Do You Kick Ass At Super Smash Bros Ultimate? You Do? Well Then, How'd You Like To Be A Marine?

Submitted by: daegog 2 months ago in Weird

Recruitment must be down a bit.

An excerpt from the A/V Club: Apparently inspired—jealous?—of all the character debuts announced today for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the USMC’s official Twitter account pumped out the above video, introducing its various Marine roles as though they were characters in the games. Because nothing makes us nostalgic for a cheerful, colorful Nintendo fighting game mash-up like watching young men load grenade launchers as thrash metal plays in the background. (That being said, if they’d managed to get “Mute City,” we might have been on board.)

If this was meant solely as a morale booster for existing troops—who famously play a lot of games in their downtime in an effort to blow off steam—we’d kind of get it. But it’s hard not to see it as a sales pitch, too, attempting to sell youngsters on the idea that armed combat is just another video game, complete with heroic roles for them to slot into. But what it seemingly fails to realize is that combat’s not fun; rather it’s the “Final Destination, No Items” of the real world, a merciless battleground where every opponent is playing for keeps, and inevitably ends up picking Fox.
There are 17 comments:
Male 9,446
You know I'm all for honest advertising, Why not show the part where the bodies are all mangled and bloody, Show the whole picture not just the fun "shooting toys" parts.
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Female 6,377
normalfreak2 That's part of the job as well.  Doing shit others don't, can't or won't, and reaping those consequences to the tune of 22 veterans a day committing suicide because of the things they've done and seen.  We pound our chests and yell 'KILL', not because we're psychopaths, but as a coping mechanism for what we're about to bring down.

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Male 9,446
melcervini Oh I agree with you. I just want people to know what they are getting themselves into, eyes wide open and all.  
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Female 6,377
normalfreak2 Also this :D
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Male 6,941
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Male 634
daegog Hey they didn't do horrible last year!
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Female 6,377
daegog lol!!
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Male 6,941
melcervini BTW, that 22 vets a day killing themselves has already been debunked.

The real number is more like 3X that many.  They took small sample sizes and cherry picked the data in the most absurd fashion to get the number down to 22 a day.
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Female 6,377
daegog Thx Gog and you're right, the #s are way higher.

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Male 8,969
melcervini Whoah. And that, fellow IABers, is the view from the inside out.
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Male 6,941
My first thought honestly.. The USMC didn't wanna pay for a plug with Fortnite so they settled for smash brothers.
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Male 8,969
Much respect for the United States Marine Corps from this squirrel. I'll be interested to read the comments of our own moderator and U.S. Marine (no longer active duty, but don't ever call her an ex-Marine; there's no such thing), MelCervini.
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Female 6,377
"WE are the super smash brothers"  Is what they're saying.
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Male 21,771
They know their core audience.
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Male 6,941
fancylad I disagree with you there, smash brothers players are getting older, its gonna be most popular with people in the LATE 20s to 30s.  They need the Fortnite crowd.
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Male 4,369
daegog Agreed! I'm 30 and I'm a bit excited for Smash Bros., and I couldn't care less about Fortnite.
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