Over at the The AT Wire, gamer/blogger Alex Taldren picks a bone with the Video Game Voters Network.
It seems that the VGVN (which is operated by game publishers lobbying group ESA) took those now-famous Obama XBL ads as a hopeful sign:
Sen. Obama’s advertising leaves no doubts about the political significance of gamers. This outreach to the gamer community sends a clear signal to gamers that their voices are being heard and that the work of the Video Game Voters Network is having an impact.
Taldren doesn’t quite see it that way, however:
Some politician uses some of his campaign money to place advertisements in video games and suddenly he is our savior? Does anyone really think that Obama is going to remove video game bans and take our side just because he has a .JPEG on a billboard in Burnout?
…Does anyone really believe that Obama’s focus on video games can becomes anything more than problem? The more attention politicians give us and the industry, the worse it’s going to get…
And, what I thought was once a network of gamers who wanted to keep politicians out of video games, has become nothing more than a Obama lap dog–a perpetuator of the problem. I’m removing my Video Game Voter Network ad banner…
GP: Although the VGVN wildly overstates its contribution, we’ll have to agree that the Obama ads are, on balance, a very positive development.
What do you think, GP readers?