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Where Is The Hope In Gears of War?

I’m sitting in front of a cardboard cut-out sign promoting a video game for the XBox 360. It’s called Gears of War 2, and it’s due for release on November 7 – just a few days after Election Day.

The sign features two soldiers with armored exoskeletons and huge guns. In the background is a sky full of military helicopters, flying on to bring more fighters, and their own weaponry, to the fight. Next to the name of the video game is a blood red logo, featuring a human skull.

The video game’s motto is printed at the bottom of the sign: Hope runs deep.

xbox warfare video gameI don’t get it. How is a blood red human skull next to soldier getting ready to fire their guns off at other people, caught up in the gears of war hopeful? Where’s the hope in the Gears of War 2 – implying that this is a return to fighting after a previous round of bloodshed has been exhausted?

What’s the hope of this video game? That the player can kill as many people as possible? I fear for us if that kind of “hope” does indeed run deep.

I don’t trust Barack Obama completely, but I’ll choose his general vision of hope over what Gears of War 2 has to offer any day.

9 thoughts on “Where Is The Hope In Gears of War?”

  1. GOW2 FAN says:

    Rowan – are you serious? You are retarded,…and not in the actual sense – but in the really dumb and stupid – “I’m a moron and assume whatever I want without research” sense. NO SENSE – actually. GOW2 is about the suffrage of a band of futuristic soldiers trying to rid their world of a ALIEN species – called the LOCUST. You are a real Looney bird. This is fiction dude. And the kiddies that play – are shooting at creatures who want to rid the world of the good human-race. You can think of it as a metaphor: American Patriots trying to rid our country of Looney bird liberals from destroying the fabric of our nation and what it was found on – the bases of all liberties. LIBERALS VS PATRIOTS

  2. Rowan says:

    Thanks for proving my point, GOW2 FAN. This game is a metaphor for the militaristic right wing point of view.

  3. Todd says:

    Gears of War 2 has nothing to do with the election… It is just in time for the holiday season.

    Hope runs deep has a double meaning. The COG (human) soldiers must strike back against the locust horde. They have to go deep underground to strike back against them before humanity, on their planet Sera, is wiped out for good.

    The red human skull is inside of a COG Tag, which is like our dog tags, they identify the fallen soldiers. The skull represents the death and despair their world has been plagued with since the locust have emerged from underground trying to wipe them out.

  4. Rowan says:

    Wow. It’s like I’m speaking another language.

    Of course the new Gears of War video game has something to do with the election. Its popularity has a good deal to do with elements in American culture. Those elements of American culture also influence the way that people vote.

    Todd, do you not see any similarity between your description of the locust enemy and descriptions of the Muslim enemy that Republicans are so obsessed with? Try replacing the word “locust” with “Islamofascist”, and your comment could be the words of a Fox New pundit.

    The same moral convenience which leads your video game to imagine an inhuman enemy has led people throughout history to envision their human enemies as somehow subhuman.

    Do you see nothing even remotely political in the idea that hope can only be found through the complete eradication of an enemy, and that unless this extermination of the enemy takes place, we’re all doomed? Do you not hear any echoes of the rhetoric used to promote the war in Iraq in that message, Todd?

  5. Todd says:

    I see your point, but I don’t believe the developers at Epic games are working with the U.S. Government and the Republican party.

    I am in the military and am an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and I don’t view Muslims as inhuman, nor am I ignorant enough to assume all Muslims are terrorists. Christianity had the crusades when they killed anyone who wouldn’t convert, but all Christians weren’t crazy.

    So you can refer to Gears of War 2 as “my video game” if you wish, but I hold video games and reality very separately in my life. Why don’t you go up to any soldier, Airman, Marine, or sailor and ask them if they agree with your opinion of the game and I don’t think you will find too many who agree with you.

    Don’t assume that I am gung ho for war and killing just because I am in the military. I am actually very much against it, but I also believe in serving my country. Did you ever serve in the military Rowan? I’m just curious, because you don’t sound like someone who has.

    So did the first Gears of War have to do with an election too then? Because it launched in October of 2006. Hmm… no presidential election was going on then. What about Halo 3, which was released in November of last year? The theme for that game was “Finish the Fight.” How about any war type shooting game? What are you a conspiracy theorist? Games like this launch at this time of year every single year. There is no change or discrepancy whether a presidential election is occurring or not.

