Having finished Team of Rivals, a study of Abraham Lincoln’s politicial genius, blogger Nate Janewit of Tech Industry Guerilla notes with despair that a Spielberg/Peter Jackson film adaptation may be in the works.
Expecting that the movie won’t do justice to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Janewit, a program manager in Microsoft’s Bing team, goes on to speculate about what a subsequent video game version of Team of Rivals might be like:
[CUE DEEP-VOICED ANNOUNCER AND IMAGES OF EXPLOSIONS]
ANNOUNCER: From the studios that brought you The Sims and Madden 2009 comes…LINCOLN!
[IMAGE OF LINCOLN SITTING IN A CHAIR THINKING]
ANNOUNCER: Balance the conservative and radical elements of your party…
[IMAGE OF LINCOLN WITH HAND IN THE AIR SURROUNDED BY CROWDS]
ANNOUNCER: Placate the masses with your oratorical skill…
[IMAGE OF SALMON CHASE, PLOTTING AGAINST YOU AS SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY]
ANNOUNCER: Navigate the dangerous waters of political intrigue within your own Cabinet!
I can already picture the crowds of enthusiastic gamers lining up or preordering weeks in advance. For some reason, real history just isn’t as interesting as video games.