America and the world have been experiencing a different kind of high in the past couple of days. After a very long time, people are experiencing a feeling of hope once again. I do not want to trivialize the whole thing but I couldn’t help but try to relate Obama’s victory to something as “light” as video games. I found out that I am not alone, though. Leading video game web site, 1UP, actually has a write up on this relationship. The article titled “What Does an Obama Presidency Mean for Videogames?“ was published almost immediately after the results of the elections came out.
Sam Kennedy wrote:
And after some of the excitement of this historic election (regardless of one’s political bias, it’s an incredible step forward for the nation) subsides, one of the questions on some gamers’ minds is whether this election will have any impact on their favorite hobby.
Here is an inkling of what the President-elect thinks:
“I would call upon the video game industry to give parents better information about programs and video games by improving the voluntary rating system we currently have. Broadcasters and video game producers should take it upon themselves to improve this system to include easier to find and easier to understand descriptions of exactly what kind of content is included. But if the industry fails to act, then my administration would.”
“And even if the industry does do some responsible self-policing, there’s still a role for the federal government to play. We need to understand the impact of these new media better.”
However, we also know that Obama made history in more than one way. One of the things that concern readers of this blog would be how he made much use of technology ““ including video games ““ to further his campaign. I think that this is a good sign of things to come, don’t you?