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Obama talks GTA IV - your opinion?
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Barrack Obama has referred to the record-breaking sales of Grand Theft Auto IV, and - shock - hasn't bashed it. Well not really, anyway.

He said: "I was just catching the news this morning about Grand Theft Auto, this video game,which is gonna break all records and make goo-gobs of money for whoever designed it.

Quote:
"Now, this isn't intended for kids, although I promise you there are kids who are playing it."


So far so good. At least he understands the concept of the M rating. Then he goes on to say:

"But these video games are raising our kids. Across the board,middle-class, upper-class, working-class kids, they're spending a hugeamount of their time not on their studies, but on entertainment.

"And so part of our job is going to have to be to inspire the entirecountry to say, 'How are we giving our kids a thirst for knowledge?'And turning off the TV set, and getting them to be engaged andinterested, like their future really does matter on how well they do inschool."

Which is a fair point, we guess. One person on the CVGteam knows they would have got at least a grade higher in his A Levelsif he wasn't up all night Planescape: Torment.

At a campaign stop in Indiana, Democratic presidential candidate Sen.Barack Obama referred to the frenzy of publicity surrounding Grand Theft Auto IV as he repeated one of his regular themes: kids studying more and playing video games less.


Here is the transcript of Obama’s remarks:
Quote:

I was just catching the news this morning about Grand Theft Auto,this video game, which is gonna break all records and make goo-gobs ofmoney for whoever designed it. Now, this isn’t intended for kids,although I promise you there are kids who are playing it, but thesevideo games are raising our kids…

Across the board, middle-class, upper-class,working-class kids, they’re spending a huge amount of their time not ontheir studies, but on entertainment.
And so part of our job is going to have to be to inspire the entirecountry to say, ‘How are we giving our kids a thirst for knowledge?’And turning off the TV set, and getting them to be engaged andinterested, like their future really does matter on how well they do inschool.”

Raw Story has the video.

My opinion:
First off yay...

Secondly he recognizes GTA IV exists and doesn’t bash it (gasp).

Now if only Hillary can do the same (I bet she’ll rally against it as usual).

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