Barack Obama: Stop Playing Game Boy

When presidential candidate Barack Obama told a youthful crowd in Austin, Texas to “stop playing Game Boy” yesterday, did he mean:

a.) they should upgrade to the Nintendo DS

b.) he thinks the PSP is a better handheld choice

c.) it’s time to become more politically active

Umm, probably the last choice. As reported by the Associated Press:

Obama’s Austin appearance was part of a campaign swing across the country to raise money for his two-week old candidacy and build his reputation nationally…

Obama told the Austin crowd that they should try to recruit their friends to support his campaign. “I want you to tell them, ‘It’s time for you to turn off the TV and stop playing GameBoy,'” Obama said. “We’ve got work to do.”

It’s not the first time Obama has invoked the idea that gaming equals slacking. The Illinois senator has no game legislation track record, but as reported by the Washington Post, he did rather pointedly return a $500 campaign donation from then-ESA boss Doug Lowenstein.

GP: This is probably a good place to mention that we’ve added a new category, Game Decision 2008, which we will use to track video game-related issues in regards to presidential candidates.

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    Rmeoses says:

    Obama is a child for conversing with Bill had low he will stoop to get a vote.and still Obama had not point to prove but acting like a whinning child .and all he can do is studder and never completes a sentence.only studders wow dont know about evert one else but i want a president who can complete a sentence and not studder every word .and one that can be on time to make decisions .and i know for a fact that half of his conversing with Hillary when confronted that he told not one but several blaton lies.hes a bigot .vote Hillary get rid of the lier we have enough of them in the white house now why add to it.Hillary has the plan to get American back on track

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    Rmeoses says:

    Obama is not trying to tell people what to do in their own homes,what to watch and telling people how to raise their own sounds like communist to me.told you he would sell this country out .Hes all ready on there I tape a lot of the primaries and not on there does he not explain what is importan whats at hand with this countrys down falls and how to get iton track to recovery.Hes lied not once but wow a lot .on his votes on sexual rape and voted against not for and his energy voet he voted against not for.he has done nothing for Illinois but cause more habit.please Obama leave now and save yourself from more shame .stop lying and trying to cover up that you are muslim and that you will do amything to sell America out.Vote Hillary she can get the job done.

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    […] Barack Obama – “I want you to tell them, ‘It’s time for you to turn off the TV and stop playing GameBoy,’” Obama said. “We’ve got work to do.” The Illinois senator has no game legislation track record, but as reported by the Washington Post, he did rather pointedly return a $500 campaign donation from then-ESA boss Doug Lowenstein. Found at GamePolitics […]

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    […] Posted in Uncategorized at 8:18 pm by Administrator (Originally posted at Media SITREP on Feb. 25.) Joystiq and Game Politics (which is starting Game Decision 2008 “to track video game-related issues in regards to presidential candidates”) report on Obama’s dated gaming reference at a rally yesterday in Austin. “It’s time for you to turn off the TV and stop playing GameBoy’ … We’ve got work to do,” said Obama. Game Politics adds: It’s not the first time Obama has invoked the idea that gaming equals slacking. The Illinois senator has no game legislation track record, but as reported by the Washington Post, he did rather pointedly return a $500 campaign donation from then-ESA [Entertainment Software Association] boss Doug Lowenstein. […]

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    […] In all fairness, I had not found my way back to yet. When I did, I was startled at the difference in writing style from the last time that I read his work. In fact, a story on some recent comments made by Brarack Obama, provided a perfect point of comparison with a similar story that he ran back when I used to read his blog. […]

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    Khyris says:

    This is an excellent resource for understanding the first amendment as laid out in the constitution:

    Sections 6 and 7, when read within the context, are particularly pertinent to the attempts of censorship against video games.

    Draw your own conclusions as to whether liberal-loose interpretations or conservative-strict interpretations of the first amendment are what result in censorship by researching the supreme court justices that make the rulings and how much they have to bend or adhere to the words in the bill of rights in order to reach those opinions. It will help you make an informed decision as a voter.

