Political Types Depicted in Games or as Game Characters During Campaigns, How Did They Fare?

November 3, 2010 -

During the run up to yesterday’s mid-term election, we profiled a few politicians that used web-based games or videogame-related images in order to either slam their opponent, or drum up interest in their own campaign. In some cases the games were even created by third parties not affiliated with either side in a race. Let’s check-in and see how these candidates did in yesterday’s elections.

One such Flash game created by a third-party featured New Mexico gubernatorial candidates Susana Martinez (R) and Diane Denish (R) in a fighting game that pitted one against the other. New Mexico KnockOut was created by a former resident of the state named Max Barnett, who said that the game was not intended to give either candidate an edge. Martinez won the election with 54% of the vote, becoming the state’s first female Hispanic governor ever.

In New York State, Republican candidate for governor, and veritable loose cannon, Carl Paladino, painted his opponent, Democrat Andrew Cuomo as Mario Jr. (a nod to Cuomo’s father Mario, the ex-Governor of New York) in a political flyer, claiming that “Andrew Has Been Playing the Albany Game for 30 Years.”  Cuomo easily outdistanced Paladino at the polls, gathering around 62 percent of the vote.

Out in Missouri, Congressman Russ Carnahan (D) used a Pac-Man-inspired online game, named Hackman, in order to attack his Republican opponent for the state’s 3rd Congressional seat, Ed Martin.  Carnahan appears to have retained his seat by the slimmest of margins, 48.9 percent to Martin’s 46.7 percent. Candidates who lose elections by less than one percent in Missouri can ask for recounts. While the margin was 2.2 percent, Martin is alleging voting irregularities however.

In California, the California Labor Federation funded perhaps the most impressive political game of the season with its Wall Street Whitman creation. The Flash game was developed in order to highlight the “pattern of economic destruction” left behind by Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman as she advanced her business career. Whitman lost her run for governor to Jerry Brown, who received about 54 percent of the vote.

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Re: Political Types Depicted in Games or as Game Characters ...

Sarah Palin = Bayonetta.

Re: Political Types Depicted in Games or as Game Characters ...

How so?  Other than both are female and both wear glasses, I'm not seeing the similarities.

Unless you're calling Palin a witch.

 

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Andrew EisenIn other words, a hero is male because that's the default. A hero is female because of a gender-related reason.03/31/2015 - 5:32pm
Andrew EisenHer point is that "When archetypal fantasy heroes in games are overwhelmingly portrayed as men, it reinforces the idea that... women should be able to empathize with male characters but that men needn’t be able to identify with women’s stories."03/31/2015 - 5:30pm
Andrew EisenDaniel - She doesn't say that in any of the TvW videos and I doubt she's said elsewhere that all games with male protagonists are male power fantasies. Anyway, you seem to be conflating two different ideas.03/31/2015 - 5:30pm
MaskedPixelantehttps://twitter.com/Yuriofwind/status/583028257890635776 Oh snap!03/31/2015 - 5:14pm
WymorenceFor me it just boils down to the fact that, even at a giant company, when a game comes out annually it just gives it a vibe of being rushed out the door. And god knows Unity sucked some major lemur with all its bugs...03/31/2015 - 4:22pm
PHX CorpI launched my spotify account today, and I kinda went a little overboard with adding music03/31/2015 - 3:59pm
Sora-ChanCon't. Games like AC are a pain to someone like me who likes to play games in order. So when a game gets too many releases too quickly, it puts me off. Only exceptions are games that have no interconnected underlying stories like the FF games.03/31/2015 - 2:53pm
Sora-ChanWikipedia has rarely let me down on matters like this. But yeah... AC needs a break.. like two.. or three... or eight years.03/31/2015 - 2:51pm
ConsterThere's 9 already?! I think I played 1, 2, and the ones inbetween 2 and 3.03/31/2015 - 2:23pm
Sora-ChanCon't There are now Nine... of just the main entries into the series. There are 13 more in the "other games" department.03/31/2015 - 2:15pm
Sora-ChanI tried to get into AC. Was having a decent time with the first one, at which point they had already released three titles. Then a fourth came out... then a fifth... the wall kept growing before I could finish the first.03/31/2015 - 2:14pm
Daniel LewisI think ubisoft should give AC a break before it's milked to death,and i'm a big fan of the games03/31/2015 - 1:15pm
PHX Corphttp://www.polygon.com/2015/3/31/8320017/assassins-creed-chronicles-china-india-russia Assassin's Creed Chronicles is now a trilogy, goes to China, India and Russia03/31/2015 - 1:11pm
Daniel LewisThe only thing said i disagree with is the final quote on Men's experiences are seen to be universal but women are gendered,though doesn't anita say that games with male protagonists are male power fantasies,so in turn both are gendered03/31/2015 - 1:08pm
Daniel Lewisi found the video to be much better than any of the TvW series and it's about time the positive women are put in the spotlight03/31/2015 - 1:06pm
Daniel LewisSo feministfrequency released a positive female character video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXmj2yJNUmQ03/31/2015 - 1:05pm
Daniel LewisI think the guy who made the direct leak said it was an april fools joke when a real one was announced03/31/2015 - 12:43pm
MaskedPixelanteNo way Nintendo would let information like that get out. Remember, they shut down a memoir about the localization of Earthbound by enforcing a 20 year old NDA on the author.03/31/2015 - 12:42pm
Andrew EisenOh, there's definitely a Nintendo Direct tomorrow, but that beat-by-beat recap is almost certainly bogus.03/31/2015 - 12:20pm
james_fudgeConster: the larger issue is that Ind. does not protect LGBTQ+ people under state law03/31/2015 - 12:11pm
 

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