Go right

The creator of ‘Go right’ makes us look back and smile with nostalgia while urging us to charge forward and battle through life’s obstacles. It’s an amazing little piece of work. If you grew up playing video games, you’ll love it.

Anyone who grew up playing video games as a kid needs to watch the video ‘Go Right.’ It’s amazing. Even a lot of people who don’t like video games, don’t care for them, and wish they didn’t exist will get it.

Long story short, in most side-scrolling video games you spend a lot of your time charging forward, blasting and beating your enemies, jumping over and through obstacles and hurling yourself into the great unknown. You must time your decisions just right, but often times the environment you find yourself in is tricky and unpredictable. The game is “unfair.” Your character is unevenly matched. There are inequalities between you and your competitor. The cards are stacked against you, and you must build up your arsenal of weapons and knowledge by making prudent and wise decisions over the course of the game.

Sometimes, you get knocked down. Sometimes, you fail. Miserably. Sometimes you feel like your world is caving in on you, you can’t do anything right, and that you might as well give up. And, just like in ‘Go right’ we often try to go backwards. We try and head in the opposite direction, away from the uncertainty and the battles we know are waiting for us. It usually takes awhile, but the true hero realizes what he must do. There’s a moment where it all sinks in, and we find our inner mettle and dive back into the fray.

The battles we fight are fierce, but in the end you will either be victorious or die trying. Both outcomes are honorable. What isn’t honorable is giving up and pulling the plug when the bombs are going off around us and failure becomes a viable option.

The creator of ‘Go right’ found a way to tap into a sense of nostalgia with a message about how important it is to always drive forward. For that, I tip my hat to him.

EA Sports Bows to Liberal Sensitivity Police. Medal of Honor Becomes Medal of Dhimmitude?

EA Sports: Even though jihad recruits dream of being the 20th hijacker who made the flight on September 11th, we won't call them "Taliban" or "al Qaeda." We think "Opposing Force" is more appropriate.

EA Sports just confirmed that they’re weenies.  Really big weenies that were swayed by the Campaign Write-In Liberal Sensitivity Police:

In the past few months, we have received feedback from all over the world regarding the multiplayer portion of Medal of Honor. We’ve received notes from gamers, active military, and friends and family of servicemen and women currently deployed overseas. The majority of this feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. For this, the Medal of Honor team is deeply appreciative. However, we have also received feedback from friends and families of fallen soldiers who have expressed concern over the inclusion of the Taliban in the multiplayer portion of our game. This is a very important voice to the Medal of Honor team. This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to. It is a voice that we care deeply about. Because of this, and because the heartbeat of Medal of Honor has always resided in the reverence for American and Allied soldiers, we have decided to rename the opposing team in Medal of Honor multiplayer from Taliban to Opposing Force. While this change should not directly affect gamers, as it does not fundamentally alter the gameplay, we are making this change for the men and women serving in the military and for the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice – this franchise will never willfully disrespect, intentionally or otherwise, your memory and service.

Dear EA: You have “not fundamentally altered gameplay”?   We can debate that. Regardless, you caved in to criticism and will no longer call our enemies what they truly are—enemies.

What kind of nation shields its children from Adolph Hitler's true nature by renaming him "Master D"? Oh, wait...that's us. Sad.

Those who follow video games have experienced this before. Bionic Commando was one of the best NES games ever, but American audiences in the late 1980’s weren’t technically allowed to see Hitler’s head explode. While Japanese gamers were fighting Adolph’s Nazis, we were fighting…”Master D” of the fear-inducing organization known the world over as the “Badds” (The remake includes the head explosion, but I’m still not sure if it explicitly states whose head becomes bazooka mush).  If you need proof that we’re living in the Twilight Zone, ask yourself why dictators and despots are shielded by liberal moral relativists, while the average citizen who questions them has a tendency to end up on their hit list.