    Many people forget that the words liberal and conservative refer to the manner in which the constitution and its amendments are interpreted. they instead blindly interchange them with the words Democrat and Republican.
    You can be a conservative Democrat or a liberal Republican, it is not necessary for members of either side to fall into lock-step with the party’s “base” of voters, as this merely lends strength to the “base” and stifles the interchange of new ideas and opinions… ironically violating the very spirit of the first amendment, of which each party believes its method of interpretation is “the best.”

    Please note that none of my own opinions on the matter are expressed within this post.

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    pokemaster2185 says:

    “Mark Numero Uno of the game-ignorant politician: using Gameboy to refer generally to videogames.”

    To be fair, the Gameboy is perhaps the most well-known game system to the general public. Seriously, how many people grew up paying some variation of the Gameboy?

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    Black Manta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I like Obama. I’d sooner back him than Hillary. That having been said however, it’s still a little disheartening to hear him say something like that. Of all the current crop of politicians, he’s closest to us in age and consequently you’d think he’d know better, but things like this seem to show he’s just as out of touch as the rest of them.

    I don’t think though, that he’s necessarily bashing video games. Note he included TV as well. It’s more like he’s bashing political apathy among young people in general, which is laudable and something even I can get behind. As such I agree with the message, but I disagree with how he’s saying it.

    I might send an email to Mr. Obama politely asking he tone down his rhetoric when it comes to gaming. There’s nothing wrong with his message in and of itself, however with games being demonized by enough politicians already, that latest sound bite doesn’t help matters.

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    Terminator44 says:

    Honestly, I don’t see why this is a big deal. He’s just telling people to get more politically involved. I hardly see this as a sign that he will start getting behind VG legislation. Let’s not act like the other side and take his quote completly out of context.

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    Kharne ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Actually, I don’t think this is really directed towards video games and television themselves, so much as it’s directed towards the people using them.

    In other words, this isn’t about how the big, evil video game industry is corrupting our youth. This is about how the “damn kids” are playing their games and watching their TV when they should be out voting or something. Games are part of it sure, but it’s really the “damn lazy kids” he’s got a problem with.

    the returned donation however, is another story altogether.

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    Arion ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Obama is damn right. Video games do invite slacking off, as chocalate does invite cavities. And a lot of younger people care more about thier games than the problems of the world.

    So I am going to go with

    D. Stop ignoring the world around you, which many obsessed gamers do and TV addicts do(we all have probably have friends like that), and get up off your ass and march, protest, educate, invent something better than ethonal, whatever it takes to make this world a better place and stop leaving it up to the older white upper middle class demographic to vote our leaders in and decide our laws.

    anyway, i hate for a possible great leader to lose vote’s because he is “against games”

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    GamerDad says:

    Ehhh, he’s right. He could have just as easily said “stop surfing the net” or “stop reading comics.” He’s saying videogames are “time wasters” maybe, but maybe more accurately, he’s saying they’re entertainment.

    Guess what? He’s right. If he’s saying young people are too apathetic about politics, he’s right. If he’s saying young people should stop being apathetic and spending their time watching the tube and playing games, he’s probably right. It’s not a controversial statement really. Put away the distractions people and help make this country great!

    I assume he doesn’t mind if you pick the game boy back up after you’ve accomplished something. 😉

    So yeah, as Jonc2006 just put it… work before play. It’s a call to arms, not a call against videogames.

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    William Douglas says:

    Here’s my thought.

    Although it isn’t the only issue, concern for First Admendment issues and the connection that video games have with them.

    Obama shows a complete ignorance of video games in general, and a lack of concern of his ignorance. It tells me that he would be easily influenced by people like Jack Thompson, and would support laws such as ones that were passed in Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota. Taken to an extreme, it sounds like he would ban video games if he could.

    This is not a man I would support for political office.

