Our beloved leader is on a bit of an anti-video game tear lately. In a Father's Day message to all Americans, President Barack Obama categorized video games as a waste of kids' time. In this Sunday's Parade magazine, Obama wrote:
We need to set limits and expectations. We need to replace that video game with a book and make sure that homework gets done."
Howard Huge was unavailable for comment. That's not the only Obama vs. video games news I have for you, though. In a speech to the American Medical Association, Obama got down to the nitty-gritty of preventative health care, saying it:
"means going for a run or hitting the gym, and raising our children to step away from the video games and spend more time playing outside."
I'm totally in favor of kids both doing homework and playing outside (as long as I don't have to participate in either), but I don't think video games and good grade/health are mutually exclusive. Neither does EA Sports head Peter Moore.
Moore, on EA's website, threw down a challenge to the leader of the free world, posting:
It may be time for the President and his family to put their Wii to good use and fire up the 30-Day Challenge with EA SPORTS Active. This is a “game” even the President may not want to “step away” from.
Mr. President, here is my challenge to you: Try EA SPORTS Active and I guarantee you’ll need aides saying “Yes You Can!” to finish your first workout.
Obama, you've been served! But I'm afraid Peter Moore hasn't considered the implications of his challenge. I say, Moore's taunt could spell doom for our entire civilization.
As unlikely as it is, let's say Barack Obama is a big fan of EA Sports and actually reads Moore's challenge, and then accepts it. Then, let's say Obama gets so into EA Sports Active that he checks out other games for the Wii. Before you know it, the president of the United States will be hardcore gamer, decking the White House out with a PS3, and a 360 as well as using CIA super-computers to run Crysis... in full resolution. Then, he'll start checking out MMOs...
Sure, that sounds cool, but these are tenuous times. The economy is tanking, Iran is in the midst of a possible revolution, North Korea is talking about launching long-range missiles again -- if our president gets into World of Warcraft, we can kiss the country good bye, as Obama will be so into campaigning to run his hardcore gaming guild that he'll ignore the responsibilities of the presidency.
Kim Jung Il, using a clever Horde alias, will attack Stormwind, and Obama will be forced to stay up all night defending the Griffin-master. Then the real life Chinese red army, along with sleeper cells of sentient robots, will sweep into the U.S. and enslaves us all to work in outer-space diamond mines.
When the country is a smoldering ash-pile, and you're working 23-hour shifts in a Venusian mine-shaft, blame Peter Moore!