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Meet the Members of Congress Who Play Video Games
Scott Peters had never played Mario Kart before, but he sure as hell wasn’t going to lose to Darrell Issa.
Peters, a Democrat from San Diego who represents California’s 52nd Congressional District, battled Issa, a Republican from the neighboring 49th District, at last year’s Comic-Con. Peters had been pretty good at Pac-Man back in the day, during law school in New York in the 1980s, to the point where, whenever he sees what he calls a “Pac-Man machine,” he’ll stop and give it his best shot, just for old-time’s sake. But Mario Kart — the new Nintendo Switch version, at least — was a whole different animal, and he wasn’t confident his atrophying skills gobbling up Pac-Dots would transfer. So his chief of staff brought in a subject-matter expert: her 12-year-old son. Peters, who’s 59, made himself comfortable in a bean-bag chair while the tween taught him the basics. “He was very patient with me,” Peters says. “‘Throw the mushroom! Throw the mushroom!’”
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