265w ago - MTV has pieced together some of Barack Obama's thoughts on video games in order to understand what his presidency will mean for the gaming industry.
Previously he has called on the industry to give parents better information, and producers themselves to make descriptions available of exactly what content is included.
To quote: Obama's answer: "A: We need to give parents the tools and information they need to make choices about what programs their children are watching or what video games they are playing. As we move towards a digital environment, there is a golden opportunity for the industry to do this on their own–to use the latest in technology to give parents more information and more choice.
For example, this technology could make it possible for parents to create their own family tier just by programming their television to block certain channels, block certain genres of programming like dramas, or block television at certain times of the day.
The same can be said of video games, especially as we're moving into an era when they can be downloaded as easily as today's movies and television shows. 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...
268w ago - According to Boston.com (linked above), advertisements for Barack Obama have appeared in nine EA video games, including Guitar Hero and Madden 09. The ads appear on billboards and other signage, and remind players that early voting has begun and plug a campaign Web site.
To quote: Too busy playing video games to watch presidential ads on television? Barack Obama has found you, too, by becoming the first presidential candidate to buy ad space inside a game.
Nine video games from Electronic Arts Inc., including the popular "Guitar Hero" and "Madden 09" football game, feature in-game ads from the Obama campaign.
The ads - they appear on billboards and other signage - remind players that early voting has begun and plug a campaign website.
Obama campaign officials said the video game ads target 10 states that allow early voting, including several battleground states: Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Montana, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Nevada, New Mexico, Florida, and Colorado.
292w ago - Senator Barack Obama at his campaign in Indianapolis earlier spoke about GTA IV.
During a campaign stop in Indianapolis, Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Barack Obama referenced the new 'Grand Theft Auto' video game as an example of media entertainment's growing influence on American children.
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