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Gamers, The ‘Reset Culture’ And ‘Fallout 4’ On Federalist Radio Hour

There are more libertarian undertones to the new “Fallout 4” than you might think.


With today’s release of the “Fallout 4” video game, The Federalist Radio Hour was joined by Ashe Schow and Brandon Morse to talk about video game culture, escapism, the looming “reset culture”, and the game itself.

Schow is a commentary writer at the Washington Examiner and Senior Political Columnist at the Observer. She shares her story, interests as a gamer and her love of video game characterization.

“A lot of the games I play and enjoy are the ones where the hero doesn’t have so much of a personality,” she said. “I like being able to choose the personality for them.”

Morse is political editor at EveryJoe and a contributor at The Federalist. He explained the storyline and excitement around “Fallout 4,” and discusses some of the political feedback he’s received on his review of the new game.

“For Fallout, I think for a lot of people it brings out their inner Libertarian. No government there. You are your own government,” he said. “You protect yourself. I think deep down, it resonates with everyone else too.”

They also discuss the “reset culture” created by video games as a culprit for Millennials attitudes and instances like the ones at Yale, Mizzou, and many other universities.

“People have this mindset that, ‘If things are going bad for me in a video game, I can just hit the reset button or I can go to my last save–I can do this the right way or the way that I want it to go, as opposed to deal with this adversity that set me back,’” Domenech said.

Domenech said it seems if this is the mindset that Millennials have adopted, either from video games or from other experiences, then it’s a good explanation for why these instances are happening more often on college campuses.

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