Top 10 Video Game Politicians
As we draw closer to the 2012 US Presidential Election, many people find themselves dissatisfied with both candidates. The job bears a huge responsibility, covering decisions in domestic, foreign, economic, cultural, and many other areas. Politicians in video game universes are fortunate in that their missions tend to be much more straightforward, without the consequences of each decision rippling throughout the country. That said, here are ten political figures from games who could make excellent commanders-in-chief.
10. Solidus Snake, Metal Gear Solid 2 (PS2)
Not be confused with his clone-brothers Solid and Liquid, Solidus Snake was literally created to be president. He was genetically engineered by the Patriots, with his growth artificially sped up so he would appear presidential age. But instead of enforcing their totalitarian shadow state, Solidus rebelled, creating his own private army and launching a violent insurrection against his creators. Though his methods were extreme, Solidus genuinely wanted to restore the freedom upon which his country was founded, and predicted that even individual human brains would end up under the Patriots’ control. Sadly, the events of Metal Gear Solid 4 proved that the exoskeleton-wearing ex-president super-soldier clone was right, and by then Solidus was long since dead.
9. Doctor Victor von Doom, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (PS3 / Xbox 360 / PS2 / Wii)
Despite being one of the greatest villains in the Marvel Universe, Doctor Doom isn’t that bad a guy. Yes, he constantly tries to take over the world and destroy its superheroes (particularly Reed Richards from the Fantastic Four, who unintentionally humiliated him when they were both in college), but he’s also an exceptional ruler. A master of science, sorcery, and sociology, Doom transformed his Eastern European nation of Latveria from a starving war-torn wasteland to an economic powerhouse with a well-fed and adoring public. Had the superheroes just let him take over in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, they probably could’ve avoided their nasty Civil War in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, because everyone would just be under the rightful reign of Doom.
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Neil Kapit is a freelance writer, cartoonist, and "La Li Lu Le Lo" agent based in Los Angeles. His work can be seen on www.therubynation.com.
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