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Amid all this talk about how the recent TV shows about D.C. suck bigtime, I’m not sure anybody has made a joke about how the last cool thing to be set in Your Nation’s Capital was Fallout 3, the award-winning 2008 game by local shop Bethesda Softworks. It would go something like this: “THOSE REAL HOUSEWIVES ARE STINKY-POOPY! THE LAST PIECE OF QUALITY ENTERTAINMENT SET IN D.C. WAS FALLOUT 3, AND THAT WAS ABOUT A POST-APOCALYPTIC WASTELAND.” Cue guffaws. Nice. (If you’re a total nerd, you can add a postscript about how Congress is a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Nerd.)
Anyway, BethSoft probably never even toyed with the idea of setting the next Fallout again in D.C., but who cares. We’re making jokes here. The next one goes like this: “D.C. SUCKS SO BAD THAT THEY MOVED THE GAME TO VEGAS.” Score!
Indeed, the next edition of the game will be Fallout: New Vegas. And apparently the nuclear apocalypse will not eliminate classically scummy underworld dudes from the earth. From the news release: “Matthew Perry plays Benny, a smooth-talking, two faced gangster, and Wayne Newton takes on the role as “Mr. New Vegas,” the radio DJ of the Mojave Wasteland.” [INSERT YOUR OWN MATTHEW PERRY JOKE HERE.] Other famous people are in it, too. And that’s that.
ADDENDUM: If you’re going to nitpick, nerd, I suppose there were other mildly cool things set in D.C. since 2008. Just off the top of my head? In The Loop, Burn After Reading, and The Way Home.