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In a monumental win over John McCain tonight, Barack Obama was just elected the 44th President of the United States of America. And after some the of the excitement of this historic election (regardless of one’s political bias, it’s an incredible step forward for the nation) subsides, one of the questions on some gamers’ minds is whether this election will have any impact on their favorite hobby.

“I would call upon the video game industry to give parents better information about programs and video games by improving the voluntary rating system we currently have. Broadcasters and video game producers should take it upon themselves to improve this system to include easier to find and easier to understand descriptions of exactly what kind of content is included. But if the industry fails to act, then my administration would.”"And even if the industry does do some responsible self-policing, there’s still a role for the federal government to play. We need to understand the impact of these new media better.”

So asserted Barack Obama in a Common Sense Media questionnaire late last year. Statements like this might have people wondering if tighter scrutiny or government intervention are on their way, but it’s worth noting that videogames have always been a favorite target by politicians in election years (Obama’s democratic presidential rival Hilary Clinton was one of the most outspoken on the topic, once saying that Grand Theft Auto was “a silent epidemic of media desensitization”). Looking at Obama’s history with the medium thus far, it’s clear the President-elect has a rather limited knowledge of games — but this may be changing.

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