Since when where sports camps a bad thing? In a recent speech at a United We Serve event at Fort McNair in Washington DC, President Obama said the following:
On Monday, we launched “United We Serve,” our summer service initiative. It’s going to run all the way through our National Day of Service on September 11th. We want to ask every American to take some time out this summer to do something for others.
Parents, take your kids — they’re going to have fun, they’re going to be in sports camps, they’re going to be watching TV and playing video games. Once a week, take them down — whether it’s to a soup kitchen or to volunteer on a community project — teach them what it means to be a real citizen. You’ll find that actually the kids love it, and it’s going to make a lasting impression on them.
Why single out sports camps? Sports camps never hurt anybody.
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A full transcript of what Obama said can be found here.
Remember that speech with the American Medical Association in which Obama said, “It means going for a run or hitting the gym, and raising our children to step away from the video games and spend more time playing outside,” and for some reason seemed to have ticked off some gamers?
I have a link to the original story here: Obama AMA speech
Well, now Peter Moore, President of the EA Sports division of EA, has said the following,“Of course, I can’t resist pointing out that while I’ve always wholeheartedly endorsed moderation in anything you do, including playing games, it may be time for the president and his family to put their Wii to good use and fire up the 30-day challenge with EA Sports Active.”
Moore also went on to talk about Microsoft and Sony implementing motion tech on their systems and how it will enhance at-home fitness experiences, and mentioned,“In fact, I’d be willing to bet there are more consoles getting far more use in American homes than there is exercise equipment, so it’s up to us to continue to use the platform for good.”
Gotta love Peter Moore.
Well, this is one of the downsides of being part of the videogame biz. Some gamers become too defensive. Don’t get me wrong, I love gaming and take them seriously as entertainment and, sometimes, as art.
The problem with some of the gamers is that they are taking offense to something the president said in a recent speech:
he second step that we can all agree on is to invest more in preventive care so that we can avoid illness and disease in the first place. That starts with each of us taking more responsibility for our health and the health of our children. It means quitting smoking, going in for that mammogram or colon cancer screening. It means going for a run or hitting the gym, and raising our children to step away from the video games and spend more time playing outside.
It does not seem like he is citing videogames as a huge pandemic that is taking over children’s lives and destroying them. He is using it as an example, because it is currently one of the most popular forms (if not THE most popular) of entertainment currently available.
All he is saying is, “Get up and get some fresh air from time to time.” I obviously can’t jump into the president’s brain and see exactly what he meant, but given that he owns a Wii, I don’t think he finds gaming all that bad. Really.
Obama’s not the one with the alarmist attitude. It’s the bloggers getting offended and posting as if Obama hates videogames.
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Here’s the press release.
THQ Announces Resignation of Executive Vice President, Publishing
AGOURA HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May. 26, 2009– THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced that Scott Guthrie, THQ’s executive vice president of publishing, has resigned to pursue another opportunity, effective immediately. Guthrie had been responsible for overseeing North America sales and distribution, and marketing.
“THQ has a deep and experienced global sales and marketing team and we continue to execute on our focused product strategy,” said Brian Farrell, THQ’s chairman, president and CEO. “We wish Scott well in his future endeavors.”