History Main / CreatorProvincialism

15th Oct '17 2:47:00 PM nombretomado
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** Some more British terminology also sneaks into the dialogue. For example, in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', the mafia Don sends you on a mission involving a bomb in a "[[BritishEnglish dustcart]]"--a term which is completely out of place in the setting; [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage Americans would use "garbage truck" or possibly some other regional term]].

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** Some more British terminology also sneaks into the dialogue. For example, in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', the mafia Don sends you on a mission involving a bomb in a "[[BritishEnglish "[[UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish dustcart]]"--a term which is completely out of place in the setting; [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage Americans would use "garbage truck" or possibly some other regional term]].
10th Oct '17 2:08:03 AM bwburke94
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** This is especially noticeable in places whose media markets cover multiple states, such as the Chicago market; anything that happens in Indiana or Wisconsin[[note]]northwest Indiana and far southeast Wisconsin are within the Chicago media market, with Indiana ''directly bordering'' the city itself[[/note]] won't even be covered or even mentioned in passing unless it is exceptionally newsworthy. Especially infuriating when you see the local outlets give lots of coverage of some festival in Oak Lawn[[note]]on the Illinois side[[/note]], but no mention of a murder in, say, Crown Point[[note]]on the Indiana side, 30 minutes away[[/note]].
** Cities at the edge of the media market are likely to suffer from this treatment as well.

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** This is especially noticeable in places whose media markets cover multiple states, such as the Chicago market; anything that happens in on the Indiana or Wisconsin[[note]]northwest side of the border[[note]]northwest Indiana and far southeast Wisconsin are is within the Chicago media market, with Indiana ''directly bordering'' the city itself[[/note]] won't even be covered or even mentioned in passing unless it is exceptionally newsworthy. Especially infuriating when you see the local outlets give lots of coverage of some festival in Oak Lawn[[note]]on the Illinois side[[/note]], but no mention of a murder in, say, Crown Point[[note]]on the Indiana side, 30 minutes away[[/note]].
** Cities at the edge of the media market are likely to suffer from this treatment as well. If a major local event happens in Bemidji, Minnesota, good luck finding coverage of it on UsefulNotes/TwinCities television stations.
9th Oct '17 5:19:24 PM nombretomado
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* A common fan complaint is that Florida-based [[ElectronicArts Tiburon]], developers of the ''NCAA Football'' series, overrate players from Florida schools and the SEC and correspondingly underrate players from other parts of the country. This complaint sometimes extends to the Florida teams in the NFL getting higher ratings in ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL'' as well, as Tiburon makes both games.

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* A common fan complaint is that Florida-based [[ElectronicArts [[Creator/ElectronicArts Tiburon]], developers of the ''NCAA Football'' series, overrate players from Florida schools and the SEC and correspondingly underrate players from other parts of the country. This complaint sometimes extends to the Florida teams in the NFL getting higher ratings in ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL'' as well, as Tiburon makes both games.
7th Oct '17 5:14:56 AM GentlemensDame883
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* At times, Wiki/TVTropes. Uses of phrases like "our part of the world" and so on, especially when used to contrast with other cultures and nations, reveal the assumptions of the troper responsible. Usually involves [[WeAllLiveInAmerica we all live in the US]] or other progressive/liberal Western perspective and neglects the existence of conservative-minded non-Western audiences or tropers who may disagree with certain presumptions.

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* At times, Wiki/TVTropes. Uses of phrases like "our part of the world" and so on, especially when used to contrast with other cultures and nations, reveal the assumptions of the troper responsible. Usually involves [[WeAllLiveInAmerica we all live in the US]] or other progressive/liberal Western perspective and neglects if not outright disparages as backward the existence of conservative-minded non-Western audiences or tropers who may disagree with certain presumptions.


