Obama Names Video Games as Health Concern in Speech to A.M.A.

June 15, 2009 -

In a speech to the American Medical Association in Chicago today, President Obama mentioned video games as a factor in unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles.

As reported by the New York Times, Obama addressed the AMA as part of his drive to build support for sweeping healthcare reform. The Wall Street Journal's Health blog has the full text of the President's remarks. Here's what he said about video games:

The second step that we can all agree on is to invest more in preventive care so that we can avoid illness and disease in the first place. That starts with each of us taking more responsibility for our health and the health of our children. It means quitting smoking, going in for that mammogram or colon cancer screening. It means going for a run or hitting the gym, and raising our children to step away from the video games and spend more time playing outside.

In other speeches, Obama has frequently linked video games to academic underachievement.


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Of course he's going to name them Czars.  He's closet Communist.

 

Freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, so long as it is the truth. This does not exclude anything that might hurt someone's feelings.

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You know you're just as bad as the idiots who claimed the last guy was going to try to be president for life?

 

No, I take that back; you're worse than them. You'd rather be as hateful as possible and wish for grand failure at any cost to Americans because your side lost.

 

Hannity and Coulter would be proud.

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I don't want America to fail.  It's just that my vision of America is different than yours.  I want people to take responsibility for their own actions, instead of blaming white men for all of their problems.  I want the federal government to stay out of my life.  I want to keep the money I make.  I want America to have the best education, knowing that can't be achieved by taking a child's feelings about his or her grades into account.  I want our industries to be the best in the world, knowing that can't be done if the federal government is actually running them with people who don't know anything about that particular industry.  I want America to be energy independant, which means having access to wind, solar, nuclear, coal and fossil fuels, all of which are accessible here on American soil.  I want America kept safe from terrorism, which means not being "nice" to people that want America to burn.

How is any of this wanting America to fail?

It's not my fault that Barack Obama wants nothing to do with any of this.  He'd rather become friends with terrorist nations and bankrupt the country.

 

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You do realize that the communists were one of the groups that helped bring down the Czars...

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Wow. Gotta love all the gamers getting bent out of shape when someone says something about how playing video games can be bad for your health..

Hate to break it to you, but they can be. Using myself as an example. I am a pretty hardcore gamer. I play video games as often as I can. It used to be upwards of 6-7 hours a day. Guess what? The more hours a day I played video games, the lower my grades got, the less I went out and socialized, and the wider my waistband got.

I am paying HEAVILY for my formerly obsessive gameplay. I now wiegh almost 300 lbs, and am currently attempting to work my ass off to bring that back down to healthy levels. If I hadn't been playing games so often in the past 10 years of my life, but, rather, as Obama states, gone outside and been active, I might currently be a much healthier person.

Games are fine, in moderation. Those of you throwing a Bitch Fit about how Obama is telling kids to go out and be active, as well as study more, rather than play video games, need to take a look at yourselves. Because you are essentially advocating the opposite, which is stay inside and play more video games, so our country can grow fatter and more stupid than it already is.

Also: Gotta love the blatant retarded message

"OBAMARGS GONNA TAKE MY OPINONZ! I DON WANNA BE A ZOMBLARG!!1!"

That all of the Obama bashers are trying to push. OMG he wants to provide affordable healthcare to the 47 million of your fellow Americans that can't afford it!

"What?! He's trying to Help people? PREPOSTEROUS!"

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Your diet was probably utter shit.

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Obama isn't trying to help anyone, but the far-left zealots who helped get him elected.  In the five months he's been President, he spent more money than Bush Jr. did his whole presidency.  Who's gonna pay for that?  Not him, that's for sure.  On top of that, he'll be telling entire industries what they are supposed to pay their employees (even companies that didn't ask for a bailout).  I mean, he's already fired people at companies he claims he doesn't want to run.  He then gets people who haven't even graduated college, much less know how a car runs, to run the car companies.

You wanna suck Barack Obama's dick, fine.  Don't tell me I'm an idiot because I don't want to.

 

Freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, so long as it is the truth. This does not exclude anything that might hurt someone's feelings.

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Nope ur too busy sucking retarded conservative dick in your log cabin gay gangbang.

Seriously, are you that stupid? I m critical of everything and anyone.

