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12:13 PM on 01.15.2015  

Nintendo Uses Stereotypes along with Hatred to sell to its North American Market

I know what you are thinking based off this title. This guy is crazy, well maybe I am, but I am also bitter that the united states will not be getting the smaller version of the new 3ds, and that we will only be recieving two colors red and black of the xl model AND that the system is not sold with a charger because who needs that shit. 1andDONE AMIRITE? well, Here is why nintendo hates Murica. The fact that we don't get the smaller version demonstrates the japanese think we are just cowboys who wear big hats all the time, to them we are the big hat people that have a society built around big portions, big buildings, and other needlessly big shit. So they are only selling us big shit now.

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Thats fucked up but whats more fucked up is nintendo equates us to Nazi Germany. The only two colors we are offered are black and red. You know who else liked black and red? you guessed it Adolf Hitler. Black and Red are power colors which is why Hitler liked them. to Nintendo Americans are hitlers apparently. Sure we killed a lot of their people between the two nuclear bombs and the tokyo fire bombing but come on that was like 60 years ago. maybe they shouldnt have blown our shit up. Also we dont get anything to power our hitler machines symbolizing that they don't want our hitler machines to work and they are hoping for the collapse of our society. Ok nintendo I see you; I get it.

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You may be saying wait mysterious anonomous internet author on a public forum based around videogames, Nintendo of America makes the decisions of what to sell to the United States. Yes you got me, or so you think, but theres more who owns Nintendo of America I ask? Nintendo. Thats right Nintendo owns Nintendo of America. Go think about that for a while. Now that you see that you can recognize that I am right and any other opinion is wrong.

Sidenote: What the fuck is this picture. google images has really gone downhill.

Maybe I'm just angry cause they won't take my money for the smaller console or they won't give me a charger with the system they are asking 200 dollars for, but what if I am right? what if this is the pearl harbo of nintendo 3DS? Can we risk this as a country as a North America?

This was an angry slightly humorous rant. Don't me too upset, like me who is upset I cant put kawaii faceplates on my 3DS of reasonable size. also i dont give a shit about grammir.

ps I found the pictures on google plz dont get mad google they are not my own work nor do i claim them to b

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2:09 PM on 08.02.2013  

Lenses Obscuring Reality in Video Games

I don't know if any of this is really all that factual, even the book I am going to mention is heavily contested, but I find this all very interesting to think about. So I am not asking people to believe me. Only to think about what I am presenting.

I was first exposed to the idea that all people perceive things through different cultural lenses when I took a Middle Eastern (still don't know if the region should be capitalized or not and I'm too lazy to Google it) geography class in college. We discussed a book by Edward Said on Orientalism. The book seeks to illustrate why we have preconceived notions of the middle east when we ourselves have never been there or have ever met anyone from there. It argues this by saying that the way the countries and people are looked at is through a lense that obscures the way the people and places really are.

How does this apply to video games? Well in a lot of ways actually. Think about for example the way that the media or the NRA views the presence of video games. When these news anchors talk about how video games are corrupting children to be more violent with no evidence; or public speakers get up there and talk about how it is the filthiest kind of entertainment acting as a killing simulator, as in the NRA's case. The people that make these accusations are doing the same exact thing as Europeans in the past. They have preconceived notions of the kinds of people that play video games without ever playing a game themselves or knowing individuals that play them. They too are guilty of looking in with a lense that obscures the reality of the situation.

I first thought about writing this while I was watching the Anita Sarkesian (don't know how to spell her name and I am too lazy to Google it once again) video that was on the front page of DTOID. The games she mentions within the Tropes vs. Women damsel in distress part 3 (or whatever the hell I watched) video are guilty of having a distorted view regarding their depiction of women. 

I also think however that she is guilty of doing the same thing except her lense obscuring her own view of reality is sexism/men vs women, or feminism and feminism seems to have changed meaning over the years the same way communism did, completely losing the traditional meaning of the word. (which in its traditional sense is the advocation of women's rights calling for women to be treated equal to men; which is fantastic and if we hold true to this definition then every decent human being is a feminist) I am not going to get into her analysis of the games because most of them are quite obvious and she is right. but lets talk about the Japanese games for a second.

Japan is culturally different from the United States however and their games can't really be judged on the same "is it sexist" scale. As a disclaimer I have never been to Japan so to some extent I am guilty of viewing japan a certain way. Anyway I had a friend back in high school who was Japanese and spoke it fluently. One day we were talking about Japanese cultural regarding video games and anime. He said the reason a lot of it is so weird and women are dressed in almost nothing half the time is because of the heavy amounts of censorship that had been imposed on the people for the past century. Their art styles and stories are more a backlash against censorship than they are an attack on women or an objectification of them. Taking their art or games and viewing them under the lense of western sexism could easily make them look sexist when that is not at all the case. They aren't trying to objectify he told me, they are just doing the things they weren't allowed to do in their past and now it has become a part of their culture.

I mean have you seen the Pikmin 3 trailer for Japan (if you haven't go and Google that shit); what the fuck did I just watch? It is very clear they don't see all things the same way as us (westerners; Kinda assuming everyone reading this is a westerner) regarding the angles they take towards the visual entertainment medium; so I don't know if it is fair to point at the game super princess peach like she did and say the gameplay mechanics like crying and throwing a tantrum are inherently sexist. Sometimes shit that comes out of there is just weird.

Another fun fact about Japan while we are at it. Their birth rate is rapidly declining and their won't be many people left in the country in another 50 or so years. This is largely due to women independence. Less women are getting married because they don't need to, they don't need to have a man take care of them because they have degrees in fields like mathematics and other sciences and make the money to support themselves. Since they don't get married, they don't typically have any kids. This kind of real life behavior heavily contradicts a lot of the ways that women are represented in a lot of video games. Especially the damsel in distress aspects she was talking about regarding the Mario series in the video.

This was only supposed to be an interesting topic to think about. I hope I illustrated my points well enough for you to understand as I wrote this somewhat quickly.

Here is a link to a video discussing Orientalism more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwCOSkXR_Cw   read







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