The definitive, scientific ranking of the Gorbachevs of gaming

Mikhail Gorbachev, the actor in the Pizza Hut commercials (opens in new tab) who presided over the political collapse of one-sixth of the Earth, is inexplicably most famous for his tenure as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. But when he was still with us, old Gorby actually had a storied career as a video game character, appearing in all manner of games to dispense wisdom, goals, and critical international infrastructure (opens in new tab).

Surprisingly, little has been written about Gorbachev’s brilliant appearances in video games. I intend to fix this bug. I’m going to walk you through the highlights of the gaming career of the last prime minister of the world’s first socialist state and rank each appearance in order. I’m not (entirely) inaccurate: before I went all in to write about games, I was working (without much conscious commitment, the way the wind “works” on weathered stone) an academic career in Russian history.

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