Bush Spent: $11.5 trillion

Obama's planning to spend:$3.69 trillion

And Bush didnt have an economic melt down. Sure he had 9/11 and the war in Iraq. But well, Iraq was his own god damn fault. Of course a conservative dick sucker like yourself will not believe so.

But then in Obama's spending 410 billion dollars are for TARP which was implemented before he got into office. Honestly if you believe in laz faire economics to the T, the company should have been let to fail. But Bush started an stimulus plan with TARP and Obama is following closely to the New Deal. I really want it to work but I have my doubts since the New Deal backed mainly manual labor where these back white collar operations and services.

Also he is not telling how to pay the employees, just the executives which I see no problem. Ever since the enron, exxon, white collar crimes, and my own experiences I do not see a problem with executive's pay being cut. I have worked in jobs where they literally screwed me over in pay. Watching my bosses by new computers and new cars while they were forcing me to work 12 hours or more days. I ended quiting the job in the middle of projects. Dont know how they are doing now but I hope they suffer dearly. Why should only executives get a cut if the company does good? I put my time and effort, I did the work, where is my cut? The company made 200,000 in one month well I worked 80 hour weeks to make that money where is my cut? So sorry If I did a crappy job cuz you treated me crapply and gave me crappy pay.

 

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I think your numbers are slightly off... maybe you confused what Obama is SPENDING with the DEFICIT he'll gain in two years.  He's managed to more than double our deficit in a year, quite a feat.

The Fed is telling companies how to do all sorts of things.  What cars to make (GM was a prime source of SUVs, but under their 'new leadership' expect to see small 'fuel-efficient' cars that no one will want to buy, like the smart car, which is going to quickly become uninsurable, seeing as an accident at walking speed in a smart car causes more damage than the car is worth after driven off-lot), what benefits to give, what to give in to for the UAW (one of the worst unions in the country), the list goes on and on.  And It'll destroy GM.  It's as bad as selling the Hummer line to China.  That was a smart move.

I love people who complain that they don't like their entry level job.  And if you start and quit in the middle of projects, you're going to make yourself unemployable.  Here's a tip; no one wants someone who's a quitter.  If you want to make money, A) stick with something for more than one project, B) open your own company (if you have the knowledge and expertise, which you probably don't) or C) go win the lottery.

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I suggest you check you facts.

Here are my sources on spending:

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Investing/StockInvestingTrading/cos...

http://blog.heritage.org/2009/04/20/obamas-spending-vs-obamas-spending-c...

Where are yours?

as for the cars lets see now I see there is lots of demand maybe you dont want to buy but then from all those post I have read you only think about ur self.

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/business/stories/2009/06/11/honda.h...

There is demand for smaller fuel effcient cars stated here and here

http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSN0127917320080702

how about here

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/13/business/global/13prius.html?hpw

http://business.theage.com.au/business/prius-gives-toyota-that-feeling-a...

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-10249269-48.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/bigMoney/idUS334951385120090615

http://blogs.wsj.com/environmentalcapital/2009/06/15/lack-of-insight-hon...

Sorry but I m not unemployed matter of fact I m earning nearly 1.5 times more than my last job, working less hours, and getting double the benefits. Sorry to burst your bubble but your stupidity is showing.

By the way get into MIT yet?

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Analysts say Honda can stage a recovery, partly because it has a strong motorcycle division. Honda has less excess production capacity in Japan, and has a better lineup of small energy-efficient models than its competitors, they say.

"Honda's earning power is proving resilient," said J.P. Morgan analyst Takaki Nakanishi. "Honda is reaping the benefits from the speed and diligence with which it is matching its corporate structure to the changing business environment."

Kondo -- who has worked for a decade in the U.S., about a quarter of his 40-year career at Honda -- acknowledged that staying nimble was a challenge as Honda grew. What it needs to remember is its roots as a tiny newcomer in the U.S., he said.

Note the phrases CAN, IS PROVING, etc. 

Prius sales in the United States, which soared last summer as gasoline prices topped $4 a gallon, fell sharply along with gas prices during fall and winter. But it is still the company’s third-best-selling car, behind Camry and Corolla.

Huh.  Strange.

Despite the Prius' strong start, Toyota, the world's largest car maker by sales, predicts more red ink this year. The company said last month it expected global sales to decline 14 per cent in the year to March, weighed down by sluggish sales in North America, its biggest market. But strong Prius sales could help Toyota surpass its initial, dismal global sales goal of 6.5 million cars this year. As recently as 2007, Toyota's global sales topped 9 million vehicles.

