It’s a stretch to say Biden "regularly plays video games". In fact, he’s been against violent video games on multiple occasions, one of those rare issues that both Trump and Biden seem to agree on.
In an interview with the New York Times editorial board, Joe referred to an unknown top video game exec as a "little creep". Kathleen Kingsbury asks Biden about how Silicon Valley's power "expanded greatly" under the Obama administration. Biden then spoke about how he met with Silicon Valley leaders about protecting IP for artists in the United States.
"And at one point, one of the little creeps sitting around that table, who was a multi- close to a billionaire - who told me he was an artist because he was able to come up with games to teach you how to kill people, you know the-"
That’s not his most infamous line, though.
In 2019, Biden said that video games teach kids “this dispassionate notion that you can shoot somebody and just, you know, sort of blow their brains out.” Making the comments during a Monday interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Biden was responding to a question about President Trump mentioning violent video games in his White House speech about the two mass shootings over the weekend.
That all said, Biden did play Mario Kart with his grandchildren at Camp David.
Naomi Biden shared an Instagram story on her account including a clip of her grandfather, at right, playing Mario Kart in what looks like a small arcade at Camp David. She captioned it “Secret service made the exception and let him drive himself.” (@naomibiden via Instagram)
Is he the first President to play a video game?
Despite the fact that Trump’s face has appeared on video games, chances are high that he’s never played them.
Obama once proclaimed himself not to be very good at video games. However, a 2009 article from Business Insider said that he was a fan of a BlackBerry game called BrickBreaker. That’s about all I could find of substance.
Barack Obama is not only addicted to his BlackBerry (RIMM), but BlackBerry game "BrickBreaker", too? So says tabloid Star Magazine. "He plays to unwind," Star claims to have heard from a source. "Every night before bed, he gives it a few minutes." According to the report, the President's high score is around 15,000. Not too bad, Mr. President.
He received a collector's edition of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings as a present from Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk when he toured Europe in 2008. In 2011, he brought up the gift in a speech.
"I confess, I'm not very good at video games, but I've been told that it is a great example of Poland's place in the new global economy. And it's a tribute to the talents and work ethic of the Polish people as well as the wise stewardship of Polish leaders like prime minister Tusk."
In 2011, while Christmas shopping, Obama picked up copies of Just Dance 3 and The Sims 3 at Best Buy.
President Bush played video games during a visit to a rehab center for injured vets.
President Bush, during a recent visit to a rehabilitation center for injured veterans, found time to sit with the soldiers and play some video games.
He also plays with his grandchildren.
“You want to play a video game, I’m the guy,” the former president says.
George W. Bush admits he spoils granddaughters Mila and Poppy.
"He's a spoiling grandfather. Spoiling," former First Lady Laura Bush tells PEOPLE of her husband.
A number of presidents have appeared in video games, from Clinton in NBA Jam to Reagan in Bad Dudes.
Perhaps the most amazing video game appearance belongs to the official White House pet, Socks the cat. Developed by Kaneko for the SNES and Genesis, we tragically only almost received a gem known as Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill.
I remember ads for this game making it into magazines, but its release was canceled for unknown reasons.