Fox News: Halo 4 Could Keep Voters At Home

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Fox News: Halo 4 Could Keep Voters At Home

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Fox News is worried that today's release of Halo 4 could throw a wrench into the democratic process.

The most important day in American democracy is finally here: election day! It is also, as some of you may know, Halo 4 release day. Tough call, eh? Ideally, you will vote and then go play your game, although I suppose playing your game and then going to vote is okay too. But Fox News is concerned that die-hard fans may just opt for the game and skip the democratic process entirely.

Fox said "some experts" are worried that the timing of the release, which Microsoft described as a "happy coincidence," could keep both Democrat and Republican voters at home. Public relations manager Mark LoCastro is one gamer who said he won't be voting this year and estimated that only three out of eight of his gamer buddies will bother.

LoCastro insisted that Halo 4 isn't related to his decision to not vote, but Fox claimed that for many gamers, "Forward Unto Dawn" carries more weight than just "Forward," and that at least some of them will choose to wait for their preorders to arrive rather than getting down to the polling station. Analyst Jon Peddie agreed.

"There will always be that percentage who are too cool, too cynical, and too ignorant to be bothered. I would guess that's between 10 and 15 percent of the kids of voting age," he said. "The idiots who can't get a date and look at the women's breasts in the games will definitely find Halo 4 more interesting than something that requires thinking."

Microsoft issued a statement to Fox pointing out that it's been running a Halo 4 "get out the vote" campaign for several months, as well as a voter registration program on Xbox Live. "Microsoft also partnered with Rock the Vote to encourage and facilitate voter registration," a rep said. "We're continuing the message at major launch events this evening and more than 100 college campuses nationwide."

Even so, Fox said there's "a logical argument" that the game could have an impact on the vote. Polling data suggests that young voters are even less interested in this campaign than they were in 2008, according to tech analyst Charles King, which could also lead them to forgo voting in favor of the game. Whether or not that's true, what's not clear is whether young voters are skipping democracy to play the game, or if they're just playing the game because they can't be bothered with democracy. Fox also stated that many gamers responding to a Facebook poll said they'd already mailed in their ballot so they could focus on the game and while a few said they'll actually go to polling stations to vote, they're doing it more out of a sense of duty than because they actually care about who ends up President.

Source: Fox News

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"Meh" Sincerely, all the people playing Halo 4.

OT: Oh Fox News, you so silly! Unless people are locking themselves in their houses to play this (which I sadly know has been done by at least someone) I don't think Americans are just going to overlook the election...and if they do...um...sucks to be them?

Nonsense.

Complete nonsense that only serves to make Fox look like complete buffoons.

I would only skip election day for the next Killzone installment!

Also I'm British so (shrugs and goes back to gaming)

Andy Chalk:
Fox News is worried that today's release of Halo 4 could throw a wrench into the democratic process.

Let me fix that for you.

Andy Chalk:
Fox News is Hoping that today's release of Halo 4 could throw a wrench into the Democrat Voting.

There, See Fox has been rather one sided as always when it comes to US Politics, going though GREAT lengths to bad mouth Obama, sometimes they're right, I'll admit, but the other 90% of the time, well...

Personally, I kinda hope more gamers get out and vote because I've been watching the election, Ain't no good gonna come from Mittens in the White House and the GOP in power.

Andy Chalk:
"There will always be that percentage who are too cool, too cynical, and too ignorant to be bothered. I would guess that's between 10 and 15 percent of the kids of voting age,"

Funny cuz that sounds like 95 to 100% of Fox News contributors, at least when it come to fact checking >(

Ohhh yeah. Picking Corrupt Rich Guy A or Corrupt Rich Guy B requires ever-so-much thought. I think Halo's a little tougher than flipping a coin.

Andy Chalk:

"There will always be that percentage who are too cool, too cynical, and too ignorant to be bothered. I would guess that's between 10 and 15 percent of the kids of voting age," he said. "The idiots who can't get a date and look at the women's breasts in the games will definitely find Halo 4 more interesting than something that requires thinking."

Did he actually say this? A professional analyst? Are you kidding me?!

Maybe voting seems less than ideal because choosing a candidate is choosing the lesser of two "meh". I only voted at all because it's my first election and my family would practically disown me if I didn't.

Maybe they aren't voting because they'd rather not waste their time on a third party candidate and neither of the candidates who actually have a shot are worth the dirt it'd take to bury them?

Faux Noose is being silly, as usual. This is newsworthy how, exactly? It's not the first time they've gone "HRRRKDUURGGKH, THOSE GOSHDURNED LIBRALS AND THEIR VIDJAGEEMS. RUINING AMURRICKAH FOR THEM REALS 'MURRICANS. 'MURRICANSES."

