You might have seen this doing the rounds on social media last week: a Fallout fan named Seth has been collecting bottle caps for the last seven-and-a-half years in the hopes that he will one day be able to trade said mountain of bottle caps for a copy of Fallout 4. Weighing in at just over 5kgs, the Bottle Caps were shipped off to Bethesda HQ where they proceeded to make Bethesda community manager Matt Grandstaff’s office smell like stale beer and cider. In case you’re wondering why on Earth bottle caps were used: they’re the main currency in the Fallout series.
Seth originally shared his Fallout-inspired scheme on Imgur, where he wrote: “I’m hoping if this post gets popular enough their PR department will be too nervous to turn me down.”
We’re not sure whether it was nerves or if Seth’s Fallout fandom impressed Bethesda, because they’ve accepted the 2, 240 bottle caps and will be giving Seth a copy of Fallout 4. Bethesda has said that Seth’s bagged himself a copy of the game because he was the first person to think of trying to pre-purchase with bottle caps. The subtext of that is: “please don’t send us crates of bottle caps in the post; we’re not dishing out any further free copies of Fallout 4. Thanks. Love, Bethesda.”