In a recent Fox News piece on the hidden political characters in NBA Jam, co-host Jenna Lee (Thanks Joystiq) asked EA Sports head Peter Moore if giving President Obama’s character special abilities in the game was “bi-partisan,” an ironic question perhaps, given the network that the question was posed on.
Moore remained nonplussed, answering, “We try and be non-partisan in what we do.” He continued, “But at the same time, the President, who as you know is a pretty good hoops player himself… ah, we try to represent his skills there.”
Kotaku’s resident sports game guru Owen Good broke down the skills of a few politicians, and asked if it was “really necessary to give all of the Republicans an 8-out-of-10 rating in ‘steal’?" Cheney’s in-game character features a “9” rating (out of 10) for shot blocking, while ex-President George W Bush has a “3” rating for clutch. Obama features an “8” rating for dunking (the same as Cheney’s), while Biden, with a speed rating of “7,” is actually faster than POTUS.