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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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  • Neji19

    Actually, I just tackled the thought of this for an edcuation class that I'm currently taking. We had to design a school for a final project and I decided, not knowing about this, to base my entire school around Video Games. I know from personal experience that Video Games can, in fact, teach people about a lot things that they might not otherwise learn in "traditional" schools. The act of playing a game from beginning to end makes the player have to learn how to make critical decisions and learn how to do some significant problem solving to work their way through a video game. A perfect and recent example would be like playing through Modern Warfare 2. Although it's Veteran campaign may have been easier than Modern Warfare's, I know that I did not just find myself running and gunning through the entire thing. I had to constantly stop to think about how I should attack my enemy that might be up on top a ledge that I can't see right now but could pop up at any time. I had to constantly think about if I was going to be ambushed when I turn the corner or if a Brazilian guy was going to bust open the window that I was walking toward. Those types of skills are not easily acquired in a "traditional" school, so instead of shunning gaming life, I think the two should be able to work hand in hand because they can enhance each other in the long run.

    When it comes to the question Adam posed about what makes games fun, I think it's partly because it's another person's life that we live with them. It's a life that we normally would not be able to live out and because we can enjoy the experiences that person goes through under our control, we feel a sense of ownership to the experiences that happens. I also think the other part of why games are so enjoyable is because games, on a whole, are just great amounts of fun. We can use the games as a means to escape the pressures of real life and enjoy a fantasy that takes us somewhere that we normally cannot have.

    Posted: May 13, 2010 5:20 AM
    Neji19
  • LeBigMac

    Has Obama ever played a (good) videogame? Many people who complain about games never even experienced it themselves.

    Posted: May 12, 2010 11:43 PM
    LeBigMac
  • spacemonkey086

    fallout 3 shirtses i wants it

    Posted: May 12, 2010 11:36 PM
    spacemonkey086
  • SnakeEyesOnFire

    Why are video games so much fun that i keep coming back to them is because of the personal release from the world i get when i play a video game. It is just a great feeling when i come home from work and immerse my self into another world weather it be Oblivion, Halo, or GTA IV that i can have fun and learn at the same time. For instance The now Halo : Reach Multiplay beta there was a learning curve as with all video games on how to play, but i was having fun doing it. And this is what i think video games bring to the table is fun learning. This is why people play them and will continue to, play video games. Video games are more now than they used to be. They can be a learning tool, enhance puzzle solving skills, or as i was saying a way to have fun in a world you are comfortable being in besides the real world with learning rolled into it. Some people don't think of it that way and that is what we need to instill into peoples thought's about video games. Instead of the normal thoughts of video games that they are a waist of time. I just believe that people are just so simple minded about these things that they don't look at the big picture of what video games are and what they could potentially be.

    Posted: May 12, 2010 11:02 PM
    SnakeEyesOnFire
  • SnakeEyesOnFire

    Why are video games so much fun that i keep coming back to them is because of the personal release from the world i get when i play a video game. It is just a great feeling when i come home from work and immerse my self into another world weather it be Oblivion, Halo, or GTA IV that i can have fun and learn at the same time. For instance The now Halo : Reach Multiplay beta there was a learning curve as with all video games on how to play, but i was having fun doing it. And this is what i think video games bring to the table is fun learning. This is why people play them and will continue to, play video games. Video games are more now than they used to be. They can be a learning tool, enhance puzzle solving skills, or as i was saying a way to have fun in a world you are comfortable being in besides the real world with learning rolled into it. Some people don't think of it that way and that is what we need to instill into peoples thought's about video games. Instead of the normal thoughts of video games that they are a waist of time. I just believe that people are just so simple minded about these things that they don't look at the big picture of what video games are and what they could potentially be.

    Posted: May 12, 2010 10:50 PM
    SnakeEyesOnFire
  • spiralking04

    you said it sess

    Posted: May 12, 2010 9:35 PM
    spiralking04
  • haterhater

    @kanghi5 khan123

    Yeah, I agree fully with that. It was just a speech, nobody should read too much into that, and besides, it is true that games are a distraction. I mean I love games, and I consider it a great waste of time, but you are wasting part of your life to it, though there are faaaar worse alternatives. Again, Still annoyed about how Bill O'Reily highlighted that part of his speech, and how people screw their other nationalites/countries of birth and ALL THAT PATRIOTIC BULLCRA...GAAAAAH!!!!.... anyway....

    Posted: May 12, 2010 9:34 PM
    haterhater
  • grimreaper2010

    i feel that video games give the unique ability to experience something that i would like to do but cant or down right dont have the guts to do.
    ex: mw2, ff 1-13, armored core, ace combat, and and all action adventure games.