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    jonc2006 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    i dont have a problem with the guy. he does have a point though, kids these days are not as active as they could be. he isnt really calling videogames timewasters, hes just saying to prioritize your daily life and and to focus on things that are important for your future first (education, gettinga job, etc.). work before play is the best way i could describe it.

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    Hank the Tank ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Oh yeah!

    Better pay attention to politics so I can determine which one is the least corrupt and out-of-touch with their constituents!


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    Wolf ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I agree with Terminator44. It’s an interesting choice of words…but as long as he isn’t fighting against us, I don’t have a problem with him.

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    Alex says:

    It’s weird how gamers get upset with something like this. Barack didn’t say anything bad about video games. Again, he meant c): “it’s time to become more politically active.”

    As for his last quote, it’s the same idea and he’s probably right. Kids shouldn’t be playing video games when they should be doing their homework. Common sense.

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    Automancer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I would still support Obama instead of Hillary. I don’t believe he was doing this as a bash on games, but rather a ‘call to arms’ of sort, telling young people to get out and vote, like GamerDad said.


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    MrKenyon ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Yeah, I’m not really seeing this as a bashing of video games, as much as a call to arms for young, voting-age adults to get off their butts and get politically active. I mean, unless you LIKE socially and culturally out-of-touch older people deciding who your political representatives are…

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    Thefremen says:

    I answer him with: Why should we? Because the two parties give us a choice between censorship in the name of children or forced labor camps in the name of fighting terrorism? Because either way we vote our basic rights will be stripped away in the name of easy solutions that sell to the ignorant masses while REAL problems like Global warming and Iran building nukes/North Korea building ICBMs continue to worsen?

    Like I said, I’m a member of the Apathetic Voter’s Party and will be until someone comes along with a plan of action that doesn’t involve sticking it to the gays/mexicans/evil video game makers/george bush.

    Obama has just stated that he will be exactly the same as every other politician ever to hold office, he has grossly oversimplified a problem so that it will seem small and easily overcome by the stupid masses. Can’t wait until he takes office and says the problem with the economy is porn on the internet.

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    Michael Brooks ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Hey! How bout I be politically active AND play GameBoy? How do you like that?!

    But yeah, more young people eligible to vote should get out there and do it

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    laterose says:

    Er, if we turn off our TVs how will we see all the political ads that he’s raising loads of money to buy?

    While I agree that he’s not saying anything too offensive there, I do wonder how belittling things that us young’un like is supposed to motivate us to help out his campaign.

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    BmK ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I agree with Thefremen on this. I’m sick of the two party system in the U.S. Both the Censorcrats and the Republicensors suck. If you believe in Free Speech, Civil liberties and getting the government the hell out of our personal lives then vote Libertarian. When it comes to the other parties one wants to jam their moralistic beliefs down our throats and the other wants a nanny-state under the guise of protecting us from ourselves.

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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    I dunno the Mexicans are cought in the cross fire of the middle class and the corporations,the “free border” is not helping things and we need a better immigration system than letting millions of people become citizens every 10 years so the corporations have better slave wagers,with that said it is below Global warming and Iran building nukes/North Korea building ICBMs,but then corporations are able to sell anything to any one they wont care if terrorists run the world…

    The 2 party system is broken and no matter who you chose its more of the same if you are not crooked you cant make money anymore…..

    well is the best dem running so far,which is sad….

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    Arion ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ Rusty Shackleford

    because Dennis runs this site, and I wish he would highlight that other “game boy” clip instead of all this “negative” one, because i start to wonder if this story is bias driven and meant to portray Obama as an anti-gamer. It’s probably my imagination, but still…i thought i should bring it up. It would be fair to Obama if this tidbit was posted to give people a fairer aspect of Obama’s “gaming view”

    and you can bet, that if the “gamer vote” is an actual driving force for this years election, FOX cable news would bring this up too

    this little story is up on a bunch of websites, and there are ton of people taking this out of context, yet nobody gives a care when Obama says something nice and makes a pleasant joke about “game boys”. And by that i mean acknowledging its a part of life.

