He's right.College graduations are happening all over the nation, most of which feature some famous speaker who talks about achieving your dreams and never giving up. But not so with Hampton University's commencement speaker for this year, President Barack Obama, who used his opportunity to speak to the next generation of the American work force regarding his views on video games.
In short, Obama isn't a big gamer. After asserting that he himself isn't terribly familiar with gaming, citing specifically "Ipads, Xboxes, and Playstations", he called these devices, along with Ipods, "a distraction, a diversion."
His position essentially argues that the entertainment obtained from said devices is not constructive for "emancipation", and will continue to create troubles for future generations if consumed as is. Check out a snippet from his speech below:
"With iPods and iPads; Xboxes and PlayStations - none of which I know how to work - information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation."
"All of this is not only putting new pressures on you. It is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy."
Although this isn't the first time Obama has expressed these kinds of thoughts on gaming, it is probably the most direct.