Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe surprises by taking a look at his adorable gaming laptop

I bet he zerg…

Since stepping down as Prime Minister of Japan, I became convinced that Shinzo Abe will one day do a gaming livestream. It’s not as crazy as it sounds either, as more and more evidence seems to suggest that he will do just that.

It all started last October when Abe started his own YouTube channel. It was a rather conservative affair, but it seemed to embrace some YouTube tropes, suggesting it could gradually adapt to the format over time.

However, it was still wishful thinking at the time, but more hope arrived on December 24, 2021, when Abe posted a video of himself playing the piano. It was a surprisingly good performance, but that’s beside the point. More importantly, he posted the video with “…hiitemita(“I Tried to Play…”) in the title, which is widely used by fans who like to show off renditions of popular songs on YouTube. However, Abe did it with the more polite wording of “hiitemimashita.”

If the former head of government could post an ‘I tried to play the piano’ video on his YouTube channel, could a game stream really be so far behind? It’s still a big step forward, but the idea seems to have at least entered the realm of possibility.

And now I’m thrilled to report that it might have taken another step towards becoming a reality!

Check this tweet from Abe from March 3, 2022. He explains that he gave a lecture to the National Bureau of Asian Research, an American think tank that advises on policy in the Asian region. It’s great and all, but take a good look at the picture…

First, looking at the other side of Abe’s keyboard, there’s a glow that, at first glance, could be mistaken for the glare of fluorescent lights in the office. However, on closer inspection, it has clearly backlit keys. These are basic elements for gamers as they help to draw complex interfaces on PC games, but are of little use for others.

Still not convinced? Do you think he just likes the speed and reliability of a gaming laptop, but only to do his daily work?

That may be the case, but looking even closer at the image reveals more damning evidence. This will require considerable zooming, but luckily the image of the tweet has a high enough resolution to barely pull it out.

If you can, zoom right into Abe’s laptop screen and check the icon on his taskbar, the third from the right, and tell me that he did not install the Steam PC game distribution platform on this thing.

▼ Here is a clearer image of the same icon (the rightmost icon) on another computer for comparison

Now you might be thinking “maybe he’s just borrowing someone else’s laptop”, to which I can only answer: why are you trying to crush my dream?

Really though, without a more intimate knowledge of the security protocols surrounding the oddly specific situation of a former Prime Minister who becomes an MP and then gives a private lecture to a foreign agency, it’s hard to say whether this is his laptop or not.

So why don’t you join me and these other online comments in having fun with the idea that Shinzo Abe is playing somewhere Ring of Elden on his laptop.

“Dude is a PC gamer. lol”
“RGB Keyboard!”
“Looks like he has a GeForce RTX too.”
“Is this a gaming laptop? Abe-sensei, let’s play games!”
“I like its shiny rainbow keyboard. lol”
“I’m more interested in his laptop than anything he talks about in the tweet.”

That last comment really says it all. The public has spoken and the public wants to see Abe broadcast games. And quite frankly, as an avowed public servant, it is technically his duty to play video games in public for our amusement and ultimately for the good of the nation.

That being said, he probably needs time to practice what he likes to play. And in the meantime, if his grandma gives him some nerve for the game, we know the perfect comeback he can use.

Source: Twitter/@AbeShinzoFlash info about my game
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