Election Day is finally upon us and you know what that means!
Yep, Halo 4 is now available at retail! Of course, as a Nintendo fanboy, I don’t give a toss but some people are excited. So excited in fact that Fox News suggests some may forego the polls and instead elect to stay home and play Master Chief’s latest adventure.
The evidence? Halo 4 came out today.
Yeah, that’s it.
"The idiots who can't get a date and look at the women's breasts in the games will definitely find Halo 4 more interesting than something that requires thinking," gaming analyst Jon Peddie told Fox News, estimating that 10 to 15 percent of “the kids of voting age” can’t be bothered to vote. "The majority of young adults, especially the ones voting for the first time, will go to the polls."
Gamer and public relations manager Mark LoCastro reveals that he won’t be voting this year but his decision has nothing to do with the game. He estimates that only 40% of the folks he games with will be hitting the polls today.
For its part, Microsoft says Halo 4’s release shouldn’t prevent anyone from voting.
"Halo 4 has supported a get-out-the-vote campaign for several months that began with voter recruitment efforts at major consumer events like New York Comic-Con, as well as a voter registration program on Xbox LIVE," said a spokesperson for Microsoft and Halo 4 developer 343 Industries. "Microsoft also partnered with Rock the Vote to encourage and facilitate voter registration. We’re continuing the message at major launch events this evening and more than 100 college campuses nationwide."
At the end of the day, even Fox News admits that there’s no hard data to support the suggestion that non-voting Halo fans would have done anything different had the game been released on another day.
Besides, everyone knows it’s really today’s Xbox 360 release of Mass Effect Trilogy that’s stopping gamers from hitting the polls.
Source: Fox News
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen