90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Monday, May 20, 2013

‘Watergate: The Video Game’ Puts Player In Woodward’s Shoes

(watergategame.com)

(watergategame.com)

If you find yourself waxing nostalgic for the kind of 1970s investigative journalism that led to the Watergate hearings, you can now relive all the chills and thrills of the Washington Post investigation by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

The recently released “Watergate: The Video Game” is free to play online, and not entirely journalistically accurate.

Timothy Leary shows up with drugs and you get in a fistfight with Nixon. Things get pretty weird at the end, and we don’t recommend it for young gamers.

Samuel Kim, the programmer behind the game, told Here & Now that the game’s over-the-top end is a nod to how the story of Watergate is told.

“All the video-gamey violence that happens at the end of it is a spoof of the way the Watergate mythology is usually told, which is they uncover the story and then the next Thursday the Nixon administration falls. There’s more to the story than that.”

Guest:

  • Samuel Kim, comedian, writer and creator of Watergate: The Video Game.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

March 30 38 Comments

Sen. Warren: Not Interested In Reid's Job And Still Not Running For President

Elizabeth Warren insists she has no plans to jump into the 2016 race. She joins us to discuss her current political goals.

March 30 8 Comments

Unveiling The Pain Of Secondary Trauma Victims

Mac McClelland was diagnosed with PTSD after witnessing another woman's horror at being brutally assaulted. She joins us to explain why she didn't believe the diagnosis, at first.

March 27 Comment

Using Poetry To Expose The Power Of Money, Class And Gender

Alissa Quart's first book of poetry is both personal and universal - inspired by work and research she has done as a journalist.

March 27 11 Comments

Yale Is Starting A VHS Archive And It’s Full Of Horror Movies

"Silent Night, Deadly Night," "Stripped to Kill" and "The Last Slumber Party" – all from the 80s – are a few of the titles.