Barack Obama Name Drops GTA IV During Campaign Stop
At a recent campaign stop in Indiana, presidential candidate Barack Obama mentioned the media fervor surrounding GTA IV’s release. Naturally he used the subject to awkwardly segue into the issue of children spending more time on entertainment than education:
I was just catching the news this morning about Grand Theft Auto, this video game, which is gonna break all records and make goo-gobs of money for whoever designed it. Now, this isn’t intended for kids, although I promise you there are kids who are playing it, but these video games are raising our kids…Across the board, middle-class, upper-class, working-class kids, they’re spending a huge amount of their time not on their studies, but on entertainment. And so part of our job is going to have to be to inspire the entire country to say, ‘How are we giving our kids a thirst for knowledge?’ And turning off the TV set, and getting them to be engaged and interested, like their future really does matter on how well they do in school.”
So, as usual, his problem is more with people concentrating on video games as opposed to their education. Frankly, he’s kind of got a point. Just try having any sort of educated conversation on Xbox Live.