I received the quest "Classic Inspiration" from Michael Angelo and was told to take photos of various landmarks around the Mojave Wasteland. Being the talented courier that I am, I've taken photos of all kinds of landmarks - but for some reason when I try and take a photo of the Boulder City War Memorial I get accosted by Private Kowalski claiming I'm "defacing" it.

He says I'm defacing the memorial, but all I'm doing is taking a picture of it. Why is he so mad about my photography?

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    When I saw this in the hot questions sidebar, I fully expected this to be a Photography or Travel SE question.
    – Booga Roo
    Jun 25, 2022 at 4:09
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    @BoogaRoo well there was a question about someone being accosted for taking a photo in a store in Portugal recently...
    – Michael
    Jun 26, 2022 at 2:40

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Looks like this is a bug. Apparently the camera you use is considered a ranged weapon in game that fires invisible projectiles. These do not affect NPCs, however within the scope of the mission, you are firing a bullet at the war memorial, which (of course) angers him.

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    You actually are shooting the memorial! Shooting a photo of the memorial!
    – tuskiomi
    Jun 25, 2022 at 7:45
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    Wait, are you insinuating that a Bethesda game has a bug? Surely not! :)
    – reirab
    Jun 27, 2022 at 22:23
  • @reirab Fallout New Vegas is an Obsidian game. Obsidian are well known for making games with massive scope, great stories, and huge amounts of bugs. Bethesda generally do less in all three areas. Jun 27, 2022 at 23:13

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