Xbox Live Users: President Barack Obama Wins Third and Final Debate

October 23, 2012 -

While Xbox Live users have once again said that President Barack Obama won the third and final debate on foreign policy, most Americans are just glad that they are finally over. While noting that point, let's look at the numbers from the latest series of Xbox Live flash polls and surveys taken by Microsoft during their live stream of the debate last night.

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Xbox Live Users: President Obama Won Second Debate

October 17, 2012 -

Xbox Live's Larry Hryb released data from last night's polling on Xbox Live from those who watched the Presidential Debate through the service. Hyrb said that more than 100,000 Xbox LIVE members watched the second presidential debate online, and responded to approximately 70 polling questions in "real time." Viewers offered over 2,000,000 individual responses to poll questions, with most poll questions averaging 35,000 to 40,000 respondents per question.

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ReConstitution 2012: A Bullsh*t Detector for the Presidential Debates

October 16, 2012 -

While we would be hard pressed to attest to the validity or effectiveness of the ReConstitution 2012 interactive web app, we do find it more than a little amusing - mostly because of the way its creators describe it.

Xbox Live Users: Mitt Romney Won Presidential Debate

October 5, 2012 -

While Microsoft's presidential debate live stream had a lot of problems, apparently they were able to glean some data from the event. An Xbox Spokesperson tells IGN that Mitt Romney was declared the winner of the debate by the Xbox Live audience.

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Biggest Debate Night Loser: Xbox Live

October 4, 2012 -

While some might still be arguing over who won or lost last night's first presidential debate showdown in Denver Colorado last night (Fox, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS pundits all agree President Obama had a bad night), Kotaku points out the biggest loser at last night's debate was Xbox Live. You may recall that Microsoft had been pushing live streaming coverage of the debate last night, along with interactive real-time reactions from fans.

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Political Kombat '12 - Round One

October 1, 2012 -

Slate has put together a series of videos that show the past and upcoming presidential political debates as a series of fights similar to Mortal Kombat called "Political Kombat '12."

WWE Strikes Back

October 15, 2010 -

World Wrestling Entertainment is tired of getting bad press at the hands of politicians in Connecticut. The company pointed out in a press release today that both Democrats and Republicans liked the organization just fine during the 2008 presidential election campaign and during its long-running SmackDown the Vote campaigns. In 2008 when the candidates Barack Obama, John McCain and Hillary Clinton wanted to court voters via the Monday Night RAW show no one had a problem with the WWE’s image. Now that its former CEO Linda McMahon, is running for political office (the Senate seat vacated by Chris Dodd), the WWE is some kind of evil empire.

The company provided quotes from 2008:

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GP on Joystiq: Two Governors, Two Hypocrites

December 14, 2007 -
...the one in which GP explains what Mitt Romney and Arnold Schwarzenegger have in common when it comes to video games.

Catch it only on Joystiq...

Debate Ignores Gamers; Video Game Critic Romney Declines to Condemn Torture Practice

November 29, 2007 -
Like many GamePolitics readers, I was disappointed that none of the videos submitted by gamers made the final cut for last night's CNN/YouTube Republican debate.

To be fair, however, there are many other crucial issues such as Iraq, abortion, gun control, the economy and the influence of religion on politics. Host Anderson Cooper focused on these.

One telling moment for me, however, came when Mitt Romney could not bring himself to condemn the practice of waterboarding. Here's a guy who decries violent video games as part the "cultural cesspool" in which today's children are supposedly swimming but can't even find it within himself to condemn this acknowledged form of torture?

Sen. John McCain - who was a torture victim during his years of captivity by the North Vietnamese - absolutely ripped Romney on the issue and he was right to do so.

For Romney, the take-away is that virtual violence is a horror, but real-life torture is okay.

Governor, your hypocrisy is showing...

Here's the video of McCain-Romney exchange. Full text version after the jump.

UPDATE: Entertainment Consumers Association president Hal Halpin has weighed in on the debate: 
I was disappointed not to see a gamer question in much the same way that I was disheartened not to hear many other secondary, but important, questions posed.