Because, y'know, real patriotic Americans stay inside, get fat, watch Fox News and curse Matt Groening and James L. Brooks for daring to land Liberal humour on their beloved prime-time show which is financed and dragged out like a dead horse by a right-wing megacorp.

Fox, why do you have to be so dumb? You keep making positive steps towards sanity, (like asking Paul Ryan where his budget gets the money for ~8 trillion in lost revenue/increased spending[1]) and then you go off and do stuff like this!

Seriously, come on.

[1] Spoiler: it doesn't

Ignoring the fact that I'm British and therefore cannot affect things either wayimage

Shameless Community promoting aside, I highly doubt anyone playing Halo 4 instead of going to vote was planning to vote anyway, and probably would have spent the time not voting doing something else (some people would say worthwhile =P)

And they even tried to encourage them to vote as well, which they didn't need to do. Maybe people are just uninterested because of the candidates. But it just wouldn't be Fox without blaming video games now would it?

Wait, a speculative Fox News article about videogames that has has a remote possibility of being right?

I think i just wrote one of the most inherently wrong sentences that is gramatically correct to an acceptable degree for the internet.

Anyway, time to boot up the radar and scan for flying pigs and the four horsemen. Then shoot them.

If gamers who are excited for Halo 4 honestly care about the elections, they either voted early or they will take the time to vote today and come back to the game later. It's as simple as that.

At least Oregon voting is done by mail so as I said when the release date was announced, I'm as likely to go out and vote as I am to go out and buy Halo 4.

So then it's agreed, Master Chief for President?

I highly doubt that the game* will make any difference in whether someone will vote or not. If someone's not going to vote, I'm sure they weren't going to vote regardless of whether Halo 4 came out or not. Besides, a lot of voters have already mailed in or dropped off their ballots.

Then again, Fox has to to go and blame video games for something, right?

Didn't Fox already say the same thing 4 years ago for some other game?

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Fox News 'expects'.

You know, like the ones who say Evolution is 'just a theory' and Abstinence Only SEX ED 'works'.

You know, morons.

Americans still have a democratic process? I though they were all just rich people paying other people into power.

Didn't MovieBob already talk about this way, way back when?

Alas, I think Fox News will jump on anything. I remember when they complained that in the Spiderman films they didn't say "the American way."

Im sure if Obama wins Fox news will claim the Master Chief is a Red.

CPunchMaster:
Didn't MovieBob already talk about this way, way back when?

Alas, I think Fox News will jump on anything. I remember when they complained that in the Spiderman films they didn't say "the American way."

Strange how nobody else has mentioned this until now. MovieBob said exactly the same thing a few months ago. But now that Fox says it, it's all bull and shit. I'm no fan of Fox, but they might have a point this time.

Geth Reich:
Nonsense.

Complete nonsense that only serves to make Fox look like complete buffoons.

I would only skip election day for the next Killzone installment!

Also I'm British so (shrugs and goes back to gaming)

Uh, Fox isn't the only one making this argument. (See the Big Picture: One Day in November) Seriously guys, this is ridiculously biased of the escapist community. Fox News could say "I like cats" and you'd call them out for saying 'I' instead of 'we'.

Also:

"The idiots who can't get a date and look at the women's breasts in the games will definitely find Halo 4 more interesting than something that requires thinking."
This implies that playing Halo 4 on the day it comes out means you are a hopeless loser with no mental faculties. Why isn't anyone pissed off about this?

Andy Chalk:
< "The idiots who can't get a date and look at the women's breasts in the games will definitely find Halo 4 more interesting than something that requires thinking."

He really said that?

Undead Jesus, that guy's a prick.

Wait... did this already get covered something like several months ago when Halo 4's release date was announced?

I remember a MovieBob Big Picture video about it, but I swear there was an article too...

Anyways, It wouldnt surprise me if there were more people that chose to stay home and play Halo 4 over actually voting.

Given that the 360 Polling of the debates suggests that the people interested in the election who own a 360 are overwhelmingly Republican I'm not surprised that Fox News would cry about it. However, if you're so inept as a voter to stay home playing Halo 4 when everyone else finds time after work, lunch, early in the morning, or even the people who've lost their home to Sandy who have to stay out in the cold just to vote then maybe just maybe you shouldn't be voting.

Waaghpowa:
Americans still have a democratic process? I though they were all just rich people paying other people into power.

Pretty much, but we like to make a show of it.

