Somewhere inside the Beltway today, copies of Just Dance 3 for the Wii and The Sims Plus Pets rode in a presidential caravan with the nuclear football. That, gang, is core game cred.
President Obama picked up the two titles on a photo-op shopping trip to an Alexandria, Va., Best Buy, where he bought gifts for his two daughters and vetoed an associate’s upsell to the Xbox 360 version of Just Dance 3. (The Obamas apparently do not have that console.)
Presidential photo opportunities are total theatre, containing many hidden messages. CBS News mentioned that an earlier stop to a PetSmart “kept the tab to just over $US40,” noting that $US40 is what the White House says the average family can expect to lose per paycheck if Congressional Republicans don’t extend a payroll tax cut as proposed by the president. 40 dollars is, also, a common price for some PC and Wii games.
But here at Kotaku, we dug for deeper meanings as to why Obama would choose these two titles specifically. The answers may shock you.
• The Sims is made by Electronic Arts. Now, Peter Moore, as a dang foreigner, is prohibited from making campaign donations. But not EA CEO John Riccitiello. According to
Obama Goes Christmas Shopping at Best Buy [CBS; image by the Associated Press]