well, posting my silly guns from fallout definitely attracted the pro-gun, pro-capitalist side of the fandom and I wanna make clear that my #discourse is that Fallout is chicken shit about its own themes of capitalism bringing about intolerable living conditions before the Great War, the deaths, exploitation, and suffering of thousands of people. Hell, the unit of currency and thus of unbacked unregulated capitalism in the future after the War is literally called the ‘cap.’ And all the same stuff still exists– slavery, exploitation, fraud, etc. Just unveiled, without a guise of nationalism, the American Dream, or ‘better living.’
The things that would benefit real people and seed a better society aren’t the veneers of ‘civilization’ but its real foundation: public works, social support for those who cannot survive otherwise, education, potable water, sound housing, freely available and safe food, fair compensation for essential labor that serves the laborers. These things aren’t best served by a ‘free market.’ And one can argue that with total lack of law or regulation, the wasteland’s market is infinitely free.
It’s kind of a disservice that your player character, if you play them as ‘nice’ is framed as some kind of fairy godparent to the wasteland that brings people these things because they are charitable. In real life, charity from the wealthy is a terrible system for a society to depend on. Even if some amount of money or support is donated to charity, much much more is extracted from the very same population and kept as profit and capital and never returned. It’s disingenuous to revile “government hand-outs” when the welfare of the people is left up to basically whatever the wealthy might feel moved to ‘hand out’ themselves, or whatever a corporation strikes as an advantageous move.
And on the subject of guns, it’s pretty clear in game that because the mechanics of this game universe demand everyone be armed (as it’s. a game about correctly eliminating AI opponents and accumulating the value of what’s in their pockets. You can’t avoid that.) it’s not nessesarily a good thing. The people with the biggest guns now dominate, rather than everyone merely being ‘polite.’ There is no tyranny to theoretically rise up against anymore, the literal biggest guns took out all authority. Now people seek to reinstall themselves as the new largest authority, and arms are their method of doing that every time.
So that’s where I stand. Sorry if this poisons your callout post guns but I’m a lefty. My nonexistent video game sniper rifle is a lefty sniper rifle. I personally wouldn’t want to obtain anything like that in my real-world context, and I think it’s unnecessary for practically anyone in our society– including the government and police. Fallout’s cowardly about the value of life, or the significance of death, and trivializes your actions that impact both but that doesn’t mean I do.
(and from the american left: don’t give me that ‘but how can we rise up without guns!’ stuff on this post. That’s a discussion for another day. Unless you’re with the Black Panthers, the fantasy of rising up via firearms in the context of the USA is mainly a white person fantasy regardless if its from the right vs the ‘guvmint’ or from the left vs. ‘the boss.’ At the end when the dust clears every theoretical white socialist person to rise up would still be a majority white person in a position of situational power with a gun. Building a better, post-major-capitalism society is probably going to be way more complex than anybody’s video game fantasies where they are the hero shooting down the villains.)