Joe Biden unsure why he’s meeting with video game developers, is no longer cool

Vice President Joe Biden and his gun violence task force brought a week of meetings to a close today by sitting down with representatives from the video game industry. Representatives of the NRA, who attended yesterday’s meeting, called the experience “disappointing” and accused the White House of simply “checking a box” by meeting with them. Gamers are no more thrilled to be associated with the Sandy Hook shootings than law-abiding gun owners were, and they seem to have just about as much confidence in Biden’s ability to prevent future violence. That box had to be checked too, though.

Not a lot to say, you say? How about when Biden told game industry executives, “We’re anxious to see if there’s anything you can suggest to us that you think would help, as this president said, diminish the possibility of … if we save even one kid’s life.”

That’s not the only thing Biden doesn’t know. “We don’t even know whether some of things people think impact on this actually impact on this or not,” he said to Electronic Arts head John Riccitiello, inspiring confidence in absolutely no one. Biden and his task force have the weekend to figure something out, as he’s announced he’s “shooting for Tuesday” to deliver the task force’s recommendations.

  • Infidel

    “Of course we all know Biden is the intellect of the Democratic Party” Clint Eastwood … Need I say More…

    • Rabid

      Nope…’Nuff said.

  • Melvin_Udall

    He’s “shooting for Tuesday”. Must have been all the video game talk. Joe CourtJester Biden does it again.

  • Silenttype78

    If I were meeting with game developers I would ask ; “why arent more guns available in the power station in BO2 (zombie/tranzit)?”

    But….then again…I understand that people are responsible for crimes-not video games,not guns.

    • Penny Robinson Fan Club

      I want to know when Half Life 3 is coming out!
      BTW if anyone here does not play HL2, it is rather interesting politically in that involves an underground resistance movement opposing the dictatorial occupation of alien overlords. I don’t recall now if the developers deliberately named the player/character “Freeman” with a view to this, but the name definitely gets used in its iconic meaning for every “Free man” in the world . . .

      • Alex Furlong

        HL2 also has another unintentional truth to it. You start off the game alone, unarmed, and smacked in the head for not groveling before a jackbooted thug. Shortly afterwards, you overpower one of said thugs and use his weapon to go forth and destroy the oppressors.

        This nicely exemplifies a quote I saw around the Internet somewhere: “Don’t worry if they ban assault rifles. The government will shortly send one along in the hands of a barely trained young man.”

        • Penny Robinson Fan Club

          I like it,I like it!

  • Maxwell

    I’ve played video games my entire life. The only time I have ever been violent is on the ice when the gloves came off. It’s just lazy to blame these problems on video games. No one wants to address the real issues.

  • AlertUpUSA

    Say, whatever happened to the story on the Libor Case? You know, where the fathers of Holmes and Lanza were supposed to testify. Lanza’s dad is major exec w GE Finance and Holmes dad is high level technical guy with Libor. Both shooters on anti- depressants or other mood contolling substance.


  • AlertUpUSA

    Remember to” watch the birdie”. And the other hand, too!

  • ceemack

    “Oh, yeah, I remember now…exactly why are those birds so pissed off?”

  • stuckinIL4now

    The fact that Uncle Joeke is the one making the visits should tell us just how irrelevant it all really is to Obamuh.

  • Rob

    Young shooters tend to play games that involve shooting things!!! They also must be killers for all of the other things young people are statistically inclined to partake in:
    Crappy reality shows on MTV, crappy pop music, wearing expensive shoes that fall apart in a month, hearing loss from headphones playing too loud, or (inclusive of all of the above) being STUPID while simultaneously being told they are special.
    Reality hurts, they aren’t prepare d

  • Hiraghm

    Yes, video games affect peoples’ mentality, just as propagandistic movies out of Hollyweird have warped people’s mentality for decades, now.

    However, it’s not the “violence” in video games… but the CONTEXT of the violence that should be at issue. Same with movies, advertising, etc.

    If you don’t like finger-pointing at video games, blame Oliver Wendell Holmes. He’s the idiot who came up with the idea that speech could be curtailed if it posed a nebulous threat of some kind.

