Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

October 28, 2008 -

A new get-out-the-vote ad for Barack Obama includes a shot of a Wii controller accompanied by the words "You Can't Make History From Here."

In other words, put down your video game for a while and go vote. A sofa and a cubicle also serve as reminders to leave home or office to cast your ballot.

Obama, of course, made big news a couple of weeks back by embedding campaign ads in more than a dozen EA games on Xbox Live. In his campaign speeches he often uses video games as a metaphor for scholastic underachievment.

And, as GameCulture notes, the music in the ad "is pure 8-bit."


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Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

Wow!  100+ comments and no JT to speak of  ;)

On a serious note, I live in a state where our electorial votes dont mean squat to the candidates.  So, what's the point of voting when the candidates don't care diddly squat about my state.  Now, if the states all had equal electorial votes, then my state would matter.

Plus, it doesn't hurt that one of the vice-presidents home state is mine as well, so we already know who the state is voting for...

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Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

Considering a new poll today called Arizona a "statistical tie" anything is possible.  Vote.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

I can't say that I'm offended by the ad... but I can say I'm upset by the implication that this ad would spur me to vote for the candidate represented in said ad.

Despite which side wins this election (even though in a true democracy we'd have more than two sides with a real chance), it seems to me that the song lyric still remains true:

"Meet the new boss... same as the old boss"

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

I like the tune. A lot.

Although I have to admit that Obama is kind of sending mixed messages, I say if this offends you then, uh...lighten up?

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

I'll spend November 4th doing whatever the hell I feel like doing, which may or may not include playing my Wii.

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Sounds rebelious, doesn't it? Thing is, I voted early. Kinda ruins it.

*_*

Yeah, what I do with my free time is my own business, regardless of wether or not you consider games to be time wasters and nothing more, Barrack Obama.

 

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Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

Voting is a very important process, as is the choice to not vote for those who don't represent you. It should not be brushed aside.

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Nevertheless, what I do on my own free time is my own goddamn business, not his. I have a job, I pay my taxes, I vote- I better not be told what it is I should or should not do for my leisure time.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

 Hey you pay your taxes, that's better than what can be said about Joe the Plumber (he owes back taxes).

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

Hey, is there a place to go to find out how your state has voted previously? Some place with a bunch of red and blue maps?

I've mentioned before, this is my first time being politically active, I'm curious if my vote counts or if I'm in a state that has always had it's votes counted for the other side.

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Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

I wish we could vote with our gaming consoles.  Heck, I might even vote if I could do it with my console.  Oh, hang on... I'd have to be able to register via the console too.  Oh, hang on... I'd have to become a citizen first.

Okay, when I can become a citizen, register to vote, and vote, all with my console, then I might vote.  On the other hand, Call of Duty 4 is just so darned fun, and it's not like either party is going to take away my right to play it.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

I went ahead and voted on 10/25 (1st Amendment Day) seemed fitting showhow and was already out and about looking for game stuff (360 controller and Fable 2) so took care of business.  Now I can sit back with a degree of detachment and listen to rantings. 

McCain/Palin having nothing and offer it, large dosages of peppermint (prefer Wintergreen myself) flavored nothing.  They in turn try to take away whatever little Obama has, they are giving negative campaigning a new (or at least deeper) meaning.   Amused me listening to the lastest pitch about how those 2 wanted to return government to the Ronnie Raygun (Ronald Reagan) days when not long ago R.R. was getting pwned hard on policy.. but Ronnie was into the war thing and so is John.    That and thier claims about breaking up the "good ole boys" groups in DC.  Um John are you in a couple of those when last checked.   Cutting off Then biting that hand that feeds you?

Obama on the other hand wants to be Robin Hood.  Take from the rich and give to the poor.  That is not a pure Marxist (From each according to his ability to each according to need) but it IS liberal as hell.  But hey newsflash, Obama is a liberal democrat.  Obama needs/wants to get more of the younger types (gamers) out to vote as it seems the younger peeps identify him more (or so the theory goes) so his margin grows.  And what better medium to push that than games?  The problem is his campaign ads are going to exist in those EA titles long after the dust settles so We are the ones that will suffer from His ego.

