The Witcher 2 recently received an unusual recommendation from President Obama. The elected leader of the free world made a statement about it which simultaneously showed he’s probably never played it.
If there is one thing we can always count on the President of the United States to do, it’s lie to make themselves look good. Obama carries on that not so proud tradition by attempting to mix gaming and politics in a positive light. Unfortunately, his attempt was embarrassing for gamers.
With all of his responsibilities, vacations, and hundreds of other duties across the board, it’s easy to see how the President doesn’t have time to play video games, especially an RPG. It doesn’t stop some of them from appearing as characters in titles like NBA Jam, which featured Bill Clinton as a hoop shooting contestant. The Clintons’ cat even got its own video game (Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill). Obama’s praise for the game in question came after Poland’s prime pinister Donald Tusk gave him a free copy of CD Projekt RED’s sequel to The Witcher.
The praise that President Obama claimed for The Witcher 2 came in the following statement:
“The last time I was here, Donald gave me a gift, the video game developed here in Poland that’s won fans the world over, The Witcher. I confess, I’m not very good at video games, but I’ve been told that it is a great example of Poland’s place in the new global economy. And it’s a tribute to the talents and work ethic of the Polish people as well as the wise stewardship of Polish leaders like prime minister Tusk.”
You will notice he simply called the game The Witcher, not even bothering to acknowledge it as a sequel. President Obama would have known that much if he’d done more than glance at the title. Instead of praising The Witcher 2 for its acclaimed merits, he turned it into a compliment on Poland’s place in the global economy and the prime minister’s leadership.
It’s so obvious that the President of the United States of America probably never even played the game, but at least it’s better than blaming first person shooters for real life violence.
[image via stillatspawn, biography]