So I had this conversation with good old Jax (wherever you are, show yourself! ) and the thing is he's so against the idea that F3 has anything to do with the previous games that he actually tells me F3 isn't even a part of the canon. Although I do agree the game is really, really different from the old ones and is surely a disappointment for many, I still think it's a part of the canon and there are two reasons for that:
1. Although the plot isn't related to the ones from the other games, the game still follows the main storyline and might as well be a kind of a sequel since the events in it are among the last in the storyline by far.
2. The current owners of the fallout trademark have made this game and if they say it's a part of the canon, I don't think anyone can argue with them.
Jax on the other hand states that it's the fans who decide whether the game is a part of the canon or not and if the majority hates it and doesn't want to accept it as such, it isn't.
So, as a young fallout fan and surely a fan of the canon more than of the games themselves, I ask for the forum's opinion.
PS: I really wanted to add a poll here, but I couldn't figure out how to do it. I would really appreciate it if the admins/mods could help me out here.