Games Bring Myths & Legends To Life and Hope for Small Businesses



It's funny how something so small and unknown can instantly become a trend or even a popular destination overnight, but that's exactly what's happening for a lot of small towns and businesses when video games implement them into their storyline.


Let's take one of my favorite video games of all time for instance, Fallout. Bethesda Game Studios took some of the most remote places and reimagined them after a post-apocolyptic war. They kept everything in the area as real as possible, right down to the small businesses, churches, apartments, and farm roads, and then implemented them as if they had been aged and destroyed after a nuclear fallout. If you have never played the game, imagine a small town, scanned out on screen, then graphically altered to generate it's decay and destruction over a hundred years. Mix the town with diseased animals, infested giant roaches, deformed mindless humans (or what used to be human), irradiated water and food, and then try to survive. Welcome to Fallout.


In Bethesda's latest game, Fallout76, it was based in West Virginia where they introduced more of the less popular towns like Morgantown, Berkley Springs, and Point Pleasant, a small and somewhat run-down area with little to no traffic. Here is where the Mothman Museum is located and here is where I take you.



Myths & Legends

Before Fallout76 released, little was known about the Legend of the Mothman. In fact, little was known about Point Pleasant, West Virginia, but Bethesda takes the players into the town for some questing and exploration and introduces them to a winged moth-like creature that some might have seen throughout their travels in the game.


Here's a small clip of my son and I encountering the Mothman for the first time in Fallout76.


It is said that the Mothman is a humanoid creature depicting a giant moth with red eyes and a large wingspan, and it may have been the inspiration for comic characters and movies. But it wasn't until a video game that made the legend so popular and a simple museum a hot spot for travelers in West Virginia.


When I spoke to the Owner, Jeff Wamsley, he admitted he didn't know his shop was going to be in Fallout76 and that he had never even played the other Fallout games. He had heard of the game through a friend and he simply thought it was just going to be a small quick photo of the shop somewhere in the game's map.



Little did he know, that not only was the museum on the map, but it was a prominent location that would set the theme and the lore of one of the most mysterious creatures in the game. Below is a picture of the real museum and then the video game altered version during the post-apocolyptic era.





Because of this game, I was determined to visit the museum on my travels this Summer. In fact, we drove 8 hours off our main route just to visit, and it had become a popular travel stop for many other gamers as well. The place became so popular that they now hold the largest and only Mothman Festival, where Fallout gamers and cosplayers from all over the nation gather to celebrate the infamous Mothman. Even through such a dark and frightening experience such as Fallout, places like the Mothman Museum can become resurrected and live on.


The goal for this week is to take a little place or a small business you know of and implement it into your stories or designs in some relatively unique way. Creatively bring people to this place and tell about it. Let them get curious and excited to see it for themselves. These places will thank you and so will the people you tell.



If you'd like to visit the Mothman Museum, check out their website at www.mothmanmuseum.com and be sure to check out my video tour of the Mothman Museum on my channel at YouTube.com/katbrat Please also Subscribe to my channel as it helps me get ranked and allows me to keep providing content to you.


Until next week, stay inspired and creative!



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