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Angela Merkel Posed With A Bunch Of Video Game Characters And Wow We Needed This

Just look at all the fun she's having.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 2:15 p.m. ET

Posted on August 22, 2017, at 1:43 p.m. ET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday gave the opening address at Gamescom, which is neat!

But it's also kind of weird. Former US president Barack Obama was a giant effing nerd but never gave the keynote speech at San Diego Comic-Con or anything.
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But it's also kind of weird. Former US president Barack Obama was a giant effing nerd but never gave the keynote speech at San Diego Comic-Con or anything.

In any case, Merkel heaped praise on Gamescon, which bills itself as the "leading European trade fair for digital gaming culture."

"Computer and video games are of the utmost importance as cultural assets, as a driving force for innovation and as an economic factor, which is why I was also very pleased to come to Cologne to provide this developing industry with my recommendation," she said in her speech.
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"Computer and video games are of the utmost importance as cultural assets, as a driving force for innovation and as an economic factor, which is why I was also very pleased to come to Cologne to provide this developing industry with my recommendation," she said in her speech.

But WAY MORE IMPORTANT are the photos that Merkel took after her speech with various cosplayers and generally looking like the newest Super Smash Bros. character.

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JUST LOOK AT HER STANDING ALONGSIDE BATMAN, MARIO, SPIDER-MAN, AND CRASH BANDICOOT.

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"You're all doing amazing!" she seems to say in this picture.

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The German internet, naturally, felt as though it had used the Konami Code to unlock Happiness.

Merkel then proceeded to tour the convention floor, checking out a VR racing game rig...

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...and playing an honest-to-god farming simulator, which may be the most Prussian thing ever.

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Just look at her joy at the ~splendor~ of video games.

It's like you're actually farming. Magical.
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It's like you're actually farming. Magical.

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