While the stuffier people in our society turn up their noses at video games, there’s one group of elites that welcomes them publicly over all else: American presidents. That’s right, Commander-in-Chief’s have appeared in more video games than Rob Schneider’s appeared in crappy movies. They may be just trying to cash in youth votes, but hey, at least they know their audience. I’ll vote for any suit willing to don a Big Head and slam a flaming basketball through a hoop.
- 1992: In the early days of gaming, G Dub-ya’s daddy, President George H. W. Bush, “starred” in Operation Secret Storm, an NES title that follows Top CIA-Agent George as he annihilates the Iraqi military. Though H.W. once headed the CIA, the game never reveals Agent George’s true identity as the U.S. president, but the likeness leaves little to speculation.
- 1993: When President Bill Clinton wasn’t macking White House interns off the court, he was ballin’ fools left and right in NBA Jam. There’s no match-up that could veto the Clinton/Terry Porter pick-and-roll.
- 2004: In Fight Club, Tyler Durden says his dream fight would be against Honest Abe Lincoln. The 2004 video game adaptation gave him his chance. A muscled up Lincoln fights shirtless in patriotic suspenders, with lightening sparking from his hands. But, I don’t remember the 16th president having supernatural powers…
- 2008: Presidential hopeful John McCain snagged a Guinness World Record for his 2008 election fail, by being the first to use video game music in an election campaign. Naturally, the former POW chose music from Medal of Honor: European Assault, a war game, if you couldn’t guess.
- 2008: Obama also garnered a Guinness Record for his use of video games. He became the first American presidential candidate to use in-game advertising for his campaign. If you’re cruising along in Burnout Paradise, look for a giant Obama billboard advertisement on the side of the road. You’re being subliminally influenced.
- 2010: Obama continued his video game appearances in Madden ’11 and NBA 2K11. No, he doesn’t “go long” or break any backboards, but winning teams do earn a meet-and-greet with the president at the White House.
- 2010: Apparently Bill Clinton in the original NBA Jam wasn’t enough to keep the political/sports fans happy; they wanted more. The game was remade, with its original star, and also added his wife, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Al Gore, Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, John McCain, and George W. Bush. If anything, you could throw out a Republican/Democrat match-up the likes of which no debate has ever seen.
- 2011: Who can forget presidential dropout, Herman Cain. He claimed to have created the perfect 9-9-9 tax plan for the U.S. But anyone who’s played Sim City could tell you that’s the base tax rate for all of the game’s sectors. Oh, and during a debate, Cain stated: “A poet once said, ‘life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it’s never easy when there’s so much on the line.'” Yeah, that came from Pokemon: The Movie 2000. At least he fessed up to that one eventually.