The latest entry into the traditional Wolfenstein franchise tells the story of the alternate universe where the Allies dropped WWII and America is now ruled by Nazis. It is not, as you may think however , a documentary on this lives in 2017.
But specific aspects of Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus parallel our real world with disturbing accuracy.
Back in 2014, the development team at MachineWorks thought an alternate reality Nazi The united states sounded like a great cooky idea for the follow up to their hit Wolfenstein: New Order reboot. Then we all started living in bizarro world, in which a white supremacy-defending reality TV President rests in the White House. Â
And, suddenly, Wolfenstein 2 started having a whole lot more weight when it came to the existing political climate in America.
When the IRL President of the United States statements that there were “very fine” people on the neo-Nazi Charlottesville rally, a game regarding Nazis being bad suddenly turns into a bold political statement. Â
To be clear: it shouldn’t be. However apparently, it is.
Easter eggs that feel way too near to home are peppered throughout the sport, shedding a little light on the connection between Trumpism, fascism, and the increase of neo-Nazis in IRL The united states right now. Because in the alternate universe/darkest timeline that is 2017, the truth could feel much stranger (and a lot more frightening) than fiction. Â
So here are some of the most depressingly real Wolfenstein 2 easter eggs showing the particular parallels between the game’s literal fascist Nazi regime, and the American national politics of today.
1. How populist, fascist morons rise to strength in a democracy.
Remember just how Hillary Clinton won the popular election, and yet here we all are, residing in Donald Trump’s neo-Nazi alternate fact anyway?
Wolfenstein 2 recalls. It remembers how the 2017 usa president race revealed that our democratic election period is often defenseless against mob mentalities. The game’s newspaper collectibles obtain super real, like this one that describes how, during divisive and dreadful times, “the most devious plus mediocre” men with the mind associated with “a virtual vacuum” often increase to power.
Those that know Trump is only a symptom of the much larger, systemic, long-standing American condition might also identify with the analysis this president “represents, more and more closely, the particular inner soul of the people. inch The real twist of the knife could be the final prediction, though, that, “On some great and glorious day the particular plain folks of the land will certainly reach their heartâs desire finally, and the White House will be featured by a downright moron. “
2. Is that you, Fox News? Nope, only the “fair and balanced” reporting from the Star-Spangled Daily.
Here, we all see our IRL President’s moist dream of replacing every journalist performing their job by holding your pet accountable to facts (and their own actions) with the friendly hosts associated with Fox and Friends. This is the greatest end goal in Trump’s war contrary to the “fake news media, ” which this individual and his cohorts have declared open public enemy #1 to America. Â
Breitbart’sThe Star-Spangled Daily’s declaration it will “protect the American individuals from dishonest and deceitful information articles” even sounds like it emerged right out of the nightmarish mouth associated with Trump’s ex-Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon.
3. There is no place to get “Yes We Can! ” in a globe wishing to “Make America Great Once again. “
This out of order pinball machine with a game entitled “YES WE CAN! ” should sound familiar â? it’s a reference to President Obama’s strategy slogan from back when we did not live in alternate reality Nazi The united states. Â
These optimistic words that will promise a bright future must also stand in clear contrast towards the slogan that won Donald Trump the 2017 election. But the Wolfenstein developers have a response to Trump’s in reverse promise that only he can “Make America Great Again” (for whitened, cis men). Â
And it is the hardy rallying cry of #MakeAmericaNaziFreeAgain.
4. Fascist regimes often paint resistance leaders as terrorists. Â
Posters, newspapers, and even an alternate-universe edition of the original Wolfenstein 3D sport demonstrate another common tactic associated with fascist regimes: propaganda that chemicals anyone who resists their tyranny since villains.
In Wolfenstein 2, you can play a fully functioning game game called Wolfstone 3D: the replica of the real-life, original Wolfenstein 3D â? except for a few crucial differences. Instead of playing as the Nazi-murdering hero BJ Blazkowicz, you perform as a Nazi. And instead of eliminating Hitler, your objective in would be to kill the horrifying terrorist felony known as BJ Blazkowicz.
Let this game serve as a tip to those who seem all too prepared to call resistance groups like Antifa (which stands for “anti-fascists”) terrorists, whilst hesitating to use the same label to explain the actual acts of terrorism perpetrated by white supremacists.
5. A media that normalizes Nazis and white supremacists.
In a clip from the Die Direkte Wahrheit (which translates to âThe Brand new Truth”) in Wolfenstein 2, you see a headline urging readers in order to âMeet The Dapper Young KKK Leader With A Message Of Wish. âÂ? ************)
We wish we’re able to sit back and laugh at the pure ridiculousness of this headline, but we all can’t. Because the progressive media shop Mother Jones ran an uncannily similar one last year that provided readers the chance to “meet the dapper white nationalist riding the Trump wave. “
Mother Jones was not the first or the last in press to portray white supremacists in the sympathetic light, either. From the Washington Post to the now-canceled KKK television show, our real world media will not seem to understand the issue with giving whitened supremacists a national platform that to spout their insane hoke from.
6. Can you imagine the President of the United States surrendering in order to Nazis? Yup. We can.
If you change words “the German Army” along with “neo-Nazi white supremacist scum” in this particular newspaper clipping, it could very well explain the countless times Donald Trump freely offered to surrender our country in order to racist, sexist, white-supremacist super evil doers throughout his presidency.
Just take a gander at his cupboard members like Steve Bannon plus Jeff Sessions, or flirtations along with KKK leader David Duke plus alt-right dickwad Richard Spencer â? and every other neo-Nazi or whitened supremacist piece of shit our leader bent over backwards to accommodate whilst also finding the time to make health care more expensive for impoverished Americans.
So, please, everyone. Let’s get Wolfenstein 2‘s story as a cautionary tale, rather than accidentally using it as being a road map to actualizing a neo-Nazi ruled America.