Obama: Put down your Wiimotes, help make history

Obama Wii ad - Image 1Barack Obama, in a campaign video, argued that history cannot be made with a Wiimote. No, he’s not dissing the Wii. Honest. Although I do take offense at the implication that my Wiimote skills are not historical in nature.

Barack Obama, in a campaign video, called for Americans to put down their Wiimotes and help make history. This relatively rare reference to a specific gaming device during a presidential campaign is perhaps a testament of how mainstream gaming has become in recent years. Everyone knows the Wiimote, right?

The full video invites Obama supporters to take the day off to help with the campaign come November 4th, arguing that history cannot be made while in the office, on the couch or playing Wii (a fact to which my win-loss ratio in Super Smash Bros disagrees) – or the Xbox 360 or the PS3, for that matter.

I agree with Obama: It’s probably a good idea to put down the Wiimote on that day. That’s Resistance 2‘s release date.

On a more serious note, though, this isn’t the first time the Obama campaign touched on the gaming industry, as he had previously bought digital ad space in Burnout Paradise (PS3, Xbox 360).

In the past, he’s also asked that parents “turn off the television, turn off the video games” and take more responsibility with their children.

Here’s the vid – oh, and yes, do go out and vote on Election Day:

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