“As someone born during the Cold War but too young to remember it, the notion of a real, persistent threat of nuclear annihilation is hard to imagine,” said Drew Scanlon in a video posted on YouTube in June 2017. “It’s one of the reasons I wanted to come here.”
Scanlon, who previously produced videos for the gaming website Giant Bomb, visited the bunker for a solo travel series called “Cloth Map.” Funded by pledges through the crowd-funding website Patreon, it aims to explore “how games impact the lives of people around the world.”
Nuclear war isn’t exactly a game, but it has been depicted in popular video games such as Fallout 4 and Defcon. However, according to Scanlon, it’s easy to abstract nuclear war in the artificial world of a game. “It’s less easy when you’re standing in a facility designed for the purpose of waging it,” he added.