Fallout 3 Ads in DC Metro Spark Complaint

Ads for Bethesda's Fallout 3 (PC, 360, PS3) appearing in the DC Metro definitely hit close to home with images of post-apocalyptic versions of the Washington Monument and the Capitol Dome--too close, for one reader of the Washington Post who took issue with the ads.

"The people of our city do not need a daily reminder that Washington is a prime target for an attack," wrote Joseph Anzalone in a letter to the editor of the Post which was noticed by GamePolitics.

"We do not need a daily reminder of what our worst fears look like," added Anzalone. "Since any First Amendment objection would be irrelevant (the ads do not present a true viewpoint or political message and would therefore not be protected), there is no reason for these ads to be part of our daily panorama," he continued.

"The ads should be removed, and the appropriate office at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority should be directed to exercise better judgment regarding what can be displayed in our transportation system," concluded the concerned citizen.

Although Anzalone's interpretation of the United States Constitution is a little inaccurate--the ads fall under free speech, protected by the First Amendment--it's clear that the ads are having the intended effect, even if that effect leaves a bad taste in the mouths of some.

From The Chatty
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    October 27, 2008 3:38 PM

    good, pull the ads and lets see fares increase for everyone.

    what a culture of over-sensitive babies we have become.

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      October 27, 2008 3:57 PM

      well, its just one guy. I'm pretty sure the reaction from everyone else is STFU.

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        October 27, 2008 9:25 PM

        agreed but, unfortunately, the whining minority seems to have a LOT of pull these days.

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      October 27, 2008 8:38 PM

      Im going to head the comission to paint rainbows and pink ponies on everything, we will use a pallete of light yellow, baby blue and some nice soft pink tones as our color scheme. Let's see if we can't brighten this place up damnit!

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