I've been thinking about this for a little bit and I'd like to post my thoughts. I feel as though that there is a meta narrative of New Vegas that went over many people's heads. Let me start with the main theme of New Vegas which is letting go and beginning again (one of the main themes at the least). House has the fantasy of a Vegas that he grew attached to. Whether or not he looks to the future, he is still stuck in the past of making MVGA, making Vegas great again. Caesar, for all of his knowledge and leadership prowess, still bases his Rome on the one that fell due to hedonism, degeneracy and apathy. The NCR considers themselves the inheritors of America, even with the intense corruption that caused the unrest and destruction of the world. Yes Man and subsequently you, if you choose, cling to this An-cap/Libertarian paradise that would emulate the likes of a newborn United States. Every DLC also heavily implies this theme. But, now hear me out, the writers wanted to speak TO us, not WITH us. They are telling us to let the series go, and begin again. I have a feeling that New Vegas has an extreme meta to it that is telling us, the fans, Bethesda and everyone else to just let the series go. No amount of tinkering or mods will make the series what it was. We are holding this idea that Bethesda or nu-Obsidian can make a better or up-to-par Fallout game. We've latched onto the thought of "what if" rather than "what was." The past is the past and New Vegas is telling us to let it go. Listening to some of the songs on the in game radio fit many of the factions, but fit us, the player, most of all. Heartaches by the number talks about all the times we've been burned, all of the times we've been let down (Tactics, the failure of Van Burren, Brotherhood of Steel, 3). Johnny Guitar tells us about the man called Johnny Guitar and how there will never be another man like him (Fallout 1). Begin Again sings to us about starting over, night after night after night in a vain hope of finding what we are looking for but in the end we must let go. I know this sounds like one big fat blackpill, but I find this worthy of analyzing, whether intentional or not.