1. This is Preston Garvey

 

2. He's one of your early companions in Fallout 4 and the key quest giver at your base in Sanctuary

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3. He is also programmed to provide you with an endless series of auto-generated missions, each one more ignorable than the last

 

4. It's annoying and immersion breaking, a once vital character in your hero's journey becomes a a soulless, ever-present mannequin nagging you with the same phrases over and over again

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6. As millions of people have played through Fallout 4, it's Preston and his settlements that have become the most dominant meme on gaming sites and social media

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7. I've wanted to get to the bottom of this since a Vine I made with cosplayers Casual Assassin Designs and Painkiller Cosplay went viral MONTHS after the game's "peak" in popularity

 

8. It's still popping up on front page of reddit today, and then I finally understood

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9. Every major gaming in-joke from "The Cake is a Lie" to Garrus and his  "Calibrations" all have one very important thing in common

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11. It's always a small annoying quirk within a sprawling single-player exerience, something observed only during lengthy game sessions in pure isolation

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12. Every time the meme gets repeated it's an affirmation, a reminder that the time we spent playing games wasn't wasted or forgotten, but part of a shared cultural experience

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13. It's a shortcut, a handshake, a single sentence that immediately calls to mind an undertaking that took weeks if not months of your life but you can't talk about it without alienating non-players

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14. Eventually the joke overshadows the source material, it's no longer an indicator of a communal bond and becomes just another catchphrase for the unoriginal

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15. What was once a noble and elite community is whittled down to a few tattered true believers... just like Preston Garvey and the Minutemen

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