The games Obama should play

Barack Obama was fairly vocal about videogames during his campaign, frequently stating it was perhaps time parents got their kids to put their consoles away. While his attitude on the medium might currently be a little dismissive, this is still someone who played Pong growing up.

And we feel, with a little more information and the right games, Obama could appreciate the life lessons and worthy qualities videogames can instil in people. That's why we've put together the following list of titles that we reckon could teach the President-elect a few things about games and give him renewed appreciation for them. 


If the future leader of the free world questions the creative and social value of videogames, then he should be politely guided towards a PS3 and sat down in front of Media Molecule’s masterpiece. Inspiring creativity, encouraging imaginative thought and bringing gamers together to build something rather than destroy it, LBP shows that games can nurture people’s desire to come together and share great ideas.

We heard this whole new fangled democracy thing had something to do with cooperation and unity and there’s no better game for developing these ideas than the one with the sack boy on the cover. Overcoming obstacles together and sharing ideas is surely what Obama's government will have to do if they hope to succeed. Although we wouldn’t give LBP to him for long. After all, you don’t want the president missing UN summits because he’s trying to make a working flying car for his cotton man. 

Metal Gear Solid series

Considering the future president is following an administration that will go down in history as one of the US’ most warmongering, Metal Gear’s messages of the futility of war and nuclear disarmament have rarely been so pertinent. In a time of unjust and unconsidered invasions the Gear has stood resolutely anti-war.

Granted, Kojima’s cries for peace may be drowned out in a sea of flabby dialogue, scantily clad women and fights with decrepit snipers/one-handed cowboys/giant robots. But look past snapping necks, slitting throats and disturbing pelvic thrusts and you have a game that encourages peace, thought and unity. Messages that will be paramount if Barack’s administration is to heal the current rift between America and much of the world.


  • TheHamburglerTouchedMe - November 11, 2008 6:40 p.m.

    i dont really care as long as obama doesnt fuck around with shit
  • opaque - November 11, 2008 4:41 a.m.

    Clap Clap to you ModernCreed. I couldn't agree more...though they don't play if at least they read or watch the story (and I am talkin' bout the REAL story, not those movie-revised game plots), they would appreciate gamers better, or at the least, understand us. Thumbs up to GAMESRADAR!!!!
  • pdiddy0819 - November 10, 2008 1:55 p.m.

    these games looks awesome...and i will be able to get if for free just for filling out surveys at-
  • Vulgarlatin - November 9, 2008 7:46 a.m.

    I disagree with the GTA4 sentiment. The majority of their satire is wholly stereotypical and cliché. Sure, their are a few gems that really deserve note, but on the whole I found it all to be rather shallow. Vice City on the other hand... then again I was too young to remember that era.
  • JusticeIroquois - November 9, 2008 4:10 a.m.

    ah, what a load of crap, he doesn't care about us, neither does mcaine, honestly, i think that we would be in a better position if it was in the form of fallout...then we wouldn't have no stupid government trying to ban video games, they are our passion, bs that they can't see that...
  • R-webb - November 8, 2008 6:49 a.m.

    i think obama is going to do something to fuck up gaming
  • tiredluke129 - November 8, 2008 6:29 a.m.

    There really needs to be a spoiler warning in the half-life: episode two section.
  • gorillazbmx6 - November 7, 2008 11:25 p.m.

    Sounds like Obamas a playstation fan :P
  • Funebre - November 7, 2008 6:27 p.m.

    You forgot to include Metal Wolf Chaos to the list :P
  • kingchris709 - November 15, 2008 1:56 p.m.

    Obama sucks. Mcain and Palin should of won.
  • OroYoke - November 12, 2008 5:41 a.m.

    There are alot of people who thinking playing games is a waste of time. Obama just share that opinion and its oblivious gaming isnt his preferred form of entertainment.
  • Rasy2kG - November 12, 2008 12:57 a.m.

    wait, what? No WWE Smackdown vs. RAW 2009 I guess y'all don't smell what Barack is cookin'?
  • MHArgentum - November 11, 2008 8:58 p.m.

    We live in a Republic, not a Democracy. Pledge of Allegiance: "And to the Republic for which it stands..."
  • screath - November 9, 2008 9:51 p.m.

    Obama wasn't dissing video games. He was just suggesting that families should spend more time together.
  • Yellowhat17 - November 9, 2008 7:37 p.m.

    I'm always annoyed when people don't know the great, complex plots that can be featured in games. People like Obama. It sucks.
  • Coolbeans69 - November 9, 2008 5:23 p.m.

    Wow that actually makes sense. But I couldn't see Obama playing metal gear solid
  • ModernCreed - November 9, 2008 4:25 p.m.

    Good choices this article shouldn't be games obama should but, just games people who hate games should play.
  • berryween - November 9, 2008 4:08 p.m.

    Cool article, but R-webb, if video games haven't been banned yet, I doubt they ever will be.
  • Z-man427 - November 8, 2008 11:12 p.m.

    did you know that in Burnout Paradise, between October 6th and November 4th, all the in game billboards that normally advertised Crash FM were Obama billboards? First campaign ever to utilize in game advertising. definitely not the last
  • NelosAngelos - November 8, 2008 9:49 p.m.

    Interesting...not a single mention of any of the Fallout games. Oh and tiredluke129, there is a spoiler warning, just keep reading.

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