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Sessler's Soapbox: Not So Fast, Obama

Posted: May 11, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: Not So Fast, Obama
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Adam takes President Obama to task over his recent comments about video games.

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  • rayden4444

    I think what makes video games so fun is how it can mentally take you somewhere else to where your only caring or thinking for that playtime about another world and escape your own for a lil bit, when done right it's awesome. I want to buy more platforms and games but I know they can suck what little life I have away. Lack of time is my issue, and trying to get a girlfriend in real life over a game because I'd rather have her play with my joystick than me alone playing with my own.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 10:16 PM
  • RSeitzler

    I am studying to make games, at my local college. From the classes I have taken studying games and other types of entertainment it has taught me to see games as more than just fun. Through games people can create their own stories and have more, interesting, things to talk about with the people they play with. Video games give people a new way to communicate with each other and stress critical thinking to people who can operate video games at their hardest difficulty.

    One skill I know I would have never gotten the chance to achieve at my age is very valueable to me as a person. I began playing MMO's (everquest) at around thirteen and when I first started I was practically lost. Throughout the experience of leveling up to max level and eventually raiding I learned to assess characters strengths, and place them into a task that they can handle. I now apply this to leading group projects in classes, by managing others and not overloading them in order to get things completed in a timely fashion.

    Video games may not be the only way to learn management skills, but it is a good way to learn them at a young age. Players in a raid environment for the most part are required to show up on time for raids and are required to be able to perform their role at a high standard in order to keep a raid spot. In order to be able to perform at a high standard you have to learn how to research information about your role, and be able to reproduce the things you have researched. You don't have to read from other people either, just be able to read the rules given to you and perform your skills as efficiently as possible.

    So, games can teach people to assess other's strengths and weaknesses, and how to use them efficiently. Also they can teach them to find solutions in order to become successful in their environment.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 9:41 PM
    RSeitzler
  • saxnot82

    I agree with you for the most part, Adam. When a games open up dialogues on social or pollitical events then it is a good thing. What gets me, and sorry I am going political for a second, is that Obama talked about video games, twitter, and the likes as places people go to for news. Ummm what idiot actualy does this. He also says that to much information is a bad thing. What!!!! this goes against everything I ever thought. The more you know the better. Dont trust everything Msnbc says. Dont trust Abc news, dont trust Fox News. Look at all their opinions. make up your own mind. Engage your self in the debate and we'll be a better society because of it.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 9:34 PM
    saxnot82
  • saxnot82

    I agree with you for the most part, Adam. When a games open up dialogues on social or pollitical events then it is a good thing. What gets me, and sorry I am going political for a second, is that Obama talked about video games, twitter, and the likes as places people go to for news. Ummm what idiot actualy does this. He also says that to much information is a bad thing. What!!!! this goes against everything I ever thought. The more you know the better. Dont trust everything Msnbc says. Dont trust Abc news, dont trust Fox News. Look at all their opinions. make up your own mind. Engage your self in the debate and we'll be a better society because of it.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 9:33 PM
    saxnot82
  • greyfox077

    I would have to say that a solid, deep and involving story is something that can test your morals, make you think outside of the box. As well as maybe giving you a different view through seeing what the characters have to say and express. Similar to how a movie can have an emotional influence on someone a game can make you decide who should die and who should live and why. Only through games do we get different views and experiences that most would not get in everyday live. I personally know that I've never had to make a decision like, Kill this person who has been your mentor and companion throughout your whole life or try and save you, your mentor and make it out alive. Only in a game could that type of emotional decision be made if done currently by the right developers in the right setting and situation.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 8:38 PM
    greyfox077
  • tribal18

    i have played games since i was 5 im now 19 and it all started with the SNES. it is entertainment but its not some kind of lower form it can be as gripping as a book and as awesome as a blockbuster movie. Lets be honest those who have played games and enjoy them understand that they are not just pretty things to look at they are individual experiences on worlds that explore the minds eye. if that is not learning with your imagination then i have lost hope in us

    Posted: May 13, 2010 6:44 PM
    tribal18
  • NortheastMonk

    I just dont think Obama or anyone in the 'higher playing field' really care outside the suit and tie. We fight things like this because this is control. Control as in you feel different thus you change youre mind.