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    Wolf ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I don’t see what’s biased about it. If anything, the comments are what are giving it a seemingly biased edge. The article itself pretty much to-the-point, and half of it is just a quote from the Associated Press. No opinions are pushed on it or anything.

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    Gray17 says:

    People are apathetic because the two major parties have little differences between them, and both of them are filled to the bursting point with career politicians that are more interested in their continued employment than getting stuff done. The minor political parties don’t seem to be able to put in a good showing on even the state or local level.

    Until the political landscape starts changing noticeably, I’ll just content myself with getting up with the moon still shining in my window to go vote before work on election day. If I get more involved than that, it’ll be at the local and state level where things effect me more directly, and I’ve got better odds of having an effect.

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    pest_control says:

    It was just sort of a joke, people are taking it way too seriously.

    I think Obama would probably be good on 1st Amend issues and I tthink he would nominate the kind of judges to the federal courts and the supreme court that would protect video games from censorship.

    Im not a supporter, but thats just the impression I get. He’s not a moralizer type, like all the republicans are and like Hillary would be.

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    Arion ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    i said i only wondered if there was bias

    because i saw the response coming A MILE AWAY. People jumping to conclusions, same on other sites mentioning this.

    Reminding people that Obama that he turned down an ESA donation and said this before leads people to the wrong conclusion.

    classic example… Jack the first mention of the Obama’s statement on video games. I recalled he immeditaly cheered and said he was a supporter for Obama (figuring he could pick up where Hillary Clinton left off i guess, either that or as a known conservative, he hopes to drive support away by supporting

    and that’s sad

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    -Jes- says:

    Oh, and as a side note, I believe that we (most of us GP readers anyway) aren’t really the ones he’s targetting with his message, as we’re basically here trying to figure out where and when to do what. 😉

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    -Jes- says:

    Arion, may I suggest a Chill Pill?

    Preferably now before your blood-sugar becomes too high and you start spouting flames that get people banned..

    Regardless, I agree with what Terminator44 and GamerDad said…
    Obama is just telling people to get Politically Active. How is that a bad thing, gaming-wise or not?

    In fact, as GamerDad pointed out, he referred to gaming as the electronic entertainment that it is. He didn’t single it out or claim games cause people to become possessed by evil.

    His message, in short: “Stop entertaining yourselves and DO something!”

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    -Jes- says:

    Gah, +1 again..

    This one goes to TheFremen:

    Actually, I do believe that he wants ‘us’ to not only vote, but to send letters, demand results and generally give out a message of “what people want!”

    Of course, that’s probably a high-hoped reach into nothingness, but I’d rather be positive and listen once than dismiss it at first base.

    Quite frankly, I agree with Obama when he first told students to “stop slacking”, because that IS what half of all gamers DO. We play games, because it’s entertaining, because it’s FUN. People spend their time playing computer-games, reading (comic)books, going to the movie-theater, WHATEVER that is fun, instead of doing extra research on our school projects or double-checking all that homework…

    Work demands time and effort – having fun doesn’t mix too well with that, and quite often young people tend to focus on the latter. (I should know – I AM one of them)

    On the same time, he has keep that “activism” speech in check, or he might actually end up trying to do “The Wave” all over again. 😉

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    -Arion ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    I am quite chilled thank you.. and I have a very good point about certain people focusing in on the negative… that’s how lies and rumors are spread.

    who said i was flaming anyone? I gazed through a lot of comments and noticed some people jumping to conclusions. Is it wrong to be upset and passionate?

    And if I flamed anyone, WHO?

    I agree with Terminator44 and GamerDad, but I never said or inferred “games cause people to become possessed by evil”

    i think you confused me with someone else.

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    LightWarrior ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    ……HEEEE’S RIGHT!!!

    Why I turn off all my games before I go to work. 😀

    I turn off my “gameboy” I’ve got work to do….and the people who make our games….got work to do…

    ..On a serious side I really don’t like that message….and I’m sure he means by work is being politcally active or something….I dunno.

