house obviously loves vegas and takes pride in what he’s done with it. when you talk to him, he’ll say he’s resurrected not only the city itself but the spirit of the city, but that doesn’t feel right. the way he went about ‘rekindling’ vegas is so ridiculously sterilised and controlled that it’s almost unnatural. you can say something about how he’s still stuck on the past, and that’s right and all, but part of me wonders if he even really remembers vegas for what it actually was. it feels more like he’s working to recreate some weird, controlled, idealised version of vegas based on rosy 200+ year old memories – a well-to-do and sparkling jewel in the desert, where people chase their dreams with liquor and blow on dice for luck.
it goes past the strict control of who is allowed onto the strip. house went so far as recruit the omertas while well aware they were monstrous human beings, primary because they reminded him of the crime aspect of vegas prior to the war. he deliberately included and accounted for every aspect of vegas.