More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

July 3, 2009 -

Here are a few more lists of allegedly patriotic games for your July 4th weekend perusal. Some choices seem spot-on, others a bit of a stretch.

1up (2008): Top 5 Insanely Patriotic Video Games

  • Fugitive Hunter
  • The Sims 2: IKEA Expansion
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • Operation Secret Storm
  • Metal Wolf Chaos

RipTen (2008): Top Five Patriotic Games of All Time

  • Independence Day
  • America's Army
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Oregon Trail
  • Bad Dudes

GamesRadar (2008): 20 Most Rabidly Patriotic Video Games

  • America's Army
  • 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
  • Patriotic Pinball
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War
  • Christian Founders 3D Computer Game
  • 18 Wheels of Steel: American Long Haul
  • America: The Game
  • Freedom Fighters
  • Desert Strike/Jungle Strike/Urban Strike
  • Metal Wolf Chaos
  • Tycoon games
  • Terrorist Takedown
  • GRAW 2
  • Political Machine 2008
  • Oregon Trail
  • NARC
  • American Gladiators
  • Fugitive Hunter
  • Halo
  • FDNY: American Hero - Fire Fighter

GP: If we spot new lists, we'll update.


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Re: More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

No "Abe Lincoln Must Die"? Such fail.

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Re: More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

Why?  So the South can Rise Again?  Who wants that?

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Re: More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

Me.

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Why?  Are you retarded?

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Re: More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

Yes, your point?

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Nothin'.  Just sayin'.

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Re: More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

Saying what? That you have something against retarded people? Bigot.

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Re: More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

Wow, somebody's cranky.  I find it kind of funny getting called a bigot by a self-admitted retarded douchebag.

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Re: More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

I'm also a hypocrite, it makes for good times! ;-)

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I think so.

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 Nationalism is sickening

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Umm.... Nationalism and Patriotism are two totally separate concepts.

Nationalism- love, focusing on the nation as a whole, including its history, culture and people (however good or bad they might be).

Patriotism- the word itself has different meaninings, each personal. To some, it's love for a nation's ideals, not just one's home- to the Greeks, particularly, it consisted of language, ethics, ideals and the like of one's nation, as opposed to just loving the nation itself.

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If you take no pride in your nation, what would you take pride in?

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Re: More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

Nationalism is often confused with patriotism. Meaningless flag waving is not patriotism.

 

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I'm not saying it is, or even should be.  However, if you don't like the place you live, work to change it or move away, and stop complaining about the people who like it the way it is.

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Re: More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

"move away, and stop complaining about the people who like it the way it is."

Now THAT is the current state of American 'patriotism'.

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Re: More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

I like you you missed the rest of the post entirely, such as the "if you don't like something about your country, do something to change it."  Way to be a complete douchebag.

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Re: More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

Congratulations, you've realized what everyone else knew all along. Have a chocolate medal.

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Re: More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

Thank you.  I like chocolate.

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Re: More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

Shouldn't this list include games like Operation Wolf and Rambo. Granted they are not great games but they carry a sense of over-patriotism.

Re: More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

Amusingly enough, The Game Overthinker has taken an interesting approach on "patriotic" games.

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Interesting video, I especially agree with what he was saying about games like Halo and COD 4 not being 'patriotic' and just being an 'army fetish'. It especially rings true looking at some of these lists.

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Metal Wolf Chaos is only on two of the lists. This cannot stand.

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How did 50 Cent and GTA 4 make these lists?  I've never played these games, is there a somewhat over-the-top pro-USA message in them?

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Re: More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

 Well you can just go to the site and read the descriptions... someone already pointed out GTA... as for 50 cent

"This sequel is basically one gigantic middle finger to the rest of the world."

Yup, that's american international point of view in a nutshell

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Just because this game seems to fit your very narrow view of America doesn't make it patriotic in any way.

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Re: More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

Tell that to the people who are putting it on the 'patriotic' list.

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Well, I want to know why the listmakers put it on the list.  Some snide, possibly anti-American comment doesn't count.

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Re: More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

In the case of GTA I agree, it's like they REALLY missed the not-very-subtle digs at current American culture.

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My thoughts exactly. I guess 50 Pence BOTS made it there because he's running round madeupistan in the Middle East blowing the crap out of anyone looking at him funny, and GTA 4 is a CRITICISM of the U.S.A. and it's materialist/capitalist fanaticism, so that is also a weird one to call 'patriotic'.

In fact it's a little disturbing just how many of those top 20 seem to class running/flying/driving around and blowing up foreigners as 'patriotic'.

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I was just about to say that. The site says:
"Grand Theft Auto IV, the latest game in the popular series, is about a lot of things. The main character, a Croatian immigrant named Niko Bellic, has to kill, kill, and kill some more to keep him and his cousin Roman out of harm’s way, but that’s not the life he wants. He came to America to get away from such violence and find the one thing so many of us are after – the American Dream."

I'm not quite sure whether he's being satirical or not. GTA4 is ruthlessly critical of the American Dream as it exists today in New York, just read the back of the box.

I think it's like certain WWE wrestlers, where being anti-American is very effective for being a heel (Villain) character, only, hilariously, the opposite can work too - the Big Show could pick up and maim a frail old woman and throw her out of the ring onto the concrete, but as long as he then shouts "US-A! US-A!" the crowd will love him.

Maybe GTA4 is the same as it's got the stars and stripes in the game.

Re: More Lists of Patriotic Video Games

No mention of Colonization?

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HEATHENS, all of them.

Freedom Fighters should be up at the TOP of these lists, or at least very close to 1st place- good play mechanics, and Jesper Kyd's music in it is win.

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Interestingly, the original concept for Freedom Fighters involved a near-future right-wing military coup, not a near-past Soviet invasion. It was changed because the publisher (Eidos) believed the latter story would sell a whole lot better in the States (and they may well have been right, of course).

 
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