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Captain Obvious: The games industry rejects conservative notions on videogames

4:59 PM on 10.01.2008 // Brad Nicholson

Just thinking about violence in videogames and its social ramifications keeps us warm on those cold, wintry days when GTA IV isn’t blamed for some some tragic circumstance. Thankfully, the pundits in the media, as well as politicians, always help to fan the fire whenever a controversial videogame comes out. It keeps us interested and it keeps you entertained. Yet, when it comes to games in politics in the upcoming election, where does the majority of the industry stand? Surprisingly, it’s the communist, happy-go-lucky, loose-knit organization called the Democratic Party.

Captain Obvious almost fell out of the sky when he heard the news that the majority of videogame industry contributors have been giving their money to Barack Obama. GamePolitics went the extra mile and made a list of some public contributions. Here are some highlights:

Will Wright (Spore) $3,000 to McCain
Curt Schilling (38 Studios) $2,300 to McCain
Strauss Zelnick (Chairman, Take-Two) $2,000 to Obama
Sam Houser (Rockstar) $4,600 to Obama
John Riccitiello (CEO, EA) $4,600 to Obama
Gabe Newell (President, Valve) $2,300 to Dodd

I would have never guessed that we would live in an alternate reality in which developers and publishers would decide to back the party that best aligns with their interests. Captain Obvious and I are going to go out later and drink on this revelation. We’ll be back tonight to drunk post.

[UPDATE: John Carmack's name has been retracted. Apparently there are more than two John Carmack's out there on this vast Earth. Go figure.]

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