38 Studios Head Curt Schilling is NOT an Obama Fan

February 12, 2009 -

Curt Schilling, lately of the Boston Red Sox, is a longtime gamer.

The former World Series ace, who started his MMO development company 38 Studios in 2007, likes to play the political game as well.

As GamePolitics reported last year, Schilling stumped for - and contributed to - the failed presidential campaign of Republican John McCain.

Schilling, however, doesn't seem inclined to take a wait-and-see posture on the three-week old administration of Democrat Barack Obama. In a blog entry headlined Wasn't The Rest of the World Supposed to Start Loving Us? the right-hander recycles a lengthy anti-Obama screed originally penned by conservative British journalist Peter Hitchens:

The swooning frenzy over the choice of Barack Obama as President of the United States must be one of the most absurd waves of self-deception and swirling fantasy ever to sweep through an advanced civilization... If you can believe that this undistinguished and conventionally Left-wing machine politician is a sort of secular saviour, then you can believe anything...

 

I was in Washington DC the night of the election... As I walked... there had been a few white people blowing car horns and shouting, as the result became clear. But among the Mexicans, Salvadorans and the other Third World nationalities, there was something like ecstasy.

They grasped the real significance of this moment. They knew it meant that America had finally switched sides in a global cultural war... The United States, having for the most part a deeply conservative people, had until now just about stood out against many of the mistakes which have ruined so much of the rest of the world.

Suspicious of welfare addiction, feeble justice and high taxes, totally committed to preserving its own national sovereignty, unabashedly Christian in a world part secular and part Muslim, suspicious of the Great Global Warming panic, [the United States] was unique...

And now the US, like Britain before it, has begun the long slow descent into the Third World. How sad...


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Re: 38 Studios Head Curt Schilling is NOT an Obama Fan

The whole thing is bizarre mostly because Curt Schilling hasn't actually put a game out. This isn't like Will Wright, who we know has donated to Republican candidates,  and founded and continues to operate a very successful game business. Instead we have a guy whom the majority of his fame and money has come from another industry, who is essentially a well-financed hobbyist, putting money into game development.  There's an irony in the fact that no one would give a shit about his opinion if he wasn't a player in a highly-unionized, tightly-regulated professional sport. And he certainly wouldn't be getting any press from the game media if he was anything more than a baseball player; how many MMO's have risen and fallen in the past couple years? Does anyone sincerely believe that his 38 Studios will somehow buck the trend?

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I'll agree with the TV part since it is mostly jokes.

Family Guy pretty much called Clinton a perv and then insulted George W's intellengece and it was all funny.

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Although I agree with him, politics have no place in games this isn't the music industry where it was "in" to call George W a nazi,dictator,war monger, and is "in" to call Obama the second coming of Jesus.

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Actually, among the entertainment industry as a whole, that is the 'in' thing.  It's 'in' to say Bush was the devil and Obama's the Messiah.

Now sure, the music industry and movie industry were far more overt about it, but still. 

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Actually, among the entertainment industry as a whole, that is the 'in' thing.  It's 'in' to say Bush was the devil and Obama's the Messiah.

From what little TV I watch, any time the entertainment industry as a whole says something along the lines of Obama being the Messiah, it's a joke poking a bit at him. Likewise for Bush and the Devil thing.

-Gray17

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Elder brother Christopher Hitchens > Younger brother Peter Hitchens
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Man, that's what I get for being away all day, the 112th comment.

Just wanted to let you all know, I live in a third world country, it's called Canada and it's great! Maybe Mr. Schilling shouldnt be so afraid.

Re: 38 Studios Head Curt Schilling is NOT an Obama Fan

Christopher Hitchens was an alcoholic opportunist hack 30 years ago when he was a radical socialist, and he's no less of an alcoholic opportunist hack now that he's become a right-wing libertarian.

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Wrong Hitchens. This is his younger brother Peter.
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Re: 38 Studios Head Curt Schilling is NOT an Obama Fan

Quick comment here...

I see Schilling's blog posts as fair game for GamePolitics. He is, after all, the head of a game studio and he likes to talk about politics.

The Hitchings article is pretty extreme. The fact that Schilling apparently liked it enough to repost it in total deserves a mention.

If Schilling - whose pitching I greatly enjoyed during his career, especially during his years with the Phillies -comes off badly for posting that, that's his issue, not mine. We report, you decide, etc.

Finally, we report what happens that relates to politics and games. I've reported ad nauseum on Obama (just pull up his tag), including his oft-repeated mantra to have kids put down the video games, etc.

From a business perspective, I think Curt might do well to tone down such public expression of his political views and let his upcoming MMO be the star, but that's his call. It's his money...

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Upcoming MMO? I'd imagine it probably isn't "A" quality, because I've not heard of it..