I have fond memories of my own Army days in the late 90’s, training in MILES gear and taking on the OPFOR. And that’s my problem with EA’s decision—anyone can be an “opposing force.”  It’s a sterile term.  OPFOR can be US soldiers who are roleplaying as Taliban, mimicking their tactics to give fellow soldiers better training for the real thing.  It can also be a real “Opposition Force”…or a bad Dolph Lungren movie that doesn’t have Sylvester Stallone in it.

But there is (for all intents and purposes) one Taliban.  And Americans should know who they are and what they are capable of. In graduate school I once asked how many students had ever found and watched a beheading or two online, courtesy of our jihadist friends, and I was looked at like I had two heads. Apparently, I’m a strange person for occasionally reminding myself of the following: there are sizable populations and serious threats on the other side of the globe who would get eerily excited at gurgles and groans as my head was slowly chopped off.

If our moral compass is so out of whack that we can’t even call out those who are truly heinous, we’re in trouble.  It’s okay to demonize the guy who goes to sleep at night and dreams he was the 20th hijacker who made the flight on September 11th. I just wish EA Sports felt the same way.

Greg Gutfeld: Bionic Commando Dismantles “Hip-Hop” Professor, Progressives Everywhere.

I suppose if Mark Steyn is Mega Man that would make Greg Gutfeld the conservative movement’s Bionic Commando. Once again, Gufeld delivers a punishing response to the “leading hip-hop intellectuals” (Yes, Mark Lamont Hill actually believes that) and liberal pundits trying to paint the Tea Party movement as some sort of pseudo-Scooby Doo villain, who pulls off a mask to reveal the racist, bigot, homophobe beneath.

It goes like this: for the media, anger is only okay if its targets meet their stereotypical, romanticized criteria. Meaning: the corporation, the conservative, the daddy who never loved them.

Here’s a list of people doing angry things the media is okay with:

-People calling Bush a Nazi
-Students and non students rioting on college campuses
-Animal rights freaks dousing rich folks with paint
-Actors wishing average folks would get rectal cancer
-Bureaucrats labeling military vets as potential violent right wing extremists
-Radical environmentalists advocating violence against loggers
-Pranksters throwing pies at conservative commentators (you know, somehow they never pie Michael Moore, which makes him sad; he likes pie)

But this health care bill anger is different from all that – not just because it’s right, but because it involves Obama. And being angry at Obama is like being mad at Santa Claus. How can you be mad at Santa, when he brings us so many gifts?

And so, this anger is scary! It’s a mark of incivility! It’s deadly!

For some reason I don’t recall Mark Lamont Hill, Professor Hip Hop with a minor in pre-Civil Rights scat battle reenactments, being concerned over liberal kiddies who “Funk the War” by smashing in the windows of military recruitment centers with cans of yellow paint, but perhaps that was just an innocent mistake. I would hate to think that intellectuals like Hill are okay with a little subversion and sabotage when it’s perpetrated by big-government misfits and malcontents (or the Beastie Boys).

Greg Gutfeld: Bionic Commando

In general I’m not too worried about this tactic working. Sure, Organizing for America can use it in a fundraising effort, but that’s about it. The old racism card doesn’t work anymore. Sorry. Conservatives are through playing games and have more important things on their mind, namely, ensuring that the United States we leave to our kids and grandkids still Kicks Ass.

American Exceptionalism is real. Conservatives aim to keep it that way. As Gutfeld notes:

We are angry not because we lost, but that we lost to losers. I’m not talking about Obama, or the Dems. They’re winners, sadly. I’m talking about progressivism. The reason why I’m angry, my friends are angry, and my imaginary unicorn Captain Sparkles is angry – is because the greatest, most winningest country in the history of the world, just embraced the loser’s doctrine.

For two hundred plus years we’ve kicked ass, and we’re now choosing the belief system of the idiots whose asses we’ve kicked.

Whether you’re of the segment of the population that’s known for quite some time that progressivism is a loser, or if you’ve just taken off your Mind-Forged Manacles, welcome. But as I said the other day: If this is your first night, you have to fight. Welcome to The Club.