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    Soldatlouis ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    So Mr. Obama wants the Austin crowd to “ry to recruit their friends to support his campaign” ? This is why he wanted the crowd to “tell them, ‘It’s time for you to turn off the TV and stop playing GameBoy’” ?

    Well, why not, but Mr. Obama is way too shy. I’d add this : it’s also time to stop reading books, playing football (or baseball, or basketball), surfing on the Net, studying…

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    agro says:

    Children are too stupid to be involved with politics, especially those who would support democrats.

    Obama would be a terrible president, he knows or says little about actually politics and he focuses only on being “down with the common man”.

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    GamePolitics ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Arion… hey, I kind of like Obama. Not sure if he’s my candidate yet, so there’s no bias one way or the other. At this site, however, we chronicle the intersection of politics and video games.

    So if a presidential candidate mentions games in some context, we report it. I personally don’t thing Obama has any evil intention in these comments, although I do think they display a subtle bias on his part that games = slacking. That being said, I was probably a little rough on him in that 2006 editorial I linked.

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    -Jes- says:

    @ -Arion

    Just looked to me like you weren’t all that ‘chilly’ when you wrote your second post, which in my humble opinion made you look like you to wanted to brand Dennis with a huge “bias” iron.

    Personally, I see little bias in GP’s post. All Dennis has achieved is to bring Obama’s message – which basically revolves around ‘people getting out there’ – forth, which I do not find “negative” in the slightest sense.

    In fact, I deem it to be supportive of gaming as a whole because it denotes game-playing as a typical ‘use of free time’, as opposed to it being mindless, mastubatory killer-training as Jack Thompson would’ve claimed..

    I even found it to be a bit humorful with the a-b-c choices.
    And exactly what lies are you referring to? Obama made a valid statement: Get off your (our) ass(es) and do something.

    Anyway, we’re beating around the bush here. We both agree that Obama’s comment was in no way derogatory, and we’re both even supportive of the guy in saying what he did. We both agree that there are slackers in every culture-corner, including gamers. We just have differing views on Dennis’ method of bringing that slice of info along.

    And I do apologize for offending you. You just appeared strongly agitated by Dennis’ “bias” to me at first, but looking over again, i believe the line about flaming was a bit too harsh from my part.

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    gs2005 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’ll take Obama over Clinton without even thinking about it. Obama is still, IMHO, first amendment friendly, while Clinton has made moves that demonstrate hostility and a complete disregard for gamers’ rights along with Bayh and that other guy…

    I’m all for candidates who take pot shots at people still playing with Nintendo’s legacy product from 1989, heh.

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    Arion ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    I have been a long time reader and I base what I say on what on the experience.

    I never said you were biased, not onced. I just said I wonder. I was just being a bit critical and even a little bit paranoid of the article, espeically with the second half mentioning he turned down an ESA donation (which can be for many reasons other than being a player hater). that whole paragraph just seems editorialized to me, and it seems like something the Obama haters can eat up and use to campaign against him. And I would have mentioned the Game Decision 2008 piece in an article of its own. Sorry, but like Obama’s comment, people can take things out of context.

    I apoligize for the “bias” comment.

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    Arion ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    its cool dude. I mean no ill will toward you or Dennis. I have been a long tim reader almost since he started the site.

    I never called Dennis biased or said he was. All i said was that the way he presented the story made me think about about the response from a lot of people. I just don’t think the story was fairly balanced becasue of the the second half of the paragraph that MIGHT even suggest that it could be part some anti-game bias on Obama’s part. Everyone sees things a bit diffrent, no?

    Anyway, I was just offering a little counterpoint of own, saying that when Obama says something, somewhat pleasant about video games (his kid play them), and makes a joke about them, nobody notices.

