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Soapbox Derpy - Master Chief by TomPreston Soapbox Derpy - Master Chief by TomPreston
Copyright 2012 Andrew Dobson
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Microsoft announced that Halo 4 will be released on November 6th. Our presidential election between Mitt Romney and Obama is on November 6th. Naturally people began to hypothesize there might possibly be a connection between these two big events. Is it conceivable that republican nominee Mitt Romney might benefit from Halo 4’s release on election day?

The theory goes something like this: The target demographic for Halo 4 is teens and young adults who tend to vote democratic. This presidential election is already turning out to be very divisive and analysts say it’ll be a close one. Thus releasing Halo 4 on election day could conceivably keep a sizable portion of Obama’s key voters away from the polling booths.

Pretty far fetched, right? Well... It turns out that Microsoft happens to be one of Romney’s biggest fundraising contributors. Not only that, but video game releases now are almost on par with blockbuster movie releases and tend to be treated like huge events. On a purely mathematical level, the conspiracy theory does seem to have some merits.

Though to be fair, it’s very unlikely. Microsoft has gone on the record as stating it’s just a coincidence, and hopefully electing the president of the United States will have more precedent than gunning down space marines for some people. Especially if this election cycle is as close as it seems like it will be.

Personally I don't think it's going to have much an impact, but I acknowledge that the possibility is... well... possible. In any case... what’s your theory? Do you think this is creditable? Far fetched? Bunk? Eerily plausible?

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ManeatingCouch Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds pretty likely. You people like to make obvious associations out to be "sketchy" just to appear more acceptable.

I'm sure those are the intentions, but I don't think it will have much of an effect. The kids voting are mostly hardcore.
In fact, it might have the opposite effect just because that age group may get their friends would've otherwise not voted to rally for the cause against an unjust voting tactic.
ManeatingCouch Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But obviously I pay zero attention to the news because this is about 2012.
Oh well, not like reading the anxiety-inducing news is worth a few shots of embarrassment on an occasional forum.
Darkhellion2 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
I find this entirely plausible (not that it matters now since the election has been over for a while, but I still want to put in my opinion). When it comes to politics, they'll do just about anything to get ahead and using Halo 4 (or video games in general) as means of obtaining votes is definitely a good move. The only big problem I can see with this is the people who stick to the claim that video games cause violence in players. By violence, I mean going out and killing people like in a game; not the obvious violence where the player gets pissed off that comes with playing games altogether, especially online. And that's my opinion.
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MysteriousUnknown Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   General Artist
Honestly, I don't think it ill have a super major impact either way. From personal experience of where I live, and, being an avid gamer myself, voting doesn't take that long for those of us who actually desire to do it in the first place. Otherwise, people my age, and younger just don't care about politics. I can't tell you how many times I have met that rare person my age or younger who wants to talk about it, but people we may be hanging out with, as soon as we speak politics immediately begin to ignore us, or will even get nasty about wishing to "change the topic". Its really sad, but its true. :shrug:
FlacidPenis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional
At least Mittens didn't win, Fox News' plans were foiled.
cerbereth132 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
lol I didn't think about that there goes Obama's youth vote.
theMOCmaker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012

Maybe Halo 4 had planned to be released on the 6th many years in advance.
chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
possible since games are planned out very precisely
Nogitsune13 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Sorry I vote days before election day so this has 0 affect on me.
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