The ECA member I ran into at PAX... put it into context well in that anyone watching a two hour debate on CNN very likely already knows where the candidates stand on the major issues, and it's certainly easy enough to find out otherwise.

What we don't know is where - or even "if" - they stand on the secondary matters. We won't let up however. Consumer rights are topically important and our demographic can and will be motivated to vote, but only if those politicians are willing to make the effort to speak to issues that are important to us.

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MTV: Will Gamer Videos Be Seen in Tonight's Republican Presidential Debate?

November 28, 2007 -

MTV's Stephen Totilo writes about the gamers who submitted video questions for tonight's CNN/YouTube Republican Presidential Debate.

In particular, Totilo focuses on 18-year-old Jesse Vetters, whose video inspired nearly two dozen fellow gamers to participate in the debate process by creating game issue-oriented videos of their own. Totilo writes:

Over the summer, Vetters started searching YouTube to see what questions had been asked during the CNN/YouTube Democratic debate. "I saw there was nothing on there about anything I really cared about, video games being the main thing..."

Vetters posted his 39-second question to YouTube... and asked aloud what politicians would do to make sure that games weren't vilified by the government.


Totilo also spoke with Entertainment Consumers Association president Hal Halpin, who, after seeing Vetters' video, decided to encourage others to follow suit by offering a free ECA t-shirt to those who submitted their own videos. Halpin commented:

Whenever I'm dealing with the mainstream media, their vision of gamers is apathetic, uninvolved, don't get out to vote. And here's this high school kid (Vetters) willing to jump into the deep end.


Halpin related an experience which occurred at PAX in August when a gamer approached him with a political question:

He was torn between [Barack] Obama and Hillary [Clinton]... [their position on video games is] the issue that could be a tipping point. I bet other gamers out there feel similarly. And that gave me a whole new perspective on what this could mean.


No one knows whether any of the gamer videos will make the final cut. But plenty of gamers will be watching. 

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Gamer Posts YouTube Debate Video

November 20, 2007 -

I'm not sure if this guy is an ECA member or not, but he certainly has gamer rights in mind.

I'm guessing from the assault rifles on the wall behind him that he's also in favor of gun ownership. Not the backdrop I might have chosen, perhaps...

 

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10 Days Left to Submit Your Gamer Question to the CNN/YouTube Presidential Debate

November 19, 2007 -
Is there something you'd like to say about video games to the Republican presidential candidates?

Time is winding down for the Nov. 28th CNN/YouTube debate. As you may recall, the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) is supporting (with free T-shirts!) gamers who submit game-related video questions to the candidates.

We're really hoping one of the gamer videos is selected for the debate as it would help bring game consumer issues front and center to a national audience.

One T-shirt will be mailed to each individual who successfully uploads a video question. Mention of the ECA is not required, but is appreciated. A link to your video along with your contact information (name, address, phone and email) should be sent to info@theECA.com. Contest is open to ECA members as well as non-members. Standard YouTube debate rules apply.

You can also expect to see your video published here on GamePolitics as well as on the ECA’s Facebook and MySpace pages.

You can view all of the previously submitted videos here.
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Latest Debate Videos Challenge GOP Candidates on Wasteful Game Laws

August 17, 2007 -

Longtime GamePolitics reader and ECA member Jeff McHale (you may know him better as the1jeffy) has turned in his video for the upcoming CNN/YouTube Republican Presidential Debate.

There's also a nicely done (but very brief)

Halo Machinima

...


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MTV Takes Notice of Gamer Debate Videos

August 16, 2007 -
The grassroots gamer movement is starting to attract attention.

MTV's Stephen Totilo has taken notice of the recent flood of gamer-created videos. Stephen writes:
 The [ECA], a membership group supporting the rights of video game players, is trying to get a question about games into the... CNN/YouTube debate among Republican presidential candidates set for next month.

Last week, ECA site GamePolitics.com announced a contest encouraging game fans to file their questions and let the group know about it. Anyone who submits a question is promised a free ECA T-shirt, but the bigger prize might be getting the top Republican candidates to discuss the regulation of video games

Over at PrezVid, a site devoted to covering the 2008 Presidential race through the lens of YouTube, editor Peter Hauck gives the ECA's push for gamer videos a nice mention:
As noted previously, video gamers are taking a break from their joysticks and getting political. For the inside story, go to GamePolitics.com — “Where politics and Video Games collide.” The site, part of the Entertainment Consumers Association, does a nice job covering all things political and cultural related to video games...

