Sunday, January 10, 2010

Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill

Did you know that President Clinton's cat Socks was the almost star of a video game? The game was ready for release when the company closed up business in the USA. The game featured both Nixon and George H. W. Bush as villians. I guess if a cat can be the star, one can also believe that former presidents want to help terrorists steal a nuclear bomb. I think it was a good thing this video game never made it out to the public.

From Wikipedia:

Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill is an unreleased video game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Genesis. It stars Socks, the pet cat of 42nd US President Bill Clinton, and his family, in a platforming adventure in which he has to make his way past spies, crooked politicians and the media to warn the White House of a stolen nuclear missile. Scheduled for a release in the Fall of 1993, the game was complete and ready to be shipped to retailers, but was suddenly cancelled following the closing of publisher Kaneko's US branch.

The game's bosses were made out to be caricatures of former Republican leaders such as Richard Nixon and George H. W. Bush. Nintendo's own censorship policies during the late 1980s and early 1990s condemned games that had "subliminal political messages" or "overt political statements".

1 comment:

Tamahome Jenkins said...

I wonder if you can find any ROMs out there of the game. I'd love to try it out.