President Barack Obama once again called for video game moderation in his speech to schools across the country today, and as a known Wii user opted to name-drop the Xbox as his video game console of choice to put back on the shelf. In his pre-released speech urging responsibility and hard work in U.S. schools, the President picked on a topic close to the heart of student gamers.
“I’ve talked about your teachers’ responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn,” Obama’s speech reads on WhiteHouse.gov. “I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.”
Maybe the Wii title “Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree” was enough to earn the Nintendo system a bye for Obama’s criticism, or perhaps the Xbox was just the first platform that came to mind when his speech writers were putting pen to paper. Whatever the case may be, the Xbox seems to be a couple of points down in Obama-related PR to date. The President first made game-related headlines when his daughters received a Wii for Christmas.
It should be noted, however, that Xbox Live was good enough for Obama last year when his campaign ran “Burnout” billboard ads on Xbox Live. Most of his audience today were under voting age, though, so it’s probably still OK for us over-18 gamers to keep the consoles plugged in.
Do you agree with President Obama that students need to spend more time studying and less playing games? Do you think his affection for the Wii influenced his speech today? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.