Video games came up when President Obama made a long-distance phone call to the International Space Station this morning.
As reported by ABC News, Obama, some members of Congress and a group of Washington, D.C. school kids spent 28 minutes videoconferencing with the crew of the shuttle Discovery.
The Prez was friendly and conversational with the astronauts. When it came time for some questions from the students, the first one was, "Can you play video games in space?"
Obama dutifully relayed the question to the crew. Perhaps surprisingly, the answer that came back was yes, you can play video games in space.
In fact, one of the astronauts (we're not clear as to which one) replied:
We can, in fact. And in fact a few years ago when I was up here for six months I had a video game that I used to play in my spare time. Unfortunately, we don't have much spare time.
So we can, we have a lot of laptop computers. But for the most part we stay real busy doing real work.