Archive for November, 2008

You know you’ve reached the pinnacle of left-wing liberalism when you can get mentioned on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show. During the Just Enough segment near the end of the show, Kent Jones shows off Super Obama World. Hits to the Super Obama World website spike in response.

Or, see the video clip here: Super Obama World on The Rachel Maddow Show

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Our newest project over at ZenSoft is Super Obama World (SOW). It’s done in the style of Super Mario World (SMW) which was released by Nintendo in 1990 and sold over 20 million copies. So even though technology has advanced somewhat since then, we wanted to preserve the quaint look and feel of SMW.

Title screen for Super Obama World

Title screen for Super Obama World

For additional screenshots, visit the Super Obama World Gallery. I’ll save the details behind the game’s creation for a later post, but suffice it to say, my partner at ZenSoft, Robert Sundling, developed some amazing tools that let us do it.

After some long hours, we released the game on Tuesday, Novemeber 4, 2008. Election Day.

This first set of levels takes place in Alaska where Barack Obama pursues a rogue Sarah Palin. The three levels included in the Election Day Release include:

  • “Thanks, But No Thanks” – Obama must avoid pigs with lipstick and lobbyists. Features the infamous Bridge to Nowhere.
  • “For Everything Else, There’s The RNC” – A spoof on the Mastercard slogan, this is a reference to the reported $150,000 clothing purchases for Sarah Palin and her family. Watch out for the clothing salespeople. Features storefronts of Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
  • “I Can See Russia From My House” – Sarah Palin famously mentioned how one could see Russia from Alaska (technically true), so we created a level where St. Basil’s Cathedral features prominently. Avoid pit bulls with lipstick and obnoxious Russians. Sarah Palin herself makes an appearance (foreshadowing) on her “snow machine”.

We intend to add a few more levels and a few features to this initial set of levels. I’ll write about them soon.

The first few levels we released include “Thanks, But No Thanks” (featuring a

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