How the videogame Mortal Kombat 3 is influencing John McAfee’s US Presidential bid

John McAfee’s 2020 US Presidential campaign manager is leaning on the tactics of a classic videogame…

As America comes to terms with the impact of its mid-term elections, that saw the Democrat Party take control of the House Of Representatives and the Republicans secure their grip on the Senate, one person who remains unimpressed is controversial cryptocurrency advocate John McAfee.

McAfee, who has already declared his intention to run for President in 2020 (and his intention to lose the race, but use the platform it gives him to talk about crypto), stood for the Libertarian Party nomination back in 2016, but lost out.

Now, McAfee has pointed his Twitter followers towards an article from his campaign manager, Rob Loggia, as an explanation for his tactics in the 2020 race. And the videogame Mortal Kombat 3 plays a part.

In his lengthy post, Loggia explains that he used to play Mortal Kombat 3 with his friends growing up, but was at a disadvantage because he didn’t actually own a copy of the game. As such, he used to get soundly beaten, until he looked for the patterns in the game, and an advantage he could use. He realised the power of the game’s leg sweep move, and noted that “if you timed it right, you could simply leg sweep them to death and they could not get up”.

He added that, against the howls of protests from his friends when the tactic proved extremely successful, “my answer was always the same. I am at such a disadvantage that there is no other way I can win”.

That, bluntly, isn’t a million miles away from what he’s suggesting next.

Loggia argues that the US electoral system is heavily rigged in favour of the two main parties, and that there’s little point trying to play them on their terms. That McAfee’s Presidential campaign will get no traction at all if it does.

Instead, he suggests zeroing in on the half of the electorate who routinely don’t vote, to “turn the game on its head”.

“Throw out the rulebooks of expectation and decorum and obey only the absolute math – the letter of election law. Use the big races as attention getting devices, and focus massive shoe leather and resources on races that could be won given the added momentum. Then build on that”, Loggia writes.

And McAfee, for one, is fully on-board with the strategy. As he Tweeted, it’s his “campaign manager’s summation of my 2020 Potus campaign strategy”. And you can read it for yourself right here.