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Submitted by GCO Gamer 1016d ago | news

President Obama says games can fuel technical innovation

GCO: "Politicians and the national media are constantly questioning the impact of video games. However, President Barack Obama suggests at a recent online “Fireside Hangout” that high schools could use tools like video games to get kids engaged in the field of technology." (Industry)

The_Infected  +   1017d ago
Wow! Something good said about games? Great to hear.
Agent Smith  +   1016d ago | Funny
Snookies12  +   1016d ago
Hahaha, was just playing some Pokemon before seeing that image...
pr0t0typeknuckles  +   1016d ago
lmao, you sir get a bubble.
HappyWithOneBubble  +   1016d ago
Yes, we can catch'em all!

DragonKnight  +   1016d ago
@NoWayOut: Get out, you saw the picture after clicking the link to? I thought I was the only one. Up high bro.
Hydrolex  +   1016d ago
Obama lies a lot so... god konws what his intentions are
SilentNegotiator  +   1016d ago
Meanwhile, he's wasting tax dollars on a witch-hunt against games when thousands of studies have already shown that there is only a connection of non-violent aggression and not actual physical violence.
DeadIIIRed  +   1016d ago
You mean the study that was called for after Sandyhook? Aside from the fact that it was a way to cover ground from the GOP, it will be a chance to vindicate violent games in this country for a while.

Studies ≠ Controls
thorstein  +   1016d ago
And don't forget what he has done to education! Far worse than GW's NCLB.
SilentNegotiator  +   1016d ago
Allowing Uncle Sam to make the final judgment call as if it were needed after all of the scientific studies that have already been done will NOT advance our cause as gamers or as intelligent people.

We don't need Daddy Government approving of our literature, culture, etc.
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RememberThe357  +   1015d ago
Thousands of studies? You mind posting a link to those?

Overstating your point only works on nonthinkers. No offence. But the reality is that we don't really know what video games do to you. Some clarity might actually make games more enjoyable as it will show developers what they're dealing with when it comes to the human psyche. Interactive entertainment is a pretty new thing and the more they can look into it, the more they'll know about how it affects us in our day to day life.

I see nothing wrong with more knowledge. And trust me when I say this country can afford a few government sponsored studies into the effect of interactive violence. In fact I welcome it. I'm not a more violent person because of videogames, and I'm still appalled at real world violence. Hell yeah I get frustrated at BattleField 3, or when I keep missing that jump in Uncharted 3, but that doesn't make me violent it makes me frustrated. I have no problem with anyone trying to understand the difference in that.

The more we know about anything, the better.
francis1marcucc   1016d ago | Spam
Jim Hawking  +   1015d ago
He's talking about educational games. He trashes "regular" video games all the time. I wouldn't hold your breath guys.
Snookies12  +   1016d ago
Obama is a smart man, regardless of politics. Good to hear someone with some common sense in government once in a while lol. A nice break from the geezer senators always bashing the industry.
GCO Gamer  +   1016d ago
That's one of the reasons I voted for him, I just love what he stands for.
LOGICWINS  +   1016d ago
The good he does(Giant leaps in gay rights, healthcare) is offset by the bad(more drone strikes, more renditions, more marijuana raids, NDAA, extension of the Patriot Act etc.

I'm not at the point where I hate him, but I don't love him either.

@GCO Gamer- You could if you'd like, but nothing I said was untrue.
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GCO Gamer  +   1016d ago
@LOGICWINS I'm going to have to disagree with that.
SilentNegotiator  +   1016d ago
No one familiar with his executive orders and bills like the NDAA should like Obama. He went back on his promises to not get involved in foreign civil wars, ending indefinite detention, etc. He's Bush with more civil action.

It still makes me sick to my stomach to know that Obama, McCain, and Romney were the presidential candidates for the last 5 years. It's like people hate their rights and want the economy to get worse.
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SlapHappyJesus  +   1016d ago
@GCO Gamer

Not that I like moving this even further from the article itself, but Logic really didn't state anything untrue.

His use of drone strikes is rather cruel and has killed many innocents in the process.

He is actively attacking state legal marijuana dispensaries.

While making promises to lessen the harsh treatment of US held prisoners, he's actually gotten worse than what we've had under Bush.

And I don't think I need to bring up some of the legislation he passed.

