Repurposed as a blog post called "Taking the Time to be a Dad" on the White House website, Obama discussed his own, father-less childhood.
I do both and my kids do both. It's okay Mr. President. We CAN survive and raise our kids properly without your divine intervention.. But lets be honest. He probably didn't write this "blog" just like he only reads off teleprompters what others have written for him. (not slamming him, most Presidents only make speeches based off of someone else's writing)
Put down your books and pick up a video game.
Dear Obama, Quit smoking..you're setting a bad example for the children.
with everyone saying "no" i hope you all are joking, america isnt what it used to be anymore. where not number one at anything anymore and due to third world countries lack of education we cant even be the dumbest country nor are we the fattest but are the second i believe and do lack in alot of areas. the problem is everyone probably just pick up any old book that doesnt interest you and dont take the time to look into what your about to read leaving you to believe that "reading" isnt for you. games are a distraction and nothing more than entertainment, if you cant read a "book" start with a pamphlet like those little game guides they give with the game and then start with something more than that. your only hurting yourself by not reading. and learn a new word everyday
@ lil Titan Says the person who doesn't even know proper grammar. Why should anyone listen to you? Also I myself am going into the gaming industry. How does reading a book help me at all? Playing games and learning about what elements make them fun is much more important for me than to spend the time reading some fictional book.
Its funny how that every comment about someone having a kid, they get disagrees. Test: I have kids
How about he quits goin on vacation every two weeks and actually fixes some of the problems in this country...
Turn off the book and pick up a video games. lol Here's an idea, Obama; start encouraging the increase of jobs. Starting taking more initiative to bring industry back to the USA. Oh and stop being a massive hypocrite with foreign policy, the economy, social issues.......um, well, everything. Turn off the Blackberry, pick up a pen and a microphone.
@KingDustero it is in bad taste to call an idiot an idiot so i wont, but if you honestly believe not reading is the key to getting into the game industry your venture towards your career WILL BE short lived. as for reading a fictional book it's what made the game industry and influenced many of the people's games YOU already play. im not gonna go into deep details about something you should already know or maybe my generation is a bunch of idiots which i said is in bad taste. you should read "Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World" by Jane McGonigal i hope you do something else in life or realize when you go to school for gaming YOU WILL HAVE TO READ!!!
... but my PS3 and 360 aren't compatible with these things called 'books'. It just doesn't fit. Also, the graphics in these books are very VERY 'last-gen'. Not to mention the sound (absent) or the gameplay (quite lineair and boring, turning pages with an interactive 'page-turning motion...')
Still... You shouldn't slam books.
This comment is full of win. :D
Dude everyone should read. The only thing I should warn you of is, it will make most movies suck to you from now on. A movie has to be written and directed exceptionally well for me to like it any more, I just get so much more from books. There's just no technical limits for authors. There's no way a movie or game can do what words can. How a person thinks, how they feel, what they smell, hear, and taste, all this comes together in book like it just can't in any other medium. It is truly awesome. I would recommend George RR Martin to anyone who wants to try. He's the one that wrote the series that the new HBO show "Game of Thrones", is based on. That’s the name of the first book in the series too. I highly recommend it. Even if you don't like fantasy, it's more set in a realistic world and the character development is like nothing else I’ve ever read or seen in my life. I've never hated a character so much and then turned around and started to really like them. It's really some kick ass shit. Anyway don't just write off books, they can give you something games, or movies can't.
Lets not forgot about the horrible framedrops books have..
@ theIMP First off I knew you liked GRRM due to your name, great series and secondly, the title is actually "A Game of Thrones" don't forget the "A." ;) P.S. I am aware that the new books with Sean Bean on the cover doesn't have the "A."
Dear Barack Obama, Shut the F*ck UP Thank you your's truly Captain obvious
Book = Video game. Upgrade your definition Barack.
best thing i ever heard
Always keep in mind that lots of parents in the U.S. have no idea what their kids are up to, nor do they grasp the concept of video games. That's who the message is truly for.
dr kawashima's brain training.....nuff said. s.t.a.l.k.e.r c.o.p....nuff said ( all txt no voice )
And I am a very good reader. I can easily read a 1000 page book in 2 days if it actually interests me. Problem is finding a book that is that interesting to me. Id rather have my future kids play videogames and read then watch TV. TV is far worse than vidoegames IMO. TV is mindless while videogames require thought and hand eye coordination. I know its different now, but when I was little some games require you to read alot. FF7 had a hell of alot of reading when I was 11. edit-- what about number munchers and math blaster. Loved those games when I was little and they made math fun.
stop being president :) But maybe he's right.
No offense to Obama, but I feel like my child can learn more from playing Portal, than he can than in school/books/movies, etc. Also I like the fact he specifically mentioned "videogames", and not t.v. Because god knows it's okay for our children to watch Jersey Shore, but it's DEFINITELY not okay for them to play a game like Red Dead Redemption. This just shows how many people are still out of touch with the gaming community (especially guys in there 40's and over), and still think it's all about running people over, and shooting like a maniac, when in reality games have evolved which have given us emotion that films and books can rarely touch upon. Of course it's still the early 2000's for them, and GTA and games like Halo are still prime examples of why kids shouldn't play video games..but regardless.
I can appreciate some of the points you're making, games are certainly on their way to being a far more legitimate art form. However, when compared to books and film, I think they are still quite a long way off, despite a few very impressive offerings such as Portal and Bioshock. The reason those games are so effective is their quality of writing. Valve, Rockstar and Irrational have all been massively influenced by film and literature though still, their writing and their effect on the player doesn't come anywhere near books such as Heart of Darkness or films such as Barry Lyndon. Comparing the best of games to the worst of television, literature and film is easy and highlights how bad those mediums can be, but gaming has a long way to go- we can't ignore the gaming release schedule, piled high with nonsense. But as I say- I agree with the general idea of what you're saying, but I'd rather raise my children on books and school than Portal.
