Microsoft Rewards Political Interest on Xbox Live

Microsoft Rewards Political Interest on Xbox Live

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Watch the presidential debates on XBL, get Halo avatar armor.

Even if your primary form of conflict resolution involves two armored, hulking space marines with preposterous alien weaponry, you may want to tune into the upcoming presidential debates on Xbox Live. These quiet, reasoned, nonviolent discussions of presidential policy may not have the same kind of raw impact as standard Halo deathmatch, but Microsoft wants to attract fans of the bestselling sci-fi franchise just the same. If you register for Xbox Live Rewards and watch three of the four debates, you'll receive exclusive Halo 4 armor for your avatar.

This initiative is part of Xbox Live's "Election 2012" coverage, which aims to get gamers involved in the U.S. political process by polling them for opinions on the candidates, helping them register to vote, and broadcasting the presidential and vice presidential debates live. With three presidential debates on October 3, October 16, and October 22, and one vice-presidential debate on October 11, gamers can choose to watch any three for half an hour apiece. A token for the Halo 4 Warrior Armor will arrive in their inboxes around the beginning of November.

Leaving aside the tenuous connections between political involvement and a bright yellow set of space armor, this is a novel way of rewarding politically active people while hopefully drawing in a less-informed crowd that might just learn something. Since this offer works for all Xbox Live Rewards members, people in other parts of the world can tune in, too, but listening to Obama and Romney go at it for an hour and a half might not be as relevant as actually getting a few rounds of Halo in.

Source: Xbox Live Rewards

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Why do I feel this is Microsoft's attempt to cover up the fact Halo 4 comes out on the American election day?

Wonder of Romney will call 47% percent of all Xbox owners 12 year olds with potty mouths.

All jokes aside.

Seriously though, this is a lamesauce way of trying to get gamers into politics. If you are a gamer who already is interested in politics you have the internet or a television for watching the debates. Virtual armour is a horrible incentive.

Still can't bring myself to care. Mitt Romney as the governor of my state had has been effectively campaigning for over two years, and I've been following Obama since the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Any who's been paying attention should already know who to vote for.
Contrary to popular belief the debates do not revel good presidents, all it filters is the ability to survive the debate

I think this is a pretty novel way to get people interested actually, hell, if they just want the armour they can just walk out with the TV switched on... but anything that helps get people involved is okay with me.

There is no point in voting, they both work for the same guys.

It's pretty much pro wrestling now except you get to pick the winner and flavours of shit you will be eating for the next 4/8 years.

Same with Britain. except we have 3 flavours. All of them centre left vanilla

Marshall Honorof:
Microsoft Rewards Political Interest on Xbox Live

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Watch the presidential debates on XBL, get Halo avatar armor.

Even if your primary form of conflict resolution involves two armored, hulking space marines with preposterous alien weaponry, you may want to tune into the upcoming presidential debates on Xbox Live. These quiet, reasoned, nonviolent discussions of presidential policy may not have the same kind of raw impact as standard Halo deathmatch, but Microsoft wants to attract fans of the bestselling sci-fi franchise just the same. If you register for Xbox Live Rewards and watch three of the four debates, you'll receive exclusive Halo 4 armor for your avatar.

This initiative is part of Xbox Live's "Election 2012" coverage, which aims to get gamers involved in the U.S. political process by polling them for opinions on the candidates, helping them register to vote, and broadcasting the presidential and vice presidential debates live. With three presidential debates on October 3, October 16, and October 22, and one vice-presidential debate on October 11, gamers can choose to watch any three for half an hour apiece. A token for the Halo 4 Warrior Armor will arrive in their inboxes around the beginning of November.

Leaving aside the tenuous connections between political involvement and a bright yellow set of space armor, this is a novel way of rewarding politically active people while hopefully drawing in a less-informed crowd that might just learn something. Since this offer works for all Xbox Live Rewards members, people in other parts of the world can tune in, too, but listening to Obama and Romney go at it for an hour and a half might not be as relevant as actually getting a few rounds of Halo in.

Source: Xbox Live Rewards

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ok so could you clearify wehter its just watch any of them for 30 mins or do we have to watch all 3 for what ammounts to 30 mins?

I hate this. As someone who is politically far more aware then your average person (and about 1 billion times more aware than your average gamer) it's just a facade. There is no truth in the debates. It's just a grounds for liars to lie to more people. And I don't believe for one second they are going to cover all the candidates, so it doesn't matter. It's not even fair in that capacity. Just more false reasons to believe in a completely broken and useless political system. Working within the confines of a broken system will not change the system. It will only keep the same broken system on life support.

ecoho:

ok so could you clearify wehter its just watch any of them for 30 mins or do we have to watch all 3 for what ammounts to 30 mins?

As I understand it, you'll have to watch three of the four debates, and you'll have to watch each debate for at least half an hour. That's 90 minutes total.

Marshall Honorof:

ecoho:

ok so could you clearify wehter its just watch any of them for 30 mins or do we have to watch all 3 for what ammounts to 30 mins?

