Over at MTV Multiplayer, Stephen Totilo suggests a unique way to gain perspective on the Washington, D.C. turf that is the site for Barack Obama's inauguration as America's 44th president.
If you can deal with the nuked-out look, Totilo recommends taking a virtual tour, courtesy of Bethesda's best-selling, post-apocalyptic, RPG Fallout 3:
Video games are an under-used tool for understanding current events. Let’s change that and use the most graphically realistic version of Washington, D.C. ever created to get an enhanced perspective of today’s Inauguration Day, shall we?
Slight problem: the best representation of Washington, D.C. and the National Mall in video game history involves a richly-rendered post-nuclear-war version of the nation’s capital circa the year 2277...
Here’s the National Mall as viewed from the top of a bombed-out Washington Monument... “Fallout 3″ players can reach this location by traveling to the “Washington Monument” marker on the game’s map, passing a security checkpoint and taking an elevator to the top. In real life, the Mall, is currently filled with hundreds of thousands of people.
“Fallout 3″ gamers, if you have time today, walk in Obama’s steps. It’s an interesting experience.