I am sick to fucking death of just how much attention is given to the Americans in any given movie, game, book, or comic. Naturally this is nothing to do with my US counterparts – they’re great and they do great things – but it’s to do with the mindset a lot of people not just in the US but even in other countries have towards them. Apparently, the United States Military is the only competent military force on the planet and has single-handedly defeated every evil to surface in the last two hundred and forty years. I don’t think so, kiddies.
I don’t get it. Isn’t anyone else getting really sick and tired of playing as the same guys with the same gear in the same places in games? Of seeing the exact same people do everything in movies? Of hearing how great the US military is from your own shitbrick countrymen, who aren’t even aware of our own military history?
I’ve had enough of Iraq and Afghanistan in games, and definitely enough of the AMERICA GOOD RUSSIA/CHINA/ARABS BAD setup we see in movies and books as well as our games. Even WWII games could stand to pay a little more attention to the British, the Canadians, Australians, Poles, Soviets, Free French, and even the other side – hell I’d love to see a game do a decent job of that. Most people seem totally unaware Australia fought in Vietnam, and in no small numbers, either. The same goes for Korea, Malaya, Born- oh hang on, I’ve started listing wars that nobody really seems to give a shit about anymore. Why are there no big Korea games? Where are the games set in the Falklands? At least World in Conflict did some good by giving depth to the Soviets and not making the Americans out to be some infallible master-race.
Speaking of World in Conflict and Afghanistan…
Click for full size. It’s my little contribution to stem the tide of American over-representation in Garry’s Mod pictures, I guess. Soviet wars are more interesting to me than seeing the same thing over and over, and unlike most people I don’t see the postwar USSR as some kind of evil moster since all their war plans were conditional on America attacking first. Big surprise, America – people don’t like it when you provoke them regularly for decades and then call them an evil empire!
With my rant done, I will say again – I think our American allies are doing good and I’m glad we have them. I just hate everybody else for blowing things out of proportion and being nationalistic cuntrags.