FFD: Are there any good politicians (in video games)?

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There’s been a great big rallying cry from some sections of the internet to keep politics out of games. Thing is, I want politics in games. I want politics in my games. I want games to tackle social issues – just in a way that doesn’t commoditise pain and suffering as cheap marketing.

But today, I don’t want to talk about politics in games – but rather the politicians in them. As we wrap our national elections it’s time to discuss the best and worst politicians within games. As an example. Is Final Fight’s Mike Haggar really any good as a mayor? Metro city is a complete mess with him at the helm – and his solution to any problem seems to be a pile-driver.

Saint’s Row IV sees your character inaugurated as President of the United States – and then look to solving conflict with extra-terrestrial forces not through diplomacy, but by brute, super-powered force. Video games are also rife with dictators – with Street Fighter’s M. Bison being the perfect example. Psycho power is no way to run a government.

And then there’s BioShock’s Andrew Ryan. Tired of religious bigotry, left-wing politics, and altruism Ryan created his Utopian, Ayn Randian ideal of Rapture, the city under the sea. We all know how that worked out.

In Two Bad Dudes, the president is kidnapped by a Dragon Ninja and has to be rescued by two tree stumps; hardly an effective leader. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance’s Senator Armstrong is infused with nanotechnology and tries to destroy you.

Video games are no stranger to politics or politicians – but they tend to be the megalomaniacal sort – abusing power for personal gain. And trying to kill you. Are there any good ones?

 

Last Updated: August 5, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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