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Opinion: The real video game industry conspiracy

I have a problem with the video game industry–a very big problem that has been overlooked by the mainstream and understream media since the dawn of magazines. No one is talking about it, so I’ll be the first, the trailblazer, that selfless soul that will be ridiculed and threatened to expose the truth we all know about but are just too nationalistic in our ways to say is true. The video game industry, and gamers, hates Canada.

I’ve been a gamer since the age of four, getting my very first Nintendo when I wasn’t even in elementary school. How little did I know that the anti-Canadian indoctrination by the unholy Japanese-American alliance had begun. I, like many of my peers around the world at the time, started playing video games with Super Mario Bros. But who is Mario? Sure he is white, sure he is a man saving some damsel, but he is Italian-American. More importantly, he is not Canadian. As I grew up, and through the years of playing SNES, Genesis, PlayStation, Dreamcast, all the systems on the market, I was being conditioned, socialized by everything I saw. Nowhere did I see that beautiful, pixelated Canadian flag stare at me from the TV screen. Oh sure, you’ll point out to me “Hey, what about Bear Hugger from Punch-Out?” You mean the fat, weak, lumberjack who is barely better than Gabby Jay? Even Cuba had a boxer ranked better than him… and America hates Cuba.
 
No, my friends, I grew up in a wasteland of a childhood and adolescence because I had no positive role models to aspire to. If I wanted to be a hero, a legend, have the men and women swoon all over me like a gift from the heavens, then I’d need to either start singing the Stars and Stripes or start speaking Japanese. The great white north had no heroes to call its own, only weak, racist caricatures. So here and now I am asking you to spread the word against the privileged Americans, who sit atop the gaming throne and look down on us. I call out my fellow comrades in the former Soviet bloc countries who feel my exact pain. The pain that you must be Russia because you’re kind of the same, just like I had to choose Great Britain when playing my World War II games.
 
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If you made it this far, you are probably thinking one of two things. Either this guy is the hero we need against American imperialism and you’re flipping through your flambé cookbook for the best recipe for American flags, or he is full of crap. If this nationalistic scenario of mine is so asinine, why is the exact same debate about social justice topics that have been causing a schism in the gaming world not equally as asinine? The answer is they are all off-base because people play games they enjoy regardless of the exhibited nations, genders, races, what have you. The fact that the main character is the same nation, race, color, or gender, as you is a bonus, a perk, nothing more and nothing less. Video games are the interactive novels of the technological era. Each game is a narrative, a story the creator wanted to express. If you don’t like it, don’t play it, just like how if you don’t like a book you don’t read it. But the more gamers bicker and argue about grand conspiracies by the supposed big, bad patriarchal gaming industry, it only sends a message to those on the outside looking in: we are easily herded like sheep.
 
This is not a cop out, but a reality. If a person has an issue about certain narratives they enjoy not being created in the gaming industry, then they should create their own game. If someone is depressed their kinky four-way with their dream harem has not been created in the next best smut story, it is not the writing industry’s problem. It is yours for not having the drive to create it yourself because this is the most important concept not being discussed since this whole convoluted mess about misogyny/misandry, social justice warriors, feminism, and racism began a couple years ago. Everyone has their own tastes, for good or bad, but these are their own tastes. To tell a group of people, on either side of an issue, that what they like is wrong is the pinnacle of self-centeredness and arrogance. Both sides are guilty of this. No one’s hands are clean.
 
So the challenge, the real challenge, I am issuing to readers is if you truly believe any of those social issues are an issue, don’t complain and whine on some forum like a troll. Learn how to write, learn how to code, learn how to draw, learn something so you can make a positive influence and create that change. Don’t create YouTube videos for hits or to stoke the fires of controversy, but create something consumable for the audience to enjoy. I did it. I wrote a novel. This is not conceitedness; this is me simply telling you I practiced what I am preaching. So go forth and be a positive change. Escape from the cave by creating your own torch with the materials at your feet, rather than waiting for some other lost soul to come along and do it for you.