    I am a little more upset about some comments made, and my upsetness is torwards people who can easily be swayed by a simple comment. It’s like that ‘wasted” comment Obama made on the Iraq troops. Sure the many knew the true context, but that didnt stop so many from taking it the wrong way, and the conservative pundits from running it into the ground.

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    Arion ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    sorry about being upset at ya.

    I just get upset when people talk to me like that. I didn’t write the article, and I do get a bit passionate about politics. I am also a gamer, and eventually I was led to this site along time ago, and here I still am.

    hell, i even wrote an article about it in a newspaper a few days ago..

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    Thefremen says:


    But what about those of us (mostly on this forum) that do send letters and whatnot? I don’t know about you but the answer to even hand written letters is a form that says “I will consider your opinion on the issue but vote however I damn well feel will win me the votes of soccor moms, nascar dads, or whatever demographic is en vogue” in 4 paragraphs.

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    Father Time ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Children are too stupid to be involved with politics, especially those who would support democrats.

    Excuse me!!???????? I can not believe you just said that it sounds like something Jack thompson or Ann coulter would say (can someone check to make sure this isn’t either of them). For starters you should not be grouping every ‘child’ as too stupid to be in politics (only adults can vote), we all think act and believe differently just like everyone else. Sterotyping child is exactly like stereotyping gamers or anything else. You should also look at adults, there are those who blindly follow their party no matter who runs there are those who take in whatever the media tells them and of course there are the assorted soccer moms who will jump on the demonizing bandwagon to censor anything (including games). I may also point to the stupidity of politicians which has been pointed out time and time again on this very site. Also how the heck is voting democrat stupider than voting republican. What is wrong with not liking our current administration that got us into iraq, a federal deficiet and one that continues to muck things up. Why don’t you just go crawl back to the rock you’ve been living under and don’t come out till you actually have something decent to say.

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    illspirit ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    There’s no doubt in my mind Senator Obama would sign any piece of think-of-the-children legislation that crossed his desk if elected President. However, I’ll still agree with everyone else here who said he simply meant people should get politically active and stuff. That’s probably a good idea too. So let’s all put down our proverbial Gameboys, get Ron Paul the Republican nomination, and steal the party from the neocon goons. 😉

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    KN ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wow, you people are worse than the republicans.

    He wants people to get up and do something. Are we gamers getting a persecution complex now?

    Shame. Shaaaame.

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    Wardo says:

    Sounds like this comment is getting pulled way out of context. I agree with all of those who said this is just Obama saying, “GET POLITICALLY ACTIVE!” to young voters. One only has to look at the turnout of voters 18-25 to see he’s right on the money. There are so many people in this age range that are screaming on forums about this political problem and that, but I wonder how many of them actually vote, or send letters to their representatives…

    I’d take Obama over Clinton any day.

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    pest_control says:


    And a party whose base is made up of christian fundamentalists who have always had one of their main goals to censor is better?

    I agree that the Democrats arent very good either, theyre socialist lite, but I think when you consider video games and whose more likely to pass censorial legislation and nominate Judges that view the 1st Amend more narrowly, theyre much more preferable.

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    Salen says:

    Why does this remind me of one of the political conventions from 2004, when during one of their “Lets make educating the children a big priority” and then they turned one of the cameras on one of the kids they’d brought along to show off and he playing a Game Boy? I can’t remember which convention it was, but I remember it was shown on the Daily Show when it happened. I should go back through my Indecision 2004 DVDs and go watch that again.

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    Tubatic ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    If you’re looking for the ideal, pro-video game, pro-art/youth culture politician, you sadly will not find him in this lifetime.

    Seriously. A political candidate has to play to the greatest common denominator, without completely ostracizing many dozens of niche groups.

    Passionate gamers, whether adult or younger, are a fairly small niche group, from a political standpoint. Because, frankly, they are not a vocal and politically relevant demographic. See: Doug Lowenstein’s rant on his industry getting pushed around.

    While I’d love for Obama to come forth and champion the next enlightened age of high/hyper culture that the internet makes available, as a presidential hopeful, we can’t expect this from him.