    Posted: May 12, 2010 8:59 PM
    grimreaper2010
  • NarutoTheSage

    @Darkstorn STFU noob

    Posted: May 12, 2010 8:52 PM
  • kanghi5 khan123

    Mr Sessler, you are missing what he said. Obama's point was that over access to information is bad. Information is "distracting". Because there is some "misinformation" out there, and it isn't good for the public to be "exposed" to it. Obama just hates it when people find out that he's lying. And when people like Glen Beck are proving what Obama's actual goals are...he doesn't like it. The only countries in the world where information is considered distracting, or that there's too much of it..those are the countries that burn books. Please don't speak on politics Adam, you only prove your ignorance. Obama's mention of video games was just a diversion to his following words.

    Posted: May 12, 2010 7:46 PM
    kanghi5+khan123
  • Gathoom

    .... dont have time to read alll 132 replies but here is my $.02.

    Ok first off I'm all for education, I am not for new age(look that one up)/ fabian socialist/ unquestioned devotion to ungodliness... lemme explain it to you.

    right now there are groups constantly out to find anyone coming up with the crazy idea that maybe we are not good enough for idk anything, plain and simple we are, ALL OF US, scumbags. (including Obama)

    especially in universities...

    honestly i know i really dont have to go to those schools in fact i go to a private christian high school

    and no im not rich

    and why is being rich bad? (random thought)

    anyways. Conclusion

    school is where you get info, news(which is an entertainment industry trying to get money), blogs(not out to get money but still not reputable), video games, and movies are all out to get money (universities included) not give you the right info.

    Ignorance is bliss, and we live in the age of bliss.

    Discuss.

    Posted: May 12, 2010 7:44 PM
    Gathoom
  • Ptolomaea

    Well, what I love in games is they allow you to step out of your own life and into one that gives you the ability to make whatever choices you want, with no real life repercussions.
    For instance, when I play a game like GTA4 i can drive really fast, and do things that I could never get away with in my everyday life. I think that a fun game gives us that, the ability to do something that we couldn't otherwise do.This could go for all games too, I play Mass Effect because i like to handle the big choices with far reaching effects, but I don't have that power in real life

    Posted: May 12, 2010 6:54 PM
    Ptolomaea
  • Erroneous84

    Thats why I don't read, watch TV, play video games, work or even touch that evil blasphemous Ipad. The humble teachings of Marduk the destroyer and Obama go hand in hand. But sometimes Ive been known to play a vicious game of cup-n-ball.

    Posted: May 12, 2010 6:40 PM
    Erroneous84
  • b_johnson14

    I personally thought that when I played the God of War trilogy I felt like I was learning more about Green Mythology than I could ever know. Obviously I can't know everything about it from the game, but I got a snipit of what was real & what was from the Disney movie Hercules that was the meer basics of Greek Myth. After playing the trilogy I got more interested in Greek Mythology to make me go online & go to my local library & read up on some of the great things that I never learned while I was in school. The same could be said about any type of military game. They make it so real & up to date on weaponary that it can't be fake even if they tried because people are smart enough to figure out what is real & fake about it. Comic book games like Batman Arkham Asylum is one that helps us as Batman fans a chance to be in his world & do the things that us when we were kids can do & experience in a video game. That's just me, but I agree with Adam when he said in another soapbox that "video games are good, but reading is better."

    Posted: May 12, 2010 6:37 PM
  • hammerclawpc

    Just about what you'd expect from a man who admits that he doesn't know how to use any of the devices he criticizes, and who smokes for recreation.

    Posted: May 12, 2010 4:48 PM
    hammerclawpc
  • Asnoochie1

    The way I gathered Obama's speech wasn't as though he was bashing Microsoft, Sony, and Apple, it more an indictment of news media, in their attempts to try to give information in an entertaining way to appeal to those of us that utilize these forms of entertainment, and also an indictment of society to request that information be brought to us this way.

    It did, however, come across like an old man screaming at the rain because he doesn't understand it though.

    Posted: May 12, 2010 4:39 PM
  • iStab

    A game's good in my opinion if it can do three things: 1) Allows me to keep exploring the world after I finish the main story, 2) The world is filled with interesting side quests and missions that keep me interested in the game, and 3) Has an interesting enough story that it compels me to read related topics. Examples: the Mass Effect and the Assassin's Creed Games.

    Posted: May 12, 2010 3:31 PM
  • Shadow21594

    He better not take away our games.

    Posted: May 12, 2010 3:27 PM
    Shadow21594
  • marcusdjackson

    ok. i can say i took it the wrong way. listennig to adam makes Obomas thoughts come out into a light so to speak. everything in moderation. all games teach you something. some studies have shown it makes you react faster and hightens your sences. and in all games theres always stratagy involed.having tyou think about what move is next stimulates the mind, and you will have better reaction time witch is key in life.

    Posted: May 12, 2010 3:09 PM
  • Sovs

    They said books were a waste of time, they said paintings were a waste of time, they said poetry was a waste of time, they said music was a waste of time, and they said movies were a waste of time so now logically videogames are a waste of time until a new form of expression is criticized as mere entertainment only.

    Posted: May 12, 2010 2:59 PM
    Sovs
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