Created by Matteo Bittanti and Claudio Tradardi, ObamAds are manipulated screenshots from popular videogames, including 50 Cent: Blood in the Sand (Swordfish Studios/THQ, 2009), Afro Samurai (Namco Bandai/Atari, 2009); Army of Two (Electronic Arts, 2007); Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision, 2008); Dead Rising 2 (Capcom, 2009); Fallout 3 (Bethesda); F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (Monolith Production/Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, 2009); Killzone 2 (Guerrilla/Sony Computer Entertainment, 2008); Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar Games/Take Two Interactive, 2008); Hitman: Blood Money (Io Interactive/Eidos Interactive, 2006); Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve Corporation); Metal Gear Solid IV: Guns of the Patriots (Kojima Productions/Konami, 2008); Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar Games/Take Two Interactive, 2009); Resident Evil 5 (Capcom); Saw (Konami, 2009), and The Godfather II (Electronic Arts, 2009). In each case, the screenshots have been digitally altered with Adobe Photoshop. The alteration consisted in blending logos, posters, and banners of the 2008 Barack Obama campaign into the depicted game environments and/or onto the game characters. Additional alterations include visual representation of artworks and images created by Obama’s supporters as well as critics.
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