Tasmanian Premiere Loves to Game

The 42-year old Premier of the Australian state of Tasmania appears to be a rather hard-core gamer who grew up playing a wide variety of game machines and even used his political standing to get into a videogame exhibition early, just so he could get some hands on time with the games.

The blog Just One More Game details the gaming exploits of David Bartlett (pictured), a member of the Labor Party who has been Premier of the island since May of 2008. Bartlett’s gaming odyssey began with Pong, before advancing through the Atari 2600, the Commodore Vic-20, a variety of Apples, and eventually, the Atari ST.

Bartlett made his way to the opening of the traveling Game On 2.0 exhibition, telling the blog, “I ‘wormed’ my way in with my son and brother for an hour before, so we had a good look before the queues arrived.”

Upon gaining entrance, Bartlett and his brother jumped on a Track & Field upright. "My brother & I played [that game] for half an hour, trying to belt the hell out of each other,” stated Bartlett.

As far as current gaming favorites, Bartlett and his six-year old son play Lego-themed games from Traveller’s Tales and the Premiere is a Band Hero fan, preferring to play Van Halen songs when wielding the guitar.

Bartlett thinks Tasmania would be a good home for mobile developers, but he declined to offer an opinion on the Australian government finally okaying an R18+ videogame rating, referring the interviewer instead to Tasmania’s Attorney General.

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