Obama & Palin as Playable Characters in Mercs 2

October 31, 2008 -

Some pundits are saying that high profile GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has hijacked the Republican spotlight from John McCain.

No argument here.

But if you require proof, consider that Pandemic Studios is releasing two playable characters as DLC for its controversial Mercenaries 2: World in Flames. The characters are Barack Obama and Sarah Palin, not Obama and presidential rival John McCain.

Among other combat activities, Obama struggles with a tank commander before dropping a grenade into the turret. Palin, clad in a designer red jacket and fashionable black skirt, wields an RPG and beats a helicopter pilot into unconsciousness.

It's all very presidential.

G4's Adam Sessler has a video report (at left). Pandemic exec Tom Stratton offers an explanation, of sorts:

Mercenaries 2 is a game seemingly ripped straight out of today's headlines and fueled with the same type of over-the-top action found in the best summer blockbuster films. It only makes sense we inject the game with a spin on current affairs. The timing was too good to let pass.

Venezuelan government officials and others have protested Mercs 2's invasion narrative in the past about. Placing Obama and Palin in the game will likely generate another round of outrage from the Hugo Chavez regime.

Nor is this the first appearance for 2008 candidates in a controversial video games. Last month GamePolitics reported on the inclusion of Obama and McCain in a trailer for GTA knockoff Saints Row 2

Watch Adam Sessler's report here... Additional Obama/Palin Mercs 2 footage can be seen here...


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Re: Obama & Palin as Playable Characters in Mercs 2

Anyone remember when this game was first announced all the fuss it stirred up from Venezuela? they said it was a tool used to desensitize american youth with the thought that its ok to hate/attack Venezuela. cheap designer clothes

Re: Obama & Palin as Playable Characters in Mercs 2

Palin over McCain makes sense, McCain has permant injurys from his time as a PoW that would doubtlessly prevent him from doing whatever the game includes the player doing. Palin is a moose hunter and NRA member.

 

Now why Obama I don't know, he is the guy who thinks the right to bear arms can be restricted the same way private property threw eminate domain.

Re: Obama & Palin as Playable Characters in Mercs 2

While I don't disagree with your point, I still have to say McCain would be the only one I could actualy believe in this setting... Like him or not, the man is the political equivelant of Chuck Norris.

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

Re: Obama & Palin as Playable Characters in Mercs 2

I'm not so sure.  Chuck Norris is a conservative.

Re: Obama & Palin as Playable Characters in Mercs 2

PLEASE let this be true.

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~You Could Be Mine, But You're Way Out Of Line..~

Re: Obama & Palin as Playable Characters in Mercs 2

Hrm, Pandemic trying to breath life into a dissapointing game?

Pitty they are not stopping to fix the annoying flaws in the game instead of working on stuff like this.

Re: Obama & Palin as Playable Characters in Mercs 2

Says you. The flaws are there to be sure. But none of them so annoyed me I stopped playing. The game is great. This looks like it's going to be a blast to come back to :)

Re: Obama & Palin as Playable Characters in Mercs 2

Eh, as a player of Merc1, I found the game to be massivly dissapointing.  

It suffers from many of the classic flaws that one gets when you try to build a game that is both multiplayer and single player but keep one interface.  So people who play single player only are left with an interface that is not suited to single player mode.

And true, many people really do love the way this game was designed, but they tend not to be Merc1 players.  Pandemic decided to go after a somewhat differnt play style this time and those of us that were hoping that the game would be a mechanical progression of the first one were kinda unhappy.

After this I will be checking Pandmic games for multiplayer and if they have it, avoiding them.

Re: Obama & Palin as Playable Characters in Mercs 2

ROFL That is all

 

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Re: Obama & Palin as Playable Characters in Mercs 2

Damn, where is the quote button? Classic comments!! LMAO!!

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Re: Obama & Palin as Playable Characters in Mercs 2

Too funny to pass up... but they should add some new mechanics to make it more true to RL:

1. Obama should have a restriction that does not allow him to use any form of assault weapon....

2. Every time Palin changes clothes, it should cost around $150,000....

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

Re: Obama & Palin as Playable Characters in Mercs 2

It's funny, because her frugality with her wardrobe is why she needed the clothes in the first place...

Re: Obama & Palin as Playable Characters in Mercs 2

Yeah, that's the reason they gave on TV alright... and W. used 4 years of leave time at once in the military... and Clinton did a good thing by approving NAFTA... and there are wepons of mass destruction in Iraq... and Joe Lieberman is only thinking of the best interests of Americans... and Al Gore invented the internet...

yeah you're right, politicians don't lie

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

Re: Obama & Palin as Playable Characters in Mercs 2

Is that actually legal? I assume this content is for profit since it didn't specify it was FREE DLC

 

As an aside, sessler talks about having a rock band/guitar hero game with led zeppelin as if they're the best thing ever, they should make one with a real band, BLACK SABBATH! Or better yet just let people buy an expansion that allows them to use their own ripped CDs but I know THAT'LL never happen...

Re: Obama & Palin as Playable Characters in Mercs 2

If used as parody, Yes it is legal. In a way this can be construed as parody.

AS to your aside, Led Zeppelin is awesome. Black Sabbath is awesome. So there should be no problems. But it would be very difficult to create GH/RB tracks from import MP3s. AS far as I know, each song has the notes entered by hand when the game is created. So I don't think they have the technology to read the individual instruments and lyrics from an mp3.

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Re: Obama & Palin as Playable Characters in Mercs 2

Isn't there a game for the iPod that does this though?

 

Re: Obama & Palin as Playable Characters in Mercs 2

Ahh I thought because it was (potentially) for profit then the rules would be different

Well there's your angle, the "Guitar Hero: Your Own Shit" is not an addon but a seperate release and is a construction set. They could charge users how many ever points for the rights to make one song (or sell song slots in bulk) and you can place notes & such however you please (I think that freeware Frets On Fire knocko... er 'homage' has that). It'd probably make them more money really because they wouldn't have to licence the music and as long as there's no way the users can send the songs to other people they'd be safe from litigation. Hell someone would be stupid enough to pay for a song slot so they could make the easiest track yet, the Beatles' "One Minute Of Silence"...

Hmm, know how we can get in contact with the developers? I feel a game pitch coming on...

 
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