Ads for ‘Fallout 3’ unnerve D.C. commuters

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Ads in Washington, D.C., for Fallout 3, a post-apocalyptic video game set there, have upset a few subway riders who'd rather not see images of city landmarks ravaged by war. One guys says the ads are "a daily reminder that Washington is a prime target for an attack." Of course, it is just a video game, and the entire planet looks bombed out, not just D.C. Admittedly, though, Bethesda Softworks is obviously trying to be provocative. "The immediate visual of the Capitol and the Washington Monument and things like that, they tell a story immediately," executive producer Todd Howard tells the Washington Post. "The imagery is really evocative, these American icons, these big, epic structures kind of destroyed. It has the feeling of, what would you do? How did it get that way and what would you do in that world?" Still, if they are going to take the ads down, it should be to protect the series' legacy from the blemish of a dumbed-down third installment.

—Posted by David Kiefaber