A Reader Notes A Piece Of “Patriotic” Videogame Art
April 06, 2013, 03:08 AM
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From: An Anonymous Reader [Email him]

My son, who is a fan of a video game called Bioshock Infinite, was looking on the internet for a wallpaper related to the game. When you search Google for "Bioshock Infinite wallpaper," the first result is the following:

It Is Our Holy Duty To Guard Against The Foreign Hordes

Bioshock Infinite PC System Requirements. Release Date March 26 2013

I haven`t played the game so I`m not sure if they are being facetious but I thought you would like the first image featuring George Washington.

James Fulford writes: They are being facetious—the picture includes caricatures of nineteenth century immigrants, but the game itself is meant as a caricature of nineteenth century nativists. (Not that there`s anything wrong with nineteenth century nativists.) See The Nerd as Auteur in BioShock Infinite, by Harold Goldberg, New York Times, March 21, 2013, which says "Zachary Hale Comstock, a white-bearded, nativist prophet who rules over Columbia, is portrayed either as comforting or frightening by two warring factions, the xenophobic Founders and the anarchist Vox Populi."