It's the eve of the release of Fallout 4, Bethesda's post-apocalyptic RPG, and Fallout mania is spreading like an ever-expanding cloud of nuclear gas. Bethesda has contributed to the hype in numerous ways, including releasing a Pip-Boy app for smartphones and posting a doctor's note to Twitter to excuse all those who will be losing much of their lives to the game. But gamers have added to the hubbub as well.
It's hard to venture into any corner of the Internet that's at all related to gaming and not be bombarded with fan-created Fallout 4 content. Our favorite was probably this artist's fusion of the game's retro-future vibe with the Disney princesses (a surprisingly good combination). But now, one of the gaming world's most beloved talkshow hosts has now contributed to the madness.
Proud nerd and occasional talkshow host Conan O'Brien had a Fallout-themed cold open for his show tonight, and it was outstanding. The cold open depicts Conan braving "the end of civilization" with characteristic sarcasm and aplomb, and begins with the ginger comedian approaching his studio lot (accompanied by his Pip-Boy, a six pack of Quantium and a classic Fallout bobble-head) when the doom sirens start blaring. When the radio confirms that World War III has begun, Conan strides blithely through the chaos to his lot's Gilmore Girls Gazebo, which is apparently the site of Conan's personal fallout shelter. After answering some impossible Gilmore Girls trivia he descends into the shelter to spend the end of the world playing (you guessed it) Fallout 4.
Conan and his team obviously had a lot of fun producing this Fallout vignette -- they nailed the '50s suburban atmosphere and successfully implemented many iconic trappings from the series. Though Conan is admittedly not a gamer (the segment is called Clueless Gamer after all), he is a confirmed comics nerd and the writer of some of the best pieces of modern satire ever, and he looks right at home in Fallout's satire-drenched, retro-pocalypse world. He ends the cold open with a sarcastic quip of "We're idiots," but it's hard to not be excited about Fallout 4 after watching this video. If a Fallout movie ever happens (it's not impossible), we'd love to see Conan make a cameo or even play the Sole Survivor himself.
Conan's treatment of the Fallout world -- and the countless pieces of Fallout 4 fan art -- speaks to the appeal of the series' unique milieu and the anticipation for its latest release, but it does not mean that Fallout 4 will be its best installment. Early reviews indicate that while it is the biggest and deepest Fallout yet, it's not perfect and is plagued with the bugs common to Bethesda's open world titles.
But to find out for yourself, you'll need to purchase a copy, adjourn to your nearest apocalypse shelter, and play through the game.
Fallout 4 is available tomorrow, November 10, 2015.