• Oct 14th 2008 at 12:31PM
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Reports of Barack Obama sightings in Burnout Paradise on the XBox 360 have been pouring in. It seems the Presidential hopeful has purchased virtual billboard space from Electronic Arts, the makers of the game. EA has confirmed the ad buy adding that it takes advertising from any credible source for placement in its video games. The ad itself shows Obama next to a message directing voters to voteforchange.com, a site that gives voters information about how to register and where to vote. Too bad Obama has cited video games as an obstacle to a good education as recently as yesterday, and there's no confirmation yet to the rumor that McCain is looking to buy spots on the Monopoly board.

[Source: Joystiq]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      So glad that this thread is here to rip apart this automotive-fan community. Thanks, AB.

      To those who reply with their political "truths" on these AB political posts, do us all a favor and share your opinions like a gentleman, not a character assassin.

      Also.... Please validate your sources and know -- for your own benefit -- which periodicals are owned/financed/spun by the right AND the left. (Hint: WSJ, Fox, NY Post are righty; MSNBC, NY Times, and The Nation are lefty. IMO, there is also really no such thing as the "liberal media" anymore. It's a tired accusation because the right owns most of the airwaves and many of the print sources. Deal.)

      There are two decent men here running for office. Their campaign managers are doing their best to get you to believe that the other guy is the devil. As usual, and as is true with where most Americans stand, the reality is in the middle. In this case, that middle is surrounded by horsesh*t on both sides.

      ...And for the record, when he talks about "turning the video games off" I think that Obama is referring to those little fat kids who weigh 300 pounds at age 11. I'd prefer that those little fatties get off their asses, too, so they don't end up needing bypass surgery at age 16 that will be paid for with my tax dollars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've actually wondered why the canidates haven't done this before.

      I could also see them paying to become motorsports sponsors. Well, maybe not Obama, what with his green-ness, but a McCain sponsored NASCAR racer is somehthing I could defineatly visualize.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Rufus: Obama & McCain were courted by BAM! Racing in NASCAR (that team was having sponsor issues) Obama turned it down & McCain's wife has hit NASCAR & IRL races.

        Obama could have investigated sponsorship in the Petite LeMans @ Road Atlanta... that event was the ALMS' "Green Challenge" event (co-sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Energy?)
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      The irony of all this is that the people who play this game either can't vote, won't vote, or don't vote.

      Here's a poll of the top three answers gamers gave when seeing this billboard:

      3) "Obama. Isn't that a new energy drink?"
      2) "Woah, dude. The new Marboro man looks cool!"
      1) "What's an Oh-bama?"
        • 6 Years Ago
        I've played Burnout, and I'm voting.
        My brother has played Burnout, and he's voting.
        My dad has played Burnout, and he's voting.
        My friends have played Burnout, and guess what? They're voting, too! It's crazy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh yeah, and we're all voting for McCain.
        • 6 Years Ago
        rix: Next news video of an Obama political rally...

        ... notice the YOUTH in the crowd. Next time you read national or state polls, take a long look at the 18-24 voting block & WHO they are supporting.

        I bet some of them even play video games!!! :) :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hate video game advertising of any kind! I don't recall seeing signs to vote for Regan back in Super Mario Brothers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "WTF does that have to do with anything?"

        Let me explain, please.

        Advertising in video games has been increasing year after year. I don't like it. As other people have stated, when I play games I like to leave the many problems of today's world for some enjoyment in a fantasy world. When I'm playing Halo, I do not want to see a random billboard of some douche bag telling me to vote. And I REALLY do not want to see another billboard with an older douche bag telling me they are a maverick! Leave that out of my games please.

        "Sorry but I'll take MODERN tech with ALL its ads & corporate logos... no different than cable TV & the internet."

        I think it is different from cable TV and the internet. The difference is price. Cable TV sets you back $50-$70 a month, but you have the uncanny ability to change channels during advertisements or (gasp) fast forward using one of those dang nabbed Tivo watchamacallits. The money you spend on cable and the internet goes directly to that company - TV shows and websites generate most of their revenue from advertisements. Videogames not so much. You spend $60 on a game which goes directly to those that made, published, and distributed it without the need to be supplemented with ads. For example...

        When I spend $60 on a game like Crysis, and $8 a month for Xbox live, I PERSONALLY feel that advertisements are not warranted. Charge me $20 for a game and then by all means supplement the remaining cost with ads.

        If you believe anything at all on this planet, believe me when I say I am well aware of the Dang Gum technological advancements society has achieved. And at 21 years old and a senior in college, I wouldn't define 'vision' by telling the youth to vote early in a video game IMO.
        • 6 Years Ago
        WTF does that have to do with anything? The graphic cards in 80's Atari units could NOT let you see much more than crude, bitmapped images at best.

        You couldn't see race numbers on the OW cars in Pole Position either... now you can see the entire grids (in exact, vivid detail) in games featuring NASCAR, F1, IndyCar, DTM, ALMS, etc.

        Dang Gum technological advancements!!! Sorry but I'll take MODERN tech with ALL its ads & corporate logos... no different than cable TV & the internet.

        McCain & his crusty old buddies are recycling 80s political concepts... you expect them to have vision to target the youth vote via video games?????
      • 6 Years Ago
      Obama is not ready! plus he probably doesn't even play games! don't even get me started on that guy...
        • 6 Years Ago
        You are ready to share your BMW, right? You will have too. Share the wealth baby!
        • 6 Years Ago
        And McCain's ready for retirement home. Obama was a gamer, he did play Pong.

      • 6 Years Ago
      That's one game I will not be buying. I don't need any subliminal crap in my games. Messiah, Messiah....

      Sing with me....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are you so mind-weak that a game would subliminally affect you?

        Get a grip.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm voting for Obama, but political ads in a video game are a campaign effort too far. Howabout we limit that sort of content to relevant advertising hmmm? Like muchies food, or porn.
      • 6 Years Ago
      alright ,fourth try... will try breaking it up into four pieces.

      Obama on what constitutes a 'good education':
        • 6 Years Ago
        No TJ... this was an AB story that informed us that Obama even had the video game world covered!

        This "inexperienced" candidate studied the complex Iowa caucus process that allowed him to take down the "pre-season's #1" (The Clintons) & also use the internet to raise RNC levels of $$$.

        Why is it "bad" that the DNC candidate for President has studied how his party pissed away the last TWO Presidential elections & have addressed ways to fix it?

        This was a story to simply show that Obama is advertising EVERYWHERE. You turned it into a stage to voice your party's beliefs. JMO!
        • 6 Years Ago
        AZZO: Please show how any of what I posted is not factual, or is untrue.
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        CAC also funded programs designed to promote “leadership” among parents. Ostensibly this was to enable parents to advocate on behalf of their children’s education. In practice, it meant funding Mr. Obama’s alma mater, the Developing Communities Project, to recruit parents to its overall political agenda. CAC records show that board member Arnold Weber was concerned that parents “organized” by community groups might be viewed by school principals “as a political threat.” Mr. Obama arranged meetings with the Collaborative to smooth out Mr. Weber’s objections.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Azzo, how about you point out where TJ is wrong instead of jumping on the "yay Obama" bandwagon. It is much more helpful to point out false claims than to sweep the truth under the rug.

        If you have the information to prove TJ wrong, then by all means share it. Otherwise, you just come across as another partisan d-bag.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mr. Obama once conducted “leadership training” seminars with Acorn, and Acorn members also served as volunteers in Mr. Obama’s early campaigns. External partners like the South Shore African Village Collaborative and the Dual Language Exchange focused more on political consciousness, Afrocentricity and bilingualism than traditional education. CAC’s in-house evaluators comprehensively studied the effects of its grants on the test scores of Chicago public-school students. They found no evidence of educational improvement.
        • 6 Years Ago
        CAC translated Mr. Ayers’s radicalism into practice. Instead of funding schools directly, it required schools to affiliate with “external partners,” which actually got the money. Proposals from groups focused on math/science achievement were turned down. Instead CAC disbursed money through various far-left community organizers, such as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (or Acorn).
        • 6 Years Ago
        1) this is a political blog entry. It was fair game to go after McCain and his houses and cars on here, but not Obama? Double standards....

        2) Partisan talking points? What is wrong or skewed about the facts surrounding the Chicago Annenburg (sp) Challenge that I posted? What is partisan about that analysis?

        3) 04 and 06 had plenty of accusations against ACORN as well, plus the slashed tires on vans perpetrated by some on the left, etc. You cannot honestly believe ACORN is in the right here? You really need to open your eyes about this organization.
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        Strange, two previous posts didn't show.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think I am about to puke. Obama makes me sick. Liberals make me sick. I enjoy playing video games to take my mind off what makes me sick. Now my game can be a potential source of becoming sick. Is there nowhere to hide?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Users then get to play the game in CAFE 2020 mode, in which the cars only have 75 HP engines....
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