Microsoft speaks out on Obama’s Xbox remarks

July 19, 2009 at 12:26 PM Leave a comment

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President Obama hasn’t exactly been known for his positive stance on kids playing tons of video games (even though he owns a Wii and ran campaign ads on Xbox Live, ahem). Recently in a speech given to the NAACP, he pointedly noted that parents should be “putting away the Xbox,” as well as other crazy ideas — like “reading to your children” and “helping them with their homework.” What-ever, President Obama.

Microsoft has responded with backhanded diplomacy, dropping knowledge on the US President in a statement released to the AP that says, “We agree with President Obama that it’s a time for families to work together so that kids use media in ways that are safe, healthy and balanced … Xbox 360 is the only console gaming system that has a timer feature allowing parents to set time limits for their kids, as well as parent controls to enable parents to set limits on what their kids are playing and watching.” At this time, it’s still unclear whether Microsoft followed that up with, “Word to your mother!”

[Via Game Politics]

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