Course, that's also pretty much the story everywhere. Very few politicians in the world were not already wealthy when they entered politics.

medv4380:
Given that the 360 Polling of the debates suggests that the people interested in the election who own a 360 are overwhelmingly Republican I'm not surprised that Fox News would cry about it. However, if you're so inept as a voter to stay home playing Halo 4 when everyone else finds time after work, lunch, early in the morning, or even the people who've lost their home to Sandy who have to stay out in the cold just to vote then maybe just maybe you shouldn't be voting.

Wait, really? I watched two of those debates, and it seemed as though most of the gamers were supportive of Obama and such... maybe all the republican[1] gamers were busy playing COD instead...

[1] and I apparently lost the ability to spell all of a sudden...

Kiyeri:

Andy Chalk:

"There will always be that percentage who are too cool, too cynical, and too ignorant to be bothered. I would guess that's between 10 and 15 percent of the kids of voting age," he said. "The idiots who can't get a date and look at the women's breasts in the games will definitely find Halo 4 more interesting than something that requires thinking."

Did he actually say this? A professional analyst? Are you kidding me?!

Maybe voting seems less than ideal because choosing a candidate is choosing the lesser of two "meh". I only voted at all because it's my first election and my family would practically disown me if I didn't.

You have to remember, professional doesn't mean anything other then you are paid to do something, being a professional analyst doesn't make him smart, it just means someone is paying him and when statistics get involved it more than likely means someone is paying him to say something they will like. In addition I would like to point out how the quotes held within this article sound like they were taken directly from the guy that did the borderlands 2 review that got laughed out of the forum.

And here was me thinking it wasn't that great, from those that have played the rest of the Halo games. And until the PS3 version of Mass Effect was moved back to December, my plan was "go vote, grab my copy of the game, go home and play". Not hard to see how that would work for those who actually want to vote. Or, you know, gods help us, they put the game down for twenty minutes to press invisible buttons. Really not that hard.

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CPunchMaster:
Didn't MovieBob already talk about this way, way back when?

Alas, I think Fox News will jump on anything. I remember when they complained that in the Spiderman films they didn't say "the American way."

Strange how nobody else has mentioned this until now. MovieBob said exactly the same thing a few months ago. But now that Fox says it, it's all bull and shit. I'm no fan of Fox, but they might have a point this time.

I didn't think there was anything to it when Bob said it either. If you can't be bothered to leave your house to buy a video game AND vote on the same day, how fucking likely was it that you were going to vote anyway?

Besides, I don't want people that lazy to be involved in the electoral process anyway.

HalfTangible:

Geth Reich:
Nonsense.

Complete nonsense that only serves to make Fox look like complete buffoons.

I would only skip election day for the next Killzone installment!

Also I'm British so (shrugs and goes back to gaming)

Uh, Fox isn't the only one making this argument. (See the Big Picture: One Day in November) Seriously guys, this is ridiculously biased of the escapist community. Fox News could say "I like cats" and you'd call them out for saying 'I' instead of 'we'.

Also:

"The idiots who can't get a date and look at the women's breasts in the games will definitely find Halo 4 more interesting than something that requires thinking."
This implies that playing Halo 4 on the day it comes out means you are a hopeless loser with no mental faculties. Why isn't anyone pissed off about this?

I'd rather not because I don't really care one way or the other about whatever their saying in this article because A) I'm not capable of voting in America and B) Fox (and most media for that matter) saying stupid crap about gamers that imply their hopeless social dropouts is just something I treat with the same emotional response as watching the sun rise: "It happened again-welp back to gaming!"

WanderingFool:

medv4380:
Given that the 360 Polling of the debates suggests that the people interested in the election who own a 360 are overwhelmingly Republican I'm not surprised that Fox News would cry about it. However, if you're so inept as a voter to stay home playing Halo 4 when everyone else finds time after work, lunch, early in the morning, or even the people who've lost their home to Sandy who have to stay out in the cold just to vote then maybe just maybe you shouldn't be voting.

Wait, really? I watched two of those debates, and it seemed as though most of the gamers were supportive of Obama and such... maybe all the republican gamers were busy playing COD instead...

A couple of the Interactive polling questions reflected more of the republican party view. Best example was the "Do you support drone attacks" question that 70% of 360 owners answered yes. Caused a few pendents to look oddly at it. Most Americans support the use of drones anyways save for Ultra Liberals but of Republicans it's 70% support. Things like that make them more likely to be or be convinced by the republican narrative, but if they don't vote then it doesn't matter.

"Massive, unadulterated twat Jon Peddie agreed."

Anyone that is choosing between standing in line for 10 mins to an hour plus to cast their vote for president that happens every 4 years, over an extra 10 mins to an hour plus to play a video game entry in a series that comes out at least once every two years is a buffoon and probably wouldn't of voted anyway. Lazy bastards =/

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