This might not seem particularly interesting to those uninterested in video games, however, students at West Virginia University should check it out to catch a glimpse at Woodburn Hall.
Thats right; Woodburn Hall.
In an earlier blog post, President Gordon E. Gee was quoted saying ‘Much work will need to be done to make West Virginia attractive’ and this seems like a golden opportunity; especially when 70% of college students play video games.
Could this video game be a helpful (albeit unexpected) piece to the West Virginia Forward initiative?
Let’s take a look at how Fallout 26 could be helping with the University’s initiative and getting students interested in staying in state after graduation.
One of the three main focuses for the initiative is bringing more business opportunities to the state, and what better more lucrative business opportunity to engage youth than video games?
The Fallout franchise is worth 45M, and could have the state, as well as WVU, cashing in on the profits. This has potential to bring in tourists to visit the sites shown within the game and sell merchandise that both capitalizes on the game and the history of the state.
WVU is blue and gold….the characters ‘vault jumpsuit’ is blue and gold…..there’s definite possibility here.
Woodburn Hall is front and center in the Official Fallout 76 Trailer; not only is that awesome, that’s free advertisement. 91% of children ages 2-to-17 play video games, and with over 32M views, I assume most of them saw the trailer.
Decisions about higher education are always difficult, but for a high school senior who happens to be an avid video game player, maybe they will think to stop by WVU for a tour. Bethesda, the company behind the franchise, also offers scholarship money, and revenue for technical degree programs, offering another opportunity for state benefits.
WVU seeks to ‘develop innovative ways to showcase W. Va.’s greatest assets’ and ‘inspire engagement in communities’ and can capitalize on the franchise to help the initiative.
We use the words ‘wild and wonderful’ all the time when describing our state, so having landmarks and the Appalachian Mountains shown within the graphics of the game could make people want to travel here and see it for themselves.
Depending on the depictions within the game, it could potentially raise awareness for the problems we face like drug use and poverty. It could provide a more conductive means for those in and out of state to gain the initiative to help make some changes.
Whether you are familiar with the Fallout franchise or not, it remains an untapped opportunity for the W. Va. Forward initiative.
Fallout 76 comes out on November 14, so we will see how the game impacts the state soon enough. Hope to see all you Vault Dwellers out there moving W. Va. forward!