President Obama Visits Poland, Namechecks 'The Witcher'

June 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

PR 101: if the President of the United States name checks your product in an international speech, it is the best thing in the world that can happen to you. While visiting Poland today, President Barack Obama mentioned CD Projekt Red's popular RPG, The Witcher. The last time the president was visiting the country, he was given a copy of The Witcher 2 Collector's Edition as a gift by prime minister Donald Tusk. Today while in Poland the President mentioned the game and admitted that he wasn't very good at games in general.

"The last time I was here, Donald gave me a gift," Obama said, "the video game developed here in Poland that's won fans the world over, The Witcher."

"I confess, I'm not very good at video games, but I've been told that it is a great example of Poland's place in the new global economy and it's a tribute to the talents and the work ethic of the Polish people, as well as the wise stewardship of Polish leaders, like prime minister Tusk."

Obviously the President didn't play the game very much, and admittedly The Witcher 2 isn't the easiest game to pick up and play.

But the best thing is that a sitting U.S. president has mentioned CD Projekt Red's game on the international stage. No doubt people who have never heard of the popular RPG franchise will at least look into it now. It also doesn't hurt the third installment of the game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which is due to get some face time next week in Los Angeles at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Source: Eurogamer


Comments

Re: President Obama Visits Poland, Namechecks 'The Witcher'

Here's a bit of legal trivia for all of you reading this article and its comments.

Article I, section 9, clause 8 of the US Constitution states that "no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States], shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State". This consent is currently granted under the terms of the Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act, 5 USC 7342, which allows government employees (including the President) to keep any gifts given to them by "any King, Prince, or foreign State" that are (as of 2014) worth no more than $375 at the time of receipt. A copy of the physical collector's edition can be purchased for $200 on Amazon, which falls short of this threshold; as such, the game is in fact Obama's to keep.

Were the cost of the physical copy to exceed that threshold, however, the copy of the game would be considered the property of the United States. Usually, such gifts can be found on display in the relevant Presidential museum after they leave office.

Re: President Obama Visits Poland, Namechecks 'The Witcher'

LOL he shouldn't feel bad at all! The Witcher is a TOUGH game, even on the easier settings it can be brutal to anyone but the highest of masochists.

 
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