Will Gamers Be Targeted for Political Ads?

September 18, 2008 -

The in-game advertising business might be growing in an unexpected direction.

Following this week's release of Teens, Video Games & Civics, a groundbreaking new study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, there is speculation that political campaigns may seek to engage with gamers via advertising. The report notes that 56% of teen gamers are interested in politics and 61% have raised or given money to a charity.

Media Daily News reports comments by Joseph Kahne who co-authored the Pew report and directs the Civil Engagement Research Group at Mills College:

We're seeing more emphasis on digital media in general from politicians, so I think it's a real possibility. Games are digital media - and they're where kids are. And it's not just politicians. Even civic and advocacy groups could likely use games just as easily as they've used email to get people to volunteer, or donate, or march in support of a particular issue. On some levels, it's inevitable.

 

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Either for the good or for the bad, I just don't like how many people outside the gaming loop still use the word KIDS when they talk about Videogames.

Don't get me wrong, it is vital that Videogames are recognised as a real political issue and that us Gamers know more about it than anyone else, but nothing will ever change for the better unless if these people outside the gaming loop recognise that even Adults play Videogames too.

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 if you vote solely because of video games, then you shouldn't be voting. Singe isssue voters (the ''i don't care if he supported a diasterous millitary and economic policy, i'll vote for him as long as he doesn't let them faggots marry'' kind of people) are how people like bush get elected.

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It's also how Clinton got voted in for that matter.

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 Single issue voters are almost always republican. that's not how clinton won.

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Amen to that. Unfortunately, those morons are the majority. :(

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<i>We're seeing more emphasis on digital media in general from politicians, so I think it's a real possibility. Games are digital media - <b>and they're where kids are.</b>

*sighs heavily*

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They do so, and the only thing they'll accomplish is to turn people away from voting.

Re: Will Gamers Be Targeted for Political Ads?

What's this have to do with Africa?

Re: Will Gamers Be Targeted for Political Ads?

You are in the wrong article.

Africa article is the next one....

Re: Will Gamers Be Targeted for Political Ads?

No, this is posted in the Africa category.

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They need to keep in mind that gamers aren't their normal, run-of-the-mill sheep. We bite back if they lie. If they make campaign promises about the First Amendment, then pass laws censoring things, we will not re-elect them.

What I find worrisome is that both vice presidential candidates have a negative history, either with big content pandering, or with attmpted censorship. Why does politics usually come down to the lesser of two evils? Why did Obama pick a VP who sucks?

Re: Will Gamers Be Targeted for Political Ads?

"Why does Obama suck?"

Fixd.

Not that McCain is great, but he's not as bad as Obama.

Bob Barr or Ron Paul, those are the ways to go.

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 Bob Barr or Ron Pual those are the ways to go if you knoe absoulutley nothing about politics or economics but read a few blogs on the internet, and want to think that you're better the everyone else bacause you aren't a ''sheep''.

I guess it must be painful being a paleoconsevaerative these days though. your ideologogy is dying around you.

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 Ah, shit. Spelling. My bad.

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I didn't really post to get into a debate about the different candidates. I just don't like censorship or the RIAA strongarming people into sending them money whether they are guilty or not. One candidate feels taxpayers should foot the bill for the RIAA, and the other sees censorship as a perfectly viable solution to problems.

As for just throwing around randow "This person sucks"/"That person sucks" without any follow up reasons as to why you feel that way, it jsut isn't condusive to a discussion. 

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Methinks that Jack will re-awaken his political desires as a result of this. Jack, in advance, shut the hell up.

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Re: Will Gamers Be Targeted for Political Ads?

 We were already targeted by the, but that doesnt mean they care about our wants, because I haven't seen it yet.

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I bet Clinton has some regrets now.

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Is she that navie enough to believed that gamers don't vote or not into politics. 

Yeah, she got ****ed in the ass with no grease on this.    Don't forgot Mitt Rondey is agianst gaming as well.  Ironic, ain't it?

 

-Snow_Storm of the ECA forums.

Re: Will Gamers Be Targeted for Political Ads?

 yeah, failure to apeal to the crucial video game voter demographic is what hosed hillary.

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United we Stand, Divided we fall.

There have always been motherf*ckers, there will always be motherf*ckers, but what we can't do is let them control our motherf*cking lives. -John Oliver, December 1st, 2008

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*jams screw driver into ear*

 
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Sleaker@AE - aren't most people fundamentally misunderstanding her at this point? haha.. On a related note I think a lot of the backlash is coming from males that think she is telling them their 'Generic Male Fantasy' is bad and wrong.08/29/2014 - 12:33pm
Andrew EisenAnd no, I don't think the female community would be upset over the performance of a case study in and of itself. Possibly the mostivations behind such a study, the methodology or conclusions but not the mere idea of a case study.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
Andrew EisenAmusingly, these videos aren't saying you can't/shouldn't use tropes or that sexual representations are inherently problematic so those are very silly things to have a problem with and indicate a fundamental misunderstanding of the series.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
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