On the way to $40% - and Digging Deeper Pt 2 - The NinjaDragon Terrorists
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Now we're going to look at the huge evil force in Treachery in Beatdown City.
The Ninja Dragon Terrorists
In the 80s and 90s ninjas were all the rage, spawning games such as Ninja Gaiden, Wraith of the Black Manta, Bad Dudes vs. DragonNinja (called just DragonNinja in Japan), Last Ninja, Ninja Combat and more. There were also numerous ninja characters in games like Scorpion and Sub Zero in Mortal Kombat, Guy in Final Fight, Hattori Hanzo/Galford from Samurai Showdown, and the list goes on forever.
The craze went so far as to spawn movies where the West completely co-opted the Ninja, creating American Ninja, Three Ninjas and Beverly Hills Ninja, to name a few.
Historically ninjas look nothing like what they are portrayed as in pop culture. The world over was swept up in the huge Ninja Craze for quite some time.
When I was a kid I was obsessed. I first saw Ninja Gaiden on a black and white TV at a friend's house and her older brother told me it was called "Ninja Dragon". Ninja stars could be bought in numerous stores. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were my jam.
The growth of the “Terrorist” in pop culture has also been happening at the same time at a different pace, and for very different reasons. Some of these are very clear, others are very murky. The mystery of the fictional ninja makes them cool, but school shootings, bombings, and other terrorist acts are all too real.
In movies, games, comics, etc. "terrorists" were always kidnapping world leaders, blowing up things and just generally despised.
The image of the "Terrorist” has crystallized into that of some Eastern European guy in camouflage, a vest and a balaclava or a variety of brown people who may or may not have beards, turbans and other “different” types of clothing and who also may or may not follow Islam.
This is despite having a long history of people in the US committing acts of terror on our own soil - acts committed by people in hoodies, trench coats or just every day clothes, who hail from all sorts of random parts of the country.
As we are already tackling other heady themes with care, underneath the dark humor pinnings that drive the narrative, we are being extra careful with how we handle this subject matter.
I don't want to dig too deep, as we'd spoil things, but just rest assured that nothing is quite like it seems.
So who are the NinjaDragon Terrorists?
The NinjaDragon Terrorists are a mash up of the popculture Ninja and Terrorist iconography as throwback to when Ninjas were the coolest and a critique of how the world sees Terrorists, as well as the politics surrounding the world today. This isn't an entirely “new” take per say, either. GI Joe Retaliation has Cobra. Captain America has Hydra.
The Super Spy, a first person arcade game from the 90s that I played maybe 5 minutes of, has its own set of Terrorist/Ninja combo, which I had forgotten about until going back and stumbling on it.
Hell even Bad Dudes places the Ninjas in the terrorist role of kidnapping the president.
We also can't forget Shredder, the mutant Samurai Ninja Terrorist guy who literally stole Manhattan, and also attempted to destroy time itself.
In Treachery in Beatdown City the Ninja Dragon Terrorists are a mysterious group who take credit for kidnapping the US President. They go live, hijacking the TVs in Time Square, making it a very public announcement, sending the world into a panic.
During this immediate panic no one stops to think about who this terror cell could be. Where did they come from? How did they manage to kidnap THE US PRESIDENT? Why is their spokesperson dressed like Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden.. but not quite?
Mayor Moneybags is seemingly unphased, more interested in acquiring federal funds to pay for the investigation and instead of sending the army, navy or military to find him, the fate of Barak Orama is left in the hands of a few East Fulton citizens.
Something about these things isn't right, but you'll have to play the game to find out how far deep the conspiracy goes. The end of the 1st level, in particular, is a doozy!
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