Political Kombat ’12 Final Fight: Mitt Romney Versus Barack Obama

The final battle in Slate’s Political Kombat ’12 is about to go down, but this time the community gets to decide who goes on the be the president of the arena and who gets dragged off to the local mortuary. Previous battles in Slate’s video series inspired by the gory combat of the Mortal Kombat series included Mitt Romney versus Rick Santorum and Herman Cain, Romney versus Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, President Obama versus Donald Trump, and Paul Ryan versus Joe Biden.

President Barack Obama Beats Mitt Romney in Maple Story Poll

Nexon America has released data from its first Maple Story player poll – part of its "Great Maple Election Quest 2012" in-game event. According to poll data President Barack Obama was the hands-down favorite, garnering 80 percent of the vote, while Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney received 20 percent of the vote.

Will GOP Turn to Game Critic Mitt Romney in 2012?

The Republican party is in tatters following last week’s presidential win by Barack Obama. Party officials are now trying to assess the damage and figure out how they might reconnect with the American electorate.

It’s ridiculously early to make predictions about the next run for the White House, of course, but CNN speculates that 2012 might be Mitt Romney’s year.

A Romney candidacy will be of concern to gamers. Among major Republican candidates in this year’s race, Romney by far had the most negative view of video games, portraying them as part of an "ocean" of filth in which modern children swim. He also promised to legislate the sale of games.

From CNN:

Since the economy began its historic downturn six weeks ago, Romney’s stock in his party appears to have skyrocketed. The former business consultant and founder of Bain Capital handled economic issues during his campaign with an ease and confidence that seemed to elude Sen. John McCain. As the stock market tanked throughout the fall, a growing chorus of conservative pundits speculated Romney would have boosted the GOP ticket considerably more than Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin did.

Now the onetime front-runner for the Republican nomination is schmoozing influential party insiders on the National Review’s annual cruise — a gathering of 700 conservative activists and the same forum where Palin wowed the movement’s media elite last year…

But even as Romney publicly declares he has no intentions to run again, several former aides said they believe he will, and this week’s get-together with leading conservatives is only the latest sign the man who spent more than $50 million of his own money to vie for the party’s nomination last year is itching to do it again…

Could Game-bashing Mitt Romney Be McCain’s VP Choice?

Although they were bitter enemies during the primaries, recent reports – like this one from Reuters – have Republican presidential candidate John McCain and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney getting rather chummy.

And that could be bad news for gamers.

Among possible Republican VP choices, Romney has been far and away the most outspoken on video game content issues. GamePolitics readers may recall Romney making comments like this on the campaign trail:

It’s time to clean up the water in which our kids are swimming. I’ve proposed that we enforce our obscenity laws again and that we get serious against those retailers that sell adult video games that are filled with violence, that we go after those retailers.

Romney also released a campaign video which played to this theme.

Gaming “Cesspool” will Flow on Without Mitt Romney

Among 2008 presidential candidates, Republican Mitt Romney was one of the more strident critics of video games.

GamePolitics readers will likely recall a 2007 Romney campaign ad which lumped video games into a cesspool of “violence and sex and drugs and indolence and perversions” in which today’s young people were supposedly swimming.

Beyond the infamous ad, Romney repeated the theme again and again as he campaigned around the nation, courting conservatives and the religious right.

It seems, however, that the so-called cesspool will now flow on without interference from the former Massachusetts governor. Fresh off a Super Tuesday primary drubbing at the hands of Arizona Sen. John McCain, Romney has “suspended” (read: abandoned) his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Conservatives Debate Mitt Romney’s Video Game Agenda

Mitt Romney’s plan to regulate violent video game sales is confusing some conservatives.

On Race 4 2008, a Republican-oriented political site, readers are actively debating whether Romney is on to something with his “ocean of filth” (see video below) concept or is simply advocating a nanny state.

The lively discussion on Race 4 2008 was sparked by a post on Hot Air, which quotes Romney’s video game position as stated to Common Sense Media earlier this month:

I want to restore values so children are protected from a societal cesspool of filth, pornography, violence, sex, and perversion. I’ve proposed that we enforce our obscenity laws again and that we get serious against those retailers that sell adult video games that are filled with violence and that we go after those retailers.

(see GamePolitics coverage of the Common Sense Media report here).

Debate Ignores Gamers; Video Game Critic Romney Declines to Condemn Torture Practice

Like many GamePolitics readers, I was disappointed that none of the videos submitted by gamers made the final cut for last night’s CNN/YouTube Republican debate.

To be fair, however, there are many other crucial issues such as Iraq, abortion, gun control, the economy and the influence of religion on politics. Host Anderson Cooper focused on these.

One telling moment for me, however, came when Mitt Romney could not bring himself to condemn the practice of waterboarding. Here’s a guy who decries violent video games as part the “cultural cesspool” in which today’s children are supposedly swimming but can’t even find it within himself to condemn this acknowledged form of torture?

Sen. John McCain – who was a torture victim during his years of captivity by the North Vietnamese – absolutely ripped Romney on the issue and he was right to do so.

For Romney, the take-away is that virtual violence is a horror, but real-life torture is okay.

Governor, your hypocrisy is showing…

Here’s the video of McCain-Romney exchange. Full text version after the jump.

UPDATE: Entertainment Consumers Association president Hal Halpin has weighed in on the debate: 

I was disappointed not to see a gamer question in much the same way that I was disheartened not to hear many other secondary, but important, questions posed.

The ECA member I ran into at PAX… put it into context well in that anyone watching a two hour debate on CNN very likely already knows where the candidates stand on the major issues, and it’s certainly easy enough to find out otherwise.

What we don’t know is where – or even “if” – they stand on the secondary matters. We won’t let up however. Consumer rights are topically important and our demographic can and will be motivated to vote, but only if those politicians are willing to make the effort to speak to issues that are important to us.

Romney Campaign Dives Into Video Game Cesspool with GameTrailers Ad

GamePolitics readers may recall the Mitt Romney campaign ad that lumped violent video games into a “cesspool of violence, sex, drugs, indolence and perversions.

Apparently, candidate Romney is willing to dip his toe into that cesspool a bit in search of a few extra votes. As reported by Joystiq’s Alexander Sliwinski, a Romney banner ad (left) has popped up on the GameTrailers site:

It is interesting that this ad pops up on a site that proudly displays clips of those violent video games and has a viewership that likes them too.

We have no idea how the advertising process works at GameTrailers, for all we know we could have that ad pop up soon on our own pages, but how times have changed to see political ads on video game sites.

GP: Romney’s flip-flops on a variety of issues are pretty well documented as the former governor of a liberal state (Massachusetts) tries to re-invent himself to appeal to the Republican base.