Not much to say here except to drop some praise: The first aid chests have the correct colors! Hurray! See them smack dab in the middle of this screenshot:
Screenshot stolen from Mack’s review.
So very rarely can I praise a game here, but with Dying Light, we’re in safe territory. While the medkits in the game are not actually shown and their icon is black and white in the inventory, first aid storage cupboards at least use the correct colors on their labels:
It’s much more fun to struggle for your life against a horde of zombies when you know your first aid equipment is colored properly.
Ah, some reason for praise again. Look at the health potion in the lower left corner of this screenshot from Mack’s Worth A Buy review of Strange Brigade:
Notice something? The potion may be red, but the first aid symbol on the tag has the correct colors! Rebellion Development seem to be capable developers in this regard. Cheers!
Ooooh, Blizzard. Cheeky little Blizzard! I see what you did there. In their game Overwatch, Blizzard cunningly sidestep any flag confusion by basing a medic character called Mercy in Zürich, Switzerland. That way they can use the Swiss flag on her, which Americans foolishly believe is a medical symbol, yet Blizzard remain completely correct in their symbology:
They even got the flag proportions more or less right. Very clever indeed.
Upcoming run-and-gun 80s synthwave extravaganza Huntdown is already pleasing me immensely even though I’ve never played it. Because developers Easy Trigger Games used the correct colors for first-aid kits:
We went from one single praise post per year to several a month now. I’m not sure if this is pure chance so I reached out to Easy Trigger Games to ask them about it.
Tommy Gustafsson from Easy Trigger had this to say: “We do not leave anything for chance. And off course we would never misuse the Swiss flag, isn’t this common sense? 🙂 We are also tired of people around the world mixing up Switzerland with Sweden, which is the country we come from. And no, there ain’t no ice bears here neither!”
That goes to show, meticulous developers will always get it right. Thanks, Tommy, for the inside information!
If you know this blog, you know that there is very little reason to praise game developers, since most of them get the first-aid kit colors wrong. But not this one. Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure by Prospect Games even uses correctly colored first-aid kits in this promo shot, look in the lower right corner:
They’re also that way in the game. Hats off to you, Prospect Games.
This game isn’t from this year, but it’s this year’s second occasion for praise, and 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.
It’s a rare moment for praise! The game Party Hard not only does not have any Swiss crosses in it, it also puts the correct paramedic symbol on the side of the ambulance:
Awesome! So it is possible to do this right. All other game developers take note. I’m not happy about the Red Cross insignia on the roof, though. Is this a warzone? None of the parties I’ve been to were. But then, I don’t party hard.
My first praise! Usually I just give out blame, but the authors of PlanetBase did (at least partially) the right thing: They put a red cross in the medical section of bases built in their game. Visible here at 9:51:
Now of course they shouldn’t be using the Red Cross signet either. The Red Cross in fact urges video game developers not to use their signet. So hurray for not using a Swiss flag, but boo for using the Red Cross emblem.