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    Obama Sees Gamers as Underachievers

    Democratic presidential candidate nominee Barack Obama hasn't made major claims about the content video games like his rival Hilary Clinton has in the past, but he's definitely been mentioning them. According to GamePolitics.com, Obama's been using video games as a metaphor for underachievement throughout his campaign speeches.

    Many of his campaign speeches have contained advice for parents to get kids to "put away the video games." This isn't anything new, either. GamePolitics.com also points out that he's been talking about video games and underachievement in the same breath since April 2006.

    In his victory speech in Wisconsin last night, Obama reiterated this sentiment:

    "I know how hard it will be to alleviate poverty that has built up over centuries, how hard it will be to fix schools, because changing our schools will require not just money, but a change in attitudes.

    We're going to have to parent better, and turn off the television set, and put the video games away, and instill a sense of excellence in our children, and that's going to take some time."


    I'm fairly certain my prime minister doesn't know what a video game is, so for now, Canada is safe. But it's scary when a potential leader of a country so passively attributes video games with failure. It sounds like yet another instance of a politician not fully understanding what he's talking about, and jumping on the bandwagon, proliferating the popular sentiment that "video games are evil."
    Source:http://kotaku.com/358584/obama-sees-...underachievers

    Do you all agree with him? Are we really underachievers?
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    Oh, shit.

    *Takes off Obama button*
    *Puts on Clinton button*

    ...wait, what am I thinking?

    *Takes off Clinton button*
    *Puts on McCain button*


    In all seriousness, I doubt he was being literal. Many people see video games as a waste of time, and he was simply using that as an example of something that should be replaced with studying and/or working.

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    Indeed. You have to admit most gamers spend A LOT of time doing it. Sometimes you should just put the pad down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LevesqueIsKing
    Oh, shit. *Takes off Obama button*
    *Puts on Clinton button* ...wait, what am I thinking? *Takes off Clinton button* *Puts on McCain button*
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    I thought Obama was supposed to be slick and savvy, but now he's really f***ed up. Offending the people most likely to vote for you is not the way to win votes! Well he is a politician, so I guess I should have expected as much (ignorance of video games is basically a requirement of the job).



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorkfish
    You really misinterpreted that, didn't you?
    QFT...you guys have the logistical skills of a noodle.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barack Obama
    I know how hard it will be to alleviate poverty that has built up over centuries, how hard it will be to fix schools, because changing our schools will require not just money, but a change in attitudes.

    We're going to have to parent better, and turn off the television set, and put the video games away, and instill a sense of excellence in our children, and that's going to take some time.
    You don't to read the rest of the post, as it is bullcrap anyway. Hes not saying that Video Games are bad, hes saying that children need to spend less time playing Video Games and Watching Tv and more time studying and doing homework, thus making our future better for us. THE CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE!!!!!!!!!!

    Get it now?
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    i dont get it, when did he say were underachievers?

    though, its the truth, most video gaming is a waste of time and we could be using it on studying or something or such. no ones really going to take action with this if hes elected, its just fuel to the parents.
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