President Obama’s announcement of the attack against terrorist leader Bin Laden was sincere, uplifting, and about ten seconds ahead of game developers scrambling to replicate the assault. A few devs came through with cheap knock-offs, but as we all know, it’s not real until there’s a Counter-Strike map. So here’s the Counter-Strike map. NY Daily News has the story.
Much like Voltron, the mechanical giants of the gaming industry are coming together in a towering colossus to bring in the government dough. The core is the issue is Obama’s STEM program, an attempt to bring the upcoming generation into the scientific and engineering fields. You know, the things what keep a country strong and powerful.
Toward this end, the Administration sees video games as a potential way to educate and inspire the nation’s youth. Sony, Microsoft, the ESA, and the MacArthur Foundation, among others, agree. Together, they have arranged a series of video game competitions under the STEM program’s principles.
Even the first black president prefers a white console… It’s been recently confirmed that the first-family elect has picked up a Wii console for Christmas, and Obama has joked about how he’s better at Wii bowling than the real thing during his campaign.
Normally, something like this would be a fluff piece, but it brings up two very intriguing points. First, real adults, as opposed to us tall-children types, are buying and playing Nintendo’s crushingly popular game system. Can you see your parents sitting down for a relaxing night with the ol’ PS3? Secondly, the soon-to-be leader of the free world and most powerful man on the planet plays video games. Maybe not often, maybe not those Ninja Gaiden-style controller snappers, but certainly now and then with his family. It’s a start.
The gamers are winning. After Obama’s eight years are up, …
President-Elect Barak Obama may have just hit pay dirt with the gaming generation, he’s appointing people who have actual MMO experience under their belts. Not only last week did we have our first YouTUBE Presidential address, but now we’re starting to see more people put into positions of authority who play the same games we do!
From the titular Gigaom article,
Werbach’s involvement in WoW is worth noting as it raises the possibility that in the coming months, he and Crawford will craft strategic policy positions relevant to online games and worlds, including broadband usage, content regulation, etc. Along with Ito and like-minded academics, Werbach sees both as important to the future of work and technology:
“What [Warcraft] does,” he continued in that post, “is provide an incentive for people to develop new software and ideas for collaborative production. Many of those ideas will translate to other group activities, …