Saturday Night Live Goes Political
Saturday Night Live Goes Political (Berkeley Systems) is a collection of video clips, fragments from scripts, and a handful of games, all concerning American politics from Nixon to Clinton. Video is divided into categories like Presidents, Politicians, Elections, and Press; all of the video, naturally, comes from the program. Most of it is hilarious. SNL was so popular for so long because players like Chevy Chase, Dan Ackroyd, Jane Curtain, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, and many others delivered some of the funniest, sharpest political satire available anywhere. The CD-ROM even sifts through recent seasons in search of gold, coming up with some respectable clips from Adam Sandler (as Operaman) and Norm MacDonald. The Games section of the program has some funny touches as well; lead Clinton on a Pac-Man style Road to the White House, where the dots are fast food hamburgers and the enemy ghosts are Secret Service agents telling him to watch his weight. The problem with Saturday Night Live Goes Political is that the games and the text are only insubstantial perks – the video is everything, and it should therefore be presented on a videocassette, where clips can exceed thirty seconds and be larger than a postage stamp. Right message, wrong medium.
– April 1996