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


Comments

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

65 isn't as significant of a number as 50, 60, or 75. The only major D-Day anniversary event I remember my city having was on the 50th. A bunch of veterans and other soldiers were lined up on the beach (appropriately) and were performing a reenactment.


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

From what I've been reading, in this case 65 is a major landmark for the D-Day anniversary because it marks the last time a large majority of those that actually took part in the invasion will ever come back to Normandy (They are old now), that's why there is such a fuss being made over the 65th aniversary is the majority won't be there for the 66th possibly or something to that effect.

 
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