Did you even read these articles?  I only glanced through, but it looked like they were talking about how they were fearful that with lower gas prices (one of the driving forces behind the purchase of priuses), less car purchasing, and the availability of non-hybrid cars that didn't guzzle gas, they wouldn't have as strong a year as they did last year.

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Yes they said they were going to red line but that wasnt the topic at hand. You brought up the demand for smaller cars and said there was none. Now your changing to how well cars sales are doing as a whole.

Nice Try but Epic Fail

Edit: Fixed the last sentence, was cut off

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2 things.

1) I was talking about those damn smart cars (reread my original post).  Of course, I'm more than happy to include Priuses, because they're garbage.  0 to 60 in 12 seconds plus change?  My goodness, what shit!

2) With gas back down to 2.40 nationally, the demand is gone.  Why was there demand?  Because gas was over 4 bucks, and that adds up quick when you have to gas up your SUV or car.  Unless gas shoots back up (and with the way that the fed's been working lately, it wouldn't surprise me), the prius is going to have a bad year.  For example, one of the articles mentioned that this year there were 40,000 pre orders or reserves for the new Gen 3 Prius.  In comparison, in 2007, there were 7 million cars sold by toyota, and the Prius was at the top of the list.

In closing, shhhhh.

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in closing your still a dumbass. I have backed up each of my arguments with evidence while you have none.

If you bothered to look at the dates for the articles you will see that they are current. Majority of the articles I have posted were written in JUNE 2009 matter of fact some of them are written TODAY. So the gas prices have dropped, for now, but there is still demand for smaller fuel efficient cars as proven by these artcles.

Also if you know anything about the car business, car sales working in approximately 7 year cycles. No one goes out to buy a new car every year and even if those who have the money to do so buy luxury brand cars and do not care about gas mileage.

Where is you proof? I have yet to see anything besides stupid wildly drawn conclusions.

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As far as cars are concerned, open up an issue of Car and Driver.

 

Freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, so long as it is the truth. This does not exclude anything that might hurt someone's feelings.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

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yeah.. Remember when you told us to read FISA and I did and you were WRONG

Your studity and ignorance is showing. If this is how Repblicans act no wonder why they are sterotyped as retarded and Stupid

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How was I wrong?  Nice how you backed up what you said with facts.

 

Freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, so long as it is the truth. This does not exclude anything that might hurt someone's feelings.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

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Are you really that brain dead? Cant you read? I already posted it once on this thread. Here is the posting again for you.

I m sorry but your the Idiot. Look up FISA for yourself. 

The 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) regulates U.S. government agencies' carrying out of physical searches, and electronic surveillance, wherein the main purpose is the gathering of foreign intelligence information. "Foreign intelligence information" is defined in 50 U.S.C. § 1801 as information necessary to protect the U.S. or its allies against actual or potential attack from a foreign power, sabotage or international terrorism. FISA defines a "foreign power" as a foreign government or any faction(s) of a foreign government not substantially composed of US persons, or any entity directed or controlled by a foreign government. FISA provides for both criminal and civil liability for intentional electronic surveillance under color of law except as authorized by statute. FISA provides two documents for the authorization of surveillance. First, FISA allows the Justice Department to obtain warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) before or up to 72 hours after the beginning of the surveillance. FISA authorizes a FISC judge to issue a warrant for the electronic cameras if "there is probable cause to believe that… the target of the electronic surveillance is a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power." 50 U.S.C. §1805(a)(3). Second, FISA permits the President or his delegate to authorize warrantless surveillance for the collection of foreign intelligence if "there is no substantial likelihood that the surveillance will acquire the contents of any communication to which a United States person is a party". 50 U.S.C. §1802(a)(1).[40]

 It should also be noted that 

The Supreme Court held in Katz v. United States (1967), that the monitoring and recording of private conversations within the United States constitutes a "search" for Fourth Amendment purposes, and therefore the government must generally obtain a warrant before undertaking such domestic wiretapping. (The law in fact countenances searches without warrant in numerous circumstances, among them (see below): the persons, property, and papers of individuals crossing the border of the United States and those of paroled felons; in prisons, public schools and government offices; and of international mail.) The protection of "private conversations" has been held to apply only to conversations where the participants have not merely a desire but a reasonable expectation that the conversation is indeed private to themselves and that no party whatsoever is listening in.

Putting aside the bullshit amendments put after the warrentless wiretapping was in place.

Now where are your facts?

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I don't know what you read, but the way I read this, wiretapping terror suspects is totally legal.  Since nobody who has been reported as wiretapped did not already have physical evidence of connection to terrorist activity (making them a member of a foreign power), the FISA warrents are valid.

 

Freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, so long as it is the truth. This does not exclude anything that might hurt someone's feelings.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

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wow I didnt know you really that ignorant. I m surprised you dont know the basics of the US judcial system when Law and Order, CSI, The Closer, and the multiude of police / law enforcement drama is on the air.

Here is the bottom line:

Congress passed a law in 1978 making it a criminal offense to eavesdrop on Americans without judicial oversight.

It doesnt matter what evidence you have. If you dont have judicial approval you cant eavesdrop. Thats not including the 4th amendment violations.

Need more proof?

http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/50/usc_sec_50_00001809----000-.html

http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/18/usc_sec_18_00002511----000-.html

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/1216-01.htm

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2006/01/b1389573.html

http://writ.news.findlaw.com/lazarus/20051222.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/23/AR200512...

http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/forumy/2006/03/nsa-eavesdropping-and-fourth-a...

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/18650

http://www.intelligence.gov/0-natsecact_1947.shtml

Now where is your proof that you dont need approval? Or even evidence in some cases.

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See, you are still missing one big issue, there..

CONSERVATIVES ARE SO DETACHED FROM REALITY THAT THEY THINK THE TRUTH DOESN'T APPLY TO THEM.

No matter how much evidence you give them, they will still continue down thier ignorant, retarded path.

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Well, for the above comment, the proof came from the articles YOU provided, jackass.  Also, many of those articles talked about how well the Prius was doing in JAPAN, not AMERICA. 

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The articles mention america as well. but your known for cherry picking your facts.

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The article mentions how the Prius performed last year.  Not how it's going to perform THIS year, without high gas prices to motivate people to purchase or lease them.

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yes because we all know how good predicting the furture works.

Where is your evidence? Oh wait thats right you have none.

Nothing but hot air.

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Once again, the evidence is actually in the articles you posted, most of which said that while prius sales were doing great in Japan, they feared they would be losing money in America.  Maybe you should actually read the full article, instead of just posting things that say 'prius' in the topic on here.

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I m still waiting on any evidence that SVUs, big cars, and gas guzzling cars sales are up.

Oh wait you got none.

Same for the spending evidence

Same for everything else

So stop talking out of your ass. Seriously your argument can be summed up like this:

Austin_Lewis as a lawyer: "The defendant is Guilty"

Judge: "Where is your evidence"

Austin_Lewis: "I dont have any fingerprints, dna, photographs, video surveillance, eye witnesses or a confession but I got Jack Thompson and Jack said he did it."

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SUV car sales aren't up either.  4 door, non 'fuel efficient' model sedans have an increase in sales.  At no point did I say SUV sales were up.

However, the demand for the prius and cars like it continues to fall, and those articles you posted but apparently didn't care to fucking read talk about how they're afraid they'll be selling fewer priuses than before.  Hell, many of the articles even note how the sales of priuses seem to coincide with retardedly high gas prices.

You're either lazy or absolutely retarded.

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One again where is your evidence?

And here is mine this time I will pull some quotes from the articles since you are too lazy to read.

Sales of Toyota's Prius, the top-selling hybrid in the U.S. market, fell 26 percent as dealers ran short of inventory and customers faced a six-month waiting list. Toyota said it would only partly be able to satisfy the backlog of demand from its dedicated Prius factory in Japan this year.
Toyota executives hope the strong start by the Prius will be repeated in the United States, where some dealers have been accumulating waiting lists for more than a year.

The car industry as a whole is down

http://www.motorintelligence.com/m_frameset.html

Once again where is your evidence?

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I'm going to tell you you are an idiot whenever I damn well please.

Obama is not anywhere CLOSE to as bad as you right wing nutcases think he is.

Yes, he spent a metric fuckton of money. I am not going to argue that point. However, he did it in order to attempt to help the economy, and *gasp* signs show that the economy is starting to heal. So, what, are you angry that he helped bring an upturn to the recession caused by your good buddy Bush Jr and helped America? Kind of unamerican of you, isn't it?

Yes, he has ownership stakes in several private firms across the country, which was unheard of in America previous to that. I am also not going to argue that. However, these companies were failing, and the bailout money helped to save them. Combine that with the fact that these companies were failing because of the deregulation on the markets, it seems to make sense that the government keep a tight leash on them for the time being. There is no evidence that suggests that he won't loosen the reins down the line, when the whole American economy kind of depends on these companies not screwing up again.

Your fears are unfounded and either the product of greed, if you happen to make more than 200k a year, or stupidity, because you don't seem to see that he is attempting to help the country, even if 48% of them are putting up more of a stink than is necessary.

[Edit] Given your comment later in the article about how he is going to "turn this country into a Communist nation," I almost feel like I kind of wasted my time in this comment, seeing as you are so willing to show your complete ignorance of all things political the very next time you commented..

You are truly an idiot.

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What is so ignorant?  Communist health care, a Communist welfare system, a Communist auto industry...It's not my fault that you're so blinded by self-hate for being white that you don't want to see it.

You are right about no evidence that he won't loosen the reigns later on, but you don't bother to explain why he would.  He is telling companies that HAVEN'T taken TARP money how much they can profit, and how much they can pay their employees (ALL employees, not just executives).  He is telling Ford what kind of cars they HAVE to make, even though they didn't take a cent from the Government.  He has hired people that don't know dick about cars to run car companies.  Not to mention that the bailout money hasn't saved any of them.  Chrysler and GM both still had to file bankruptcy, which was what the bailout was meant to avoid.  TARP was supposed to firm up the banks, but they are saying that the banks still won't be able to sustain themselves.  President Obama himself has said his programs are unsustainable, yet he wants to spend more money on them.

How is any of this, out of Obama's own mouth, conservative slanted?  He's an idiot, and you're too blind to see it.

 

Freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, so long as it is the truth. This does not exclude anything that might hurt someone's feelings.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

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I love how we keep saying that people who make more than 200K a year are greedy.  If I work hard, I don't see why my money should go to welfare skanks and people who do nothing and contribute nothing.  Also, consider, with Obama's added tax ideas (VAT, etc.) I'll end up paying far more than 50% taxes. 

As for the stimulus helping the economy, bullshit.  Take the banks for example.  People keep saying 'oh man, they're paying back the stimulus money already because they've already stabilized!'.  That's a half truth.  They're paying the money back, but not because they're stable; because they're sick of the bullshit Obama slapped on them

By the way, if doctors and hospitals don't like the idea of socialized medicine, they're probably right on the ball.

 

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"If I work hard, I don't see why my money should go to welfare skanks and people who do nothing and contribute nothing. "

Lets examine this phrase without the Republican attempts to cover thier true feelings.

"If I work hard, I don't see why my money should go to [People who might be a bit down on thier luck] and people who [weren't quite as fortunate as myself, growing up, so they didn't have the same oppurtunities I did]."

And there you have it. Greed at it's finest.

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Getting to keep what you've earned through your own efforts isn't greed.  Giving to those less fortunate is a nice thing to do, but it should ultimately be your choice.  It shouldn't be indirectly mandated by the government through heavier taxation, for example.

"De minimus non curat lex"

"De minimus non curat lex"

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I beg your pardon?  Welfare Skanks are people 'a bit down on their luck?' Not a chance.  They're people who decided rather than working, they'd breed children, then, instead of taking care of them, use the stipends on themselves.  Those are the people you see with 12 different colored children, the mother wearing expensive flashy crap while the children don't have shirts or shoes.  Those are people who dedicated themselves to laziness, not people hard on their luck.

As for defending people who do nothing, I have an address you should visit in Ohio, from which you can see everything wrong with our welfare system (or at least you could, back when we were conducting research from it).  You had people taking their welfare money and spending it on their cars (one individual had a 100,000 dollar car [parts included], but his children had no food), robbing everyone who came through, basically the worst place you could imagine.  Do you know what these people contribute?  Nothing.  Do you know what they pay in taxes?  Nothing.  Do you know what they cost the government?  Thousands a year at least, each one.  When did it become a country where you could get something for nothing??
And by the by, I'm here because I worked hard, not due to simple luck or being 'fortunate' growing up.