    • Penny Robinson Fan Club

      No, Holmes was pretty clear that “clear and present danger” was the standard, and he wasn’t exactly inventing it on the spot, but upholding longstanding legal precedent which had never been taken to the Supreme Court before.

  • Hiraghm

    Btw, “social media” are as responsible as video games for “creating” these monsters. I can’t recall the last time I encountered anyone under 30 who had the least bit of social skills or civility. Social media does that, not video games (well, maybe multiplayer video games… like the “violent” ones…)

  • Justin Case

    $74 billion dollar video game industry. Yeah, let’s wreck that too. Is there a meeting scheduled with Big Pharma?

  • Kleverabevera

    Geez, I remember the same argument being slapped on Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck when I was a kid. They were too violent blah blah blah. Funny how all those people in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s,70’s and the 80’s even, managed to not slaughter each other with mallets and dynamite. The problem is not with the content, it is with the people who process that content. Maybe if people did not get children strung out on a smörgåsbord of “numb-my-ass” to life anti-depressants, they would be able to process what things are real in more ways than one.
    There are games aimed at adults. Some are disgusting. These games are rated for a reason. It is up to the parents to be mindful of what kind of garbage they let the children imbibe. I find something like “Call of Duty” far less harmful than, let’s say, “Jersey Shore” or whatever the other show is now “Redneck Rampage?” I would never say ban it.
    I control what is allowed in my home and what is not. I want to keep it that way too.

    • TugboatPhil

      Not funny at all! I just got paroled from my 25 to life sentence for hitting people in the head with skillets, giving lit sticks of dynamite to unsuspecting cigar smokers, painting train tunnels on the sides of mountains and dropping anvils off of thousand foot tall cliffs!!

      • Kleverabevera

        Well played sir. Well played.

      • RightThinking1

        Wile E., is that you? Glad to learn that you are on the outside again. Please be in touch–sales@

      • SineWaveII

        So that was YOU. We need to have a talk mister. After you dropped that anvil on me I had to put up with the humiliation of walking around looking like a pancake with legs. And then when I tried to relax by lighting up a cigar it exploded in my face my face was all blackened, my hair was burnt off and then my teeth fell out like shattered glass.

        It took me over an hour to put myself back together after that ordeal.

        And I suppose that was you who lured me into a dark room where the hot girl I was supposed to be smooching turned out to be a male rabbit wearing a dress! Then he/she hit me over the head with a cast iron skillet/
        . …. ooooooo you’ll be hearing from my lawyer you varmint!

        Sincerely Yours
        Yosemte Sam
        “The rootenest tootenest bandit ,north, south, east and west of the Pecos.”

        • TugboatPhil

          I really do want to apologize for switching the mouse and the kangaroo back and forth every time you looked into the closet.

          “OH, FATHER! The shame of it all!”

          • SineWaveII

            …there’s that too.. I still have nightmares.

          • Penny Robinson Fan Club

            BIG! BIG! MOUSE! BIG!

      • Penny Robinson Fan Club

        Did you sell those defective Acme catapults, too?!?

        • TugboatPhil

          I was going to return them to the Acme factory, but had an accident on the way to the post office. I was in the middle of the desert and needed to cross the highway. I could see for about 5 miles in either direction and looked twice both ways. But as soon as I took one step onto the pavement I was run over by a stream of traffic going at least 120 mph.

          • Penny Robinson Fan Club

            Bravo, sir, and touche`!

  • Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    even on the fields where the left is supposed to be “cool” and a “majority”, they still have the need to blame it all on others instead of attacking the root of the problem

  • Jack Deth

    Joseph Biden:

    Proof you can take an addled, less than sentient, post retirement village idiot. Put him in a thousand dollar suit and cool aviator shades. And you still have an old, worthless sack of crap.

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  • lillymckim

    I wonder which amendment the Hollywood Hypocrites want to ban first?
    1 or 2?

  • Steve_J

    Anyone thinking Biden is kind of cool puts their personal rating on the cool-o-meter at about the same level as Al Gore’s.

  • nc

    As long as Biden et al give the APPEARANCE of “doing something” that’s all that matters. After all, it’s the intention that counts, right?

