The potential economic impact of the newly released Fallout 76 video game in West Virginia is all-too-obvious to a graphic designer who has recently returned to invest in the Mountain State.
Bowski Calhoun, who today launched several new lines of T-shirts for fans of Fallout 76 and West Virginia, says the video game set in an alternate version of West Virginia will have a positive impact for years to come.
"The thing is, West Virginia has always been a really interesting state with a unique culture and history. This game, I believe, is showcasing what makes us special," Calhoun said while readying a new production facility in Beckley.
"A few years ago when you asked an outsider about West Virginia, either they believed you meant 'western Virginia' or followed up with a sister joke. Now people are finally paying attention and realizing we are a separate state, we are unique, and we have an exciting and often spooky history. Fallout makes history fun!"
A native of Beckley, West Virginia, Calhoun spent the last several years in Tampa, Fla., employed as a graphic designer for the alternative metal band Mushroomhead.
He was also a gamer who had been engaged in early incarnations of the Fallout 76 game series, which plays out in an alternate timeline for the U.S. decimated by a nuclear apocolypse, and he understood how engaged players would become.
"When Fallout 4 was announced, I did a ton of research on Boston so I could recognize historical landmarks and have a better understanding of the story they were telling. It's really exciting to know that the whole world is doing the same for our humble state.
"People in France, Germany, England, South America, and all over the world are discovering West Virginia for the first time, and I believe this is a grand step for walking out of Virginia's shadow."
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