By now most gamers have probably seen Fallout 3 screenshots depicting a nuke-ravaged Washington, D.C.
But if you were thinking that the game developers were making some type of political statement, think again.
MTV's Stephen Totilo spoke with Fallout 3 executive producer Todd Howard, who nixed the political angle:
No political statement intended, according to Howard... The timing of the release of “Fallout 3″ so close to a national election is “all a coincidence...” Development of the game started in 2004 without any sense of when it would come out... Howard maintains the game “has nothing to do with the current state of affairs.”
...Few games have been set in the area... His game’s Washington is full of ruined monuments and references to real-world D.C. museums, like the Air & Space, which manifests itself as a museum of unusual technology... “Fallout 3″ has the Washington Monument, the National Archives, the Capitol, and the Lincoln Memorial. As for the White House, Howard says, “We have it, and we don’t have it.” How else to describe the giant irradiated crater where 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue should be?