Top 10 Video Game Politicians

November 4, 2008 -

Over at 1up Scott Sharkey has a fun feature listing the characters he deems the Top 10 Video Game Politicians of all time.

Scott's list includes:

  • Andrew Ryan, Bioshock
  • Laguna Loire, Final Fantasy VIII
  • Princess Peach
  • President Ronald Reagan

Check out 1up for the rest of the list as well as the rationale behind the choices.

 


Comments

Re: Top 10 Video Game Politicians

Hmm, this list is familiar, I think I've read the same entries elsewhere. Perhaps the author posted it there first. Michael Wilson for the win!

Re: Top 10 Video Game Politicians

They were printed on the last EGM magazine (no surprise, since EGM owns 1-up).

Yay Metal Wolf Chaos! What diplomacy is more badass than fighting in giant mechas on the front lawn of the White House?

Re: Top 10 Video Game Politicians

 Don't Forget President Max and Vice President Spatula! (Sam & Max Season 1)

Re: Top 10 Video Game Politicians

 Where's John Henry Eden?  He's made up of personality samples of all the best presidents!

Re: Top 10 Video Game Politicians

Even though he was cast as villainous, though perhaps not a villain, Andrew Ryan was my favorite part of Bioshock.

The reality of it is that he was a terrible politician -- he's too idealistic, and has too much faith in his fellows. His philosophy, that anyone who wants to and works for it can succeed wildly is a very motivational concept. It's a pure strain of the 'American Dream' ideal; success is just a short journey away.

But of course, the problem is in how uncaring such a system is. In a land of limited resources, if someone is rich, that means someone else is poor, and generally, there are more poor than rich. Combine this with people willing to manipulate the downtrodden and cast the heartlessness of such a purely free market as it's primary characteristic, and you get anarchy; Bioshock represented this with riots, followed by bad decisions that lead Rapture to its final state.

But ultimately, Ryan just wanted a place where people are rewarded for their efforts, and where failure can't be blamed on anyone except those who failed.


For the most part, this list is pretty lame, though. It could have been worse, but obviously they weren't going for a serious comment on politics in games.

Re: Top 10 Video Game Politicians

I thought another tragic part of Bioshock was the people who followed Andrew Ryan. His philosophy said the succesfull people would rule the community, so only succesfull people followed him. They forgot you need people with less than stellar careers to. Somebody has to take out the garbage, clean the toilets, etc. It's a fact many objectivists forget.

Re: Top 10 Video Game Politicians

It's true, though a true modern utopia would develop methods to circumvent this inequity. Have the bad jobs dealt with by robots, or other automated systems, for example.

This doesn't solve the problem thoughl, and could perhaps aggrevate it. (Those who took out the garbage are replaced, and then they have no earnings let alone meager ones.) So such maneuvering should be done with care. And of course, once everything is automated, will we still be inclined to work -- to acheive, to advance? or will we just allow our caretakers to perform while we fall to sloth?

It becomes rather hard to predict, but the advent for computers gives us some insight -- Computers let people do ten times as much work in the same amount of time. People hearded it, believing this meant that we'd soon be working a tenth as much as before, but ultimately, it meant we began doing ten times the work instead.

Re: Top 10 Video Game Politicians

there was bill clinton and bush Sr in NBA jam wasnt there?

Nido Web Flash Tutorials AS2 and AS3 Tutorials for anyone interested.
How to set Xbox 360 Parental Controls

Re: Top 10 Video Game Politicians

I used to make Clinton do mad dunks with Air Dog.

******************** "Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedom

Re: Top 10 Video Game Politicians

Ahh Bad Dudes! That game ruled my childhood. Their version of the Konami code was super long and harder to input.

Re: Top 10 Video Game Politicians

Are you a bad enough dude to save the president !!

Was there ever a time when that didn't sound cheesy. Good days, good days!

