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Google highlights image of ‘Fallout 4’ to represent Suffolk County

While Suffolk County isn’t terribly green in the winter, Google seems to think it’s positively apocalyptic.

The search engine serves up a large screenshot of what appears to be a scene from the video game “Fallout 4” when users search for terms like “Suffolk County” or “which county is Boston in?”

A Reddit user first noted the screenshot in a post on Wednesday afternoon.

The image on Google links to a Wiki dedicated to the Fallout series, a popular role-playing game set in a ruinous future world, and identifies the scene in the game as the fictional “Suffolk County charter school.”


The most recent installment of the Fallout series was designed to take place in Massachusetts and featured several real-life landmarks alongside a number of imagined places with state names and symbols.

The Wiki linked from the image featured on the search giant’s results pages describes the fake charter school as a partially-collapsed building inhabited by “feral ghouls.”

Google did not immediately respond to a request for information about how the video game screenshot came to represent Suffolk County, but errors in identifying places have occurred before. In November, Trump Tower was briefly renamed “Dump Tower” on Google Maps. The company said it was the result of user contributions.

Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano.