How to Exploit Mario for Political Purposes

September 14, 2011 -

GoNintendo points out a mildly entertaining "fan-made" video (called Super MariObama 2) featuring President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden taking on the roles of Mario and Luigi as they do all sorts of things with money. The video was actually made by a political group called For America, who are obviously not Democrats. Besides ribbing the president for his spending, the group also wants Teamsters Union leader James Hoffa to resign for comments he recently made about "taking the sons of bitches out," in reference to Tea Party activists.

A political message sugar coated with cute graphics and one of gaming's most visible stars is still a political message. As for spending, most would agree that all sides spend too much money, but what seems to be at play is what it is spent it on..

We'll leave the political battles to our readers. Watch the clip to your left.

Thanks to Andrew Eisen for the tip.


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Re: How to Exploit Mario for Political Purposes

Wait, so we fund a half a dozen wars (Excuse me, military actions) 700 military bases around the world, a welfare state both social and corporate, we push jobs over seas, we bail out business that would fail under capitalism but get to go on with the same inept management because of it, and we've let the federal government bloat like a fat pig and suddenly we're broke? That doesn't make any sense at all.

 

Well at least it's only the kids and grand kids that will be suffering immeasurably because of it. Oh and the elderly who paid into a system when they were young that was inevitable to collapse when they were older. At least when that days comes we will still be able to buy a gun and shoot ourselves in the head.

 

Damn, what started out as a sarcastic political rant has actually made me kind of depressed.

 

Any young people reading this now, do yourself a favor. Start planning your retirement like the government will fail you and you might be all right. Otherwise you are gambling on a system that is managed by about 700 schizophrenic politicians who can't even keep their dicks off the internet, let alone to themselves.

 

Here's the biggest problem for me. The Republicans are addicted to military spending and war. Especially the ones who've never set foot on the battlefield, and the Democrats will give the Republicans whatever they want to ensure their bleeding heart legislation that breeds more dependence that actual good deeds gets to stay around. Also I have come to the conclusion that the only way to fix this system is to get people to vote and think about politics again. They should also ditch the home team mentality that will cause them to vote for someone just because they have a (D) or (R) beside their name on the ballet rather than learn about the person and their actual views. And I used to be exactly the kind of person I'm talking about here. It wasn't until I started paying attention to politics and politicians that I learned that I was actually a left leaning Libertarian rather than a Democrat like I had always though.

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I consider myself a left-libertarian to. I'm a staunch social/civil libertarian. I despise the nanny-state and puritanical morality being jammed down our throats, but on fiscal/economic issues, I tend to disagree with alot of libertarian philosophy. In the end though, they are nonetheless much better then the other two a. k. a. - the authoritarian left and authoritarian right.

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

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Funny, and this video made me finally realize that the dems are fully responsible for the US deficit. (just kidding)

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Whether it's conservatives bashing Obama, or whether it's liberals bashing the Tea Party, who gives a shit. It doesn't matter whether it's Democrats or Republicans in power because lets face it, they all suck. Both are there only to further the agenda of their special interest and corporate masters. This is no conspiracy theory bullshit it's right there in front of our eyes to see and anyone who still believes in the whole left/right paradigm needs to open them.

 "Disgust is not a valid basis for restricting expression." - Antonin Scalia

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

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Amen to that! You can't bash everybody at once. Yeah the G.O.P.'s screwing the country over just as bad as the Dems. But if you can't fit them all into one little cutsie cartoon, maybe they'll show up in the next one. Obama's the ring master of the circus, ergo most of the responsibility falls on him. It was funny!

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This is terrible. Its quite laughable. Man, conservatives step up your game, this is shamefully amateurish.

Re: How to Exploit Mario for Political Purposes

What? You expect people who want to keep rolling us back to learn to use new tech better?

Re: How to Exploit Mario for Political Purposes

I agree -- let's stop spending money we don't have. let's cut the military spending and save the majority of the budget! Any takers?

Re: How to Exploit Mario for Political Purposes

Ha ha ha!! This is excellent!

Re: How to Exploit Mario for Political Purposes

racist much?

Re: How to Exploit Mario for Political Purposes

Someone has to put in a racist accusation. It's the law.

Re: How to Exploit Mario for Political Purposes

So, hmmm, 2d sprites can't be anything but white?

Re: How to Exploit Mario for Political Purposes

Not to me.  You?

 

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MaskedPixelantehttp://m.tickld.com/x/something-you-never-realized-about-guardians-of-the-galaxy Right in the feels.08/29/2014 - 6:56pm
AvalongodAgain I think we're conflating the issue of whether Sarkeesian's claims are beyond critique (no they're not) and whether its ever appropriate to use sexist language, let alone physical threats on a woman to intimidate her (no it isn't)08/29/2014 - 5:04pm
prh99Trolling her or trying to assail her integrity just draws more attention (Streisand effect?). Which is really not what the trolls want, so the only way to win (if there is a win to be had) is not to play/troll.08/29/2014 - 5:02pm
prh99Who cares, just don't watch the damn videos if you don't like her. Personally, I don't care as far as she is concerned as long there are interesting games to be played.08/29/2014 - 4:34pm
Andrew EisenZip - And yet, you can't cite a single, solitary example. (And no one said you hated anyone. Along those lines, no one claimed Sarkeesian was perfect either.)08/29/2014 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenSaint's Row: Gat Out of Hell was just announced for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One making it the 150th game For Everything But Wii U! Congratulations Deep Silver!08/29/2014 - 3:49pm
ZippyDSMleeI do not hate them jsut think its mostly hyperlobe.08/29/2014 - 3:40pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - I'd say that's likely. From my experience, most who have a problem with Sarkeesian's videos either want to hate them in the first place (for whatever reason) or honestly misunderstand what they're about and what they're saying.08/29/2014 - 3:16pm
james_fudgeWe appreciate your support :)08/29/2014 - 2:55pm
TechnogeekIt gives me hope that maybe, just maybe, the gaming community is not statistically indistinguishable from consisting entirely of people that your average Xbox Live caricature would look at and go "maybe you should tone it down a little bit".08/29/2014 - 2:49pm
TechnogeekI just want to say that while I've disagreed with the staff of this site on several occasions, it's still good to see that they're not automatically dismissing Anita's videos as a "misandrist scam" or whatever the preferred dismissive term is these days.08/29/2014 - 2:49pm
E. Zachary KnightZippy, So you can't find even one?08/29/2014 - 1:04pm
ZippyDSMleeAndrew Eisen:Right because shes prefect and never exaggerates... *rolls eyes*08/29/2014 - 12:53pm
SleakerAnd honestly, nearly all of the games she references, or images she depicts I've always cringed at and wondered why they were included in games to begin with, from pinups through explicit sexual depictions or direct abuse. I think it's cheap storytelling.08/29/2014 - 12:35pm
Sleaker@AE - aren't most people fundamentally misunderstanding her at this point? haha.. On a related note I think a lot of the backlash is coming from males that think she is telling them their 'Generic Male Fantasy' is bad and wrong.08/29/2014 - 12:33pm
Andrew EisenAnd no, I don't think the female community would be upset over the performance of a case study in and of itself. Possibly the mostivations behind such a study, the methodology or conclusions but not the mere idea of a case study.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
Andrew EisenAmusingly, these videos aren't saying you can't/shouldn't use tropes or that sexual representations are inherently problematic so those are very silly things to have a problem with and indicate a fundamental misunderstanding of the series.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
SleakerDo you think the female community would get extremely angry over a male doing a case study on the negative impact of sex-novels and their unrealistic depiction of males and how widespread they are in american culture?08/29/2014 - 12:25pm
SleakerThe other thing that people might find problematic is that they see no problem with sexual representations of females (or males) in games. And realistically, why is there anything wrong with sexual representations in fiction?08/29/2014 - 12:24pm
SleakerTo even discuss or bring up these issues at a cultural level to begin with. Going straight for games to many probably feels like a huge overstepping given that it's interactive story in many cases, and when you're telling a story why can't you use tropes.08/29/2014 - 12:21pm
 

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