How Halo 4 Could Impact the Presidential Election

May 2, 2012 -

When Microsoft decided to pick November 6, 2012 as the release date for Halo 4, did they take into account that the date is actually pretty damned important to the future direction of the country for the next four years? Probably not - in fact the thought probably never crossed their minds - but by choosing that date have they given gamers in the 18 - 34 age group an excuse to be more apathetic about voting than usual?

The latest episode of The Escapist's The Big Picture with Movie Bob - to your left - explores the possibilities and makes some interesting points about how huge entertainment releases such as Halo 4 can have unintended consequences on other things going on in the world.

Some might argue that young voters will likely skip their civic duties in November anyway and that they are a demographic that most politicians would politely say are "unreliable." I want to believe that in the age of CISPA, NDAA, SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, and other legislation that the youth vote will decide that is more important to stand in a line to vote than it is to stand in a line to be the first to get Halo 4 - or at the very least stand in both lines. We'll see.

Thanks to Andrew Eisen for pointing this out.


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Re: How Halo 4 Could Impact the Presidential Election

Yes its easily dismissed but if you play with the train of thought some its rather amusing and saddening.


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Re: How Halo 4 Could Impact the Presidential Election

I'll just copy/paste the same comment which I left on MovieBob's blog...

As far as voter fraud conspiracy theories go, even this one stretches credulity. I think that anyone planning to buy and play Halo 4 on the day of release had probably made up their minds beforehand that they weren't going to vote anyway.

Besides, it's already been reported that the youth vote that Obama rode to victory in part on isn't as enthusiastic as it once was; mainly because many have since felt disillusioned and disenchanted with him as he failed to deliver on much of the change he promised and provided no real tangible improvement on the economy. And since Romney hasn't offered much as an alternative, the consensus is that youth voters this election will be as apathetic as they have usually been.

Actually, I think the game that will have much more of an impact on the political landscape will be Bioshock: Infinite. The game's conflict between the factions of the Founders and the Vox Populi was intended to be an almost direct allusion, and commentary on, the conflict now between Conservatives and Liberals, respectively. And the use of American iconography, as seen in such things as the Motorized Patriot, are guaranteed to raise the hackles of political commentators everywhere (particularly the Conservative ones).

Also considering it's to be released on Oct. 16 - almost a full month before the election - means that it will have had plenty of time for the public to become aware of it and generate controversy. So I think that scenario is actually more likely than whether or not young people will be staying home and not voting because of Halo 4.

Re: How Halo 4 Could Impact the Presidential Election

I agree with what you say, heck, in the video Bob agrees with what you said. But as the election gets going and more and more BS rhetoric starts flying, it would come as no surprise if this doesn't hit the forefront at some point. It could even pop up as a propaganda piece on either side.

Best to nip it in the bud as a lunatic conspiracy piece that no sane person takes seriously than wait for mainstrem media (who just LOVE to make video games out as hurting the country in some fashion) or worse yet a candidate to pick it up and start running with it. The industry has enough black eyes from politicians as it is. Better to avoid the whole "It is directly affecting voter turnouts!" black eye altogether.

(besides, the Republican party has been pulling some serious shit in their controlled states that could easily have a much larger impact. They could make this as an easy scapegoat.)

 
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