GamePolitics has jumped on the grassroots gamer response to the CNN/YouTube Republican debate and is now running a contest to spur more video submissions...

Gamers, your grassroots political efforts are not going unnoticed!
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Gamer Debate Video Asks: Will Candidates Waste Tax $$$ on Game Laws?

August 15, 2007 -

Austin from Oregon poses a tough question about about video game legislation to Republican candidates for next month's CNN/YouTube Debate.

And, hey, Austin - we noticed you have logos from GamePolitics, the Entertainment Consumers Association, and the Video Game Voters Network hanging on the wall behind you.

Awesome!

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Three New Gamer Videos for Republican Presidential Debate

August 14, 2007 -

Last week the Entertainment Consumers Association issued a call to action, challenging gamers to create grassroots video questions for Republican candidates participating in next month's CNN/YouTube debate. As a show of support, ECA president Hal Halpin even promised to send an ECA t-shirt to everone who submitted a gamer issue-oriented video.

The response has been unprecedented with new gamer-created videos appearing almost every day. Here are three brand-new submissions:

Jordan from Maine wants to know what the Republican candidates will do to keep his video games safe from censorship. Tim from Pennsylvania wonders how the candidates would help parents make the right video game choices for their children. UGIPhobose from Atlanta wonders if the candidates believe it is the government's duty to censor digital media, including the Internet and video games

To see all of the gamer debate videos submitted so far, click on the Presidential Debate Videos category tag in the right sidebar. And if you're submitting a debate video to YouTube, don't forget to contact GamePolitics or the ECA to claim your t-shirt!

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Two New Gamer Videos for YouTube Debates

August 11, 2007 -
Thaddeus,

who works in a video game store, asks Republican presidential candidates if they are willing to hold parents accountable for buying mature-rated games for their children.

Meanwhile,

Kevin from Detroit

is back with another vid. This time he asks what violence in media -- including video games -- says about our society.



 

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Gamer Debate Videos Gaining Momentum

August 10, 2007 -

11 videos in 3 days... impressive!

Since the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) announced its campaign to foster gamer participation in the upcoming CNN/YouTube Republican Presidential Debate, 11 gamer-created videos have been uploaded to YouTube.

The number and quality of the videos increases the chances that a gamer-centric video question might actually make it into the debate, thus raising mainstream awareness of video game issues. So - keep 'em coming!

Due to the large number of new videos, GP will link them all from a single post rather than creating an individual story for each.

Today we have

Daniel

, a gamer who will vote for the first time in the 2008 presidential election; Dustin, who frames the debate around Grand Theft Auto; Kevin from Sterling Heights, Michigan, who thinks parents should be allowed to choose their kids's games; and Kevin from Detroit, who wonders how future game legislation will be any more effective than the failed efforts of the past.

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Gamer's Debate Video Gets Attention

August 9, 2007 -

Eddie from Long Island asks the Republican candidates if they plan to limit violence in video games.

Also of note, Eddie's video was picked up by PrezVid, which remarks:

Looks like video gaming generation is mobilizing. Here’s Eddie — another gamer who doesn’t have a problem with video game violence — and he wants to know if the candidates do.


The video gaming generation is indeed mobilizing. GP dropped PrezVid a note to let them know about the ECA's campaign to back grassroots presidential debate videos created by gamers.

Meanwhile, there is a lively discussion about the YouTube debate videos going on in the ECA section of the GamePolitics Forum.

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GP Reader's Debate Video Quizzes Prez Hopefuls on Gamer Rights

August 9, 2007 -

GamePolitics reader E. Zachary Knight has posted his own YouTube Presidential Debate video in which he asks the Republican candidates how they plan to protect gamers' rights.

Bonus: E. Zachary mentions the ECA!

