In case you don’t watch the news or read a newspaper to stay up-to-date on current trends — sadly, this is becoming an ever-increasing population — the United States is in the middle of revamping its healthcare system. A major part of this, according the experts, is switching from a healthcare system that takes care of people who are already sick to one that is more preventive and stops people from getting sick. A major part of that plan is making people more active, and whenever being inactive comes up in a conversation in the mainstream, so do videogames.
Such is the case with President Obama, who has mentioned on many occasions that Americans need to put the videogames away; he has even slandered the Xbox by name. The ECA wants to do away with this negative stereotype that is constantly perpetuated about games and gamers, and they’re starting with the President. ECA president Hal Halpin wants you to help out:
Write the President now, and tell him the real facts about our hobby. We know video games can promote fitness. We know games can educate, because we’ve experienced that first hand. Video games are also not solely consumption entertainment as we’re being challenged to create content for some of our favorite games. We’re a part of the new global choice for entertainment and the community it’s spawned. Tell the President that this community is active, and vocal. Write him now. We’re asking you to speak out now and put a positive face on our community. Make sure to let the President know what we experience every day.
Will this make a difference? Probably not right away, but since the ECA has set everything up for us through that link up there, and made it super easy, the worst thing you can do is nothing at all.