Whether its tuning in for the vice presidential debates (which boasted the second-highest ratings for a presidential or VP debate in history, according to Nielsen) or registering to vote in mass numbers, more folks are eager to become a part of the political process in 2008 than ever before. Take Rey Gutierrez, for example. Hes the host of R3ys Game Day, a weekly Internet show about videogaming culture thats broadcast over Justin.tv from his Miami home each Wednesday at 8 p.m. The show started as a hobby for Gutierrez, a video producer who has done work for industry names such as Rare and Microsoft, but now he and his friends are leveraging their program to get out the vote.
Beginning Monday at noon, Gutierrez and company will host Gaming for Obama, a five-day marathon event that aims to not only drum up support for their candidate of choice, but also raise political awareness in the hard-core gamer community. Aside from broadcasting unfiltered for a full five days, the crew will get busy in games such as Halo, Rock Band, and Guitar Hero; discuss politics with fellow players; and encourage gamers of all creeds to exercise their most sacred, democratic right on November 4. Since R3ys is filmed in Miami, local gamers are invited to come down and chat with the crew live; simply send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Spectators looking to tune into the event or donate to the fundraising campaign can visit r3ysgameday.com. Finally, any gamers for McCain are encouraged to find R3y Guti3rr3z on Xbox Live before proceeding to frag away.
Mon., Oct. 20, 2008