Video game execs prefer Obama to McCain

Donations scrutinised.

This has completely nothing to do with games, but it's relevant nonetheless.

Watchdog site Game Politics last week went all curious on what gaming execs are donating to which campaigns and here are their findings from publicly available records, widely in favour of Obama.

Republican contributors

-- Will Wright: (Spore, The Sims) US$3,000 to McCain; previously donated $2,350 to Giuliani.

-- Bobby Kotick (Activision CEO) $2,300 to McCain; previously donated $2,100 to Romney.

-- Curt Schilling (38 Studios) $2,300 to McCain.

Democratic contributors

-- Strauss Zelnick (Chairman, Take-Two) $2,000 to Obama; $2,500 to Edwards.

-- Ben Feder (CEO, Take-Two) contributed $1,000 to Biden in 2007.

-- Sam Houser (Rockstar) $4,600 to Obama.

-- Patricia Vance (president, ESRB) $2,000 to Obama.

-- John Riccitiello (CEO, EA) $4,600 to Obama.

-- John Smedley (Sony Online Entertainment) $2,300 to Obama.

-- Richard Garriott aka "Lord British" (Ultima series, NC Soft) $2,300 to Hillary Clinton.

-- Alex Rigopulos (CEO, Harmonix) $32,900 to Obama.

-- Kathy Vrabeck (president, EA Casual) $2,300 to Obama.

-- George Lucas (LucasArts) $33,100 to Obama.

-- Doug Lowenstein (former ESA head) $2,300 to Hillary Clinton.

-- Kenneth Doroshow (new ESA general counsel) $2,500 to Obama.

-- Gabe Newell (pres., Valve) $2,300 to Dodd.

Wow. Somebody really likes Obama (Hi, Alex Rigopulos and George Lucas). And don't forget to pre-register and vote on November 4, you crazy Yankee gamers.

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