Last month, Nicholas at CrunchGear linked to a talk by Tom Armitage called If Gamers Ran The World, about the next generation of world leaders. Tom posits that in ten years, the president of the United States could have grown up playing video games:
They're 45 in 2018 when they stand for office - that means they were born in 1973. They would have been four when Taito released Space Invaders came out; seven when Pac Man came out. In 1985, when they were 12, Nintendo would launch the NES in the west. At 18, just as they would have been heading to University, the first NHL game came out for the Genesis/Megadrive and might consumed many a night in the dorm. At 22, the Playstation was launched. At 26, they could have bought a PS2 at launch; at 31, they might have taken up World of Warcraft with their friends.
Nora will interview Tom about his talk in January as part of a "Leadership 2.0" episode of Spark. We'll post the full interview here, but in the meantime, what do you think? What can video games teach the leaders of tomorrow? Leave your comments below, or call 1-877-34-SPARK.