ObamaNews: Step Away from that Tetris

Joystiq and Game Politics (which is starting Game Decision 2008 “to track video game-related issues in regards to presidential candidates”) report on Obama’s dated gaming reference at a rally yesterday in Austin. “It’s time for you to turn off the TV and stop playing GameBoy’ … We’ve got work to do,” said Obama. Game Politics adds:

It’s not the first time Obama has invoked the idea that gaming equals slacking. The Illinois senator has no game legislation track record, but as reported by the Washington Post, he did rather pointedly return a $500 campaign donation from then-ESA [Entertainment Software Association] boss Doug Lowenstein.


2 thoughts on “ObamaNews: Step Away from that Tetris

  1. It’s true that it’s too simplistic to assume that playing video games is time wasted. But isn’t it also too simplistic to assume that watching TV is just a waste of time as well? Do we tend to see similar critical reactions to people making that assumption?

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