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.