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Submitted by X-Factor 1184d ago | opinion piece

Why Obama’s Re-Election Is Good For Gamers

Regardless of your personal politics, one thing is for sure, the re-election of Barrack Obama to a second term in office will prove to be great for gamers. With the economy on the up-swing, whoever made their merry way into the White House was bound to take credit for the bounties and economic boom that is at this point inevitable in the U.S. economy. Ok, enough uppity talk. Here’s why we’re in for a great next four years (from a gaming perspective). (Culture, Dev, Industry, Next-Gen)

LOGICWINS  +   1184d ago
Eh...I don't see the 720/PS4 coming out until late 2014 at the earliest, not because of Obama, but because they're selling fine. The fact that Sony just released a SuperSlim confirms that the PS3 will be the premier Sony console for the next two years.
green  +   1184d ago
That's like saying that the iPhone 5 should never have been released because the 4S was selling fine. In business, you don't sleep and relax because you have a good selling product. You have to keep up with the times and continue to innovate if you want to have brand purchasing power among consumers. If you don't, you will see your competitors release new products and surpass you and before you are able to react, it would be to late. If you don't believe me, just go ask Blackberry how they are doing.

The wii U is hitting store shelves any moment, Sony and Microsoft have to react by fall 2013 at the latest.
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LOGICWINS  +   1184d ago
I cringe everytime people compare the iphone to consoles. Smartphone hardware parts update more frequently than console hardware parts. Therefore, the hardware parts in a PS3 for example would take LONGER to decline in value than the hardware in a smartphone. This is why it takes YEARS for consoles to drop in price and MONTHS for cellphones to drop in price. Therefore, its less costly to pump out a smartphone every year than it is to pump out a console every year...hence why Nokia can pump out half a dozen phones per year while MS/Sony can only afford to pump out ONE console every 5-6 years. Please educate yourself before commenting.
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green  +   1184d ago
It is you that needs to educate your self about the business behind consumer electronic devices which both a console and a smartphone are. Just because the update cycle for both are different does not mean that the basic principe of how their businesses are run in order to gain a competitive advantage over their rivals is any different.
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Hydrolex  +   1184d ago
Xbox 720 will be out in Late 2013... I know people who are working on it at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington. Believe me or not, I don't give a shaat !
BitbyDeath  +   1184d ago
If the Wii U didn't release this year then that may have been the case but Sony and Microsoft need to keep up or lose their market.
LOGICWINS  +   1184d ago
How does Sony/MS lose a market that was never theres to begin with?

Nintendo fans will buy a Wii U
Xbox fans will hold out for the 720
PS3 fans will hold out for the PS4
BitbyDeath  +   1184d ago
There's a big market of people who don't go on websites or keep up with what's going on in the papers, they like games and they go with whatever is available and looking fun to play. (Like the COD crowd)

If COD were to feature on Wii U with better graphics next year who's to say that market will not cross over? Given the extra controller abilities and whatnot.
dirthurts  +   1184d ago
Any real gamer will look beyond simple minded brand loyalty. If there's new hardware, with new games, it'll be purchased and enjoyed.
I personally, pc guy. But I have a WiiU preordered. I'll grab one of the SONY/MS consoles when they hit too if I can swing it. Which one is up to the product.
LOGICWINS  +   1184d ago
^^So in order to be a "real" gamer, a person MUST buy every console that comes out?

Your telling me that the hardcore PC gamers that didn't buy a Wii in 2006 by CHOICE aren't "real" gamers? Senseless comment.

"You really think Ps3 fans and xbox 360 fans will only buy PS4 and 720 respectively?"

Your putting words in my mouth. I never said Ps3 fans and xbox 360 fans will ONLY buy PS4 and 720 respectively. The Xbox fans that I mentioned can SIMULTANEOUSLY be PS3 fans and vice versa.

If my comment read:

"Nintendo fans will ONLY buy a Wii U
Xbox fans will hold out ONLY for the 720
PS3 fans will hold out ONLY for the PS4"

..then, and only then, would you have an argument.
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Blankman85  +   1184d ago
Wow Logic, you've lost it. I mean come on bro. Life doesn't work like that. You really think Ps3 fans and xbox 360 fans will only buy PS4 and 720 respectively? By that logic(excuse the pun) xbox 360 should have only sold 25 million units and PS3 should have 150 million by now.
You made mdr agree with Bit by death, do you understand how painful that was for me?
BitbyDeath  +   1184d ago
Lol, i feel for you Ndivhu :-p
AWBrawler  +   1184d ago

not true. I've seen lots of people switch from Gamecube to PS3, Xbox to Wii, PS2 to 360, and even give up on consoles all together and go with DSi and PSP.

Truth is if Wii U has a 2 year lead on the next gen, it will put up one hell of a fight sellswise against MS and Sony. 360 having one year was almost enough to keep it as number 1, but Wii sold unexpectedly well, and PS3 gained a lot of momentum after the gloom and doom articles died
Muffins1223  +   1184d ago
Like in hell i would buy a wiiu
ado908  +   1184d ago
I just don't think the PS4 will release by 2014 mainly because Sony stated many times that there is a long way to go before we talk about the PS4 meaning the system wont be releasing anytime soon. But the nextbox on the other hand idk...
DeadlyFire  +   1184d ago
Xbox 720 - Late 2013
PS4 - Early 2014

Obama has nothing to do with this. Economy is not in a upswing.
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MultiConsoleGamer  +   1184d ago
A President that hates video games is good for the gamers?
greenpowerz  +   1184d ago
You mean he wants parents to do their homework and parents to spend time with their kids? Obama has a Wii and xbox.
MultiConsoleGamer  +   1184d ago
No. In telling people to "put away the xbox" he's insulting gamers and reinforcing negative stereotypes about us.

