The Art of Video Games: Fallout” Exhibition Video

  • Fallout Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax company.

    This video is one of 80 displayed in The Art of Video Games exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. 

    NARRATOR: “Fallout” stands apart from other role-playing games of the late 1990s with its visual style, dark humor, and complex storyline that touches on serious political and social issues. Set in 2161, the games takes place one hundred years after a global nuclear war has forced mankind to retreat into a few government-controlled underground vaults.

    The designers incorporated dramatic cutscenes, or in-game movies, to set the stage for their story, which takes place in a retro-futuristic world filled with computers that use vacuum tubes, deco-era space weapons, and period costumes. The muted colors and dark, desolate environments create an ominous, yet realistic, world for players to explore, in which their decisions and actions can directly influence the story.