The developers of Shadow Warrior Classic Redux made a mistake: They gave Lo Wang an Asian name, perhaps Chinese, when he is clearly Swiss. How else do you explain that his health increasees every time he eats a Swiss diplomat’s suitcase?
This game isn’t from this year, but it’s this year’s second occasion for praise, since I only noticed it now. Look at that, a first-aid kit that has the correct colors:
Some developers are better than others. You, MachineGames, are better than most!
Dear readers, it’s the first miracle of the year and probably proof that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is lovingly fondling us with its noodly appendage: a game developer has got a first aid kit right. I repeat: For what is probably the first time in 15 years, a game developer has managed to get a first aid kit right.
Look here, in this screenshot of 911 Operator, taken from Mack’s video on the same:
Look there on the right side, in “shops”. What do you see there in the fourth position? That’s right, a first aid kit. And what are the proper colors for first aid kits? Is it a white cross on red background? No! That’d be a Swiss flag. Is it a red cross on white background? No! That’d be the emblem of the International Committee of the Red Cross. What’s that you’re saying? White and green? That’s right!
White and green, my friends, white and green. This is bringing tears to my eyes. Jutsu Games, I must praise you. Praise Jutsu Games for something that most game developers find very hard to do: Picking the correct colors. And praise the Flying Spaghetti Monster for creating Jutsu Games.
In this game, you play a group a soldiers trying to extract Swiss drug money from Bolivia. The money is in containers like this:
They made them red so they’re easier to spot and put Swiss flags on them so you don’t accidentally take some other country’s drug money. Thanks, Mack, for the video I stole this screenshot from.
It took a while for me to notice: Left 4 Dead 2 has Swiss strongboxes in many levels, but disappointingly they’re filled with medical items instead of laundered money:
The amateurs at Valve have never been invited to a Swiss home, I guess, where after the evening’s competitive yodeling one usually retreats to the chalet’s upper floor to peruse the contents of the wall-mounted strongboxes, making sure none of the clock parts or hidden Jewish gold was stolen while one was outside.
Another game, this time it’s F.E.A.R.:
I guess it can’t hurt to have some Swiss chocolate around when there are paranormal things happening.
The sad part is that they repeated their mistake with F.E.A.R. 2, the medkits there look the same. Thanks to Mack for playing this in his rant about the games industry, I never played the game.
This has a Swiss flag inside a circle on the back of an ambulance:
For a big publisher? Shame on you.
The game Subnautica has a medical kit fabricator with a little Swiss flag on it:
And there is also a piece of equipment called “First Aid Kit” whose icon shows a Swiss suitcase full of money or chocolate or something:
When a first aid kit is enjoying its day on the beach, it looks like a little book documenting the history of the Red Cross:
But while it is being fabricated, it’s more like a block of Swiss chocolate:
For comparison, here is what an actual Swiss military choclate ration looks like:
Eagle-eyed reader MFA has spotted the following creative misuse of the Swiss flag on Apple’s MacBook Pro touch bar when using the Maps application:
And they even made mistakes! The Swiss flag has a ratio of 1:1, not 2:1 as shown here. There is only a variant with 2:3. Also, the red they used isn’t quite right, one of the proper reds would be Pantone Red 032 C. Not quite #F00, more like #F00000.
And here I thought Apple cared so much about getting their design right. Tsk, tsk.