Monday, May 10, 2010

Flashback: Obama Advertises In Video Games During 2008 Election

Obama on the Xbox,
US President Barack Obama lamented Sunday that in the iPad and Xbox era, information had become a diversion that was imposing new strains on democracy, in his latest critique of modern media.

Obama, who often chides journalists and cable news outlets for obsessing with political horse race coverage rather than serious issues, told a class of graduating university students that education was the key to progress.

"You're coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank all that high on the truth meter," Obama said at Hampton University, Virginia.

Yeah, only bad when you're behind in the tracking polls and Obey thinks the House will flip come November.


Rob Ross said...

People need to start taking video games more seriously. As an avid gamer, and a fairly well educated fellow, I know that video games have long progressed beyond simple puzzles and reaction-based entertainment. Today, video games are a story telling medium, just like movies (Silent Hill, 2006, was based closely on a video game and was panned by critics and well received by everyone else) and television. The point is, no, advertising in games isn't a waste of money - it's the Obama administration getting ahead of the curve.

Bill Baar said...

I think it's backfiring on him Rob...but thanks for the insights