Saturday, 18 October 2008

Obama ads buried in computer games...

Thing on The Guardian where

"...adverts backing Obama for president have now been embedded in video games."

Which begged the question, if Barack Obama is to be the first Black President of the U.S., who was the first Black Computer Game character?

The only 4 contenders I could find were...


A cybernetic enhanced soldier in the Mortal Kombat games, Jax is apparently the first African-American character in the series and his Friendship move in Mortal Kombat 2 is cutting out paper dolls for his opponent.

According to wikipedia,

"Jax is clear-headed, careful, and always keeping a watch on what his men are doing."


In the 1990 Sega Game Moonwalker spinoff.
"The game is essentially an isometric beat-em-up, although Jackson attacks with magic powers instead of physical contact...
... Jackson must get from the start to the end without losing all his health, rescuing all the children"

From the best selling game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, comes arguably the most controversial video game character, Carl “CJ” Johnson. During "The Introduction"—a short machinima video released with the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Official Soundtrack—he is seen mugging a passerby in the street.

and finally...


Possibly the first black video game character from Activision’s Boxing for the Atari 2600.
With a one button punch, you CAN be Sugar Ray Leonard, Larry Holmes, or George Foreman...


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