Now we've seen the way that Bethesda aped off of Fortnite's success with Fallout 76, Minecraft's in Fallout 4, and the success of mobile games in general with Fallout Shelter, is there an argument to be made that Fallout 3 was made with the intent to ape off of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's success as a first-person shooter, but also aping off of it creatively through its railroaded and essentially jingoistic storytelling? Modern Warfare was an America F*ck Yeah game of course, depicting foreign villains with nuclear weapons at their disposal and enough gun fetishising to make Charlton Heston blush, and I could never shake off the feeling, playing Fallout 3 now so many years ago, that that game was similar in the way it depicted a bombed out Washington DC (designed perfectly to pull at post-9/11 American heartstrings) and a story of proud American warriors battling a villainous invading government (ala Saddam Hussein). I'm sure there's plenty of argument against this, especially in that I could be reading too much into the allegory, and that Fallout 3 had been in development for years prior to Modern Warfare's release, and it's not as if jingoism wasn't a big part of American culture after 9/11 anyway, but now considering the way that Bethesda seems to produce games off the seat of their pants (especially with regards to Fallout 4) I felt the point had some weight. Still, I felt it was worthy of some discussion. Also, hi.