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A look back at the musical influence of Fallout

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As many fans of gaming will already know,, a recently registered site said to be a teaser countdown for Bethesda's "Fallout 4" announcement has been up for some time now sputtering out Morse Code messages which in turn are being tirelessly translated by Redditors across the country.

So far the information leading up to the countdown's end has been of the disturbing nature of the game's namesake cause: The nuclear destruction of America, and in this case, Massachusetts.

The code makes several references to Quabbin Reservoir, MA., a possible reference to The Massachusetts Institute of Technology referred to in the game universe as simply "The Institute," and disturbingly ominous messages looming back and forth of the impending doom that faced us in an alternate timeline when the world went to war for literally moments before it annihilated itself in fire.

That all being just a formality though, because no matter how great these games will be, there is one common denominator that separates the universe of Fallout from the greater whole of the gaming universe: The music.

In every great cinematic picture, every great anything, there is a score to back it up; a backdrop of sound that makes the story more lively and colorful.

While Fallout does enjoy its scores for certain locations, it's two of the most recent Radio Adaptions to the "Pip-Boy 3000" that really made the design ingenious, and put it on a stage beside itself.

"Three Dogs'" Galaxy News Radio, and the AI Personality "Mr. New Vegas" of Radio New Vegas which appear in Fallout 3, and Fallout: New Vegas respectively, brought something interesting and brand new to the game world.

No matter how many times you've heard "Jingle Jangle Jingle" and "Civilization," you still can't seem to get enough can you?

Interestingly, the world of Fallout is set in an alternate timeline of our history where the transistor was never invented and so technology and culture came to an aesthetic halt, a perpetual stasis locked in the 1950s.

Because of this, radio hosts play the classics, and though most gamers of the series ages 16-25 as part of their key demographic would never pick up a CD by Guy Mitchell, or The Ink Spots, somehow every time we pop in the disc, we can't resist flipping on the radio.

The musical influence of Fallout, in my opinion, which I respect, is largely the reason it got so popular so fast. Say what you will about graphics, and gameplay (both of which are astounding for it's time), but it's truly the public radio stations that make it an irresistible catch.

Whether you were a fan of Fallout or not, prepare to be, and let us know in the comments what you think of these great gems of the 20th Century, performed by artists like Bing Crosby, Roy Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Forrest, and Nat King Cole just to name some of our favorites from the track listing.

And let's give a Vault Tech thumbs up to the good people at Bethesda for giving these great 20th century artists a tip of the hat and the nod of a lifetime in bringing them to a timeless classic, and not letting them fade away because their time is done.

We can only hope that our day's musicians will get a chance in 100 years to get the same treatment and be considered classics, and here's to hoping that we'll see even more great tunes in 2299.


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