How to Exploit Mario for Political Purposes

September 14, 2011 -

GoNintendo points out a mildly entertaining "fan-made" video (called Super MariObama 2) featuring President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden taking on the roles of Mario and Luigi as they do all sorts of things with money. The video was actually made by a political group called For America, who are obviously not Democrats. Besides ribbing the president for his spending, the group also wants Teamsters Union leader James Hoffa to resign for comments he recently made about "taking the sons of bitches out," in reference to Tea Party activists.

A political message sugar coated with cute graphics and one of gaming's most visible stars is still a political message. As for spending, most would agree that all sides spend too much money, but what seems to be at play is what it is spent it on..

We'll leave the political battles to our readers. Watch the clip to your left.

Thanks to Andrew Eisen for the tip.


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Re: How to Exploit Mario for Political Purposes

Wait, so we fund a half a dozen wars (Excuse me, military actions) 700 military bases around the world, a welfare state both social and corporate, we push jobs over seas, we bail out business that would fail under capitalism but get to go on with the same inept management because of it, and we've let the federal government bloat like a fat pig and suddenly we're broke? That doesn't make any sense at all.

 

Well at least it's only the kids and grand kids that will be suffering immeasurably because of it. Oh and the elderly who paid into a system when they were young that was inevitable to collapse when they were older. At least when that days comes we will still be able to buy a gun and shoot ourselves in the head.

 

Damn, what started out as a sarcastic political rant has actually made me kind of depressed.

 

Any young people reading this now, do yourself a favor. Start planning your retirement like the government will fail you and you might be all right. Otherwise you are gambling on a system that is managed by about 700 schizophrenic politicians who can't even keep their dicks off the internet, let alone to themselves.

 

Here's the biggest problem for me. The Republicans are addicted to military spending and war. Especially the ones who've never set foot on the battlefield, and the Democrats will give the Republicans whatever they want to ensure their bleeding heart legislation that breeds more dependence that actual good deeds gets to stay around. Also I have come to the conclusion that the only way to fix this system is to get people to vote and think about politics again. They should also ditch the home team mentality that will cause them to vote for someone just because they have a (D) or (R) beside their name on the ballet rather than learn about the person and their actual views. And I used to be exactly the kind of person I'm talking about here. It wasn't until I started paying attention to politics and politicians that I learned that I was actually a left leaning Libertarian rather than a Democrat like I had always though.

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I consider myself a left-libertarian to. I'm a staunch social/civil libertarian. I despise the nanny-state and puritanical morality being jammed down our throats, but on fiscal/economic issues, I tend to disagree with alot of libertarian philosophy. In the end though, they are nonetheless much better then the other two a. k. a. - the authoritarian left and authoritarian right.

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

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Funny, and this video made me finally realize that the dems are fully responsible for the US deficit. (just kidding)

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Whether it's conservatives bashing Obama, or whether it's liberals bashing the Tea Party, who gives a shit. It doesn't matter whether it's Democrats or Republicans in power because lets face it, they all suck. Both are there only to further the agenda of their special interest and corporate masters. This is no conspiracy theory bullshit it's right there in front of our eyes to see and anyone who still believes in the whole left/right paradigm needs to open them.

 "Disgust is not a valid basis for restricting expression." - Antonin Scalia

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

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Amen to that! You can't bash everybody at once. Yeah the G.O.P.'s screwing the country over just as bad as the Dems. But if you can't fit them all into one little cutsie cartoon, maybe they'll show up in the next one. Obama's the ring master of the circus, ergo most of the responsibility falls on him. It was funny!

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This is terrible. Its quite laughable. Man, conservatives step up your game, this is shamefully amateurish.

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What? You expect people who want to keep rolling us back to learn to use new tech better?

Re: How to Exploit Mario for Political Purposes

I agree -- let's stop spending money we don't have. let's cut the military spending and save the majority of the budget! Any takers?

Re: How to Exploit Mario for Political Purposes

Ha ha ha!! This is excellent!

Re: How to Exploit Mario for Political Purposes

racist much?

