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5 Videos Games That Can No Longer Distract Me From the Ever Consuming Political Climate

5 Videos Games That Can No Longer Distract Me From the Ever Consuming Political Climate

I grew up playing video games for many reasons. For me, it was challenge. A beautiful distraction where I was able to shake the blues of everyday life away. No longer can I immerse myself in these familiar medicines for they remind me too much of the present. Here are a few classic games that cannot calm me down any longer;

Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong Country where do I begin! The lush countryside, clean water, and weird upright alligator monsters. How I wish I could wake up in your pixelated universe! Now I wake up to crop shortages, oil leaking into the sacred water of Standing Rock and the orange glob puppet man run by the lizard elite as our president.

Mario Kart

The game of a generation. Mario Kart was every young child's first foray into driving. Picking a favorite character and winning a race was so empowering. Yet, now, when I am racing through Rainbow Road as Yoshi, I shudder at the sight of Bullet Bill zooming past me and think “Oh God it's MOAB!” It saddens me greatly. Long gone are the days when I could play through Moo Moo Farm without thinking of the impending arms race soon to come

Spyro

Oh dear Spyro, a game very close to my heart. Spyro and Sparx the dragonfly spent all their time freeing frozen fairies and dragons from the likes of Gnasty Gnorc. Seeing a dragon beating the odds and fighting for his beliefs brings a tear to my eye. It makes me think of who could have been our leader {insert your personal choice here} in some beautiful alternate universe.

Mrs. Pac-Man

Oh I’m sorry! Did you expect me to say MR. Pac-Man? Yeah buddy, MRS.PAC-MAN IS WHERE ITS AT. She reminded me of me as a child, round and stuck in a box. But now to be honest, it's hard playing as her. I know she is isn’t able to get the affordable health coverage she needs. Much like the millions of American women out there. What if she is close to death and cannot reach the last Pac-Dot to make it out alive? Is the game over? What happens when we die?

Mario Tennis

Mario Tennis was great in the way that you learned to hate the CPU characters and authority in general. When I slam a “Nice Ball” into the face of Toad I realize that, just like in this world, science isn’t even considered! The physics of the game doesn’t really matter or exist. I can hit a ball that is sooo obviously in and it gets called as “OUT” while a Bob-omb goes off in the background. WHAT IS THAT ALL ABOUT? And WHY GOD did we pull out of the Paris Climate agreement?

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