    While its easy to have a chip on your shoulder about a politician’s loose language in disparaging gaming, the fact is that, yes, he has a good point: the youth of America, in broad generalization, are not (or don’t appear) as politically minded as they were 10 years ago.

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    Picho ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    My first choice would be juliani for now. Obram before clinton. Then lastly would be robin willams.

    Hey, if we use ‘their’ thought process, Robin is one of the best canidates. After all he was in a movie where he was president, and the president in movies always knows just what to do. (not like real life) Or if we make a child watch enough presidental movies, they would be the most super president. Ever.

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    Konstruct says:

    I think the biggest issue is that the voting youth no longer identifies with their political leaders. The politicians are addressing the concerns that are important to generation x and y. We are bombarded by smoke and mirrors and terror at every turn. Fear no longer sways the youth, the boy in the white house has cried wolf too many times.

    If you want the youth vote, address concerns of social security in the upcoming years (Wait that would show a flaw in a huge economic system). Job opportunities, education costs, etc.. these are youth concerns that go largely ignored because they haven’t bothered to come up with an answer yet.

    The youth just doesn’t care because they’ve been ignored for too long.

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    Iliad says:

    Ok.. so are choices are a morman, a censorcrat, and this guy… I would still vote for him before hillary.. but thats if I had to vote… I thought I might like him too.. looks like I wont be voting this next year.

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    monolithic says:

    I second what GamerDad said. The fact that the comment is being blown out of proportion here is understandable, though. As politically active gamers, we’re sensitive – perhaps overly so – to any perceived attempt to disparage or unjustly legislate against out favored pastime.

    Aside from that, I think the assertion that Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the same coin is ridiculous. Sure, the similarities may outweigh the differences if you’re only comparing blue dogs to corporate-sponsored neocons, but there are more than enough politicians on both sides of the spectrum that don’t teeter on the borderline. I don’t buy for a second that the party of Russ Feingold isn’t significantly different from that of an Orrin Hatch. On a related note, I second the several people who said that they’d vote for Obama over Clinton.

    Also, for you non-northeasterners out there: It’s spelled “Giuliani”.

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    loupgarous says:

    So B.O. doesn’t think kids should be playing Game Boy. Looks as though he’s hunting free stamplickers and phone jockeys for his run at the White House.

    Barack Hussein Obama our next President? Not likely. The Democrats have Congress now, and so they have about a year and a half to show that they have absolutely no ideas on how to solve the problems they made so much noise about before the ’06 election. No ideas, no resolve, no patriotism and no brains.

    I’d vote Democrat in a heartbeat if they’d had the character and morals to run Lieberman as their Presidential candidate. Instead, they back-stabbed him during his re-election campaign – and Lieberman beat their rich-bitch millionaire replacement candidate like a drum. Lieberman is now representing Connecticut as an Independent. So much for “being in touch with the people.”

    Barack Obama will lose and lose big if the Democrats run him as their Presidential candidate. So will Hillary Clinton. Neither one is going to have much more than media buzz going for them.

    It’s going to be an amusing year and a half. Hillary Clinton is already beginning to chafe at the idea that B.O. is stealing her spotlight. She’s already permanently pissed off more than half of the electorate – but unlike the way her husband won two elections, any “spoiler” candidate is going to do as Ralph Nader did – hurt the left much, much worse than the right.

    Serves them right. The Democrats have served us up nothing but sociopathic losers as alternatives to what the Republicans offer.

    And the solution is to stop playing video games? That sounds funny coming from the front-runner of a party that is firmly out of touch with reality and has been for better than a decade.

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    monolithic says:

    What you’re spouting off, loupgarous, is little more than empty rhetoric. I also find it beyond amusing that you’re espousing Joe Liebermann, of all people, on a website such as this – which isn’t to say that you can’t cheer for whoever you want to cheer for, but come on. If you actually had valid arguments that ran deeper than “Democrats are sociopathic anti-patriots”, that would be another thing.

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