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Jared Polis’ Legendary Gaming Campaign

Reason magazine has dubbed Rep. Jared Polis the “Gamer Congressman,” an honor earned by virtue of a lifetime spent mercilessly battling one’s way through fantasy worlds and virtual war zones.  

The Colorado Democrat touched on a few of his favorite virtual pastimes — “I don’t really watch much TV. So, it’s a much more interactive thing, I think, to do with your spare time,” he told the interviewer — during a discussion that also touched on intellectual property rights, cyber-regulatory issues and blah-blah-blah.  

We here at HOH were much more interested in getting to the bottom of the role-playing and online strategy games that have kept Polis glued to glowing computer screens for approaching four decades.  


  • Age of Mythology
  • Rome
  • Later versions of Civilization


  • Diablo and Diablo II
  • Neverwinter Nights and Neverwinter Nights II
  • Defense of the Ancients
  • League of Legends (which he still plays)
  • Heroes of Might and Magic (later editions)


  • Warcraft and Warcraft II
  • Heroes of Might and Magic (earlier additions)

Late ’80s/’90s

  • Dungeons and Dragons Pool of Radiance and sequels (Commodore 64)
  • Mail Order Monsters (C64)
  • Civilization (early editions)
  • SimCity


  • Battle of Britain
  • Wizardry
  • Ultima
  • Elite
  • Bard’s Tale

Very first game

  • Dungeon! (on Apple II+)

Make sure to drop us a line ( ) if you stumble across the seasoned adventurer in any MMORPG environments (That’s massively multiplayer online role-playing games to you and me, Russ.) any time soon.

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