    Truth and real solutions, not so much.

  • Cajun

    I think oboomah specifically put joe joe on that job as an inside joke. I mean, what else could he possibly be good for? Dumb as a rock, and all he wants to do is get next to the girls, this ole’ dude is useless.

  • grais

    I hope he’s going to meet with all the well-intention people who tweeted their desires to ‘kil all d wite foke’ after seeing that new movie (whatever it is).
    Oh, and he should also meet with David Gregory and the buddy of his who decided not to enforce the law that Gregory broke.

  • $30423294

    Tipper Gore (D) — ex-wife of Al Gore (D) used to testify passionately in congress against the violent and obscene lyrics in “rock” music.

    True story!

    • Lisa Dean

      I watched those “hearings” in 1985. Best moment is when Frank Zappa (may he rest in peace) stated “the PMRC proposal is an ill-conceived piece of nonsense which fails to deliver any real benefits to children, infringes the civil liberties of people who are not children, and promises to keep the courts busy for years dealing with the interpretation and enforcement problems inherent in the proposal’s design.”

      • $30423294

        Love Frank Zappa! Oh yes, I remember that testimony, with his short hair!

        • Lisa Dean

          I find it ironic that he wrote/recorded Joe’s Garage in ’79 but it was very representative of Tipper and her PMRC cronies.

          • $30423294

            His mind just never stopped. Both lyrics and music always innovative and relentless. His band could barely keep up with the complexity. He used to say they got it about 90% right, but there was just too much in what he intended in the arrangements. A true genius.

  • Joseph Phillips

    Just look at all the paintings of our country’s founding: guns in many of the pictures. The Left thinks we broke away from England over afternoon tea without actually shooting and killing anyone. Bunch of pansies.

  • edward cropper

    Joe Biden is never sure why he is doing anything

  • $27789750

    I wonder if Biden has ever played one of shooters? Even the RPGs are violent, but they are great, great fun. Love the Elder Scolls series..I hope they never stop.As for the rap lyrics, they’re worse because they reach an audience prone to intra-fighting. that rracist? I certainly meant it to be.

  • Snarky D

    I wonder if Michelle Obama dropped in to lecture the video game companies about how Pac-man is responsible for unhealthy dietary habits…

  • Snarky D

    If only kids would stop playing video games and start participating in totally non-violent activities like football or ice hockey.

  • Collette Nedra Batten

    Joe thinks he can be the next Pres.He is beyond stupid. I can’t make up my mind is he or the voters more stupid. What do you think?

  • Howzah123

    A long overdo lesson for the clowns that vote Democrat because the MSM tells them Democrats are “Cool” and “Care” more than evil monsters in the closet Republicans

  • Lisa Dean

    Ah, the coolness (just threw up in my mouth) of Joe Biden has worn off since the election. I’m so glad that the liberal fight from the 80’s is still alive and well. Songs, video games and movies/tv shows are so evil and cause violence, sex, and drug use. Why can’t we just accept that there are people out there who are evil and choose to do whatever evil they are going to perpetuate on others all by themselves?

  • Kdubs

    F is for fighting

    R is for red, ancestors’ blood in the battles they shed

    E we elect em

    E we eject em in the land of the free and the home of the brave

    D for your dying

    O your overture

    M they will cover your grave with manure

    This spells out freedom, it means nothin’ to me

    As long as there’s a PMRC

  • CaliNative

    I am buying every hi-cap mag i can afford right now. thank you, very much. You heard that lady from the Fed that said “they will all be banned by executive order”

    I still have my pre-brady-ban 50-round mags and will NOT give ’em up – even though we are in a left-of-liberal state (california) i will keep my weapons, half of which are a couple generations old.

  • Humanity4Humans

    Perhaps we should begin looking into genetics for the answer? Wait. No. That would implicate the entire presidential cabinet.

  • People Corporation

    Now he can say he’s met with all of the industry leaders, and his foregone conclusion is – gather up the guns! Bring on the president’s long promised “Civilian National Security Force (The B.R.N.S.H.R.T.S) just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded as the US Military”

  • tsluf273

    My only question in all this: DLC for the PS3 version of Skyrim… WHEN?