Methinks either or both of them might find they made a mistake somewhere along the line and awoke the giant and earned the ire of gamers. 

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

Actually someone might need to double check on this, but i think the ads were not hardcoded into the games but provided via xbox live... like you would only see them while playing online, or you downloaded them with the last time you got content for the game, or something like that... after election, xbox live will likely remove all the ads...

i had the similiar thoughts when i thought that it would be a bad idea to hard code election ads into a video game; unlike ads for coke or pepsi, election ads would expire in use quickly... Then one of the stories about the ads gave me the impression that it was an xbox live/Playstation network kind of thing.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

If you want us to take the day off please make every other election day a federal holiday. (I hope both candidates get this message)

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Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

or, made it on weekend

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

 I think a better message would be "Vote, even though Diebold will probably tamper with your ballot and fix the election for the GOP."

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

Probably?  Diebold machines are already flipping votes.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

I'm not really offended, so meh.

Besides, gives me a good reason to get off the couch.

 

 

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Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

Both candidates are losers. One can't own up to his past and the other doesn't have much to speak for regarding his past.

They both promise too much future.

 

. . Wisdom begins in wonder. - Socrates . .

. . Wisdom begins in wonder. - Socrates . .

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

man this is the brightest political analysis I'm seeing in this whole campaign.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

Lets get real though we aren't making history by voting we are just simply helping someone become forever remembered in history by voting for someone to become president.

Also yes I'm pretty sure someone can make "history" on all the things mentioned in that ad.  Lord knows when I was little and had poor bladder control I made history all over the couch when I slept on it.

 

 

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

"Ask for the Day Off"?  You need a whole day off to go vote?  It's bad enough Obama is going to rape businesses and business owners.    I guess every other year I have voted, I was doing something wrong by not getting a whole day off to do so.

 

 

Otherwise, the Obama campaign seems to be doing tons more to get their message out than McCain ever could.  It's the best & most focused campaign I have ever seen.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

Honestly though,

   I think that may have been the smartest thing to come out of an Obama Ad, I with a few others have tried to come up with a plan to petition our senators and congressmen/women, we as an american people fight to get to the elction polls, it is unreal that we are forced to speed from work/school/etc to these cramped polling places only to sit in line.  I think we all just need a full day off to go vote and see the outcome of the election, I mean come on...is it that hard for us to have One day off every 4 years....

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

This.  If early voting is any indication, turnout this year is going to be huge.  If people all have to cram into the polling places early in the day or after work, those locations are going to be mobbed and chaotic.  If people had the entire day to make their vote, it will make the process much more manageable.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

"Videogames make you lazy!"

"Hey, look at my videogame ad!"

"People aren't working and studying hard enough!"

"Take the day off to go do something that shouldn't take up a lot of your day!"

He sure is the candidate of 'change'... changes his mind often enough. :)

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

This may be the dumbest post in this entire article.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

I'd still rather stay at home and eat chips.

They're really good chips.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

I think this is all about moderation. Obama isn't saying playing video games is bad but playing video games all the time and not going out and doing other things is. Seems reasonable.

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

sorry guys, I'm just a guest here and maybe I missed something but I don't see nobody in the video tellin' me "Don't Play Video Games".

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

Eh, forget it, thansk to a damned paperwork mix up I can't vote as my registration didn't go through.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

Meh, whatever.  I tune out political ads.  Honestly, I HATE election years, everything about them.  Sure I try to find out what each candidate's policies are (the things that actually matter...which means about 10% of what the media covers) but after that I just try to ignore it all.  Heavy emphasis on "try" 'cause I'm bombarded with such stupid crap from both sides everywhere I go.  Hell video games become one of my few escapes from the insanity  of it all.

Either way I do plan to go out and vote...then go home and play some Fallout 3 or Fable 2.  Might even sneak some DS time in there if the voting lines are long enough.  It's win-freakin'-win.  :)

 

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Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

I said this once before, I am going Libertarian....

