President Obama Featured in Video Games

From Kotaku comes an interesting piece on President Obama appearing in video games. Owen Good writes:
Obama in Video Games

In two weeks, President Obama will appear in a video game for the second time in two months. Is he being paid for that? Is the White House cutting deals with sports game makers? Not likely.

Obama appears in a special cinematic added this year to Madden NFL 11‘s Super Bowl presentation mode. Win it all, and your team gets a White House visit with the POTUS, just like in real life. NBA 2K11 this week revealed it will have the same type of ceremony when your franchise takes home the title in its Association mode.

American society enjoys the most robust entertainment culture — and, it seems, civil litigation market – in the world, so most folks are aware that when someone shows up in a commercial work, he has to give his permission, and often is compensated. Otherwise, he might and often does sue.

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  • Synapse

    He’s a public figure, so you can pretty much stick him in whenever you want. This is the celebrity rule that certain magazines make big bucks on, and this even extends to other things that are so ubiquitous that making your whole movie about them wouldn’t involve any infringement.

  • Synapse

    He’s a public figure, so you can pretty much stick him in whenever you want. This is the celebrity rule that certain magazines make big bucks on, and this even extends to other things that are so ubiquitous that making your whole movie about them wouldn’t involve any infringement.

  • chinagreenelvis

    ARE YOU A BAD ENOUGH DUDE TO meet THE PRESIDENT

  • chinagreenelvis

    ARE YOU A BAD ENOUGH DUDE TO meet THE PRESIDENT

    • Andrew

      No.

  • Andrew

    No.

  • William Xavier McGarley

    More free advertising for Obama, I guess. Not that there’s much demographic overlap between profiles of the (stereo)typical pot addled video game junkie and the >stereo<typical AARP-affiliated voter.

    But I'm sure it'll all pay off after his term, in increased ticket prices for speaking engagements and a nice, fat signing bonus for his bio. I can just imagine the stoners camping out over night to save a place in line . . . .

  • William Xavier McGarley

    More free advertising for Obama, I guess. Not that there’s much demographic overlap between profiles of the (stereo)typical pot addled video game junkie and the >stereo<typical AARP-affiliated voter.

    But I'm sure it'll all pay off after his term, in increased ticket prices for speaking engagements and a nice, fat signing bonus for his bio. I can just imagine the stoners camping out over night to save a place in line . . . .

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