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"Those are the people you see with 12 different colored children, the mother wearing expensive flashy crap while the children don't have shirts or shoes. "

Holy Crap, man. Can you be any more racist? I mean, Im frigging WHITE, and I am offended by the sheer ignorance there...

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I have played games just about all my life. When I was a teen, it was between 2-6 hours a day, more on the weekend. In college, it was between 1-4 hours a day and now it is between 0-1 hours a day.

You want to know at which time in my life I weighed the most? Now. In hish school and college I weighed between 155-170 lbs. Now I weigh 200 lbs.

What changed besides my gaming time? Work. As a teen, I did a lot of work on a small farm. Moving feed. Building fences etc. In college, I worked in a ware house and rode a bike to school and work. Now I work in an office sitting at a computer 8 hours a day. I also spend about 1.5 hours a day driving to and from work. Combine that with the time I spend with my family, I don't have time to be active. So my weight suffers.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

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Im not saying that everyone who plays games will be fat. I'm just saying that they helped contribute to my current situation. Not everything is black and white, but the fact of the matter is that games do contribute to a sedentary lifestyle. Again, in moderation its fine..

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So how many calories were you stuffing down your gullet everyday?

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Boy, you are kind of a dumb fuck, aren't you? Im not attacking video games. I'm just saying that they do contribute to a sedentary lifestyle. Yes, my diet wasn't the best, and yes, that also contributed, but sitting on my ass playing video games for every waking hour of my weekend certainly helped in that regard.

If you can't see that all things like that, video games, TV, moves, etc are definately causes of a sedentary lifestyle, then you aren't just fucking ignorant, you are fucking delusional.

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They don't cause a sedentary life style. They have no will and they cannot force you to sit on your ass.

Weight lifting, running, biking, martial arts, and sports are not the cause of a non sedentary lifestyle.

They are the results of a society looking for increasingly sedentary activities to fill their time. People choose how they want to live. Their activities don't choose for them.

I work out 4 times a week and run the other 3 nights a week. I play games and watch a little TV. I haven't been made sedentary by those things.

Also, I would suggest chilling out, I only asked you the same question I've asked anyone who blamed anything but themselves for their weight gain.

 

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First of all, you fucking piece of shit.. Don't tell me to chill out. You asked me that question in a very offensive manner. So offensive, in fact, that if you had been standing in front of me when you said it, I would have put you to the ground.

I know video games didn't CAUSE it. It was my decision to play the games, nobody elses. What I was trying to say is that when Obama was saying "Put down the video games" he is really saying make healthier choices and go get active. It seems like the people here are going "AMIGAWD! HES TALKING BAD ABOUT OUR VIDJA GAMES!!" which is totally incorrect.

I am the product of a lifetime of choosing video games over socializing, studying, and exercising. If video games didn't exist, (Not that I'd ever want them to go away..) I might be a healthier person. They are not the direct cause, but their existence has contributed to who I am today, for better or for worse.

 

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I frequently play plenty of video games/board games/card games. I have yet to be overweight(for my entire life), and I frequently read and study independently.  I'm not trying to brag but maybe Obama doesn't really know the source of the problem.  I'm pretty certain that it lies within the pathetic education system we have set in place in this country.  Allowing states to take care of their own education needs seems like a better and better idea as more federal programs proove to be failures.  Time has come to stop throwing money at bad ideas and start looking at some of the solutions that have been infront of us for many years.

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Were you guys not listening when he explained what change he was bringing?  People began questioning his "change" when he started bringing in all the same old faces that have been screwing over the people for years.  He stated that HE was the change.  So the only change is a new face in the white house, on your TV and on the news paper.  I blame the voters that were foolish enough to trust him.  Just wait until he actually goes forward with his legal preventive detention.  Sounds a lot like he just didn't like the LOCATION of Guantanamo Bay because he seems to really dig the idea behind it.

Kids don't NEED to go outside and enjoy the nice weather.  They shouldn't be forced to do anything except maybe what their parents decide they should do.  Yea, sometimes it is a good idea to go outside and play but there is no reason a public representative should be giving parenting advice.  Parents should parent their children as they please without interference from government.  Obama is not very different from Bush, and I know that will upset many of you but they are both big spenders, they both aren't very concerned about the rights of citizens (see again his preventive detention program) and also consider that many of 'promises' have been forgotten.  He didn't even let congress read over the stimulus bill let alone all the people with internet access (Remember when he promised to post all bills online a week before they were signed into law?)

