Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to D-Day Vets?

June 8, 2009 -

Last week Google paid homage to the 25th anniversary of Tetris by rendering its familiar logo in Tetris-like blocks.

While the gaming community by and large appreciated Google's nod to the groundbreaking game created by Alexey Pajitnov, not everyone was so pleased. The Washington Times reports that some websites have criticized Google for recognizing Tetris while ignoring the 65th anniversary of D-Day. At the conservative NewsBusters, Warner Todd Huston wrote:

It's far more important to Google to celebrate the anniversary of the invention of the video game Tetris than to memorialize D-Day. It just warms the heart, doesn't it?

I have to say, though, that this is no departure for Google, a firm that finds it nearly impossible to post images celebrating any American holidays or important milestones in American history. So, what we have here is just one more example of Google's essentially anti-American policies.

At WorldNetDaily, Drew Zahn echoed the criticism:

Google has a history of ignoring major American patriotic and religious holidays, while honoring Remembrance Day in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom, the Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, Halloween and other observances.

A Google spokesperson told the Washington Times:

[Google] special logos tend to be lighthearted and often scientific in nature.... We do not believe we can convey the appropriate somber tone through this medium to mark holidays like Memorial Day.

Via: GameCulture


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Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

 Sheesh, this is all like someone's bitching and moaning about the t-shirt the liftboy is wearing. Unbelievable.

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

a firm that finds it nearly impossible to post images celebrating any American holidays or important milestones in American history

Google has a history of ignoring major American patriotic and religious holidays,

I cannot believe this. This is probably one of the more insulting things I have ever read about D-Day. For these assholes to make the claim that D-Day is an American event is to completely disregard the effort made by Canadian and British soldiers. They died on those beaches too you fucks.

I'd like to see these guys say this crap to a British/Canadian WWII veteran.

Obviously these 2 idiots are examples of the stereotypical American Superpatriot that the rest of the world hates. Notice how I said stereotypical, this is not meant to be an American bashing post, it is purely against these kinds of Americans.

Makes me wonder what Austin_Lewis would have to say about this though.

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

WTF, Google can do whatever they want.  These guys just like to bitch about bullshit.  That's what they get paid to do.

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

They didn't celebrate lost sock memorial day either! That's an insult to all those poor socks!

BTW I mean no disrespect to veterans just merely pointing out that you can't celebrate every single holiday.

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

It is a plain and simple North American thinking, They think they are in the top of the world. Then, well, arrest them for Anti-American thinking!


Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

So, what we have here is just one more example of Google's essentially anti-American policies.

I find the notion that D-Day was an American event far more insulting than Google not having a logo for it. More than half the troops involved in the landing weren't from the US (the rest primarily being British and Canadian) and it was part of the liberation of France to move into the rest of Europe... so how is not celebrating it's anniversary a snub to Americans?

My natural instinct for any place calling itself NewBusters would be one of mistrust, as yet I am not dissapointed.

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

"Google has a history of ignoring major American patriotic and religious holidays, while honoring Remembrance Day in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom"

Erm... last time I checked, Remembrance Day (known in the US as Veterans' Day) is also a US holiday.  Also, D-Day (as others have pointed out) is also a significant day in Europe, Canada and Australia.

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

People hate success... That's why so many successful companies are sued daily. Google appears to be no exception.

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Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

Anti-American? Ok, that is a new one for Google. If I forget about the anniversary for the battle of Passchendaele, does that make me anti-Canadian?

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

WHA!!!!

The world does not revolve around Google, -.-

Get a life guys, if google wants to pay homage to a great game like Tetris, then it should not matter if it happens to fall at a time when there was another amazing date,

Wait till next year when the 65th anniversery of the ending of WW2 is around, it will be celebrated both in May and August in the same year.

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Fuck you unitedstates people.

 

Seriously, all the time I see people from united states complaining that we ignore great america, or that we offend great america, that america is the savior of the world, or that america and D-Day defeated nazis...

 

If google had to change something because WWII it would be when the soviets conquered Berlin.

 

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Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

Hey now!  Dont think that we are all like that.  Not all Americans are that dumb.  Just because some of a very loud and idiotic minority mouth off from time to time does not mean that all of us are infected with the dumb.

After all, it would be unfair to steriotype an entire country because of their lowest common denominator.  I am sure you would not like it if I made such an unfair blanket statement about your country.  Stupid is a universal disease and knows no borders.  Dont act like all Americans have the sole claim on it.  It is not like all Americans think we are the greatest thing since explosions...

Though to be honest we are pretty awesome.  I mean, we have a state shaped like a giant wang.  Gotta count for something...

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

eh, my state is shaped like a hand, it fits well with (I assume you mean) California ;)

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"Google has a history of ignoring major American patriotic and religious holidays, while honoring Remembrance Day in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom..."

Please tell me this is a joke.  People really aren't that ignorant, are they?

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

 

The website quoted was WorldNetDaily, so yeah, they are that ignorant and retarded.

