Nation of Poland formally presents Barack Obama with copy of The Witcher 2

As an international figure of some renown, US President Barack Obama is always getting gifts from heads of state on behalf of their countries. Some give items of national pride such as wine or jewels; Russia recently gave the President of the United States a CD holder. But this week, to celebrate Obama's visit to Poland, he was presented with one of the highest-profile Polish products of recent years: English copies of two of the Witcher books, together with the latest game adapted from the series. A Collector's Edition, no less!

The Witcher games are adapted by Polish developers CD Projekt from a series of best-selling Polish novels, making the IP natural choice to celebrate politically. And as Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk no doubt knows from recent interviews, Obama owns his own computer; it's not clear whether aides were consulted to ensure the President's machine met the recommended requirements (always a tricky consideration when purchasing PC games).

The gift “sends a clear message to the entire new media industry in Poland that our government sees great potential in game development,” says Adam Kicinski, CEO of Optimus S.A., which owns CD Projekt. No word on which previous gifts will be ditched from the Oval Office to make room for Obama's new “Geralt's Head” sculpture.

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  • DreamWeaverPL - June 2, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    "it's not clear whether aides were consulted to ensure the President's machine met the recommended requirements (always a tricky consideration when purchasing PC games)." - FAIL
  • willmaster123 - June 2, 2011 8:46 p.m.

    Hahaha, I mean, if he ACTUALLY does play it, which i doubt he will, he will probably get more hillary clintonish in the way that theres boobs around 5 minutes into the game.
  • Crimmy - June 1, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    Somehow I think it'll be ignored or gifted to someone in the white house.After all, the pres does have work to do.
  • Caenlen25 - February 27, 2012 10:34 p.m.

    He plays enough basketball and sings enough songs and goes on enough night shows that show he actually has plenty of time to game. Sad really, some working men have to do 80 hour weeks with no time for basketball or singing.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - May 31, 2011 11:22 p.m.

    I wonder what his wife is gonna think, being a health freak an all.
  • Evilsafetyboy - May 31, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    Cool! He should give copies of Duke Nukem to visiting heads of state here!
  • AmbassadorBlanka - May 31, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    Odds that he takes it home and lets Malia and Sasha play it? None! Because he is smart enough to read the fucking ESRB rating!
  • Fro4show - May 31, 2011 10:01 p.m.

    Awesome gift for a president, really.
  • XLGirthMan - May 31, 2011 9:39 p.m.

    Yeah I'm so sure he's gonna play it...And even if he did he'd probably try to join the rest of the douchebags trying to get games banned because "AAHHH BEWBS!!!"
  • R-ape - May 31, 2011 9:29 p.m.

    Well it's not a bad game, so..
  • killswitchmad116 - May 31, 2011 8:33 p.m.

    I can imagine that Obama got out of the conference and straight on the phone to the CIA "Boys I've got a copy of The Witcher II, I've been waiting on this for months. Windows better be installed on the super computer when I return!"
  • Robx - May 31, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    @bamtan just what I had in mind, this is awesome.
  • rabidpotatochip - May 31, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    That right there made my week. I liked Poland anyway but something about that move just screams class, seriously. "Hey, thanks for visiting our country. Here's some reading material for your flight back and a copy of our latest game for once you land."
  • Hubadaeus - May 31, 2011 7:41 p.m.

    Maybe now my extremely polish family will play video games :P
  • Frexerik - May 31, 2011 7:27 p.m.

    @CongratulagentAgentTHEAgentAntista Dont worry, if he wants to he will be able to play it at 100 fps on the cia's super computers!! :P
  • bamtan - May 31, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    Aside from the immediate reaction of "lol videogames" I think it's great that the heads of state from a foreign nation think their videogame is an important enough artistic and economic investment to gift it to the leader of the free world. Good on ya Poland!
  • therawski - May 31, 2011 6:42 p.m.

    Well I'm proud to be Polish!
  • crazyW01F - May 31, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    The million dollar question is, does he have badass PC to play it?
  • CongratulagentAgentTHEAgentAntista - May 31, 2011 6:11 p.m.

    Here's to hopes that Obama starts carrying a Silver Sword at all times.

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