    The balance comes with intelligence. And yes balancing them and learning more then just the typical stereotype! The DSM-V (not released just yet) might add internet and gaming addictions, but besides the perspective viewed. Maybe we will see the people of America see that gaming is more then just a yesteryear ego-filled hobby. I'm working on a nursing degree and I've learned more time management from being a gamer my whole life. I would feel a bit offended if Obama said this in my house.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 5:48 PM
    NortheastMonk
  • SafeBck

    I never liked Obama, Great point Adam. We do need a balance of both

    Posted: May 13, 2010 4:41 PM
    SafeBck
  • rocknerd

    Well, first off I think the main thing to concetrate on is not HOW video games can be educational, because lets face it. How many people go out and get a game for educational purposes? I mean of course knowlegde is frequently used when playing video games, but I think the real purpose is for entertainment of course.
    Even though Obama's quote did have some truth behind it, why did he specifically point the finger at video games, the ipod, and the ipad? I mean, yes, video games can cause a lackage of educational knowlegde to be ignored, but so can movies, and plently of other sources of media. To me, I would say that this either shows that Obama is ignorant about other sources of media having similar effects, or that he doesn't see the signifance of video games in the media and entertainment world, which would be the reason why he pointed the finger at video games.
    I would surely hope that people would agree with what I say (even though that I am sure some will disagree), or at least agree with me that there is other forms of media and entertainment that have the same, if not worse, affect than video games. But video games is for entertainment, it is for fun, and for me, I prefer it to stay that way. So hopefully the statement from Obama was just a statement or a piece of his advice. Otherwise (if he does plan on trying to regulate the gaming world), I will be glad to protest against any actions Obama might consider taking against video games.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 3:11 PM
    rocknerd
  • rocknerd

    Well, first off I think the main thing to concetrate on is not HOW video games can be educational, because lets face it. How many people go out and get a game for educational purposes? I mean of course knowlegde is frequently used when playing video games, but I think the real purpose is for entertainment of course.
    Even though Obama's quote did have some truth behind it, why did he specifically point the finger at video games, the ipod, and the ipad? I mean, yes, video games can cause a lackage of educational knowlegde to be ignored, but so can movies, and plently of other sources of media. To me, I would say that this either shows that Obama is ignorant about other sources of media having similar effects, or that he doesn't see the signifance of video games in the media and entertainment world, which would be the reason why he pointed the finger at video games.
    I would surely hope that people would agree with what I say (even though that I am sure some will disagree), or at least agree with me that there is other forms of media and entertainment that have the same, if not worse, affect than video games. But video games is for entertainment, it is for fun, and for me, I prefer it to stay that way. So hopefully the statement from Obama was just a statement or a piece of his advice. Otherwise (if he does plan on trying to regulate the gaming world), I will be glad to protest against any actions Obama might consider taking against video games.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 2:34 PM
    rocknerd
  • motl3ycrue

    anyone else think that sessler should be president? lol

    Posted: May 13, 2010 2:29 PM
    motl3ycrue
  • Shotenzenji

    As far as education in gaming goes I think some games out there can teach gamers something very useful. Particularly in hardcore RPGs, specifically the types of RPGs that make you manage your funds and resources carefully. When you fail to do this in these games you're penalized by the game being much more difficult for you than if you'd used those resources more sparingly. Is this not a good example to lead in real life? If we all learned to be as frugal with our money in real life and use the items we have rather than upgrading to the new and buying everything on credit then defaulting on the cards we'd be in much better a state as a country.

    Another thing I think is interesting about games is how much the amount of time you can spend playing a game will influence our desire to buy said game. I think a lot of us out there are much more likely to buy either a single player game that has the potential for us to spend perhaps a hundred hours or more on it or a game with very engrossing multiplayer that we could spend several months playing habitually over a game that we could beat in eight hours and be done with it. No matter how good it is, that quickly beat game becomes "a rental" at best. That's a literal example of we as a gaming community setting a trend of conserving our money in an effort to get the most entertainment possible with it.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 12:55 PM
    Shotenzenji
  • deathbird

    just kidding

    Posted: May 13, 2010 12:52 PM
    deathbird
  • UltraViolence74

    adam fix ur shirt and shave ur head.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 12:32 PM
    UltraViolence74
  • Fishstickuu

    This shows a few simple facts that I've learned in my ten years plus of gaming. Just because a few people use games and media as a distraction.. it does not make it a bad thing. Menial labor goes faster with music, those who can't afford a portable media device might have a DVD player or game system at home to blow off steam and be revitalized and tolerable for the day to come. It does not make anyone less intelligent for using media for entertainment. Our government is horribly out of touch with the youth of today and many parents are out of touch with what it means to be a PARENT.

