In an effort to reach young American males whose interests don't even extend to television, US presidential candidate Barack Obama is now placing ads inside online video games. As reported by Reuters, Obama has slotted ads into 18 games on Microsoft's XBox Live service, trumpeting the voter registration and early balloting …
The Obama phenomenon began in the presidential race with a "fan" video that took off on the Apple 1984 Superbowl Ad, just Obama was supposed to be the voice of freedom and enlightenment, etc.
Yet in that picture he looks just like a political ad from the movie "1984".....hmmm....I personally think we're watching a live action version of the movie Wag The Dog where liberal funding is being used to prop up an almost fictional candidate. If he's so able to "change" the world, what's he been doing until now?
I think the Obama presidency is a done deal, but I can't wait to see the fireworks afterward as the man who would change the world has to live up to the hype....................
I can't wait for the 2012 meltdown that will make the problems of today look like a walk in the park. You know the one, when taxes jump to 80% to cover the myriad retiring baby boomers while unemployment is higher than ever. But hey, at least everything will change, well, everything but so-so security. I almost feel bad for whichever chump gets in. "But what about us?" you say. We'll always have schadenfreude.
More journalistic excrement
"...wasting millions on ads directed at people who won't even turn on a TV - much less vote."
Please, read that again and realise how stupid a statement that is. Like myself, I'm sure there are plenty people who play games, watch very little TV and actually read newspapers or just read it online. Are you saying that people need the brainwashing provided by TV to make them vote? Seriously, I'm confused, what the hell are you trying to say here? "won't" watch TV, meaning they're refusing? I didn't realise it was an order! You yanks are crazy, man.
Aside from that, please get the election over with, the rest of the world is sick of hearing about it.
RE: please get the election over with
"please get the election over with, the rest of the world is sick of hearing about it."
Trust me, so are most of us over here.
Does it register gunshots?
There could be some popularity feedback with these adverts.
If they detected the number of shots hitting the posters in the game, they might realise that the players don't want them.
they aren't going to reach many people that don't turn their TV's on...seeing as you kinda need them to use the consoles, unless you are piping it through a monitor or projector....
Paris because she has been piped through many monitors and projectors...
no such crap in the ps3 version, please by all means clutter up those screens
yaaar is a poltical bording innit
"If they detected the number of shots hitting the posters in the game, they might realise that the players don't want them."
That could be considered an act of terrorism, so i'd refrain from shotting at/jumping into any such observed billboards.
A better Idea..
Would be to set them up as characters in the next GTA.
And them have them located around the city and then you could go up and assassinate them, because frankly it, its about as far as I trust either of these tools.
After all is it not part of the American dream to shoot the president or next president?
I really think the U.S should make it part of there tourist drive "Come to America, Shoot our President!"
In fact I think we should set up a simular scheme but instead of just localising it I would open it up for any MP.
Most people think that people with guns are backwards hillbillies.
I'm begining to think that maybe they are just forward looking.
*\. Coat - check, Pastport - check, AK47 - check, Round the world trip here I come.
MI.5 and the CIA have your i.p. address and are coming to get you
see you on the 5 oclock news
Its about voter registration....
Obama's background includes so-called Community Activism which in this case is getting the vote out -- the ads target voter registration. Unlike the UK we have a lot of different elections going on at the same time -- in this case you'll have President, maybe Congress and Senate, State representative and senate, county, local, park and school districts plus a whole slew of propositions. Democracy will only work with your active participation and the key to this is getting people registered to vote, involved in the campaign and actively voting.
Its interesting to see that the Republican party's efforts in this election are almost soley directed towards seeing how many voters they can purge from the rolls (and how many registrations can be lost, denied or otherwise messed around).
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