Call of Duty
The Call of Duty series has long been a series of games that plays on American imagery. The older games are chock-full of West Wing-style brass-driven tunes - and in recreating some of the most intense moments of WWII can make you patriotic towards America… even if you’re not American. In many of the earlier games when you get killed a classic quote about the horrors of warfare will be flashed up on screen - though later games eschewed this for instead having Nazi Zombies. The Modern Warfare series are, if anything, even more American - concocting ridiculous plots in which America is not the hegemonic power and is vulnerable - so that against the odds, the American army can win again by shooting more non-American people than the other side. If you want to fetishise militarism and American exceptionalism, this is the way to do it.
Today is Thanksgiving over in America, and to celebrate we thought that rather than try to figure out what Thanksgiving is all about, we’d instead look at five games that could possibly deserve the title of the Most American Videogame ever made.