Many of the things he speaks on on a social level, I approve of. Other than that though, I don't feel he is a man who deserves our trust, let alone our love.

Everyone, obviously, is entitled to their opinion though.
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Snookies12  +   1016d ago
So.... What? The disagrees like when old senators berate them and their hobby of gaming? Lol, I dislike when people hit that button and don't even give an explanation. Don't agree with me? I'm cool with that, but at least say why so that I might have some insight.
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LOGICWINS  +   1016d ago
"Lol, I dislike when people hit that button and don't even give an explanation. Don't agree with me? I'm cool with that, but at least say why so that I might have some insight."

Tell me about it. I got five so far and no ones offered a proper rebuttle yet. Even GCO Gamer hasn't explained WHY he disagrees with me.

When I get disagrees without responses, I just take it that the person pressing the button is angry because he/she KNOWS that I'm right and can't come up with a counter argument..hence why they press the disagree button.

In the end, all the disagree button does is promote cowardice. If every disagree automatically generated a mandatory reply box(similar to the one you get when you agree/disagree with a report), it would weed out many of the immature brats on N4G and we'd have more mature conversations based on FACTS, not emotions.
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DarkBlood  +   1016d ago
actually a mandatory reply doesnt have to be typed in theres been few disagrees with no comment on it by simply pressing the button

unless you meant to say we can see who's disagreeing?

all in all, we can't get upset over a trivia thing as well when no one questions why a person has been agreed with especially when its either wrong, rude or plain trolling
GCO Gamer  +   1016d ago
I didn't mean it like that. I was just sawing that Barack Obama is alot better President then we give him credit for. I'm better off today, then I was five years ago.
LOGICWINS  +   1016d ago
I don't understand. If Obamas so smart, why did he propose a $10,000,000 study(OUR tax dollars) to research a connection between violent games and real world violence...when its been PROVEN in the past that no such connection exists?

@Snookies- Didn't disagree with you btw ;)

Don't get me wrong, Obama HAS done some good. Because of him, I get to stay on my parents healthcare for 4 more years...but that doesn't change the fact that he's a colossal screw up in many other areas.
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Tonester925  +   1016d ago
"When I first started, there were 50,000 people a year dying on the highways. Now it's 32,000 and that's because there's been superb scientific research," Teret noted. "We need to be able to address gun-related injuries in the same scientific manner as highway injuries."
brettski  +   1016d ago
Haha so he has done some good by allowing you to stay in your parents basement 4 more years without having to worry about getting health coverage?

That's the problem today, the large group that wants gimme gimme handouts from government. These special perks are taking away freedoms and adding to our massive debt while creating a culture of dependency on government.

Just wait till the government comes after what you like or have "for your own good"
Quiescent  +   1016d ago
Dude the focus of the heat is Obama but MOST of his orders are from the government. Truth be told, presidents arent really powerful but more like puppets to use like a spokesperson. However, Congress. Senate, and House is taking horrible actions to help the economy and Democrats and Republicans can find a sense of balance to motion on. Plus its not entirely their fault, its our fault that we are LETTING this happen and fellow man is playing a great part to put interest into this country supposedly to be a free enterprise/ capitalist system. Obama has his faults but the entirety of our problems deals with US
iggsta3o5  +   1016d ago
@Moonlightrose That is not exactly true while on paper and through the framework of government he is not that powerful, hes grown more powerful by the day. He uses executive orders as though he himself were king. He brought into law unconstitutional laws. The NDAA gives government the power of indefinate detainment of American citizens without trial or due process. He has pushed to censor and monitor the internet in a way that curbs and destroys freedom of speech. He used executive order to force doctors to intrude on my privacy as to if i own firearms, and has strengthened the patriot act, the very same patriot that the Democrats cried as unconstitutional when facing the republicans, but support as OBAMA strengthens it. Our government does not belong to us anymore it belongs to wall street and the lobbyists. It belongs to the bankers that prints and manipulates the very currency u spend. Government has become power to the highest bidder and neither your Socialist Democrats or your fascists Republicans will change a thing. During election day you will chant for your party as you would a football team it wouldnt matter if he was a hypocrite or mass murderer none of you take your time to truly study and understand economics nor politics, and the future of this nation will pay for your ignorance.
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clearelite  +   1016d ago
Kudos to his speech writer.
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sandman224  +   1016d ago
He's a smart man that Obama!
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SAE  +   1016d ago
Off topic ?.. Sandman comment should be off topic too if that your logic -.- ..
MadMax  +   1016d ago
If you think Obama is smart, you need to get your head examined! Worst President in history!!!
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Conzul  +   1016d ago
Obama may take the cake for worst threat to the American way of life, but the Worst President in History Award definitely goes to Bush.
TheEnigma313  +   1016d ago
I wish more of the radical politicians will think like this.
DigitalSmoke  +   1016d ago
He's right.
Gratisfaction  +   1016d ago
Good man...
HappyWithOneBubble  +   1016d ago
Obama can't wait for PS4 too.
dafegamer  +   1016d ago
obama is a passionate gamer as well. He recently bought a Wii U for him and his family. I too bet, that he cant wait for the ps4 either
AdmiralSnake  +   1016d ago
And that proves he's a passionate exactly ?