That being said, GP, I say ignore those people who threaten to stop reading and who bitch and moan about you posting with a liberal slant. First of all, you have been very fair in 90% of your posts, and as much as I want to say, "We all know how hard it is to write objectively," I can imagine that some of those who are quick to criticize haven't ever tried thier hand at what you do.

It is VERY difficult to write an article from a straight middle of the line point of view, regardless of what the Conservative Whiners seem to think. You have been very fair to both sides and have criticized them both when they deserve it, even though sometimes, even the best journalists let slip thier politics. :) 

Most of the angry remarks in the comments above are just from Bitchy Conservatives that are still upset because they are quickly becoming the minority in this country.

To all of them: I say, get over it, stop your Bitching about Media Bias, unfairness, and "The Messiah Complex" because you folks had your chance, and screwed it up. You'll get another chance in 4 years. Until then, tough shit, deal with it or GTFO "our" America.

Edit: Fixed a stupid typo.

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Not a good thing to scare away your fan base, I agree. 

While I respected him as a player I do not agree with his views

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NEWSFLASH: Jocks = Republican

...you learn this the first day of high school.

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Really?  Because I find that many jocks are actually democrats, and a lot of the ones I knew voted for Obama this time around, what with the whole being dazzled by bullshit.

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A more accurate equation would have been Jocks = Preps = Republicans. Money changes everything.

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Yeah, I noticed that too.

There have always been motherf*ckers, there will always be motherf*ckers, but what we can't do is let them control our motherf*cking lives. -John Oliver, December 1st, 2008

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I've dared question the lefty-ism of this site and most recently someone replied with something along the lines of "...it's apparent this site leans left..." In the past I also posted to a couple articles where the site conveniently left out the party affiliation of Democrats. I'm not gonna go dig them up, they are here somewhere.

 

Regarding the article here, however...

SNIPE #1 "...the failed presidential campaign of Republican John McCain..."

Everyone knows the campaign lost.

SNIPE #2 "...wait-and-see posture on the three-week old administration..." 

Who gets a pass because their administration is young? Barack has made mistakes. One need only look at his appointments to see it. I'd check myself but I'm busy counting my unpaid tax money.

SNIPE #3 "...right-hander recycles a lengthy anti-Obama screed..."

Nice one there. "Right-hander" oh, that made me laugh out loud.

SNIPE #4 "...conservative British journalist Peter Hitchens..."

Nice one there, too.

 

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I'd check myself but I'm busy counting my unpaid tax money.

Sounds like Obama needs to nominate you for an office and have you pay what you owe. Failing that, the IRS does tend to be more lenient with the discretionary penalties when you come to them, rather than them going to you.

-Gray17

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I've been audited. Man, that was no picnic...

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Re: 38 Studios Head Curt Schilling is NOT an Obama Fan

What do you expect? He plays for the Red Sox. Not to mention it is Curt Schilling, the man like to bitch and complain about everything.

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Whatever dude.  He was a consummate professional when he played for the Sox.

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"De minimus non curat lex"

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Who gives a crap who he supports. So, he doesn't like Obama. Whoopie do!
 

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Re: 38 Studios Head Curt Schilling is NOT an Obama Fan

Obama has become a pop icon, and as such he garners attention.  Being opposed to Obama's policies means you are a racist- in the same vein that being opposed to George W's policies made you a terrorist.

I also believe this blog to be left-leaning (sorry, Dennis), so there is another reason.  But, again, who cares?

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It's not too late, Curt!  Get a trade to the Blue Jays and you can live in Canada.  You'll get along great with our oh-so-right PM!

(Psst... nobody tell him that the rightest-of-the-right in Canada would still be considered a dirty commie-socialist in the American political spectrum.)

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Seriously, what is this guy on? I agree that we should wait to see what Obama actually does before we start hailing him as the the savior of America, but where does he get the rest of this crap? Liberals turning America into a third-world country? Newsflash, buddy, both parties have been screwing up the country for quite some time now. You're just choosing whether you want to see America turn into V for Vendetta or Nineteen Eighty Four.

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Out of curiousity, which party nets us the V for Vendetta ending?

-Gray17

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I think the Republicans would create the V for Vendetta scenario. They're more likely to set up a fascist police state that tries to dictate morality to its people. The Democrats would probably set up the a government that would be a Nineteen Eighty-Four-style communist despotism that surpressed free thought and individuality in order to encourage uniformity and a forced version of equality.

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While I support the democrats, I would still go V for Vendetta on either of those regimes.

There have always been motherf*ckers, there will always be motherf*ckers, but what we can't do is let them control our motherf*cking lives. -John Oliver, December 1st, 2008

There have always been motherf*ckers, there will always be motherf*ckers, but what we can't do is let them control our motherf*cking lives. -John Oliver, December 1st, 2008

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God, what a fucking tool. I don't agree with most right wing policies (I do agree with some, like their policies on nuclear energy and boarder control), but I respect people's right to adhere to them. Of course, when you start saying things like "America is a Christian nation," or "Global Warming is just a panic," then congratulations, you have just invalidated any of your future statements.

