Ah, the Deep South -- home of tobacco-chewin', moonshinin', mullets, banjos, and cousin-fucking.
|"It's a Southern thang. Y'all wouldn't understand."|
|"Country" is a compliment where I come from.|
Most game developers who reference this neck of the woods seem to A) only do so for the sake of a quick cheeky insult, or B) have their hearts in the right place but are so shittily financed that the end result lacks elegance and is thus downright creepy or weird. Like the recent Duck Dynasty game (Sorry Phil), or the intro of this monstrosity. But as seen above with Good Ol' Boy Boyd and Good Ol' Girl Nephenee from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, there is the quality example that rears its head every now and then (in Japanese games, no less), but due to cultural remoteness the results seem few and far between. So much so that we're led to look for connections where they most certainly don't exist, like that time Ludwig thought one of the Friend Area themes in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon was a remix of I Wish I Was In Dixie. (Spoiler: It wasn't.)
And that's where once-legendary developer Rare would always come in, who has actually competently channeled the South and for a multitude of purposes -- portraying it as a living, breathing world teeming with ambiance and charm. Maybe this is because Rare is a western dev (and at the time, a highly successful one) with western sensibilities, yet still far enough east to be aloofly unaware of the things that leave us hopelessly ostracized by everyone else living on the North American continent? Regardless, Rare's games always had a knack for regularly exhibiting bits and pieces of Southern U.S. culture -- whether through characters, environments, or music. And one could argue that such tributes might all be a result of Britain having its own bumfuck backwater region which eerily parallels our own, but you'll have to excuse me for being skeptical, since Donkey Kong Country 3 GBA actually includes a song with parts borrowed directly from SWEET HOME ALABAMA. And then there's the Trunk Twister level from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (EDIT: Not Rare, but still composed by David Wise, who is totally Rare), in which the whole shebang felt like something straight outta Hazzard County.
|"Dix" is French for "ten." As in, 10/10.|
You're now imagining Dixie talking in a soft southern accent ("I'm Dixie and I'm from South Cay-o-lien-ah!"), and your response? Well d'oh -- you like it, you love it, you want more of it. And every developer
And I'm with you all the way.
Will the South Rise Again? And how many federal watchlists will Rawk be on before it happens? Let him know your thoughts @RawkHawk2010 on Miiverse or Twitter!
Ludwig also sang a country version of the Donkey Kong Rap from Donkey Kong 64!
Rebel Crosser later appears to be trucking with Reggie Fils-Aime.
Rebel Crosser stands with keeping the Confederate Flag in our culture.