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French Politician Appeals To Gamers

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.

Dipping his toes into almost everything that could be labeled 'nerdy' in his free time, Jon has been writing about technology for over half a decade. While mainly focusing on PC hardware thoughout this time, today he's more varied, covering everything from gaming to general electronics, industry perspectives and consoles. As well as writing for different sites, Jon enjoys wargaming, reading and PC gaming, hoping to balance out these geeky pastimes with fire spinning and MMA.