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"global warming" is farce, thats why its now called "global climate change", get with the program ;)

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Not the point, its the wholesale dissmissal that we might be poluteing the enviroment thats more the issue.

 

THough its like the go green argument.... we can save the envirment alill...if we spend more all the time to upkeep and do cleanup the green devices...  both sides need to lean to the middle or fall of the table...


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Damn, sorry. I don't know what I was thinking.

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All I see is a fou conservative  ranting to the choir of like IQ levels.
Next....

 


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"I pitty the fou"?

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Wow, good thing I wasn't going to buy his games anyway.

A full on delusional right wing kook rant, and not so thinly veiled racism? What a winning combination.

 

Seriously, fuck that guy.

Re: 38 Studios Head Curt Schilling is NOT an Obama Fan

As I mentioned above, those comments were made by Hitchens.  Schilling doesn't explicitly state whether he agrees or disagrees:

"I found this an interesting take from someone living in another country. Agree or disagree it’s a different perspective on this nation and our new President."

There's a strong possibility he does agree with at least the main ideas of the article, but since this is the only quote by Schilling you have to at least give him some benefit of the doubt.

Some of you really need to read the articles more carefully before you type.

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"De minimus non curat lex"

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Ah, finally someone dared saying it.


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He hasn't realized apparently but you guys have been living in a third world country for ages now. I don't see any civilized country (Italy's not civilized) getting 1/3 of their country wiped out from the power grid due to a single failing point.

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Not sure how that's related to a messy infrastructure, but "As a consequence of the usually relatively mild summers, most people do not know how to react to very high temperatures (for instance, with respect to rehydration), and most homes and retirement homes are not equipped with air conditioning. Furthermore, while there are contingency plans for a variety of catastrophes and natural events, high heat had never been considered a major hazard and so such plans for heat waves did not exist at the time."

Oh and I counter you with New Orleans.

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New Orleans is in no way the responsibility of the federal government.  The blame lays squarely on the Mayor and Governors' shoulders; they decided they'd come up with their own evacuation plan, and when the plan fell apart, waited 3 DAYS before allowing the military to come and secure the area for FEMA.  Your counter is ill-informed.

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New Orleans was everybody's fault. The mayor and governor definitely dropped the ball, but so did Michael Brown, the monumentally incompetent head of FEMA (and we all remember who appointed him).

As for the heat wave, you could say that wasn't so much an infrastructure issue as a societal one; part of the reason thousands of people died in France was because most of the doctors were out on their mandatory weeks-long vacations, and the government was too slow to recall them.

Grombar SMASH!

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It's really hard for a federal agency to go from 'well, apparently Louisiana should be fine, we can send resources elsewhere' to 'Oh, shit, they've been fucked for three days and now they want us to bail them out'. 
The problem is, the media didn't want to blame the (extremely racist) mayor, so instead they just poured the bullshit on to the head of FEMA and acted like it was their fault they couldn't help these people, not the fault of the local government for lying about the situation for three days to the federal government and then demanding immediate help.

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I meant the cause of New Orleans, though. New Orleans never should have happened in the first place.

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I counter with the recent ethnic Muslim riots in France.  We can do this all day.  In the end, who really needs a pissing contest like this?

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Refresh my memory. How many other countries have power grids our size?

-Gray17

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And making it bigger means it has to fail bigger not only absolutely but also relatively? I fail to understand. A chain-reaction possible means the grid was designed poorly. We had a chopper destroy power cables and only a small part of the country was blacked out from that, because they were in a 'corner' of the network and the only cable leading there was the one cut. Had it happened anywhere away from a corner, the grid would have stood solidly for the entire country, rather than taking out part of CANADA.

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And making it bigger means it has to fail bigger not only absolutely but also relatively?

No, just pointing out that most countries don't have to deal with the same scale. On a related note, what power outage are you thinking of when you talk about a third of the country being blacked out? The only ones I can think of are the two that happened in the northeast, and that's not 1/3 of the country.

Also:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Portugal_Blackout_of_2000

-Gray17

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And the posts here just prove the point I've been making for over a decade now.  Partisan politics is destroying America.

You people treat every political issue like its a fraking football game!!!  Win at all costs!  And one side has to be the loser!!

Politics is about making compromises.  But neither side wants to do that.  They just want to piss and moan when they don't get their way, and then actively root for the other side (in other words: AMERICA) to fail so that they can win the next election cycle and try to push forward their own agenda again.  All a vain attempt by rich people (and all politicians are rich aristocrats) to maintain their hegemonic grip on power.  Another reason I can't stand political dynasties like the Kennedys, Clintons, Bushes, etc....its all the same old boy's club, just two sides of the same fraking coin.

Eff you all I say.

 

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