I will put my controller on the ground (or under with me) when I hit the grave.

I just don't vote since most politicians promise more than what they deliver.

Either way, the electoral college is always there to screw your votes, so why bother? There has an influx of negativity about those that don't vote as well, particularly by celebreties. I hate nothing more than such things shoved down my throat. Whole reason that I started smoking (true). But these are my opinions, so if you have any feelings on the contrary, I'd respect.

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Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

Yeah, I prefer Libertarian myself, though voting for a 3rd party right now is still a waste of a vote in my opinion.  If there's one thing Dems and Repubs can agree upon it is to not allow anyone else play politician with them (at least when it comes to the Executive branch).  Maybe that'll change, I'm kind of expecting the GOP to split between "old guard" conservatives and the looney social "conservative" branches.

"Whole reason I started smoking (true)."

You too??  I don't now about you, but this election cycle as increased my smoking up to a pack a day.  (Use to be half-a-pack).

 

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Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

I don't know. From where I'm sitting, the party seems to be splitting along the lines of Bushian "compassionate conservatives" against Reaganites and Libertaricans.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

I'm Canadian so excuse me for not knowing but wasn't it just said above that Reagan's policies and Libertarians' are very different?

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

People who follow Reagan's ideals want a larger government, at least in terms of military spending.  They make statements about the American spirit and it's people, etc.  They often interfere with some parts of the Bill of Rights for the greater good (most notably the 1st, 4th, and 6th )

Libertarians want smaller government in all areas and with it less government spending.  They are often found quoting founding members of the United States who were Anti-Federalists, and feel the Bill of Rights should be treated more than kind suggestions.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

Another leftist totally ignorant of Reaganites. Fantastic.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

Few outside the Republican party would really know the difference between the two. The biggest differences are on foreign policy, legality of drugs, and immigration. The Libertarians want to treat all foreign nations the same in terms of trade, favor legalizing marijuana, and more open borders. The Reganites believe in limited immigration, that certain nations do not deserve the same trade righs as others, and oppose drug use.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

Err is libertarican a typo or not, I honestly can't tell the way people combine words to describe their philosophy.

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"What for you bury me in the cold cold ground?" - Tasmanian devil

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

I use it as shorthand to represent the Libertarian caucus in the Republican party.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

I'd rather stay home and eat chips.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

I'm voting certainly. Though I'm beginning to see this country as screwed no matter what?

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

I wish Bob Barr had a support base. We need some libertarian government destruction right about now. Or some serious Reaganism.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

You're calling for complete opposites here.  On one hand, you want a libertarian candidate that wants to minimalize the government in all areas, whlie on the other you want policies which do nothing but increase the size of the government?

 

As an aside, but still slightly on topic, why would anyone who originally voted for Ron Paul now cast their votes for Obama?  They're nearly diametrically opposed to each other in political thought.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

Huh? Where did I support "policies that do nothing but increase government power"? 

My biggest beef with the Libertarians is actually their foreign policy. Sometimes, preemptive military force is needed.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

You called for Reaganism.  Reagan drastically increased the size of the government in both bureacracy as well as spending.  He may have caused the USSR to implode on itself, and I thank him for that, but his stance towards the role the government should play is not in line with a libertarian mindset, and in fact is contrary to it in many cases.  So basically, on the your question about where did you support increase in government power, I'm going to have to say...

"Or some serious Reaganism."  <--- Right there

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

Reaganites, followers of Reaganism, want less central planning by the government, less taxes, less regulations on businesses, the department of education gone, Roe vs. Wade gone, strict constitutionalist judges, restricted immigration, and a strong military. The Federal government is granted the power to raise an army. Reaganites prefer free market solutions to problems. What Reagan did is by and large irrelevant to the beliefs of the Reaganites.

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

 He singled out the Wii 'cause it's white. ;)

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

Well when you consider the Wii has yet to support a black wii, i think the return intolernce is to be expected... bigoted lil' console XD

Re: Vote, Don't Play Video Games, Obama Ad Suggests

and foreign...

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