As I understand it, you'll have to watch three of the four debates, and you'll have to watch each debate for at least half an hour. That's 90 minutes total.

ok thank you. lol i was planing on watching at least 2 of these but i guess i can do a 3rd and get the armor:)

So let's welcome in a new crowd who can get jaded and disenfranchised like the rest of us...

Baresark:
I hate this. As someone who is politically far more aware then your average person (and about 1 billion times more aware than your average gamer) it's just a facade. There is no truth in the debates. It's just a grounds for liars to lie to more people. And I don't believe for one second they are going to cover all the candidates, so it doesn't matter. It's not even fair in that capacity. Just more false reasons to believe in a completely broken and useless political system. Working within the confines of a broken system will not change the system. It will only keep the same broken system on life support.

What would you have us do then? Don't tell me you're one of those people who doesn't believe in voting.

I'll do this to get free shit and be more political active.

So its a win-win situation for me

why do snarky 12 year olds need to watch political debates?

DVS BSTrD:
Still can't bring myself to care. Mitt Romney as the governor of my state had has been effectively campaigning for over two years, and I've been following Obama since the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Any who's been paying attention should already know who to vote for.
Contrary to popular belief the debates do not revel good presidents, all it filters is the ability to survive the debate

Is that an ME2 reference, or just coincidental?

Anyway, it's kind of sad that incentives need to be offered to get people to care about their own right to vote, but if needs must... good move Microsoft.

NinjaDeathSlap:

DVS BSTrD:
Still can't bring myself to care. Mitt Romney as the governor of my state had has been effectively campaigning for over two years, and I've been following Obama since the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Any who's been paying attention should already know who to vote for.
Contrary to popular belief the debates do not revel good presidents, all it filters is the ability to survive the debate

Is that an ME2 reference, or just coincidental?

Anyway, it's kind of sad that incentives need to be offered to get people to care about their own right to vote, but if needs must... good move Microsoft.

Indeed it is. I'm kinda surprised you got that: going by the Youtube Let's plays you'd think nobody ever really talked to Okeer.

Fair play to Microsoft for encouraging trying to get some interest in politics, but I doubt anyone is now suddenly going to watch the debates just so they can get some armour for their avatar. I suppose it's a nice thing for those who were going to and decide to now watch it on their Xbox.

FelixG:
why do snarky 12 year olds need to watch political debates?

All them can just keep playing CoD, this is for the more sophisticated Xbox LIVE subscriber. Like a large portion of the people who frequent The Escapist for example.

DVS BSTrD:

NinjaDeathSlap:

DVS BSTrD:
Still can't bring myself to care. Mitt Romney as the governor of my state had has been effectively campaigning for over two years, and I've been following Obama since the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Any who's been paying attention should already know who to vote for.
Contrary to popular belief the debates do not revel good presidents, all it filters is the ability to survive the debate

Is that an ME2 reference, or just coincidental?

Anyway, it's kind of sad that incentives need to be offered to get people to care about their own right to vote, but if needs must... good move Microsoft.

Indeed it is. I'm kinda surprised you got that: going by the Youtube Let's plays you'd think nobody ever really talked to Okeer.

Well, I suppose if the aim of Let's Plays are to show people how to get past the challenges, they don't want to waste the viewer's time on dialogue they can just do themselves. I hope people do talk to him though, it's a very interesting conversation.

Microsoft.

Stop filling Xbox with things that aren't fun or cool.

Stop putting ads and Presidential Debates on the Xbox dashboard. It's a gaming system. Sell a Windows 8 box that does everything. Or the next Xbox. But for gods sake, guys, stop trying to cram things into a machine that doesn't do those thins. I do not want ads on a system I pay $60 for every year. I do not want presidential debates when I go to play a videogame. Either make it go away, or give us the option to make it go away.

Seriously. I'm so fucking pissed.

Play a debate. Turn the volume off. Go do something else. Repeat. And there you go: instant Halo armour without all the boring stuff about the future of the USA.
While I appreciate the effort to get more people interested in politics, you just know that people are gonna do whatever to weasel their way out of things just to get the cool armour.

Baresark:
I hate this. As someone who is politically far more aware then your average person (and about 1 billion times more aware than your average gamer) it's just a facade. There is no truth in the debates. It's just a grounds for liars to lie to more people. And I don't believe for one second they are going to cover all the candidates, so it doesn't matter. It's not even fair in that capacity. Just more false reasons to believe in a completely broken and useless political system. Working within the confines of a broken system will not change the system. It will only keep the same broken system on life support.

The first step to getting people to understand the very real flaws with the US electoral system is getting people involved at any level. If Microsoft's initiative can get even a fraction of 1% of active Xbox Live users to take a more active interest in the political process, it's a worthwhile endeavor.

Did I just hear that Microsoft is supporting Master Chief 2016?

So question, do I have to watch the debate live? I am in school/work at night, and while I would love get involved my current schedule is kind of an impediment to that. If they offer recordings of the debate I would have no problem watching it after I get off. I will have to look into it but it is nice to see Microsoft finally show some interest in getting people politically active.

