Because I don’t have cable TV, and because my primary source of news is GalacticMu’s engineer Leesa, I missed this whole flap over an apparent image of a post-apocalyptic event Washington DC being used by Al Qaeda as a motivational incentive.
At which point a bunch of bloggers noticed that it was actually concept art for a video game called Fallout 3.
My first reaction is of course total batshit paranoia: the powers that be are using it as a combination fear-mongering manipulation and anti-gaming propaganda! Sort of brilliant actually. Pointing out the anarchistic depravity of these gamers who delight in images of America’s failure – the very same delight that terrorists take! The very same! Right down to the concept art!
My second reaction is not unlike Anne Frank’s; if my computer were named Kitty, the comparison would be uncanny. But I am in hiding for fear of being sent to some kind of camp somewhere where human rights are as reliable as Amy Winehouse is sober. And my reaction is not without a measure of horror, but still: apocalypse! What a thrill! If this is motivational to terrorists, then I suppose I am a terrorist too. Looking at the concept art, I think, yes, yes, let’s pay $6 a gallon for gas! More! $8 a gallon! And be told by analysts that paying an hours’ wage for a single gallon of gasoline is beneficial to the world economy! And while we are at it, let’s pay double, triple for food staples. Let’s ensure that there is absolutely no health care at all, and that the old myth of being able to just show up at an emergency room and at least get physically cared for (while going into debt) is just that: a myth! If you can’t provide payment, upfront and in total, you get to die in the street like everyone else. I guess what I’m saying is, would I rather human misery was represented by a burned-out husk of our once-democratic society, or would I rather it was obfuscated behind another season of American Idol?
Jesus, someone put some loony tunes in my cornflakes this morning. Just kidding, I ate cookies for breakfast.
The entertaining Fallout home page (which wisely fails to acknowledge their Al Qaeda fan base).
The Fallout 3 blog (which wisely pokes a great big stick-o’-fun at their Al Qaeda fan base).June 14th, 2008 | Apocalypse, Games