Posted on December 13, 2007, Shawn Sines Hilary Wants to Know Your Gaming Habits
Hilary Clinton has issued a survey for research purposes encouraging potential constituents to reveal personal details including their political views, party affiliation and what video games they play. Videogames are becoming increasingly high profile as politicians gear up for campaign overdrive.
Curiously the survey only names three games in particular. All three are non-combat for the most part. They’re also primarily PC games although the Sims series has titles on consoles and handhelds.
Which of the following have you visited or played online?
- Sim City
- Second Life
- None of the above
- Don’t know
The survey also probes internet usage including for playing videogames, which is at least an acknowledgment that adults do play them..
Which activities do you do online most?
- Research issues or questions
- Use a webcam
- Share digital photos
- Download music or video
- Read or post to blogs
- Research products or services
- Watch video sites like youtube
- Read the news
- Play video games
- Instant message
- Online banking or bill pay
- Use online social networks
- Talk on the phone using VOiP
While I won’t go into my personal political views, it seems candidates are taking videogames much more seriously. I believe we’ll be seeing much more attention and debate over videogames leading up to election 2008. This may have a fortunate side affect as politicians tend to polarize on issues. They can’t all be against videogames, or they would have nothing to debate. In any case, batten down the hatches and prepare for the storm.