Last week Google paid homage to the 25th anniversary of Tetris by rendering its familiar logo in Tetris-like blocks.
While the gaming community by and large appreciated Google’s nod to the groundbreaking game created by Alexey Pajitnov, not everyone was so pleased. The Washington Times reports that some websites have criticized Google for recognizing Tetris while ignoring the 65th anniversary of D-Day. At the conservative NewsBusters, Warner Todd Huston wrote:
It’s far more important to Google to celebrate the anniversary of the invention of the video game Tetris than to memorialize D-Day. It just warms the heart, doesn’t it?
I have to say, though, that this is no departure for Google, a firm that finds it nearly impossible to post images celebrating any American holidays or important milestones in American history. So, what we have here is just one more example of Google’s essentially anti-American policies.
At WorldNetDaily, Drew Zahn echoed the criticism:
Google has a history of ignoring major American patriotic and religious holidays, while honoring Remembrance Day in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom, the Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Halloween and other observances.
A Google spokesperson told the Washington Times:
[Google] special logos tend to be lighthearted and often scientific in nature…. We do not believe we can convey the appropriate somber tone through this medium to mark holidays like Memorial Day.