Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with Cancer

July 1, 2009 -

At the White House yesterday, President Barack Obama lauded a California non-profit which publishes a PC game designed to help children and teens cope with cancer.

As reported by the San Mateo Daily Journal, Obama recognized HopeLab and its game Re-Mission as an example of the kind of social innovation that is worthy of support from both the public and private sectors. Praising the work of HopeLab and three other non-profits during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, the President said:

If we work together — if we all go all-in here — think about the difference we can make. Think about the impact we could have with just the organizations represented in this room.

A White House press release praised HopeLab and its game:

HopeLab is dedicated to finding solutions that have broad impact, and works closely with tweens, teens and young adults to create fun, innovative products that meet their needs. Among them is Re-Mission, HopeLab's groundbreaking video game for young people with cancer. Data show that that Re-Mission improves treatment adherence and other key health outcomes... HopeLab is also developing products to combat sedentary behavior in children as a way to fight the effects of childhood obesity.

C-SPAN video of the ceremony is available here. More details of the event are available via HopeLab's Twitter account.


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Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

Who cares what Obama says.  Going back and forth without actually setting foot on one side is what he's good at.

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PEOPLE.

Obama is honoring the creator of a game for kids with cancer.

THAT IS ALL.

THERE ARE NO ULTERIOR SLITHERINGS, NO HIDDEN AGENDA, NO PHOTO OP

IT IS WHAT IT IS.

BLARG.

Brain: "Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?" Pinky: "I think so, Brain, but we're already naked."

Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

If it isn't a photo op, then why the picture?

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Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

Apparently Obama doesn't hate games, but rather only games that don't serve some "higher" social purpose. Makes sense now, the douchebag doesn't seem to appreciate media for media's sake. Entertainment can't just be... entertaining.

Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

Whenever Obama says games are "bad" is when family values decline. If you had a kid who just played games all the time when you wanted to spend time with him, would you be happy to just let him play games? In this case, he likes this cancer game because its helps children cope with cancer. But I guess that just makes him a douchebag.

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Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

If you had a child that only played video games, then you failed as a parent at some point.  It isn't the President's job to tell parents to have their kids put the games down at some point, but when elected leaders try to paint a picture of gaming being the root cause of obesity and low test scores, it will soon be followed by legislation to control the industry.  That is what we fear.

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Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

All you cunts are so fucking reactionary it's unbelieveable and unbearable in equal measure.

 

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Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

And you just can't accept the fact that there are people in this country who don't like doubletalk and photo opportunities by someone who has much bigger things on his plate to sit on the fence over, like the economy, Iran, North Korea, and figuring out how to release suspected terrorists without being kicked out of the Presidency.

 

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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Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

While calling people cunts is of course the paragon of a reasoned, calm and non-kneejerk response.

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

Just calling a spade a shovel.


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Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

So you're an idiot then? What do you call a car, a mobile carriage?

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

Etymology: Call a spade a fucking shovel

The more vulgar "call a spade a fucking shovel" means to state one's opinion with brutal honesty, sparing nobody's feelings, and without any regard whatsoever to the consequences.

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Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

"I am aware that a spade and a shovel are not the same implement. Part of the point is that such a person would not know the difference and refer to them as the same thing."

So you are admitting you're stupid, then?

Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

But you still haven't proved that your own behaviour is any improvement on it whatsoever.

Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

True 'dat.

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

Indeed.

"De minimus non curat lex"

"De minimus non curat lex"

Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

Games are evil, apart from when they can get him votes or make for a good photo-op.

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

Stop hopping the fence there, Mr. President. Either be For or Against video games, or acknowledge and admit that you sit on the fence. You can't be "All video games are for the Devil!" one day and then say "Well, this video game is the greatest invention since the wheel and fire COMBINED." Just say what we all already know:

"I'm generally against video games but I accept some of it's revolutionary edges and it's a part of our culture now."

Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

I hope one of his aides reminds him that a big factor in his election had to do with his campaign (the best in American history) reaching out to the "videogame generation". 

Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

His campaign was hardly the best, considering he didn't even get 50% of the vote...

-If an apple a day keeps the doctor away....what happens when a doctor eats an apple?-

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Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

Uh, Obama got 53% of the popular vote.

Way to spout off uninformed crap there, skippy.

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Brain: "Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?" Pinky: "I think so, Brain, but we're already naked."

Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

Your response is apt, but 53% hardly makes Obama's campaign the best ever.  It was the most technological, with Facebook and YouTube stuff, but hardly the best.

Plus, it's not that hard to win when the people backing him were calling anyone who spoke out against him racist.

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Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

But this is how we do things on the internet!

Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

He has never been outright against video games. He only said that there are more important things.

Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

Well, after being attacked so much a kneejerk reaction is understandable.

Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

Exactly! People are too quick to judge Obama about the video game issue of this site they don't even get the message about what he's saying.

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

"Look at me in this photo-op, aren't I fantastic!"?

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

That's nearly half of his presidency!

Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

Or indeed, any presidency.

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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Re: Obama Honors Creator of Game That Helps Kids Cope with ...

That's just terrible.  Those kids should put down this game and read a book about coping with cancer.

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Oh I c whu u did, and I approve.

 
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AvalongodI tend to see the violence and sexism issues as different. Historically we know that the violence issue is overblown. But sexism is real. Better representations of women in games WILL happen.11/20/2014 - 7:35pm
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prh99And yeah that sucks, especially when bonuses are tied to it, but that is more a problem with crappy publisher policies and scoring in general than any discussion on what may or may no be sexism in games.11/20/2014 - 4:59pm
prh99But no one is on their legislative high horse or on the litigation war path, for that matter. The biggest effect is that a reviewer might give it a lower score and drag down their meta critic ranking.11/20/2014 - 4:56pm
Wonderkarpyup11/20/2014 - 4:51pm
Andrew EisenOh for crying out loud. Wonderkarp, I apologize for how rude this question is but seriously, did you actually read that article?11/20/2014 - 4:47pm
Wonderkarpits a stigma. people in power hear this crap and start getting on their legislative high horse. but I feel like we've already paid too much attention too a demo.11/20/2014 - 4:46pm
Andrew EisenHarm gaming how?11/20/2014 - 4:35pm
Wonderkarpcause it gets parroted around and is used by people to harm gaming like Jack Thompsons did with Violence. http://www.themarysue.com/pokemon-oras-sexism/ here's the article.11/20/2014 - 4:28pm
Andrew EisenNo idea why such an opinion would upset or irk you so I'd be interested in reading it. Got a link?11/20/2014 - 4:13pm
Wonderkarplook deep for it....reaching much. those kinds of people are what urk me.11/20/2014 - 4:07pm
WonderkarpI got upset the other day when a known feminist blog wrote a large article on how the demo to Pokemon Omega Ruby was Sexist cause you couldnt play as a girl. It was a Demo....who cares? but they went off on how Pokemon in general is sexist but you gotta11/20/2014 - 4:06pm
Andrew EisenHere's the panel that Sarkeesian quote from earlier comes from. Amazing what the proper context does, isn't it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0qxtKz2vZw11/20/2014 - 3:32pm
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NeenekoI think what tends to make discussing sexism in games difficult is scale, the issues tend to be systemic in nature, but bite sized examples are not... and the systemic part ties into a lot of dry academic stuff requiring domain knowledge not everyone has.11/20/2014 - 3:16pm
Wonderkarpand I jumped for joy when the Cogs went multigendered in GOW. but I also like male protagonists like Kratos or Nathan Drake or Link.11/20/2014 - 2:58pm
 

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