Because we know you were definitely curious to hear his thoughts, esteemed video game critic…I mean, esteemed presidential candidate…presidential candidate Joe Biden has feelings about video games, the people who make them, and what they’re capable of teaching the children.
In a fairly lengthy interview with the New York Times, Biden lets the world know how he feels about tech companies in Silicon Valley, specifically calling them very charming and lovely things like “creeps,” but among all the general unpleasantness the former Vice President is throwing out in the interview, he also thought it would be super chill to accuse video game developers of making games for the purpose of creating trained killers.
Here’s the full transcribed exchange from the piece:
“Biden: And you may recall, the criticism I got for meeting with the leaders in Silicon Valley, when I was trying to work out an agreement dealing with them protecting intellectual property for artists in the United States of America. And at one point, one of the little creeps sitting around that table, who was a multi- — close to a billionaire — who told me he was an artist because he was able to come up with games to teach you how to kill people, you know the ——
New York Times: Like video games.
Biden: Yeah, video games.”
So, that’s cool. A candidate who is currently running for President of the United States thinks the games industry is trying to make murder tutorials for the artistic merit. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., who has occupied public office and Wall Street for several decades, believes that video games are made by people looking to teach the children how to become killers.
This is obviously nothing new in the world of American politics, where games have been scapegoated as contributors to real-world violence, but it is clear that Biden doesn’t care about locking in the coveted Gamer Vote.