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Gaming’s worst presidents

burgerhahahahaHere in the U.S.—in fictional works, anyway—we usually depict our president as some trim, bland-faced, pepper-haired dude (Harrison Ford works, too).

Over at the fairly new Retronauts blog, E. Jeremy Parish takes a peek at three of the worst (read: strangest) presidents in videogame history.

It’s timely!

6 responses to “Gaming’s worst presidents” »

  1. Kevin Bunch says:

    Tangentially related: So there’s a hidden character on the Sega CD fighter, Eternal Champions, called The Senator. He’s a total spoof of the anti-video game sentiments going around Congress at the time.

    Anyway, his stage is Washington DC, in front of what is a total knockoff of McDonalds. And every so often, you’ll see Bill Clinton, flanked by Secret Servicemen, running in, and eventually, back out of the eatery. It’s quite possibly the most random bit of topical humor I can think of in any released game.

  2. librarian says:

    At the Retronauts link, in the comments, someone wrote helpfully that Bill Clinton is playable in NBA Jam—that might well match Eternal Champions for random topicality. If we can think of least one more instance, we might well have a shortlist of Actual Presidents in Games.

  3. Kevin Bunch says:

    Oh man, I forgot about Clinton being in NBA Jam! If I remember, Gore and Hilary Clinton were in there too…

    There’s also Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill, a platformer wherein you played Bill Clinton’s cat, and fought off various Republicans. It never came out, but I know a prototype is floating around out there. I think George Bush Sr. was the final boss, and various other villains were Congressional Republicans.

    Isn’t Obama a player character in some new FPS?

    If you want to go jump to the other side of the Bering Strait, Zangief’s street fighter 2 ending involved him dancing with Gorbachev.

  4. librarian says:

    Kevin, I think you have enough material to write a feature-length on real-life political heroes and villains in games.

  5. Jon Conley says:

    Obama is playable in ‘Mercenaries 2: World in Flames’, alongside the so-called ‘VPILF’, Sarah Palin. Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hwm6fNP0eM

    The worst idea of all-time? Quite possibly. Need some cheering up?

    Chew on some ‘METAL WOLF CHAOS’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWXL9g4ObVA

    ‘You guys, are ROAST CHICKEN!’

  6. Kevin Bunch says:

    If I find a suitable outlet to put it up, I’ll let you know!

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