Reporter’s Notebook: West Virginia can learn from the Wasteland

Normally, this space is where I brief you on the whispers inside the state Capitol, but this week is the Thanksgiving holiday and you’ll get enough politics around your dining room table on Thursday.

Now it’s time for something completely different.

For the last few weeks I’ve been one of likely hundreds of people who played a beta version of a video game that, on first glance, you’d think doesn’t portray West Virginia in a positive light. Yet, the post-apocalyptic Appalachia in the Bethesda Studios video game “Fallout 76”has much to teach those of us in the real world.

For those who didn’t read my August profile piece on the game“Fallout 76” is part of the Fallout franchise. In this alternative history, the United States still wins World War II. Yet, imagine technology improving, but the 1950s lifestyle continuing into the late 2000s. Resources are scarce, with the U.S. and China already fighting a war for oil in Alaska.

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