Google’s Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to D-Day Vets?

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.

Via: GameCulture

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  1. Wormdundee says:

    a firm that finds it nearly impossible to post images celebrating any American holidays or important milestones in American history

    Google has a history of ignoring major American patriotic and religious holidays,

    I cannot believe this. This is probably one of the more insulting things I have ever read about D-Day. For these assholes to make the claim that D-Day is an American event is to completely disregard the effort made by Canadian and British soldiers. They died on those beaches too you fucks.

    I’d like to see these guys say this crap to a British/Canadian WWII veteran.

    Obviously these 2 idiots are examples of the stereotypical American Superpatriot that the rest of the world hates. Notice how I said stereotypical, this is not meant to be an American bashing post, it is purely against these kinds of Americans.

    Makes me wonder what Austin_Lewis would have to say about this though.

  2. Tammej says:

     Sheesh, this is all like someone’s bitching and moaning about the t-shirt the liftboy is wearing. Unbelievable.

  3. Kojiro says:

    WTF, Google can do whatever they want.  These guys just like to bitch about bullshit.  That’s what they get paid to do.

  4. chadachada321 says:

    eh, my state is shaped like a hand, it fits well with (I assume you mean) California 😉

    -If an apple a day keeps the doctor away….what happens when a doctor eats an apple?-

  5. chadachada321 says:

    Eh, they have some good news sometimes, but most of the time it’s just right-winged bull. Still, they have some real news that you’ll never see on leftist sites that is important. Seeing as we can’t trust any major media site, I like to take a bit of everything so that I don’t miss out on some of the real issues.

    -If an apple a day keeps the doctor away….what happens when a doctor eats an apple?-

  6. gamegod25 says:

    They didn’t celebrate lost sock memorial day either! That’s an insult to all those poor socks!

    BTW I mean no disrespect to veterans just merely pointing out that you can’t celebrate every single holiday.

  7. steelbox says:

    It is a plain and simple North American thinking, They think they are in the top of the world. Then, well, arrest them for Anti-American thinking!

  8. sqlrob says:

    It’s caught by ##*[class~="ads"]:not(body):not([style="border-top: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); font-size: 13px;"])

    I don’t know how to make an exception for element hiding rules


  9. Afirejar says:

    It’s not that simple. The column to the right with the shoutbox and the ads is one large block for the ads and the shoutbox. This block has class=ads, so AdBlock just swallows the whole thing.

  10. Nocturne says:

    So, what we have here is just one more example of Google’s essentially anti-American policies.

    I find the notion that D-Day was an American event far more insulting than Google not having a logo for it. More than half the troops involved in the landing weren’t from the US (the rest primarily being British and Canadian) and it was part of the liberation of France to move into the rest of Europe… so how is not celebrating it’s anniversary a snub to Americans?

    My natural instinct for any place calling itself NewBusters would be one of mistrust, as yet I am not dissapointed.

  11. Archgabe says:

    Hey now!  Dont think that we are all like that.  Not all Americans are that dumb.  Just because some of a very loud and idiotic minority mouth off from time to time does not mean that all of us are infected with the dumb.

    After all, it would be unfair to steriotype an entire country because of their lowest common denominator.  I am sure you would not like it if I made such an unfair blanket statement about your country.  Stupid is a universal disease and knows no borders.  Dont act like all Americans have the sole claim on it.  It is not like all Americans think we are the greatest thing since explosions…

    Though to be honest we are pretty awesome.  I mean, we have a state shaped like a giant wang.  Gotta count for something…

  12. Bennett Beeny says:

    "Google has a history of ignoring major American patriotic and religious holidays, while honoring Remembrance Day in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom"

    Erm… last time I checked, Remembrance Day (known in the US as Veterans’ Day) is also a US holiday.  Also, D-Day (as others have pointed out) is also a significant day in Europe, Canada and Australia.

  13. ConstantNeophyte says:


    The website quoted was WorldNetDaily, so yeah, they are that ignorant and retarded.

    -ConstantNeophyte: always the newb, ALWAYS.

  14. jake1123456 says:

    People hate success… That’s why so many successful companies are sued daily. Google appears to be no exception.

    "ZOMG MY HOT COFFEE BURNED ME." Darn you McDonalds for creating satanic hot coffee that purposely jumps at your legs.

  15. Adamas Draconis says:

    It’s people, do you really have to ask?

    Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

  16. KayleL says:

    Anti-American? Ok, that is a new one for Google. If I forget about the anniversary for the battle of Passchendaele, does that make me anti-Canadian?

  17. TBoneTony says:


    The world does not revolve around Google, -.-

    Get a life guys, if google wants to pay homage to a great game like Tetris, then it should not matter if it happens to fall at a time when there was another amazing date,

    Wait till next year when the 65th anniversery of the ending of WW2 is around, it will be celebrated both in May and August in the same year.

  18. Speeder says:

    Fuck you unitedstates people.


    Seriously, all the time I see people from united states complaining that we ignore great america, or that we offend great america, that america is the savior of the world, or that america and D-Day defeated nazis…


    If google had to change something because WWII it would be when the soviets conquered Berlin.


  19. Torven says:

    "Google has a history of ignoring major American patriotic and religious holidays, while honoring Remembrance Day in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom…"

    Please tell me this is a joke.  People really aren’t that ignorant, are they?

  20. ecco6t9 says:

    D-Day is and always will be remembered. even on the 66th,67th,68th time Google can change it’s logo and it will be in good taste.