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Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

Eh, they have some good news sometimes, but most of the time it's just right-winged bull. Still, they have some real news that you'll never see on leftist sites that is important. Seeing as we can't trust any major media site, I like to take a bit of everything so that I don't miss out on some of the real issues.

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Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

It's people, do you really have to ask?

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Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

Sounds like someone is sensitive... <_<

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Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

D-Day is and always will be remembered. even on the 66th,67th,68th time Google can change it's logo and it will be in good taste.

Tetris only has one 25th and a 26th image change wouldn't feel right.

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

Because the internet does not extend beyodn US shores, amirite?

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

 Personally I didn't get the whole deal being made of D-day. Surely it doesn't eclipse the importance of VJ-day or VE-day?

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

That's just stupid. It may even be approaching the threshold of Jack Thompson stupidity - of course these ARE the same people who would read his column, if it's even still around.

But on a more important topic: what happened to the Shout Box?

 

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Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

Absolutely nothing.

Or rather, the URL has changed and it is now caught by Adblock Plus.

 

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

That explains it then. What's the new url so I can unblock it?

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It's caught by ##*[class~="ads"]:not(body):not([style="border-top: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); font-size: 13px;"])
 

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It's not that simple. The column to the right with the shoutbox and the ads is one large block for the ads and the shoutbox. This block has class=ads, so AdBlock just swallows the whole thing.

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

65 isn't a milestone like 10, 25, 50, and 100 are. that's why Tetris got it.

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Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

And when we memorialize D-Day, we're forgetting some other important day from other country or culture, and they'll get all in a huff about us forgetting THEIR day.  For that matter, how come Google never changes their logo to celebrate my birthday?

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

I hate to break it to this assclown, but the aniversary of D-Day is as much a British and Canadian memorial, as well as for all allied nations that participated in the campaign.

It is not an American day.

It is a day for the Allies.

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

Indeed, especially since the British Second Army out numbered the U.S First.


Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

Because there's not enough REAL stuff in the world to get mad about.

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

Both sides in this are being stupid. Yes, Google ignored D-Day but no, that doesn't make them "anti-American." Meanwhile, Google doesn't always keep it lighthearted with their logos, so they shouldn't pretend like they do. They should admit/explain their mistake/choice and then this is over.

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Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

At what point in time was it declared okay for individuals to determine what others celebrate or commiserate? I'm sure there was plenty of attention payed to D-Day and Google didn't have to jump in there as well. It doesn't mean that the people at Google have no respect for it, they just realise the world doesn't stop for it and that there are other more positive things in life we can focus on.

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

Its just a search engine
Do people just look for things to complain about.

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It´s a way of life...

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Yes.

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Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

For everything that has ever been created or done, there shall be someone out there that finds it offensive.  So we have to make one of two choices.  The first shall be to not think, act, or live for the rest of our lives.  The second is to tell offendees to go **** themselves.

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 And if you're looking for something, a search engine is probably a good place to start.

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Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

Win..

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

This is a lol.

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

Oh quit your whining. So Google decides to not change their logo to something you want on an arbitrary date. It's their website, their logo, their choice. Change your logo for D-day if you want it so much.

And no, I'm not going to read your website for your silly argument on the matter and give you another pageview.

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

It is the sixty fifth anniversary of the Normandy invasion. I can understand the 60th or the 70th, but really.

Do we still celebrate the battle of Gettysburg every year? What about the battle of the bulge? Market Garden? El-Alemen? Stalingrad? Tobruk? Kursk? Berlin? Okinawa? Iwo-Jima? Operation Torch? Coral Sea? Midway? Guadalcanal?

Calm the hell down, get some perspective. Hell most people can't even give you the date of Pearl harbor anymore.

 

On top of that what are they supposed to do to memorialize D-Day?

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

Exactly. 25 is a quarter century... A nice round number. 65 is instead smack between two similar notches in time.

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

Why does Google have to memorialize anything?

It's a search engine...

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

I think it's because they've become an internet giant and people have grown to expect them to do all kinds of things. They are now having to put up with silliness such as complaints about stuff irrelevant to their work. 

If Google Maps goes down, then yeah, people would have a very sensible reason to complain- but if Google doesn't put up a certain logo, who cares, it's not going to stop the website from working.

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

Sounds like they have a pretty good reason.  I could imagine the same blogs complaining they were being disrespectful if they DID change their logo....

Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

Anti american google that never posts on July 4th or Veteran's day. Nope, uhuh.

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Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

Hey! Real 'mercans ain't gonna let yer fancy liberal bullshit pictures and facts and "documented proof" git in the way of our complainin'!

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i could never figure out google's intentions towards vets, could you with those pics? /sarcasm

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Re: Google's Props to 25th Anniversary of Tetris a Snub to ...

Of course, Google doesn't celebrate the anniversary of WWII because it's 65 years old.  Google doesn't celebrate the anniversary of the Civil War, does it?  Or the Revolutionary War?  If they do, call me on it, but at some point we need to remember that Google is a finite industrial force: it can't appease everyone and maintain it's consumer base at the same time.

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