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** Entries sometimes follow a mention of the defeat of Nazi Germany with stating that World War II is over, forgetting about the still defiant Japanese and their invasion of East and Southeast Asia.
4th Oct '17 4:28:50 PM ironballs16
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* Creator/StephenKing sets the majority of his stories in his native Maine (see ''LovecraftCountry''). And when he started spending part of the year in Florida, he started setting some of his stories there. Several books were set in or around Boulder, Colorado, when he lived in Colorado for a while. And all of them are set in the U.S. (except the ones set in fantasy worlds) and his entire body of work has only three notable non-American characters, the British-born Richard Straker in ''Literature/SalemsLot'', the English Nick Hopewell in ''Literature/TheLangoliers'' and the German Kurt Dussander in ''Apt Pupil'' (the latter is because a Nazi concentration camp commander can't be American).

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* Creator/StephenKing sets the majority of his stories in his native Maine (see ''LovecraftCountry'').''LovecraftCountry''), and more specifically the town of Derry, with seven books set in the town and an additional ''seventeen'' referencing the town by name. And when he started spending part of the year in Florida, he started setting some of his stories there. Several books were set in or around Boulder, Colorado, when he lived in Colorado for a while. And all of them are set in the U.S. (except the ones set in fantasy worlds) and his entire body of work has only three notable non-American characters, the British-born Richard Straker in ''Literature/SalemsLot'', the English Nick Hopewell in ''Literature/TheLangoliers'' and the German Kurt Dussander in ''Apt Pupil'' (the latter is because a Nazi concentration camp commander can't be American).
3rd Oct '17 6:16:38 PM N1KF
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* At times, ''ThisVeryWiki''. Uses of phrases like "our part of the world" and so on, especially when used to contrast with other cultures and nations, reveal the assumptions of the troper responsible. Usually involves [[WeAllLiveInAmerica we all live in the US]] or other progressive/liberal Western perspective and neglects the existence of conservative-minded non-Western audiences or tropers who may disagree with certain presumptions.

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* At times, ''ThisVeryWiki''.Wiki/TVTropes. Uses of phrases like "our part of the world" and so on, especially when used to contrast with other cultures and nations, reveal the assumptions of the troper responsible. Usually involves [[WeAllLiveInAmerica we all live in the US]] or other progressive/liberal Western perspective and neglects the existence of conservative-minded non-Western audiences or tropers who may disagree with certain presumptions.



** Or how many American films, actors and TV shows have their own article as opposed to other countries. The overabundance of pages and entire character sheets for major American super hero comics like Marvel or DC also says a lot. Even European works still get a fair share. Works that are released in neither region, if they get their own pages, will probably just receive maintenance from one or two editors.
** Whenever a troper mentions "our troops" in an article and talks about how people should respect them rest assured he actually means American troops.
** Some works and products are [[MarketBasedTitle released in multiple territories with different names for each territory]], or [[DubNameChange have terms and character names changed for localized versions]]. You can sometimes guess what region the author of a particular edit hailed from based on the titles they use; for example, someone who uses "UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis" is probably from North America (it's known as the Sega Mega Drive in the rest of the world, including its native country of Japan).

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** Or how many American films, actors and TV shows have their own article as opposed to other countries. The overabundance of pages and entire character sheets for major American super hero {{superhero}} comics like Marvel Creator/{{Marvel}} or DC Creator/{{DC|Comics}} also says a lot. Even European works still get a fair share. Works that are released in neither region, if they get their own pages, will probably just receive maintenance from one or two editors.
** Whenever a troper mentions "our troops" in an article and talks about how people should respect them rest assured he actually means American troops.
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** Some works and products are [[MarketBasedTitle released in multiple territories with different names for each territory]], or [[DubNameChange have terms and character names changed for localized versions]]. You can sometimes guess what region the author of a particular edit hailed from based on the titles they use; for example, someone who uses "UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis" is probably from North America (it's America. (It's known as the Sega Mega Drive in the rest of the world, including its native country of Japan).UsefulNotes/{{Japan}})
** If a page describes the values of a culture different from the modern United States, expect the page to {{pothole}} to ValuesDissonance.
21st Sep '17 12:32:53 PM nightkiller
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** Also consider the fact that in five series, an overwhelming number of the characters, particularly if they are in command, are American. Minus Picard, all the captains are American. We rarely hear of captains with Asian names, Indian names, African names, or even European names. It also applies to the ships too; here's a [[http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Category:Federation_starships comprehensive list]] of all ''Franchise/StarTrek'' starships. Though there are several non-Anglo names, they make up a rather small percentage...

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** Also consider the fact that in five series, an overwhelming number of the characters, particularly if they are in command, are American. Minus Picard, all the captains are American. We rarely hear of captains with Asian names, Indian names, African names, or even non-British European names. It also applies to the ships too; here's a [[http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Category:Federation_starships comprehensive list]] of all ''Franchise/StarTrek'' starships. Though there are several non-Anglo names, they make up a rather small percentage...
21st Sep '17 12:19:19 PM HalcyonDayz
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* While not a Sim per se, ''VideoGame/{{Driveclub}}'' was developed in the UK, and most of the cars featured are European: out of the ~100 cars, the only non-european cars were the Marussia B2 and Venom GT, and the oldest car from the list was the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, from ''2007''. Thankfully the Season Pass balanced it giving 4 Chevrolets, 2 Dodges/SRTs, the Lykan Hypersport and some others. Also, cars from the previous century, such as the Lambo Diablo SV, Mclaren F1 and Ferrari F40/F50 were introduced. However, the 2 only japanese things the game has are tracks and the console where it's played, but no cars.

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* While not a Sim per se, ''VideoGame/{{Driveclub}}'' was developed in the UK, and most of the cars featured are European: out of the ~100 cars, the only non-european cars were the Marussia B2 and Venom GT, and the oldest car from the list was the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, from ''2007''. Thankfully the Season Pass balanced it giving 4 Chevrolets, 2 Dodges/SRTs, Dodges/[=SRTs=], the Lykan Hypersport and some others. Also, cars from the previous century, such as the Lambo Diablo SV, Mclaren F1 and Ferrari F40/F50 were introduced. However, the 2 only japanese things the game has are tracks and the console where it's played, but no cars.
21st Sep '17 11:02:12 AM HalcyonDayz
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** One might note it is not only geographical provincialism, but also [[GeekReferencePools cultural]]. People who aren't roleplayers and SF&F fans probably wouldn't equate scientific development with the popularity of science fiction.

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** One might note it is not only geographical provincialism, but also [[GeekReferencePools [[GeekReferencePool cultural]]. People who aren't roleplayers and SF&F fans probably wouldn't equate scientific development with the popularity of science fiction.
19th Sep '17 7:28:18 PM ThePocket
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* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' are set in parallels to the United States (explicitly in the latter's case) and use dollars as currency, but since the games were made in Japan, items are priced as if they were in yen. This results in things like a "Cheap" Bracelet costing $98.

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* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' are set in parallels to the United States (explicitly in the latter's case) and use dollars as currency, but since the games were made in Japan, items are seem to be priced as if they were in yen. This results in things like a "Cheap" Bracelet costing $98. (Although a lot of items would be too ''cheap'' if this was the case, since the yen's value has been less than one US cent for most of history, and peaked at about 1¼ cents the year ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' came out.)


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* Likewise, the first two ''VideoGame/RollerCoasterTycoon'' games featured a few tip-offs as to their UK origin: Two of the three "real parks" offered in the expansion packs were in England (Alton Towers and Blackpool Pleasure Beach), and the third (Heide Park) is in Germany. There is also a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helter_skelter_(ride) helter skelter]] included among the available rides (referred to as a "spiral slide"), something rarely seen in US parks. Then Infogrames neglected to localize the sequel for US audiences, leading to litter bins suddenly becoming rubbish bins, for example. Eventually a patch was released to remedy this.


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* While ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is mainly set in what appears to be the US, Australia--or more accurately, a comical parody of it--would go on to get a lot of attention in the backstory: It's where the [[{{Unobtanium}} wonder element]] australium was discovered, and as a result has become a center of insanely advanced technology despite being, as Elizabeth put it, "a nation of idiots". Then there was the Australian Christmas Update, which centered around the legend of Old Nick, basically an evil Australian Santa Claus. Why the obsession with Australia? Most likely because Team Fortress's creator Robin Walker lived there before he got a job at Valve.
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