So, Fallout: New Vegas does take place on the Strip quite a bit, but the enchantment of the game are the other areas, the places where you have to wander through to get to the Strip. It's pretty amazing, and I've said this before--to fall in love with a digital place, to make it a second home in your imagination, and then go to these places that actually exist and see things that made you feel so special...places you have already forged friendships and made enemies and gotten shot and killed monsters and places full of lore and history that hasn't even been written. It's even better than really truly coming home, because the home you make in the game is so protected--it's whatever you want it to be, no matter what.
We went backwards from the game though--first to Boulder City, then Hoover Dam, then Searchlight, through Joshua Tree Highway and dipping into Nipton, then up to Primm and Jean and finally our last destination, Goodsprings. If you're not familiar with the game, your character's story begins in Goodsprings, where you get shot in the head and buried in the town's cemetery. You're dug up by a friendly robot and begin to navigate the western terrain in the small, sleepy town. The game finishes with an epic battle on the lip of Hoover Dam.