Normally, I try to keep it casual with PC World’s weekly slothfest–and this week was to be no different. The original plan was to dig into the megaton fighting game, Soul Calibur IV , which launched this week for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It looks fantastic, is amazingly replayable, and lets you beat up frenemies over the Internet. Then I flip on the news. Senator McCain jabs at Senator Obama, saying that Barack is akin to Paris Hilton (minus the estrogen and X-rated videos). Obama fires back about GOP tactics. There has to be a more civil way for these two to hash out differences. That’s when it hits me: You can create your own custom fighters in Soul Calibur. Yeah, I think you can see where this is going…
White House Calibur
Barack always struck me as a Jeet Kun Do master: nimble, deadly with his words–and with a pair of nunchucks. McCain? This guy’s tough as nails. I don’t know if I could’ve made it through half the stuff
Round 1: National Defense
Barack has youth on his side, so of course he’s dancing rings around McCain. And the strategy is paying off, at first. He gets a couple combos, laying out a full plan on modernizing the military and
Round 2: Energy and the Environment The only drilling happening on the Arctic shelf today: a couple nunchuck shots to the head. Both candidates are seeing green these days–seeking cleaner fuels–but here’s the billion-dollar question: Do you tear up your own natural resources in the meantime, or do you work out deals with foreign powers? This could be anybody’s fight, but a shirtless Obama is getting cold–so he makes quick work of McCain.
Round 3: Video Game Legislation
As our boys continue duking it out over the worldwide issues here,
Below, a couple clips from the grudge match…
… but in case you can’t see it,
Real Political Games
All jokes aside for a second, there are a number of other politically charged games out there. Some are innocuous time-wasters draped in politics. Some educate. Some enrage. Some are listed right here for your slackery convenience. And all of ’em are free.
Pork Invaders (http://www.johnmccain.com/videogame/invaders/) The McCain-centric Space Invaders clone has you controlling a McCain logo that fires vetos up at pork-barrel flying pigs that rain down…arrows? Here’s where the GOP failed: I would much rather have seen a Monty Python-style animated McCain head shouting those vetos up at the pigs.
Presidential Pong (http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/presidential.pong) The great current events game-makers at Persuasive Games put together a simple game of pong, as played by your favorite candidates. (Shockwave required.) Each political player has his own presidential power-up. Don’t look for any hidden messages here. No sir.
Obama: Race For The White House (http://www.gamesolo.com/flash-game/obama-game.html) Though Obama’s illustrated head is all over this game, it really is a version of the arcade/Web game, Bust-A-Move. The idea: you match up political issues and make them disappear from the screen. If only life were that easy.
eLECTIONS (http://www.ciconline.org/elections) Now this is something anybody can get behind–a browser-based political board game that’s a take on Life (the game). CNN Student News, C-Span, and History are behind the free educational game. It’s been updated for the 2008 elections with more multimedia clips and insights. So go on, take a spin. See if you can make your way to the White House. And–dare I say–learn something in the process. (Shockwave required.)
Well, it’s time for the next round in my personal Obama-McCain “debates.” Until next week….
Senior Writer Darren Gladstone geeks out over gadgets, games, and odd uses for humdrum tech. In other words, he’s a nerd–and he’s okay with that.