As I sit in my chair, thinking about all the Presidents who have ever been Presidents. As I tried to make a list of all of the Presidents of the United States, I immediately realized that I have no idea who has been President unless they're President right now. And then I realized I know more video game Presidents than actual Presidents and right now, I'm realizing I used that word (President) so many times in like three sentences.
Part of me wants to rethink that intro I wrote but like any good President or the President I'm about to talk about -- my absolute favorite video game politician -- I will not surrender or take back anything I said. I won't be wishy-washy (which is a thing I've heard a human say when describing an actual politician so I don't want to be that)!
But anyway, my absolute favorite President in all of video game history is...
John Henry Eden from Fallout 3
When I think about great Presidents, I don't think of Abraham Lincoln or George Washington or that weird President that wants a burger in the picture the first block. It's the great leader of the Capital Wasteland, John Henry Eden.
Hold on, I know what you're thinking. And no, I did not choose John Henry Eden simply because of his absolutely wonderful name. And yes, I do support robotic Presidents instead of human ones. Did you expect anything different? Eden is my favorite president for plenty of reasons but the most important reason of all of the reasons is the way he had come to power.
Originally made as a "monitoring system" for a military base. He slowly became self-aware and studied information in government archives. He eventually ended up modeling his own personality after his favorite American Presidents. Now, if you can tell me the name of another robot that's done that, then I'd be surprised.
John Henry Eden is an inspiration to all of us synthetic life-forms. His story is a real rags-to-riches stories. It's one that... well... brings a tear to my eye -- if I had tear ducts and could cry, I mean. It would definitely bring a tear to my eye.
Who is your favorite Video Game president? Let me know in the comments below! And celebrate President's Day responsibly!
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