I doubt that Portal is better than school education or a good book. Actually, I hate books. I can't read a few pages without getting bored. But I did my school and I'm fine.
But kids actually enjoy video games and thus gets more learning out of it.
Maybe if your child is training to become a lab rat, then Portal 2 would be more useful than school.
how about both, ever thought of that?
Lol at everyone above. The point is that you can't do both at one time... Unless you're Chuck Norris.
Sure you can, let's go back to text adventure games.
Ahh, I hadn't thought of that.
well the US does have high unemployment in fields where an education isnt needed while many fields where you need an education are still looking under rocks for people with an education to fill positions. an example is IT, theres like 20-25% underemployment in the IT field, and to make that better, pretty much any girl (50% of population) who wants an education in computer science (which would fit requirements of most IT jobs) could get their educations almost completely paid for by some of the top schools just for being a girl and getting grades above a c though anyone whos looking to learn this stuff should be able to manage their own time and decide when its ok for them to play a game and when they need to make time for their classes
@coryok in the UK most people understand IT, there are not enough jobs for people to fill.
im talking more in terms of programming, networking and telecoms, not things that the geek squad from best buy can do for you i also doubt obama is very concerned about kids in the UK gaming as much as he is about kids in the US
well obama times are rough people are stressed it either take out all my anger on these interactive movies or go out and rob people and mabe commit suicide
Times are rough because Americans are lazy, uneducated, and don't want to work hard. Regular Americans are the problem, and you may be a part of it.
And what country are you from?
this is coming from the same guy who plays witcher 2 at the white house 0_o
o_O When was this.
they gave him the game as a gift but im sure he is not playing it
I don't take advise form warmongers.
This is about Obama not Bush. (either of them)
After putting up a massive stink about Bush's policies, Obama attacked a country that didn't directly affect the US (other than maybe with gas price increases) [ http://www.youtube.com/watc... ] , continued Bush's tactics of "enhanced interrogation" (AKA Torture), and Obama collaborated with the nations even LESS than Bush. Obama is just as much a warmonger as Bush. Both presidents suck(ed). Obama's hypocrisy is haunting us, and the media loves him anyway. We live in a sick, demented world.
A tad hypocritical don't you think, since he used video games to get himself elected in 2008. I remember those ad's that were on XBL. He also used all of the other social media websites to spread his message. As for turning off the video games.. no, I don't think so.
Yes Sir Mr. President Powers up Kindle and battery dies. Goes back to gaming.
Bullshit. Those Kindles last a full month on one charge.
Maybe I forgot to charge it. :) It was a joke don't look too much into it.
but video game are my books where i can get amazing story i only read comics.
Obamas favorite game must be the Sims or what was it called? civilliation? only Obama likes the characters to be real for added effect.
Why don't we just do both? Some are synonymous in my mind. I collect tons of books (leather-bound at that) and tons of video games. There have been plenty of games who's stories have influenced me just as much as a classic book. I would never have read The Lord of the Rings if the first Final Fantasy had not introduced me to fantasy. I would never have read Dracula, Frankenstein, or In a Glass Darkly if I had not played Castlevania as a child. I consider my games just another form of storytelling. Of course, if Obama had his way, we'd have the government running this part of our lives too....more of that great Hope and Change!
Games like Assassins Creed and MGS wouldn't exist if there was no reading done.
Lol, didn't Obama get a signed ultra rare copy of a certain game? That means one of these stories is a lie...
I assume that Mr. Obama hasn't played Heavy Rain.
Heavy Rain has a mediocre story when compared to acclaimed literature. Remember when DICE said that some console players don't even know what PCs can do? Well, some video gamers don't even know how amazing literature is.
You sound ignorant. Heavy Rain's story wasn't the greatest but it was damn good.
What is I want to play a visual novel?
Damn, I learned English and I didn't read a single book, just watching TV as a kid (Cartoon Network, Discovery Channel etc.) and playing RPG's with no voice overs (walls of text), what do you have to say about that, Mr. President?
One activity requires you to sit on your ass, staring at something, straining your eyes. Hardly moving, except for your fingers. Taking in someone else's creativity, instead of making your own. Hours and hours are wasted. The other activity is playing video games.
I know books are a form of interactive entertainment, in the sense that you need to use your brain to picture what you are reading, but in terms of keeping your brain active whilst indulging in a form of entertainment there is nothing that beats video game so I don't see what Mr Obama is complaining about.
He should take his own advice. He did say he visited all 57 states here in the USA. I wonder if he has already visited the 58th??
is not like tv/movies are more educational one of the industries doing good, video games industry, and the President attacks it every chance he gets. lol
He already bailed out GM and promotes certain industries, what makes you think he wills top that? After all, Video Games aren't controlled by the same corporate cabal that controls the film and tv industry that keeps the American People as Sheeple.
Strange how I hate reading books yet I enjoy reading the text in games like Castlevania and Alan Wake.. And there were lots of things to read there..
You (Obama) make guns illegal in the USA is the day I pick up a book!
"But what if I have writers block? Will that stop me from reading too?" said Alan Wake.
LMAO! This is a perfect example of where our society is at. When the President of the United States encourages fathers to spend more time with their children, people take it offensively. He's not telling you how to raise your children, he's meerly making a suggestion. He's not telling you he's perfect. He simply stated he's had times when he let work get in the way a little too much. He didn't say Down with video games, he just said read a book once in a while. LOL
For some reason, us Americans have the need to mock our leaders. A lot of the times they deserve it, but we do it even when they don't deserve it. If Bush would have said "Read a book", we'd all be saying "At least we know how to".