So with the Presidential election in the rear view and four years potential problems coming straight for the windshield, I thought it would be a good idea to bring up some of the great (and not so great) moments politics hit the video game realm.
Kennedy, Nixon, McNamara and Castro (Call of Duty: Black Ops, Zombies):
Did you ever wonder how some of our greatest political figures of the 1960s would fair in a zombie apocalypse. Thankfully Call of Duty answered that question for us providing gamers with a chance to play as Richard Nixon, John F Kennedy, Fidel Castro and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. This is probably one of my favorite instances of politics invading video games. The quality one liners were enough get gamers coming back for more zombie fun. “I see an America unafraid of beauty and grace. But you beasts aren’t helping.” – John F. Kennedy…In Call of Duty: Black Ops
Bill Clinton (NBA Jam):
This is one hell of a cameo. You can actually play as then President Bill Clinton in NBA Jam. Kudos to the developers for dropping this Easter egg in their game. Even more kudos to the people who were able to figure it out because this was way before the time looking up a tutorial on how to get a secret in a game
Andrew Ryan and Zachary Hale Comstock (Bioshock):
When civilization breaks down we need to look to sane leaders who will provide a guiding light, helping us as a society move forward and not break down into chaos. Or we can have Andrew Ryan and Zachary Hale Comstock lead us. Andrew Ryan wasn’t necessarily a bad guy per say he had good intentions just not a great leader. After founding Rapture things definitely took a turn for the worse and he wasn’t gonna do a damn thing about. Classic politician for ya. As for Zachary Hale Comstock, he founded Columbia and organized a cult of people to follow his every word. He also happens to be the main character due to weird dimensional tears he discovered that I don’t really understand but point being, he was the face of Colombia and the citizens followed close behind even if meant they were going to die.
The Protagonist(Saint’s Row IV):
So you actually become the President of the United States in this Saint’s Row game that’s so over the top Sylvester Stallone would be proud. This game came out at a point in time where it seemed like you needed to dedicate yourself to a lifetime worth of politics in order to become president and that might not even be enough. Well becoming President doesn’t seem as farfetched as it used to.
Barack Obama (Madden and NBA 2K series):
Obama makes a brief appearance in these games as the end goal after winning the championship in each respective sport. Well maybe not the end goal but it’s kinda cool to hang with video game Obama. Unfortunately there’s no playable cameo…yet.
Senator Blake (Mafia III):
If you like politics and you like conspiracy theories than Senator Blake is the man for you. His storyline in Mafia III is he conspired with the american mafia to assassinate our beloved zombie killing John F. Kennedy. This plays on the rumors that JFK was in bed with the mob and that they wanted him dead. You know there are definitely people who would elect Blake if he ran on a campaign that he got Kennedy killed.
Bowser and Gannondorf (Legend of Zelda and Mario):
Being a king in a fictional fantasy game doesn’t make the those that hold the crown any less of political figures. Bowser and Gannondorf both reign over a land, albeit by force, and have an entire group of followers willing to do their bidding. Both even have a political hierarchy. For Bowser it’s the koopa kid’s that hold stake in each of his worlds and for Gannondorf it’s the temple bosses he put in place to keep citizens in constant fear. You could say both of these villains have a cabinet under them to help keep their power sustained across the land.
M. Bison (Street Fighter):
The ultimate video game dictator. Bison is even more power thirsty than our last villains. This dude wants the whole world for himself. The “M” might as well stand for maniac. He’ll do whatever he wants whenever he wants and expects that people should be happy to have witnessed it.
Senator Armstrong (Metal Gear Rising: Revengance):
So this guy is a Pro-America war loving, killing machine who is in the business of bloodshed and wants everyone in the world to join him in murdering each other. He says things like no one cares about facts, people only love money and are drawn to the power associated with it. He wants all of the power and believe it or not, this nut job runs for President in 2020. I don’t know where they would have gotten the idea for a character like this…
General Sarrano (Bulletstorm):
This guy is a real POS and main antagonist of the phenomenal 2011 shooter Bulletstorm. This guy betrays you, fails to actually kill you then uses all of his power and influence to finish the job. He’s a truly corrupt government leader.
Pope Borgia (Assassin’s Creed II)
Would you ever expect the all holy Pope to be a bad guy? Well Assassin’s Creed felt it was time to turn the very powerful religious figure into a dangerous enemy. For those that don’t think the pope is a political figure, back in the 1095 it certainly was a position that could impact the whole world. Holy wars anyone?
Mecha Hitler (Wolfenstein):
I’d imagine that if things go a certain way there’s a political figure that might get the same treatment from history that Hitler got. As for now Mecha-Hitler remains the most terrifying reincarnation of a political leader. The scariest thing about Mecha Hitler ever becoming real is that there are probably people out there who would welcome this science project with open arms.
Trump Surgeon Simulator:
Last but certainly not least, the Donald Trump Surgeon Simulator DLC. Can’t say I’m surprised by this version of the popular game. I’d imagine more people wanted to have an “accident” during the surgery than ever before. It seems like a whale of a time and let’s be real, there are people who probably never even heard of Surgeon Simulator until this DLC and now they have opportunity to operate on The Donald
So that’s it, the list of some of our favorite political characters throughout game history. If you have any opinions feel free to drop a comment below and let me know if I missed one of your favorite political characters in video games.
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