Abraham Lincoln: The Video Game

June 19, 2009 -

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.


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Re: Abraham Lincoln: The Video Game

A Licoln era game could be good if pull off correctly.

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I'll admit 'Lincoln' would never be an EA title, it's far too deep and doesn't have enough codpieces in it, but for companies like Strategy First and other specialised groups, I don't see any reason why a game playing as President in Lincolns' era would need to be glitzy or glamourized, and would probably be very educational.

 

Re: Abraham Lincoln: The Video Game

Watch the wonderful play of Hamlet before being hammered in the ass to death!

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Heck, I'd buy a Lincoln game.  It would be a lot of fun to see what problems Lincoln faced.  Games have always been a great medium to make history approachable to folks who usually have no interest in the drier forms of historical scholarship.  Look at historical games such as Silent Hunter III and IV which give a lot of insight into WW2 submarine warfare, or even more lighthearted games such as the recent The Political Machine.

To suggest that games are an incompatible format for serious study says a lot of bad things about the person making that argument.  It also says bad things about the state of gaming when some idiot can make that argument without seeming completely out of touch with the medium.

Re: Abraham Lincoln: The Video Game

Psst, Nate. Just so you know, Bing ain't exactly anyone's success story, either.

Re: Abraham Lincoln: The Video Game

The game would have a terrible ending. Unless they changed it so that Lincoln comes back to life for a final showdown with Booth.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Abraham Lincoln: The Video Game

IF that were to occur, Gatling Lincoln or GTFO

Re: Abraham Lincoln: The Video Game

What a cretin. That's quite a ridiculous leap of logic to expect a game. And even bigger one to suggest EA would be the ones to do it.

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