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Online games become a hot issue in Israeli politics

Shawn Schuster

Throughout the recent American presidential campaign for Barack Obama, online gaming played a fairly important role. Not only did Obama use in-game advertising, but some of his appointed staff are vocal World of Warcraft players. The politicians of Israel have taken note of the effectiveness and popularity of Obama's campaign strategies, and are implementing a bit of online gaming into their own upcoming national elections.

Israel's ruling Kadima party will soon release an online game that chides former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. it doesn't seem to be an MMO-type game, but more of a flash-based online game, we're guessing. Yet with the popularity of political campaigns in Second Life and more politicians coming out as dedicated WoW players, will the day ever come where these debates get more heated? Can you imagine watching the future president battling his opponent in the Battlegrounds?

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