Fallout 3 Ads Freak Out DC Metro Riders

October 8, 2008 -

With Fallout 3 launching later this month, Bethesda has placed ads for its post-apocalyptic adventure in the Metro Center station of Washington's D.C.'s subway system.

Some riders don't quite know what to make of the marketing campaign. digital metropolis reports:

In the four minutes I had to waste while waiting for the metro to come, I counted 37 people walk by, stop, and stare at this ad. For those who don’t know, Fallout 3 takes place in a post-apocalyptic DC, and word on the street is that you can play down in the metro tunnels in addition to roaming the streets...

 

Anyway, metro riders were transfixed by this ad. Unlike the “Fred, your ass is looking fat” hippo posters or the metro etiquette ads, the crumbling Washington Monument and mutated American flag caught a lot of eyes, and people STARED. Like, legit stared...

Meanwhile, Mike Musgrove of the Washington Post offers his own account:

Don't get too freaked out, commuters: It's just a video game.

 

Local game studio Bethesda Softworks has blanketed the advertising space in downtown's Metro Center Metrorail station with some dark and kinda disturbing images of DC landmarks, such as a bombed-out-looking Capitol building and Washington Monument, lifted from its upcoming game title Fallout 3.

Joystiq has more, including a photo gallery.


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Re: Fallout 3 Ads Freak Out DC Metro Riders

I love it. I'm waiting for the first idiot to cite this as anti-American propaganda. 

Re: Fallout 3 Ads Freak Out DC Metro Riders

Agreed on that. It's quite a cunning marketing campaign. The fact that the Washington Post saw fit to mention it says something to how mainstream things are nowadays....

 

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Re: Fallout 3 Ads Freak Out DC Metro Riders

Hmmm.  Freaky subway ads.  Slow news day I guess.  Next GP will be saying that the new Super Mario game is provoking 'stares' in DC.  I realise that sometimes there's little to report, but surely we can handle a couple fewer news stories on the really slow days.

Re: Fallout 3 Ads Freak Out DC Metro Riders

Well to be fair if the Washington Post and the digital metropolis (whatever that is) took time away to cover these I think kinda qualifies it as being newsworthy here.

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Re: Fallout 3 Ads Freak Out DC Metro Riders

Just like the London underground!

Good adverts.

Re: Fallout 3 Ads Freak Out DC Metro Riders

Well, their marketing campaign is a success.  Good on the newspapers for not freaking out.

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Re: Fallout 3 Ads Freak Out DC Metro Riders

Oh hey, its that censored game.

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Re: Fallout 3 Ads Freak Out DC Metro Riders

Guess I will be taking a trip on the metro this weekend to check it out.

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I played the fist and second Fallout games in 2002, well after they were released, and I loved them. And I recently got my hands on Fallout Tactics, which maintains the spirit of the game (even if it's not canon).

As someone who has had his soul dominated by Oblivion and Fallout... I can't wait.

Re: Fallout 3 Ads Freak Out DC Metro Riders

Fukkin Awesome

Re: Fallout 3 Ads Freak Out DC Metro Riders

Meh..I am only interested in how it plays as I do not care for the direction they took Falblioin in...

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Re: Fallout 3 Ads Freak Out DC Metro Riders

Sounds like they are accomplishing exactly what they wanted to with these ads

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what no ones gonna call the cops like they did for a buncha light bright ads in boston when the aqua teen movie was on its way out?

dang, maybe people figured out that ads are just ads! wow...

honestly though wish i could see that thing in person...

Re: Fallout 3 Ads Freak Out DC Metro Riders

Well to be fair, unless you've actually seen ATHF, you'd have no idea what those things were.

These ads, however, clearly show that they're for a video game; the name of the game is plastered pretty largely on each ad.  So even if you don't know that Fallout 3 is a video game, since there's a release date on there, it would be easy to assume it was some sort of media and not something to be scared of.

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I know right. That was unbelievable that people would get so worked up about a bunch of ads. I could understand being confused and even considering terrorists for a millisecond, but then you'd actually think and realise that terrorists dont have a sense of humor! What, did snidely whiplash join al-qaeda?

Aherm sorry for the rant. That kind of stupidity just pisses me off. Anyway good to see the people in DC taking it all in stride.

Re: Fallout 3 Ads Freak Out DC Metro Riders

That's pretty cool.  Though with the sudden media attention I'm wondering how long it'll be before someone complains and makes a big stink over the whole thing.

 

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That is freaking awesome. I so look forward to this game.

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I'm looking forwards to '50s style metal lunchbox the collectors edition comes in.... no i've no idea why either other than it's shiny

Re: Fallout 3 Ads Freak Out DC Metro Riders

I had the 360 version preordered just for  that.

Before I had a 360.

 

Re: Fallout 3 Ads Freak Out DC Metro Riders

I'm glad nobody is getting offended and taking these ads down.

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Re: Fallout 3 Ads Freak Out DC Metro Riders

Just you wait.

Re: Fallout 3 Ads Freak Out DC Metro Riders

Very well done on Bethesda's marketing department. Very well done.

I'm really looking forward to this game, too.

 
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