Would Game Developers Make Good Politicians?

September 29, 2009 -

CNN has a story on Silicon Valley bigwigs moving into the political arena. They are tracking former eBay chief Meg Whitman in her race with Steve Poizner for the Republican nomination for California governor in 2010. Poizner also has a few high-ranking, high tech jobs on his resume, including selling his company SnapTrak to QualComm before becoming the state's insurance commissioner.

The CNN story looks at other tech-savvy politicos and their success. The story concludes:

In the end, there is no real proof that wrestling fans helped get (Jesse) Ventura into Minnesota's state house or that space enthusiasts helped elect John Glenn to Congress. But, as (Republican strategist) Allan Hoffenblum notes, women and techies are two powerful voting blocs in California.

Since game developers also tend to be an opinionated lot, with a lot of interest in government because of the money involved in their industry, it begs the question: What game developers would make the best politicians? It would be interesting to see how John Carmack or Warren Spector stand on various issues.

Who do you think would make an interesting political candidate?


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Re: Would Game Developers Make Good Politicians?

Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk of Bioware, sure I would vote for these guys in a political arena.

Derek Smart or Brad McQuaid.... not so much.

 

Edit: Oh and "Dude Huge" for President!

Re: Would Game Developers Make Good Politicians?

Politicians are the lowest form of human life.  Given the choice, I would rescue a crack-addicted prostitute over ANY politician. 

When the hell did politics become a career anyway? 

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nah they would be terrible politicians they dont lie or cheat nearly enough *sarcasme*

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I've long thought that marketing 'spin' and interviews where words are carefully chosen yet persuasive - that sort of nonsense - draws parallels to politicians.

Look at some of the promises devs make to those that actually fulfil them!

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You might be thinking more of publishers than developers.

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See anything said by Peter Molyneux in the last 15 years. I think he's highly talented, but the claims he makes of his games often turn out to be hyperbole, much like a politician making promises.

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Highly talented? On what grounds?

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On the grounds of successful games, however you look at them. His Bullfrog-era games were amazing, they didn't need lavish interviews stating the intricacies of how they were going to revolutionise everything.

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So "formerly talented" might be more applicable. Successful games  != talented designers every time, just good marketing. These days.

The Bullfrog games WERE amazing, but what about since then? Bullfrogs been dead for what, 10, 12 years now? Since then, he's been all hype no substance.

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Re: Would Game Developers Make Good Politicians?

David Jaffe, obviously.  ;)

Re: Would Game Developers Make Good Politicians?

How about what video game characters would make good politicians?

Duke Nukem for president!

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What about John Romero?  "Making you his bitch in 2012!"

Seriously, though, I think Warren Spector would be a good choice.  And Wil Wright (all those Sim games should at least give him the know-how for urban planning), or Peter Molyneux.  Sid Meier should also know a thing or two about running a country come to think of it.  Maybe even Tim Schaefer, too.  If you want to get the fringe vote, maybe even Richard Garriott or American McGee.

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If Todd Howard is any indication, game developers are able to lie VERY well.

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Considering how low the bar is set at this point, I'd say yes. All they would really have to do is not act like a fucking tool 100% of the time and it could be considered an improvement over what we have now. Seriously, with some of these ultra-right wing idiots, I'd be all for just picking someone at random.

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Re: Would Game Developers Make Good Politicians?

There are plenty of extremes on the left side also...I'd say there are Libertarian/Populist extremes too, but these ones are much less vocal/well-known because the media/government/people doesn't recognize them.

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You guys are missing the obvious.

I hereby nominate Derek Smart for the United States Senate!

This guy maintained a Usenet flamewar against his detractors for years on end! Nobody on the senate floor could hope to outfilibuster him! He has the skills!

It's time to end the War on Terror, and time to begin the War on Vending machines! Get Smart in 2012!

<ducks>

Re: Would Game Developers Make Good Politicians?

No becuse they lie ,cheat and steal as bad as the real polticaions....


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...says the incoherent douche who freely admits to pirating everybody's hard work.

Re: Would Game Developers Make Good Politicians?

He's a damn sight more likeable and popular round these parts than you bucko.

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Zippy for President in 2012.

Re: Would Game Developers Make Good Politicians?

All I know is that Whitman's running on a promise to axe thousands of civil servants as a means of balancing the State's budget. In a State where unions make and break politicians, that ain't too smart. 

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God knows there's nowhere else that California is willing to turn to balance the state's budget.

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It appears that Whitman may not have been too concerned with political matters before declaring her candidacy. She's got a history of never registering to vote or actually voting in elections. I'm sure her opponents will pound her over the head repeatedly with this history. 

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Jaffe / Thompson 2012!

 

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All I can comment on are the ones we tend to see quoted here. Hell NO they wouldn't. Most of them never seem to consider implications of what they say and act surprised when what they thought was an innocent comment/swipe/joke blows up in their face.

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Prime example, David Jaffe.

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This, pretty much.
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Matthew Wilsonyup, but curent city rules do not allow for that.04/15/2014 - 11:00am
ZippyDSMleeIf SF dose not start building upwards then they will price people out of the aera.04/15/2014 - 10:59am
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NeenekoRent control is useful in moderation, NYC took it way to far and tends to be held up as an example of them not working, but in most cases they are more subtle and positive.04/15/2014 - 10:24am
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Matthew Wilsonwhat are you saying SF should do rent control, that has never worked every time it has been tried. the issue here is a self inflicted supply problem imposed by stupid laws.04/15/2014 - 8:52am
E. Zachary KnightNeeneko, Government created price controls don't work though. They may keep prices down for the current inhabitants, but they are the primary cause of recently vacated residences having astronomical costs. Look at New York City as a prime example.04/15/2014 - 8:50am
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Matthew WilsonI said that already04/14/2014 - 4:22pm
E. Zachary KnightMatthew, The could also lower prices by increasing supply. Allow high rise apartment buildings to be built to fulfill demand and prices will drop.04/14/2014 - 3:48pm
Matthew Wilsonthe only way they could keep the price's down, would be to kick out google, apple, amazon, and other tech companies, but that would do a ton of economic damage to SF, but I am a major proponent of free markets04/14/2014 - 2:54pm
NeenekoThe community people are seeking gets destroyed in the process, and the new people are not able to build on themselves. Generally these situations result in local cultural death in a decade or so, and no one wins.04/14/2014 - 2:09pm
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