Australia had Bronwyn Bishop, the real life equivalent of Big Boss, summoning helicopters at will, blasting The Final Countdown (presumably) as she hovered back and forth from Geelong. But the Finnish government has a way cooler Speaker of Parliament. Her name is Maria Lohela. She loves video games. She's very excited about Fallout 4 coming out.
In this interview, she talks extensively about her love of video games. Turns out she has a pretty broad taste in games.
Translation via Reddit:
Skyrim was really nice. The Final Fantasy series was a lot of fun for me. Most have been left on the shelf of the store because of the multiplayer focus. Assassin's Creed, which I mentioned earlier, is my greatest favorite. I rarely play any game multiple times; instead, I choose games based on how much time I can spend on it. I read reviews before buying, and if the duration of the game is like 10 hours, I likely won't get it unless it's a very big name. I have liked Silent Hill Games. I'm waiting for the next Fallout a lot... I can't really name one game over everything else.
At 37 years of age, Lohela is the youngest person ever elected to the position of Speaker.
On one level it's sort of depressing we're only now starting to see politicians talk openly about games, but on the other hand it's pretty cool. I have it on good authority that Labor MP Ed Husic is a big gamer, but I can't wait for the day when the US President or the Australian Prime Minister has a gamertag. Surely that day isn't too far away.
Or maybe I've got it all wrong. Maybe Bronwyn Bishop was just living out her Metal Gear Solid fantasies with those helicopter trips.