Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama likes to mildly rag on video games during his stump speeches, basically equating gaming with slacking off, and suggesting that parents should make their kids do homework instead of playing Castle Crashers all night. But that doesn't stop the walking hope-machine from advertising in games!
Specifically, Obama's campaign has taken out an ad in PC racing game Burnout Paradise that you might see as you zip along its meticulously rendered streets. Here's EA's statement:
I can confirm that the Obama campaign has paid for in-game advertising in Burnout. Like most television, radio and print outlets, we accept advertising from credible political candidates. Like political spots on the television networks, these ads do not reflect the political policies of EA or the opinions of its development teams.
So Obama is pro-homework and thinks you're a slacker for gaming, but he still wants your vote--this is a scandal of Watergate proportions!
Rumors that John McCain is developing a game called John McCain's Get Off My Lawn Challenge: Maverick Edition are not true because I just made them up.