Just wait, the worst has yet to come.  I honestly think that video game regulation might be heading our way.  All this video game regulation disguised as family/child protection is going to be strengthened and I guarentee you that its going to be more difficult for us to defend against it if you consider the current regulation trends. (See the tobacco regulation currently passed).  Tobacco and video games are very different but I'm video games are going to see more strict regulation.  I hope I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure we're all going to watch it happen in the next few years.

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I think you're right, under the twin guises of 'FOR TEH CHILDRUN' and to 'Stay competitive with China'.

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Re: Obama Names Video Games as Health Concern in Speech to ...

Step One: Inform people that a particular thing is causing a problem.

Step Two: Turn that informative platform into a persuasive platform.

Step Three:  Watch the public outcry.

Step Four: Provide a "solution" to the public outcry that you've engineered.

Step Five: ????

Step six: Profit?

Re: Obama Names Video Games as Health Concern in Speech to ...

Replace 'video games' or 'tobacco' with 'firearms' and you'll see what I was talking about during the election.

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Tobacco (Cigarrettes) == Scientifically Proven to be a highly addictive, as well as lethal substance. Good target for regulation.

Firearms == Things designed for the sole purpose of killing or maiming the object it is aimed at. Great target for regulation.

Video games == Media designed for the sole purpose to entertain. While rumors exist that they are addictive, it has not yet been proven true. Also, a very high percentage of all laws attempting to regulate them have failed. Not so good a target for regulation..

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Tobacco == no disagreement there, but still an individual choice and part of a free market.  Not something the government has any real business fucking with. EDIT Also, there has never been data proving that second hand smoke causes cancer. 

Firearms == sport shooting is the safest sport in the world, firearms cause far less injury than cars, and, if we remove suicides with weapons (as much as 58% of firearm deaths), cause fewer deaths than alcohol or the flu. Regulation of firearms also leads to *gasp* more firearm violence (Chicago).  Also, constitutionally protected.  Not a good idea for regulation. 

Video Games == and here's where you missed something.  You see, one thing these all have in common is they're great 'for the children' bullshit sources.  Anytime a politician does anything to any of these three that attempts to limit it, they say its for the children.  Pile on top the fact that much of the research politicians are likely to see is that sent up by lobbyists (there's a lot more of theirs than ours), and you have a great opportunity for regulating something to 'keep them chillins safe'.

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Crime is buisness at usual here in Chicago. Meaning, there have been no major increases or spikes in deadly crimes using my observation of the local news as anecdotal evidence. There, I admit it is anecdotal.

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MaskedPixelantehttps://mojang.com/announcing-minecraft-story-mode/ Umm... what?12/18/2014 - 10:24am
NeenekoThat would make sense. Theaters probably can not afford the liability worry or a drop in ticket sales from worried people. Sony on the other hand can take a massive writeoff, and might even be able to bypass distribution contracts for greater profit.12/18/2014 - 10:03am
ConsterNeeneko: I thought they cancelled it because the major cinema franchises were too scared of terrorist attacks to show the film?12/18/2014 - 9:55am
Neeneko@Wonderkarp - there is still a lot of debate regarding if the movie was a motive or not. Unnamed officials say yes, the timeline says no.12/18/2014 - 9:10am
NeenekoSomething does not smell right though, Sony is no stranger to being hacked, so why cancel this film? For that matter, they are still not giving in to hacker's original demands as far as I know.12/18/2014 - 9:06am
PHX Corp@prh99 Not to mention the Dangerous Precedent that sony's hacking scandal just set http://mashable.com/2014/12/17/sony-hackers-precedent/12/18/2014 - 8:25am
Matthew WilsonI hope its released to netflix or amazon12/18/2014 - 12:11am
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WonderkarpSo Sony cancelled the release of the Interview. was it ever confirmed that the Sony hacking was done because of that specific movie?12/17/2014 - 8:54pm
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Matthew Wilson@phx you beat me to it. how do you screw up tetris?! my ubisoft this is just stupid. no one should ever preorder a ubisoft game again! ps people should never preorder any game regardles of dev.12/17/2014 - 6:28pm
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