Obama tells kids to put away the Xbox, again
Posted by Nick Eaton at September 8, 2009 11:00 a.m.
President Obama is continuing his campaign against Microsoft's Xbox, encouraging kids during his school address Tuesday to not "spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox."
OK, so "campaign against" might be too strong. But once again, Obama has singled out Microsoft's Xbox instead of Sony's PlayStation 3 or Nintendo's Wii.
As TechFlash also points out, it seems "Xbox" has gained almost the same status as Kleenex, Frisbee and Xerox in referring to a general product by a trademarked name. That's good for Microsoft, clearly, though having the president of the United States steer kids away from Xbox might not be.
Though, in reality, it's not like kids will actually listen to him.
Microsoft released the following statement to The Associated Press:
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.
Obama also singled out Xbox in June when he suggested at an NAACP event that parents put away the console.
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