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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