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Which group is more ethically challenged?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Matthew Wilson@info depends on the sector. for example, have you looked at how powerful unions are in the public sector? I will make the argument they have too much power in that sector.07/07/2015 - 12:39pm
InfophileIt's easy to worry about unions having too much power and causing harm. The odd thing is, why do people seem to worry about that more than the fact that business-owners can have too much power and do harm, particularly at a time when unions have no power?07/07/2015 - 12:31pm
Matthew Wilsonthe thing is unions earned their bad reputation in the US. the way unions oparate the better at your job you are, the likely you want to be in a union.07/07/2015 - 11:33am
InfophilePut that way, "right to work" seems to have BLEEP-all to do with gay rights. Thing is, union-negotiated contracts used to be one of the key ways to prevent employers from firing at will. Without union protection, nothing stops at-will firing.07/07/2015 - 11:06am
Infophilehas an incentive to pay dues if they're represented either way, so the union is starved for funds and dies, unless things are bad enough that people will pay dues anyway.07/07/2015 - 11:02am
InfophileFor those who don't know, "right to work" laws mean that it can't be a condition of an employment contract that you pay union dues. That is, the right to work without having to pay dues. Catch is, unions have to represent non-members as well, so no one...07/07/2015 - 11:01am
MechaCrashUnexpected? Seriously?07/07/2015 - 10:55am
Mattsworknamejob they wanted without the unions getting involved. The problem is, it has some unexpected side effects, like the ones Info mentioned07/07/2015 - 8:49am
MattsworknameThe problem being, right to work states exsist specificly as a counter to Unions, as the last 20 or so years have shown, the unions have been doing this countries economoy NO favors. The right to work states came into being to allow people to work any07/07/2015 - 8:49am
Infophile(cont'd) discriminatory. This can only be done for protected classes which are outlined in law (race, sex, religion, ethnicity everywhere, sexual orientation in some states). So, a gay person could be fired because they're gay and have no recourse there.07/07/2015 - 7:27am
Infophile@Goth: See here: http://www.snopes.com/politics/sexuality/firedforbeinggay.asp for a good discussion on it. Basically, the problem is that in the US, most states allow at will firing, and it's the burden of the fired person to prove the firing was ...07/07/2015 - 7:25am
Goth_SkunkAssuming that's true, then that is a fight worth fighting for.07/07/2015 - 6:58am
Yuuri@ Goth_Skunk, in many states being gay is not a protected status akin to say race or religion. It's also in the "Right to work" states. Those are the states where one can be fired for any reason (provided it isn't a "protected" one.)07/07/2015 - 6:07am
Goth_Skunkregarded as a beacon of liberty and freedom that is the envy of the world, would not have across-the-board Human Rights laws that don't at the very least equal those of my own country.07/07/2015 - 5:47am
Goth_SkunkI find that hard to believe, Infophile. I have difficulty believing employers can *still* fire people for being gay. I would need to see some evidence that this is fact, because as a Canadian, I can't believe that the United States,07/07/2015 - 5:46am
InfophileFor that matter, even women don't yet have full legal equality with men. The US government still places limits on the positions women can serve in the military. And that's just the legal side of things - the "culture wars" are more than just laws.07/07/2015 - 5:43am
InfophileAnd that's just LGB issues. Get ready for an incoming battle on rights for trans* people. And then after that, a battle for poly people.07/07/2015 - 5:41am
InfophileA battle's been won. In many states employers can still fire people for being gay. And in many states, parents can force their children into reparative therapy to try to "fix" being gay. Those battles still need to be fought.07/07/2015 - 5:40am
Goth_Skunkand now they've switched to battles that don't need to be fought.07/07/2015 - 5:37am
Goth_SkunkIn my opinion, it was the final legal hurdle denying homosexual couples final and recognized statuses as eligible spouses. But even though this war's been won, some people are still too keen to keep fighting battles,07/07/2015 - 5:28am
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician