President Obama says games can fuel technical innovation


Politicians and the national media are constantly questioning the impact of video games.

However, President Barack Obama suggests at a recent online “Fireside Hangout” that high schools could use tools like video games to get kids engaged in the field of technology.

“Look at Mark Zuckerberg,” said President Obama. “I was sitting next to him at dinner a couple of years ago, and he said he taught himself programming primarily because he was interested in games. If we set programs in high schools that engage kids because they get it, they won’t be just sitting there slouching in back of rooms while someone is lecturing.”

“Given how pervasive computers and the internet is now, how integral it is in our economy, and how fascinated kids are with it, I want to make sure they actually know how to produce stuff and not simply consume stuff.”

The President didn’t outline any specific plans for these types of programs, but it does show the positive impact of games during a time when games are under a large amount of scrutiny.

  • Theycallmejohnny

    So he Fund 10 million for game violence reashearch and then he says this? Flip floping idiot,
    Why didnt MR win… Fucking democrats….

    • Meeples

      I don’t even live in America but I’m sure Mitt would have been worse. I can see him completely defending the right to own guns and happily blaming videogames. There is little clear evidence that shows a relationship between violence in games and real life, i wouldn’t be worried.

    • VoiceOfReason

      First of all neither guns nor video games are primarily responsible for human death in America-people are. If someone wants to kill someone why do people think that a gun is the only weapon they can do it with. Gun’s are easily accessible but they leave a lot of evidence around that often lead to the shooter (like gun powder residue) if you took guns from the community then stabbings would increase and poisoning. The real issue here is what psychological issue is going on with the minds of Americans these days that cause the desire to kill someone or many. Is it the rich/poor imbalance getting worse? Is it a lack of moral emphasis in our current generation? Is it an erosion of appreciation of the value of life in our society?

      As for video games it’s just a scapegoat excuse used that is easy to blame (not saying that the content couldn’t be better) but Atari 2600 became popular in the early 80’s ( I am sure that didn’t influence and killings) but mass killing and death was around with gang related warfare and drugs in ghetto’s.

      I would say that lack of educational and financial opportunity would yield a better understanding for angry out lashings against the public than these symptoms they call reasons of all these mass killings. Some killings as of late however are because some mentally unstable people have been able to attain a weapon so I agree with background checks.

      The worst thing about this whole thing is how government and society alike takes a two second blink at the problem and then try to name a solution. Then millions of dollars and lots of legislation gets behind it an presto  it’s another waist of time and money, back to the drawing board looking for another easy answer.  

  • oo7PorscheMGS

    Hey “they call me johnny” stop crying about “democrats” and go live in loserville with Mitt Romney if you don’t like this President.  At least he doesn’t talk trash about 47% of the people in his country.  Obama won because he UNITES people, ALL people, and you can tell by the way he talks he is an intelligent man and a caring person, unlike Mitt Romney who came off as a guy full of himself and only after power / money.  He ran businesses and all he cared about was being “the man” …well, he ain’t the man now.  Sit down and watch a REAL leader at work…