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Left 4 Dead 2

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.

Modern Warfare 2

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:


Apple MacBook Pro Touch Bar

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┬áC. Not quite #F00, more like #F00000.

And here I thought Apple cared so much about getting their design right. Tsk, tsk.

Saints Row: The Third (again)

We’ve had this game by Volition on here before, but it only just occurred to me that the cat that refills your health during Dr. Genki’s Super Ethical Reality Climax wears a little hat with a Swiss flag on it, and it dispenses health in the form of Swiss-branded bubbles:


Getting it wrong once might be an accident, but twice? This is on purpose. What nefarious suggestions are you trying to make about Switzerland?

Company of Heroes

Here’s me thinking that the Swiss didn’t fight in any of the world wars, but I guess Relic tried to smuggle them in anyway, thinking we wouldn’t notice. Here’s a Swiss tent you can deploy in that game, complete with two Swiss soldiers:


Maybe they offer battlefield banking services. Someone’s gotta supply the loans for buying all those tanks.


In this fantastic and dark series’ episode S02E05 you never actually see the Swiss flag on this ambulance, but you see a reflection of the Swiss flag in a shop window:


You tried to hide it. You almost succeeded. But know this: We will find every single misused Swiss flag the FX network ever broadcasts. You have been warned.

Battlefield 1

Not only have game developers still not learned that the Red Cross flag does not mean first aid, they still use the Swiss flag instead of the Red Cross one on health items. The latest example from a game released in 2016, Battlefield 1. Both the health gauge and the first aid kits have Swiss flags on them:


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Screenshot shamelessly stolen from Worthabuy’s review on YouTube.

Mass Effect 2

The first aid dispensers in this game have a white cross on them (but no red background), so I was initially disappointed. But when I actually grabbed a first aid kit (or “medi-gel”) from one, I was relieved to see that it bears the Swiss banner:


The Swiss must be a spacefearing nation in this scenario. Taking over the healthcare sector of the universe in their majestic rocket-fueled Toblerone bars.