When I first started playing the game, I (passively) thought it was made by someone in the US, since I thought it seemed so US-centric: the Capitol building, the famous quotes of many US politicians (the Jon Stewart quote, you guys watch the Daily show?!). One of the first voter groups I looked at were the patriots (the bearded guy with the flag on his shirt). I could not stop laughing! as that was what I considered the average/stereotypical “flag-waver” to be (one who doesn’t know that the flag code states you shouldn’t wear the flag on your clothes) or those insane southerners that fly the confederate flag alongside the US (I don’t care which one you fly, but it can’t be BOTH).
But then I started noticing things like gasoline incorrectly being called “petrol” (just kidding). But I passed it off as “oh look, someone’s trying to seem european”. The game also included a whole lot of issues that I thought were unique to the US, like the evolution vs. creationism. I thoughy it was only a fairly recent debate incited by the ‘religious right’ because they were emboldened by the Bush administration. For God’s sake, I went to a Catholic school and they taught ONLY evolution. I also attributed the all-of-a-sudden requestioning of global warming to the administration. So are these things unique to the US, or are they also doing that in Britain too?
I didn’t realize it was a British game (or at least a game made by someone who’s British) until I got to the part about CCTV cameras (that I recognized as British because I’d heard it in an Imogen Heap song, and then looked it up). And then on the webite “co.uk” I can’t believe I didn’t notice.
So after this realization, I couldn’t help but be offended a little, by what you’d consider a US patriot to be. I mean, this is how I see us, is this how the world sees us too?! (not that I’m a patriot) in fact, I’m against most so-called patriotism, but I’m interested in knowing why an American patriot exemplifies patriotism more than let’s say, a British patriot. Is there any bearded, pot-bellied people that wear the UK flag on their shirts? Is there anything you’d consider a stereotypical British patriot? (though I heard there’s a big difference, I heard a British guy speaking about this very thing, and how having a monarchy, allows them to more freely go after politicians. Here, criticizing Bush in his early days, ie after the attacks, was tantamount to treason! lol).
I started thinking about the stereotypical British person, and I thought of this: http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=86564&title=royal-watcher&to=2
(the quotes you used in the game made me think that Winston Churchill is kind of an asshole )