    (As for Obama, he (and his speech writers) can be quiet and take a seat in the back. School is obviously still in for them. He was using video games and media for exposure to the younger crowds that he would not have been paid heed by in any other medium.)

    It's only with casting off ignorance and accepting the growing technological trends and our own diversity.. that we will ever hope to attain progress in our country. Not blaming media, not blaming video games and certainly now allowing Parents to scapegoat someone else for their lack of attention and parenting. This is not Japan, we don't need a growing generational gap from the 'Work and no play' mentality.

    (..and for the old crones in the government.. PLEASE consider who will be taking care of you in the future. If you run us and everything we have as a release into the ground.. you'll have people on par with your aged and sour mentality at a quarter of your age.)

    I thank Adam for another enlightening Soapbox and again showing that the video game community can be articulate and passionate about real life events. It's time to strike down the myth that only xenophobic, detached, sociopaths play games and that we are some harbingers of ruin and misfortune. END RANT.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 12:22 PM
    Fishstickuu
  • Vertigo89

    Video games are a severely generalized media. Once one player takes games too far and begins to neglect personal responsibility like hygiene, they all of a sudden become the poster child for the American media about games. Not every game player goes through these phases of complete personal neglect and i feel like Obama took too general of a stance on this situation.

    Because the media takes such a negative stance on games, it spills over into the personal lives of gamers. I, myself, can attest that i have managed to steer clear of creating a World of Warcraft account, simply because i hear about how addictive it is and how detrimental it has been to a group of gamers worldwide. However, self control is a characteristic that differs from person to person, so should one be afraid of what the world thinks if he/she plays WoW, simply because the media has taken a harsh viewpoint against it? I think not.

    However, thats not to say that some folks in the gaming community don't have their fair share of problems when it comes to "too much". Mr. Sessler, I agree with what you said in your Feedback episode on this topic. "Too much" is a personal expression and when it comes to kids under 13, find something more productive to do. Life skills are something that cannot be learned in a video game.

    I hope that as the gaming industry grows older, "as it is only about 40 years old at this point", it will begin to be treated like the movie industry. You don't see many movies catching as much flack as video games nowadays.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 12:10 PM
    Vertigo89
  • OBLIO64

    Cool shirt! I wonder where you can get it? Did anyone notice his collar was askew;very distracting! Just playin'. Got it;Video games good, Education good! Can't we all just mow the lawn? Personally I believe combining the movie industry with the gaming industry is the next step.Imagine being apart of a movie/game to the point you truly change the outcome everytime you play it, not just being led to the inevitable end. It will happen my friends!

    Posted: May 13, 2010 10:09 AM
    OBLIO64
  • killerwaffles93

    good luck at your speech adam I think you will be a great inspiration to those students also great soapbox your right games arent bad but that doesn't mean it should be the only enjoyable thing to do in life.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 9:48 AM
    killerwaffles93
  • BR4CR

    After exploring the city of San Fiero in GTA San Andreas I noticed that as I drove around my home town that I was more aware of smaller things. The people walking, the architectual details on buidings, that type of thing. One time I made assumptions about the layout of buildings in my home town, it was correct and I saved myself having to walk 6 blocks by getting a better parking space. In essence, exploring virtual worlds has changed my perspective and helps me better observe more of the real world than I previously had.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 8:43 AM
    BR4CR
  • sbianco87

    seems to me if obama wants to slam something as a useless distraction, how about he talks about the medias ridiculous obsession with celebrities instead of reporting on real issues, i dont care whos cheating on their wife when were in the middle of a recession and at war

    Posted: May 13, 2010 8:42 AM
    sbianco87
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