Politicians are often said to be disconnected from their constituents, the public in general and most commonly, the youth. Gamers are also commonly a misunderstood group, especially when legislature is concerned - but one French politician is actively targeting them with his current campaign.
As the French election wheels begin to turn, Francois Bayrou has a new website (opens in new tab) that looks pretty standard when you first visit. However, inputting the Konami code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left right, A, B) reveals an 8-bit style video that shows a game start screen followed by a short animated video.
Fortunately for those of us not fluent in French, the Telegraph (opens in new tab) has a translation of some of the text, that states "nothing can resist a united nation," and that "the final hour of combat approaches."
It finishes with "insert vote to play."
While it is indeed rather gimmicky, it is an attempt by a politician to appeal to a group of people that is growing at an exponential rate: gamers. While this 8-bit flashback might be of a somewhat niche appeal, it's good to see gaming being targeted by politicians for something other than causing increased violence in children, or being a catalyst for racism and sexism.