I was checking out my page on Facebook today and was so happy to see how much support their is in today’s election. I remember past campaigns where Matt Hazard had such a major role in the outcomes of the election. Check out some of the elections of years past and how Matt played a role in them.
Matt Hazard’s impact on previous elections:
At the height of Matt Hazard’s popularity, both Bush and Dukakis were looking for new ways to tap into the gamer audience. 8-bit graphics was all the rage, and The 1987 Western videogame “Fistful of Hazard” featured pixilated ads by the Republican Party. Unfortunately nobody wanted to see ads of Bush in the background yelling “No new taxes”. Marathon Software luckily eliminated most copies before it shipped to stores.
However, the popularity of Matt’s tank-game, “Boom Tanks” inspired Dukakis to take that ill fated photo op ride in the tank that cost him the election.
While Bush hoped to sail by promoting Family Values and vilifying Matt Hazard and other violent video games, Clinton took a shrewder approach by playing the theme song to Matt Hazard Land Two: Haz World on his saxophone live on the short lived Gamers Basement Tonight TV show.
Sales from Matt Hazard 3-D were so insanely high, selling millions of units a month since 1994, it was singled handedly credited for keeping the 90s economy afloat and Clinton profited from the recent years of prosperity in his defeat of Bob Dole.
Matt Hazard’s time traveling game from 1997 “Bridge to the 21st” Century was inadvertently used as a slogan for both the Bush and Gore campaigns. However, more ominous was his Alligator wrestling simulator “What a Croc” which was released on election day and featured a Florida swamp setting where Matt took on various enemies in the Gator Gang. The game was later hacked to include Bush and Gore mods into the fighting ring.
While Matt’s career as a videogame superstar was well into its decline by the time Kerry and Bush made it to the polls, some Republicans did include a SwiftShooter ad campaign featuring a stolen Matt Hazard character model talking about Kerry’s inability to pull off a good head shot in a multiplayer match.