Does America Need a Video Game Czar?

Michael Medved

2/14/2012 3:38:58 PM - Michael Medved

At a time of trillion-dollar budget deficits, why do we need a new “Video Game Czar” in the White House? That Czar—or, Czarina, more precisely–is Constance Steinkuehler,  a professor from University of Wisconsin whose appointment as “Senior Policy Analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology” constitutes, in the admiring words of USA Today, “one of the most unconventional White House hires in recent memory.” She’s supposed to use her presidential appointment to promote development of “big, save the world” video games, but since this particular industry seems to succeed admirably without federal supervision, it’s hard to understand why taxpayers must fund an expensive new office to take charge of game development by the private sector. Instead of trimming millions of unnecessary jobs from government payrolls, Barack Obama is determined to add more, alas.