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Tuesday, 1 May 2007

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Most of us have played, or at least heard of, the popular video game know as "Mario Brothers" or "Super Mario." It is a popular video game that most people enjoy.

I noticed a few little subliminal messages hidden within the games however. Indeed, they are the very characters that compose it. There is no denying that Mario and Luigi are intended to represent Mexican characters. Both Mario and Luigi have Mexican mustaches and their names are Spanish. What struck me as odd as I was playing it was the fact that this game has been created in Japan. Isn't it odd that Japan, having no Mexican influence or reason to include Mexican characters in their games, would create a whole series of games around this cultural opposite? I thought this was a curious thing to think about.

Then I realized that Mario and Luigi are plumbers. I'm sure we would all agree that plumbing is not a very pleasant job, but even if it is, it does not appear to be. So now I've identified that Japan has created a very popular video game containing two main characters who are Mexican and are plumbers, a job thought of as low or possibly degrading. It appears that Japan is ridiculing Mexico.

Japan has shown these Mexican characters as degraded plumbers traveling through sewers (the green pipes) in a world of fungus (the goombas, mushrooms, and toads). Japan obviously does not like Mexico, or thinks they are a joke, as nothing more than people to clean up their feces.

We would all do well to identify these subliminal messages more often.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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