It seems like the theory that Halo is being used to draw away voters is gaining credibility, or not i'm not sure what they think they're doing with this.

I was hoping for avatar awards more appropriate to the candidates themselves:

Mitt Romney magic underwear and show pony

Paul Ryan budget-cutting scythe

Joe Biden hair plugs and train set

Barack Obama box of your opponent's sealed divorce records

Marshall Honorof:

ecoho:

ok so could you clearify wehter its just watch any of them for 30 mins or do we have to watch all 3 for what ammounts to 30 mins?

As I understand it, you'll have to watch three of the four debates, and you'll have to watch each debate for at least half an hour. That's 90 minutes total.

Those who care enough about the armor will just put on their Xbox and change the channel on the TV.

I don't think many people who use consoles or the PC for gaming are necessarily bothered about presidential campaigns.

Sweet so I can listen to two people from another country and from the same shitty political ideology argue about crap for an hour nice!

Nah I'm not that bothered about Halo

Playing Halo4>Voting for the next stooge to represent the "Free World"

The armor isn't enough for me, I live around Denver and am going to have to put up with the crowds and extra security everywhere on the 3rd... Can I have a copy of Halo 4 instead?

Ryans Solution:
It seems like the theory that Halo is being used to draw away voters is gaining credibility, or not i'm not sure what they think they're doing with this.

The theory is that Halo 4 is being released on election day so that the young, liberally-minded gamers will stay home and play it rather than go out to vote for Obama.
Problems with that logic aside, Microsoft attempting to get these same people more interested in politics so that they do go out and vote runs directly contrary to that theory.

i think that it's good that they're trying to get people involved, but i don't think it will work. besides, i'm british, i don't really care (no offense) and i would doubt if other people overseas from the USA will either, so is this offer for everyone or just people in the USA because it seems a bit daft trying to get people overseas involved?

EDIT: wait no i read the thing properly, question answered, my bad, sorry and what not.

Mid Boss:

Baresark:
I hate this. As someone who is politically far more aware then your average person (and about 1 billion times more aware than your average gamer) it's just a facade. There is no truth in the debates. It's just a grounds for liars to lie to more people. And I don't believe for one second they are going to cover all the candidates, so it doesn't matter. It's not even fair in that capacity. Just more false reasons to believe in a completely broken and useless political system. Working within the confines of a broken system will not change the system. It will only keep the same broken system on life support.

What would you have us do then? Don't tell me you're one of those people who doesn't believe in voting.

My suggestion is that people in general need to understand that voting won't change the system, though I would not really tell anyone to not vote. I mean, as American's we are told that it's the cornerstone of freedom, even though it's not really. We are also told it's how we can make a difference, even though historically, anytime any country needs to vastly change it's political system there is usually either some sort of revolution or they literally just throw all the politicians out. In a system like ours there is no accountability. When someone messes up it's a big finger pointing session but nothing changes. If voting makes people feel better about it all, then by all means they should vote. My beliefs in regards to this are not something you really wanted to hear, so whether I believe in voting or not is inconsequential.

There is the belief by some that if no one would vote, it would freeze the government and in that, force a change. I'm not saying I believe this, but I am saying that people have been voting for a really long time and so far the political spectrum hasn't changed in a really long time. And it certainly has not noticeably changed for the better. By some people's accounts, it's gotten much worse.

Mortuorum:

Baresark:
read above quote of what I said, as it's the same.

The first step to getting people to understand the very real flaws with the US electoral system is getting people involved at any level. If Microsoft's initiative can get even a fraction of 1% of active Xbox Live users to take a more active interest in the political process, it's a worthwhile endeavor.

I would agree but no one should be under the impression that by watching a political debate they are gaining awareness. Politics is far to complicated to be covered in a few debates. This will hit all the hot button issue and be full rhetoric about fixing the economy and helping people, but it won't cover anything that resembles any actual even attempt at a plan to do so. For example: Obama will most likely talk about the initiatives to block cheap foreign imports of things like electronics, and the Romney will disagree with him just because. He will give some bullshit reasoning as to why he doesn't agree with Obama, and even if Romney and I agree on this (which I hope to god our political alignments are not too far in accord with each other since he is a whopping pile of shit), he won't have any alternative ideas, he will spend his time attacking Obama's super shitty reasons as to why it's the right thing to do. This puts Obama in the lead in my book (I'm even sure he is a better man than Romney is), but this will be like the last election where he will say a whole of nothing (read: rhetoric) and people will cheer and shout and agree with him. I'm sure we all recall the last election where he stood on a platform of "Change" but then failed to explain how he would change anything at all.

By all accounts, the best case scenario is that a few more people vote, but voting hasn't actually helped improve anything by any noticeable measurement in a long time.

well, y'know

gotta start somewhere

maybe instead of dragging out the whole complicated circus at once, maybe we can just start with the basics, and move up from there?

i've been in politics classes before, and they always start with how things are EXPECTED to work, but never get into the actuality of things.

strange, knowing that halo players cant vote anyway.

 

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