I noticed a post from Alkar, who was sharing a post-apocalyptic cartoon he created with two other students in Germany. The short animation film, “Closer to God,” is an introduction to a fictitious film, and draws inspiration from some of their favorite post-apocalyptic works — including Fallout (just check out the billboards).

For more details on the project, check out the thread Alkar started. It’s great work…you guys deserve an “A” in my book.

Prepare for the future!

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In the forums yesterday, wildkarrde put up a post regarding an underground facility 90 minutes outside of Spokane, WA that’s for sale on….eBAY?!? Apparently if you’ve got $1.5 million burning in your pocket (or at least $300K for a down payment), you can essentially purchase your own vault. The facility includes:

  • 160′ Tall Missile Silo
  • (4 Story) Equipment Terminal Buildings
  • 2 – Antenna Silos
  • 100′ Diameter Control Dome Building
  • 125′ Diameter Power Dome Building

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New Post-Apocalyptic Comic

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After reading Quiet Earth, and then heading over to IGN’s comic section today, I was introduced to a new comic coming out, Zombies vs. Robots. vs. Amazons. It’s going to be a 3-part comic from IDW, and it follows the release of their Zombies vs. Robots comics, which had two parts.

I haven’t read these before, but I’m going to see about getting my hands on them. Who doesn’t want to see ladies of the Amazon battling Robots and Zombies…sounds like the feel-good comic of the year. And it’s definitely post-apocalyptic…take a look at this artwork, not to mention the image above that reminded me of our Craig Mullins concept art of the capitol.

If you guys have read the Zombies vs. Robots comics before, I’d love to hear your comments about them.

“The Feel-Good Hit of the Summer”

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In post-apocalyptic news, Emil dropped me a note that over on Dark Horizons there’s a post referencing an Entertainment Weekly story that Viggo Mortensen is in talks about playing the role of the father in a movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road,” a book that has been very popular around the office. I borrowed a copy from Josh Jones and finally got around to reading it during my trip to Leipzig.

Anyway, Viggo would be fracking awesome. He’s perfect. Hope they get him, and can’t wait to see who they get for his kid. Not familiar with the work of the guys they have doing the adaptation (Joe Penhall) or directing (John Hillcoat), but I’d love to see this movie happen. As bleak a picture as has ever been painted of a post-nuclear world.

If you haven’t read it already, you need to. It’s that good.