    Rowan you are probably the same person who blames musical artists like Marilyn Manson and Eminem for kids going to their schools and shooting people and/or for committing suicide. Rather than looking at their parents and how they were raised.

    If you want to make a political rant and bash on Bush, go ahead I would probably agree with you about it. Lord knows we should have focused on the capture of Osama Bin Laden, rather than going into Iraq and taking down Sadam… Not that it’s a bad thing that he’s gone.

    And no, I am not a Republican, as most people in the military are.

  6. Rowan says:

    I never said that this video game was created in consultation with the government and Republican Party. You’re purposefully trying to create an absurd version of my argument, so that it’s easy to knock down.

    You’re also engaging in another cheap debate tactic, which is to respond to an argument that you’re losing by stating that you’re in the military, as if that has any relevance, as if that makes what you’re saying have more credibility. I’m sick of seeing veterans and soldiers use their identity as a tool to stifle dissent in this way. It’s like when John McCain responds to a non-military issue where his policies don’t make sense by suddenly talking about how he was a prisoner-of-war.

    Knock it off, Todd. If you’re really “serving” your country, then stop using your job as a trump card. It looks more like you’re serving yourself.

    If you’re very much against war and killing, then why are you in the military? Why don’t you serve your country in one of the many, many other available ways? The military is created for war and killing. You knew that when you joined, right?

  7. Todd says:

    Rowan, I already answered your question of why I am serving in the military in my last post.

    Losing an argument??? This is more of a debate to me, but if you are one of those people who always thinks they are right or that they have to win then that is fine… You can say you’re winning if it makes you feel better.

    I didn’t throw out my military service as a trump card, I brought it up to show you that I see things from both sides. You did do a good job at dodging my question about whether or not you have ever served in the military.

    I am against killing people, but luckily I never was put in a position to do so while I was deployed. I’m not delusional Rowan, I know full well that I might have to kill someone and I am ready to do so if that is what it comes down to, but just because I am ready to doesn’t mean I want to.

    You ignored all of the valid points I made about other video games that are launched every year at this time and instead tried to take a cheap shot at my military service.

    McCain doesn’t just go into random rants about his time in service when he has trouble answering a question. But he is constantly avoiding talking about how he plans to fix the economy, which is why I think Obama is the man for the job.

    Anyways, I’m getting off of the topic now. All of my valid points about games and release dates were made in my previous post as I just stated. That was the topic of your original post right? So then Rowan, why don’t you address the key points I made about video games instead of trying to say military personnel and myself abuse the “veteran card” as you would like to call it.

    Lastly, I sure would hope that you would take Barack Obama’s, or any REAL politician’s vision of hope over anything that is put into a video game. I don’t know anyone who would do the opposite.

    Peace, Love, and Happiness to you Rowan

  8. Rowan says:

    Todd, I didn’t take a cheap shot at your military service. You used it cheaply as a distraction. You brought it up. I just called you on it.

    Being a member of the military is completely irrelevant to the discussion, but here you are again trying to use it as a debate bludgeon.

    And now you’re saying that “I am against killing people”, even though you join the military, which is an organization dedicated to killing people, and you also say that you are ready to kill somebody.

    Look, what this comes down to, Todd, is that you couldn’t refute my points about the video game Gears of War, so you’re trying to distract from that.

  9. Todd says:

    Rowan, you can not want to kill someone and not believe in murder, but at the same time proudly serve your country and be ready to do whatever is neccessary if called upon.

    That is besides the point. In your last two posts you have completely ignored all of my comments and questions to you about video games and your original post. Instead you are still only focusing on my military service.

    So I ask you: Who is now using military to dodge the issue in an argument they are clearly losing? As I stated before, I view this as a debate, but now your dodging all of my relevant points and focusing on those that are less relevant.

    Well bravo Rowan, you are dodging my questions and statements like a true champ… hmm, maybe you should consider going into politics.

    I would continue on with this intellectual battle, but it has become painfully clear to me that my opponent is unarmed.

    Take care Rowan and feel good in the fact that by reading your post and responses to my comments I have lost many valuable brain cells that I can never get back.

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