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Someone has to put in a racist accusation. It's the law.

Re: How to Exploit Mario for Political Purposes

So, hmmm, 2d sprites can't be anything but white?

Re: How to Exploit Mario for Political Purposes

Not to me.  You?

 

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TechnogeekConjured up by who, though? If by the players, then it's not really "on a whim" since they're kind of putting work into it. If you mean the developers/government, then hello and welcome to monetary sovereignty.07/11/2014 - 12:34am
MechaTama31I'm just saying, when everything of value can be conjured up at a whim, that's not an economy. That's a fantasy.07/11/2014 - 12:15am
TechnogeekHonestly, though, what I find most thought-provoking about the article isn't the guaranteed minimum income aspect at all, but a more fundamental point: that we treat poverty as a moral failing on the individual, rather than a design flaw in the system.07/10/2014 - 11:53pm
TechnogeekOr, if your concern is that people won't even bother to work at all if their basic needs are met...well, let me put it this way: do you really want people like that in the workforce anyway?07/10/2014 - 11:51pm
TechnogeekAlso, you raise a valid question, but I'd argue that as things stand we're artificially limiting the amount of "gold/silver" that could be produced. The whole "work a job you hate to pay the bills" thing meshes poorly with the entreprenurial spirit.07/10/2014 - 11:49pm
TechnogeekSeriously, though, it looks at how in-game economies work and what lessons can be applied to reality, focusing primarily on multiple currency systems. Such systems do exist in real life (food stamps, for example), although generally aren't seen as such.07/10/2014 - 11:43pm
MechaTama31Or to produce the gold and silver, for that matter?07/10/2014 - 11:42pm
MechaTama31But in seriousness though, the F2P games can conjure up all the "valuables" out of the ether. Are there going to be enough people going for the "gold" and "silver" to actually produce the necessities the "free energy" is supposed to cover?07/10/2014 - 11:39pm
TechnogeekHey, it works for Wall Street.07/10/2014 - 11:36pm
MechaTama31We should base our real economy on something that is reviled as a soul-sucking scourge? ;)07/10/2014 - 11:25pm
TechnogeekRelevant to this website's stated focus: an argument for a guaranteed minimum income using F2P games to illustrate how and why it could help. https://medium.com/@gthoreau/game-socialisme-6312268d469507/10/2014 - 8:28pm
ZenOk, so yeah...it's kind of a lie...but I HAD to go with "Nope. I'm zen." lol. Only broke one controller myself (PS3) on a playthrough of Uncharted that got frustrating.07/09/2014 - 10:38pm
MechaTama31I am not proud of this, but I had to select the "multiple times" option. Not for the same game, but I went through several controllers (particularly dreamcast ones. fragile, maybe?)07/09/2014 - 6:52pm
Andrew EisenI'd say breaking a handheld out of anger counts (even if it's just the hinge). Likewise, I'd say busting a keyboard or mouse counts so long as you were playing a game at the time.07/09/2014 - 12:28pm
ConsterAnd since there happened to be (without me realizing) a towel which broke the fall resulting in 'only' a damaged hinge, would that be option 2 or 4?07/09/2014 - 12:23pm
ConsterAbout the most recent poll: since the "controller" for the DS is basically part of the DS, does throwing my DS against the floor because Mario Basketball cheats count?07/09/2014 - 12:22pm
Sleakersaw this on Forbes, thought it was pretty good: http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2014/06/03/if-comcast-and-time-warner-dont-compete-then-why-shouldnt-they-merge/07/08/2014 - 9:09pm
Adam802the Sun is claiming games are as addictive as herion: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-07-08-the-real-story-behind-the-suns-gaming-as-addictive-as-heroin-headline07/08/2014 - 6:43pm
ZippyDSMleeIt takes 2-6 days to transferfunds to your bank, it can take up to 30 days for ebay to give you moeny from a sale. But lord to spend it its instant!07/08/2014 - 10:50am
Cheater87http://www.twinfinite.net/2014/07/08/evil-within-receive-gore-mode-dlc-japan/07/08/2014 - 10:00am
 

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