• marioman50 - January 25, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    Whoa, Rick Santorum would get my vote... if I wanted a joke president.
  • Darkhawk - January 25, 2012 11:49 a.m.

    toEs the line. Jeeze, people. I would expect better from a fine journalistic institution such as GR.
  • cj12297 - January 25, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    That Rick Santorum ad is hilarious. " Violence is bad!" (wrestling in background, punches a guy in the face)
  • FlyinMachine - January 25, 2012 11:43 a.m.

    As you can assume video games and politics don't mix too well. Obviously they're gonna be like "Ban all the gamezzzz thatre curruptin' the yuthhh!" because Youth are pieces of fecal matter and aren't allowed to vote. Predictable but meh. I don't really care what their stance on gaming is as long as it isn't negatively effecting it.
  • Gutey66 - January 25, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    Interesting and informative article Coop. Although politicians may lose votes from gamers by voicing their stance on games, i cant help but feel that they gain the votes of hundreds of other ignorant citizens who still believe that the 'nintendos' are just violence-promoting children's toys.
  • snothammer - January 25, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    This was an enjoyable read. It's nice to see that video games aren't any of the candidates' big concerns at the moment. At least not until Grand Theft Auto V is released and causes a big stir, as the series is wont to do. On a total sidenote, related to games and not politics so much, it must be kind of disheartening to be the Saints Row devs. I mean, GTA thrives on creating controversy. It helps them sell more games, really. But then Saints Row The Third comes along and is so obviously trying to be controversial with dildos in its trailers and what not, but they don't get a lick of attention outside of the video game media. They're probably dreaming of a misinformed Fox News broadcast, but I don't remember any such thing occurring (not that frequently watch Fox News, I like to fill my mind with more intelligent banter). But I guarantee the smallest 'controversial' bit of GTA 5 will get plenty of media coverage. Guess that's what happens when you're a cultural phenomenon. Regardless, I'm glad video games are recently being skipped in favor of discussing more important issues, so to speak.
  • phoenix_wings - January 25, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    GTA is pretty much synonymous with video game violence. Almost like Google is for internet search. It'd be pissed if I were the Saints Row devs, but when shit hits the fan about their game being violent, they could just defer "uh, are you sure you're not referring to Grand Theft Auto? Our game is about gangstas in space."
  • therawski - January 25, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    So the republican candidates (for the most part) pretty much think killing is wrong in a video game but fine in real life as long as they have oil. Remember that Schwarzenegger thing not too long ago.
  • soggysage - January 25, 2012 11:26 a.m.

    Get your filthy politics out of my video games! But other than that this was a cool read, and thats coming from someone who doesn't even give a monkey's uncle about American politcs.
  • PolarBearsInHeat - January 25, 2012 11:26 a.m.

    Them damn republicans, always sticking their noses in what the don't understand. You americans (every other country should too, but especially america, seeing a they make decisions without asking the rest of the world first) should really get rid of everyone over the age of 55 who serves government, cause they're screwing the entire planet over.
  • Vader999 - January 25, 2012 11:48 a.m.

    Dems intervene in games negatively too. Hilary Clinton during the Hot Coffee scandal was a prime example. And it's actually the Libertarian republicans like Ron Paul and Rick Perry who are pro-gaming.
  • kyle94 - January 25, 2012 5:02 p.m.

    To be fair, while Libertarians are fairly right-wing when it comes to fiscal matters, they are more left-leaning than Republicans on social issues. So, the moral of the story is that video games are more often than not a personal issue, and not related to pre-existing party lines. Though, PolarBearsInHeat idea of getting rid people over 55 does remind me of Thomas Jefferson's quote: "Every generation needs a new revolution."
  • comaqi - January 25, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    Mitt flips faster than a flapjack so with enough pressure from the people he wouldn't be a problem. Newt is all sci-ency and he's hopefully changed his draconian views on video games. Ron Paul is still my man but I don't know if he has much of a chance.
  • TURbo - January 25, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    Ron Paul wouldn't have any bans or censorship of videogames on the federal level.

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