Games that Say Something Meaningful About America and its Culture

DualShockers' Tony Polanco writes:

"Today is America’s Independence Day. Back in 1776 we told the English to pack their bags and go home. This was our country and no one was going to tell us how we should run it. On this day, we celebrate our hard won independence by shooting fireworks, consuming vast quantities of food and alcohol and honoring those who continue to fight for our freedom.

While this country provides many with opportunities that other countries don’t, it isn’t a perfect place. It wasn’t when it was founded and it’s certainly not now. For this day I figured that an editorial centered around video games which have something meaningful to say about America would be perfect.

These games shine a light one some of the best and worst aspects of American culture. They hold a mirror to this country’s face and say 'this is you.' While there are other games that also have meaningful things to say about this country of ours, these are the ones that stick out to me the most."

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Hellsvacancy1622d ago (Edited 1622d ago )

I agree with the list except GTA, If you think GTAs saying something meaningful about America your deluded

Has Abriael died? a DuelShockers article not coming from him, this is one of the first DS articles i've read fully in ages

Romudeth1622d ago

Dude, he isn't the only DualShocker who posts stuff on N4G. Check my history. I post stuff here all the time.

As for GTA, it really does say something. Did you not read this editorial? :p

Hellsvacancy1622d ago

Yeah I read it, I wouldn't of commented otherwise

The article sais "This franchise more than any other bleeds American pop culture and casts a light on a lot of the ugliness and stupidity within our society" is that supposed to be meaningful?

CloudRap1622d ago (Edited 1622d ago )

Its meaningful even if its not positive and made by brits snubbing their nose at us but meaningful nonetheless

Swiggins1622d ago

While I wouldn't call it the deepest of the most meaningful, I do think the GTA series has a lot to say about American culture and in particular the American fascination with media; the trick is that GTA is almost blatant satire in many regards.

Hell, GTAV is riddled with American social commentary. American over-fixation on celebrities, American governmental corruption and racial profiling, American domestic militarization, etc.

iamnsuperman1622d ago (Edited 1622d ago )

AC 3's use of history is fairly debatable. AC 3 probably had less historical accuracy than previous AC games (which weren't great either. So I don't see how it was meaningful