He bought his family a console, that's all I see, I don't know where the "passion" comes from.
clearelite  +   1016d ago
Guess people will believe anything.
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GiantFriendlyCrab  +   1016d ago
obama says whatever his puppetmasters want him to say
KillrateOmega  +   1016d ago
Annddd....this page has just become a political debate forum. Awesome.

Anyways, this is one of the few things that I'v actually liked from Obama. I'm in support of most of his social actions and positions, but his executive orders and several of his bills are another thing entirely. I just don't like the guy.
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ApolloTheBoss  +   1016d ago
Thanks, Obama! (Not sarcasm!)
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ninjagoat  +   1016d ago
Most be a way you Yanks can get this man in for a third term ;).
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WeAreLegion  +   1016d ago
We can't afford a third term with this guy.
brettski  +   1016d ago
Dear god no
ApolloTheBoss  +   1016d ago
Luckily they can only run twice.
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WeAreLegion  +   1016d ago
This is nice to hear. I'm working on a documentary about the social acceptance of gaming. Would any of you like to do an interview for the film? Shoot me a PM, if so. :)
MadMax  +   1016d ago
Oh God, cant we go anywhere without hearing from the annointed one?
hazardman  +   1016d ago
Its all military purposes. I watching NOVA, and they were talking about the impact of drones and how they already have a drone that could move around any where and do certain things without the assisstance of human operator. Guess what it was using the Kinect. I don't know if it was 1 or 2. But it was a Kinect. Obama could be better president, but he is under control of the NWO.
Hicken  +   1016d ago
lol at the conspiracy theorists in here.

"Wait, Obama says something I should actually AGREE WITH? Let me make it CLEAR how much I hate everything else he says and does. Meanwhile, I'll COMPLETELY IGNORE the topic at hand."

I don't care what you think of his policies, or him as a person. I don't care who you voted for, or your political affiliation.

Not here. This place- this discussion, website, ARTICLE- is about GAMES.

And while games are under attack after unfortunate incidents like what happened in Sandy Hook, this guy says he thinks video games can be GOOD. Yes, he is involved in a study which looks at the impact of violent gaming on our kids and society.

So freakin what? When the research is done and proves what we all know- that games DON'T positively correlate to violent actions- we can forever say "goodbye" to the bad press gaming has gotten for decades.

It may seem like common sense to us, but common sense isn't common. And it's a nice target the NRA can shift the blame to, while they're at it. Maybe eliminating one more false cause will move us toward an actual solution that much quicker.

I feel like, though, if Obama said "We need to do more to cure cancer and get rid of AIDS," a lot of people would STILL complain about the things they DIDN'T like, instead.

Pretty pathetic, honestly.
brettski  +   1016d ago
People are so against him because he is deliberately destroying our country and dividing it. 16,000,000,000,000 in debt and growing. I'm against a tyrant even if they love gaming
Quiescent  +   1016d ago
People complain about Obama but still dont know the foundation of the basic laws issued by our govt? interesting keep playing games people your too stupid even to comprehend anything that floats in our country all you watch is tv but do not know nothing
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1016d ago
He must of played uncharted.
Quiescent  +   1015d ago
@Iggsta3o5 doesnt matter we are causing problems but people want sit in front of a computer and complain about it doing absolutely nothing hypocritical parasites

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