    Tetris only has one 25th and a 26th image change wouldn’t feel right.

  21. sqlrob says:

    Absolutely nothing.

    Or rather, the URL has changed and it is now caught by Adblock Plus.


  22. thefremen says:

     Personally I didn’t get the whole deal being made of D-day. Surely it doesn’t eclipse the importance of VJ-day or VE-day?

  23. Ryno says:

    That’s just stupid. It may even be approaching the threshold of Jack Thompson stupidity – of course these ARE the same people who would read his column, if it’s even still around.

    But on a more important topic: what happened to the Shout Box?


    Saying that Jack Thompson is impotent is an insult to impotent men everywhere. They’ve got a whole assortment of drugs that can cure their condition; Jack, however…

  24. Kincyr says:

    65 isn’t a milestone like 10, 25, 50, and 100 are. that’s why Tetris got it.

    岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

  25. wintermute says:

    And when we memorialize D-Day, we’re forgetting some other important day from other country or culture, and they’ll get all in a huff about us forgetting THEIR day.  For that matter, how come Google never changes their logo to celebrate my birthday?

  26. Philippe says:

    I hate to break it to this assclown, but the aniversary of D-Day is as much a British and Canadian memorial, as well as for all allied nations that participated in the campaign.

    It is not an American day.

    It is a day for the Allies.

  27. Seiena_Cyrus says:

    From what I’ve been reading, in this case 65 is a major landmark for the D-Day anniversary because it marks the last time a large majority of those that actually took part in the invasion will ever come back to Normandy (They are old now), that’s why there is such a fuss being made over the 65th aniversary is the majority won’t be there for the 66th possibly or something to that effect.

  28. JustChris says:

    I think it’s because they’ve become an internet giant and people have grown to expect them to do all kinds of things. They are now having to put up with silliness such as complaints about stuff irrelevant to their work. 

    If Google Maps goes down, then yeah, people would have a very sensible reason to complain- but if Google doesn’t put up a certain logo, who cares, it’s not going to stop the website from working.

  29. JustChris says:

    65 isn’t as significant of a number as 50, 60, or 75. The only major D-Day anniversary event I remember my city having was on the 50th. A bunch of veterans and other soldiers were lined up on the beach (appropriately) and were performing a reenactment.

  30. Chaplain99 says:

    Of course, Google doesn’t celebrate the anniversary of WWII because it’s 65 years old.  Google doesn’t celebrate the anniversary of the Civil War, does it?  Or the Revolutionary War?  If they do, call me on it, but at some point we need to remember that Google is a finite industrial force: it can’t appease everyone and maintain it’s consumer base at the same time.

    "HEY! LISTEN!"

  31. MrKlorox says:

    Exactly. 25 is a quarter century… A nice round number. 65 is instead smack between two similar notches in time.

  32. Brokenscope says:

    It is the sixty fifth anniversary of the Normandy invasion. I can understand the 60th or the 70th, but really.

    Do we still celebrate the battle of Gettysburg every year? What about the battle of the bulge? Market Garden? El-Alemen? Stalingrad? Tobruk? Kursk? Berlin? Okinawa? Iwo-Jima? Operation Torch? Coral Sea? Midway? Guadalcanal?

    Calm the hell down, get some perspective. Hell most people can’t even give you the date of Pearl harbor anymore.


    On top of that what are they supposed to do to memorialize D-Day?

  33. gamadaya says:

    Hey! Real ‘mercans ain’t gonna let yer fancy liberal bullshit pictures and facts and "documented proof" git in the way of our complainin’!


    Believe in something! Even if it’s wrong, believe in it! -Glenn Beck

  34. C. Aaron Browbowski Jr. says:

    i could never figure out google’s intentions towards vets, could you with those pics? /sarcasm

    Jesus Jack Jones Thompson loves you, so kill for his amusement so we can get money for the new "People’s Temple of Jesus Jack Jones Thompson"

  35. Ratros says:

    For everything that has ever been created or done, there shall be someone out there that finds it offensive.  So we have to make one of two choices.  The first shall be to not think, act, or live for the rest of our lives.  The second is to tell offendees to go **** themselves.

    I once had a dream about God. In it, he was looking down upon the planet and the havoc we recked and he said unto us, "Damn Kids get off my lawn!"

  36. beemoh says:

     And if you’re looking for something, a search engine is probably a good place to start.


  37. feitclub says:

    Both sides in this are being stupid. Yes, Google ignored D-Day but no, that doesn’t make them "anti-American." Meanwhile, Google doesn’t always keep it lighthearted with their logos, so they shouldn’t pretend like they do. They should admit/explain their mistake/choice and then this is over.

    Do Not Talk About Feitclub

  38. Longjocks says:

    At what point in time was it declared okay for individuals to determine what others celebrate or commiserate? I’m sure there was plenty of attention payed to D-Day and Google didn’t have to jump in there as well. It doesn’t mean that the people at Google have no respect for it, they just realise the world doesn’t stop for it and that there are other more positive things in life we can focus on.

  39. CyberSkull says:

    Oh quit your whining. So Google decides to not change their logo to something you want on an arbitrary date. It’s their website, their logo, their choice. Change your logo for D-day if you want it so much.

    And no, I’m not going to read your website for your silly argument on the matter and give you another pageview.

  40. Neeneko says:

    Sounds like they have a pretty good reason.  I could imagine the same blogs complaining they were being disrespectful if they DID change their logo….

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