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Gamer Plays First Amendment Card in Presidential Debate Video

August 9, 2007 -

Andrew, a gamer from Florida, compares the free speech protections aforded books and movies to present-day efforts to legislate video games:

By submitting a debate video, Andrew has earned himself an ECA T-shirt. You can too...

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Gamer Calls Out Mitt Romney in YouTube Debate Video

August 8, 2007 -
Ryan here has obviously been paying attention.

He knows that, among Republican presidential contenders, Mitt Romney has been hitting the video game issue hard lately.

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YouTube Debate Video Maker is a GP Reader

August 8, 2007 -

David Parrish, frustrated by the protracted legal battle over the California video game law, has jumped into the YouTube debate fray with this video...

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Gamer Questions Federal Mod Chip Raids in YouTube Debate Video

August 8, 2007 -

Okay, the sound quality could be better, but Eli here is making his voice heard nonetheless!

And he's right. There is plenty of room to question the use of Homeland Security personnel to raid mod chippers.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=MZuLEiyVAIE

 

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Gamer's YouTube Question for Republican Debate

August 7, 2007 -
This one precedes the big ECA push, having been submitted on July 29th. Still, it's definitely worth a look.

Sign this guy up for the ECA!!

Are You Working on Your Presidential Debate Video? The Other Side is...

August 7, 2007 -

Yesterday the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) announced its support for game issue-oriented videos created for the upcoming CNN / YouTube Republican Presidential Debate.

Everyone who submits a game consumer-oriented video question in accordance with YouTube's guidelines for the debate will receive a free T-shirt from the ECA.

Think it's not important? 

Think again. Those on the other side of the issue are making debate videos as well.

Joystiq's Ross Miller offers even more reasons to make a video.

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ECA Announces Gamer Video Contest For YouTube Presidential Debates

August 6, 2007 -
ECA to Award T-shirts to All Who Participate!

The Entertainment Consumers Association is excited about the 2008 presidential election campaign as well as concerned about how the candidates view issues pertaining to games and gamers. 

The ECA also notes the upcoming CNN/YouTube Republican debate, which will air on September 17th.

In order to encourage true grassroots gamer activism, the ECA will be awarding a T-shirt to anyone who uploads a video question pertaining to game consumer rights to the GOP candidates for the YouTube presidential debate. Standard YouTube debate rules apply.

One T-shirt will be mailed to each individual who successfully uploads a video question. Mention of the ECA is not required, but is appreciated. A link to your video along with your contact information (name, address, phone and email) should be sent to info@theECA.com. Contest is open to ECA members as well as non-members.

You can also expect to see your video published here on GamePolitics as well as on the ECA's Facebook and MySpace pages
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Gamer Poses Video Question to GOP Candidates for Prez Debate

August 6, 2007 -
With YouTube's Republican Presidential Debate coming up on September 17th, would-be voters are already submitting video questions for the candidates.

We like this one from an enterprising Indiana gamer:



Via: PrezVid

GP: Sign this guy up for the ECA!
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Papa MidnightSpeculation from PC Gamer. Don't hold your breath. http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/07/21/microsoft-job-listing-says-nice-things-about-pc-gaming-isnt-clear-if-it-means-them/07/21/2014 - 5:58pm
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Andrew EisenMP - Makes you wonder what the intention behind the removal was. Stop the RickRolls? Yeah, like removing that one video is going to make a difference.07/21/2014 - 3:27pm
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Sleaker@james_fudge - are you sure the FCC can pick and choose? the general rules I read as passed in the act don't really indicate that, but I didn't read through the entirety.07/19/2014 - 4:19pm
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MaskedPixelanteThis is just... confusing to me... They're not being sued, but it looks like extortion, but maybe now the devs can make demands of Saban? I dunno...07/19/2014 - 1:47pm
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Matthew Wilsonthe 10c is based of the fact that it only cost them 2c a gig to send data around to start with, and that does include infrastructure07/18/2014 - 5:24pm
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james_fudgeThe FCC can apply what rules it sees fit and ignore rules that make no sense under Title II.07/18/2014 - 4:57pm
Sleaker@MW - ahhh thanks for the info. I still don't see how Title II or reclassifying would benefit industry or do what people are asking the FCC to do.07/18/2014 - 2:43pm
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