Back in MY day, we didn't have "messages." We were too busy being told by Capcom arcade games that, "Winners don't use drugs!" And then BAM! Stars 'n stripes shield to the face. That's not a "message," that's a wake-up call, America! Nothing subtle there, it's the Guys 'n Dolls of morality. Makes friggin' Metal Gear Solid look like Tolstoy or somethin'! So you can hardly blame me for being slow.
Turns out that lots of the people I found winning at Super Street Fighter II were, in fact, using drugs. So Capcom lied.