It's like he thinks we're all lazy slobs that sit around all day playing video games.
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Soldierone  +   1184d ago
Michelle Obama is the biggest opponent of video games period....all her "eat healthy, go play" things. It's annoying seeing kids not able to get a soda to drink with their friggin lunches anymore....

What said is right. He thinks gamers are slobs, and if he could he would limit it to motion gaming.
AWBrawler  +   1184d ago
i don't believe in giving kids soda anyway. Heck I barely drink sodas. nothing wrong with healthy eating,but that doesn't mean they can't play some video games and still be healthy. Why does everyone assume every gamer is some unhealthy overweight fat guy.

I'm 5ft. 11, 179 lbs, and the most exercise i do is play red steel 2 lol. stereotype debunked. I eat healthy and I'm a gamer. Yes, those kind of people exist.
Bimkoblerutso  +   1184d ago
I wouldn't say he "hates" video games, but at the very least gaming culture and the "digital" community in general should be concerned with his previous flirtations with SOPA.
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Nes_Daze  +   1184d ago
In before the Obama hate.
LOGICWINS  +   1184d ago
Defensive much?
Nes_Daze  +   1184d ago
Nope, just experience.
lasersquash  +   1184d ago
Too late.
X-Factor  +   1184d ago
It's not a politics article nor a Red and Blue debate. read it before you speak your mind. It's about gaming folks.
ExPresident  +   1184d ago
Its not about politics? If it wasn't about politics he wouldn't have plastered a big Obama picture at the top of it, nor used the lefts Forward banner with the Obama 'O' in it. Last but not least his final line "Obamacare and entitlements to the rescue!!!"

How is it not politically related. Its partially about gaming. He could have left politics out of it entirely but instead he wanted the opportunity to be a cheerleader. Whatever, to each his own, but you can't say its not about politics.
X-Factor  +   1184d ago
The Obamacare and Entitlements sentence was meant to be satirical.. And to your point. Ok, so there is some political content, but I am neither cheering for, nor castigating Obama in this article. Let's just make that clear.
sdozzo  +   1184d ago
Good for gaming... bad for the economy.

Thumbs down.
dirthurts  +   1184d ago
Obama doesn't control our spending habits, nor the financial decisions of companies. We affect the economy, not the president.
Educate yourself sir.
Kaneda  +   1184d ago
mmm, Yes he does. If he raises tax, people will spend less, because they are bringing home less.
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SAE  +   1184d ago
taxes made for rulers , to make them rich and do what ever they want , it's not helping any country not even america , a lots of poor every where :( ..
ExCest  +   1184d ago
@^ Death,

Uhh, are you serious?
BoNeSaW23  +   1184d ago
Oh really!?
Not sure how your projection meetings went this week but my company is cutting another 75 people in order to survive for another 4 years under anti-capitalist administration.
The president and his policies AFFECT the economy sir. Educate yourself before talking down to others.
dirthurts  +   1184d ago
@Ideath, where do you think food stamps, medicare, etc come from? College scholarships? All tax money.
@bonesaw...sure the president can raise taxes and change policies, but in the end it's up to the company to run their show right. If the business can't cut it, it fails. Simple as that. The president can do nothing to fix that. In the end, it's the individuals.
I am very well educated, just a fyi.
2pacalypsenow  +   1184d ago
cuz now people dont have to work and they can play all day?
Kaneda  +   1184d ago
Hmmm Free healthcare. Before you need to find a job to get healthcare. Now you don't have to. Just sit at home and play video games.. and still get healthcare coverage...
Hicken  +   1184d ago
Cuz everybody out there with a job has or can afford healthcare, right?
ExCest  +   1184d ago
Wow, people are disagreeing with you. You're completely right and people don't understand the economy.

Mommy doesn't get insurance out of her magic bag with your (General term. Not "you.") bottle and lunch.

EDIT: Also, don't other countries have free healthcare? I don't see their production lowering.
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Kaneda  +   1184d ago
Well, everybody needs to work for it. Get an education and find a good paying job that provide healthcare. WORK FOR IT! YOU CANNN DOOO ITT!!!

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Emilio_Estevez  +   1184d ago
Healthcare is not free, anywhere. You should probably read up on this subject before commenting because that makes no sense.
Wigriff  +   1184d ago
Holy crap, that's a lot of bubbles. You're in the proverbial 99% of bubble wealth.
cl1983  +   1184d ago
Thank you, unless we've decided that were going to enslave everyone in the medical field.
47  +   1184d ago
This might be the dumbest, most ill-informed article iv ever read on this site(and that is truly a remarkable task). Nothing on that rambling page of drivel is even remotely accurate and we are all now dumber for having read it.
X-Factor   1183d ago | Personal attack | show
2pacalypsenow  +   1183d ago
I award him no hits, and may god have mercy on his soul
GammaSix  +   1184d ago
Most of you guys need to stick to gaming because you have no clue about politics at all.

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