President Barack Obama certainly didn’t forget about Poland. The last time he visited the European country in 2011, Prime Minister Donald Tusk had given him a collector’s edition copy of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, the most recent edition of Poland’s most famous video game series.
Now that Obama is back in Poland on an official visit, Polish news channel TVN 24 reports that he has some nice words to say about the game, even if it doesn’t seem like he’s played it.
“The last time I was here, Donald gave me a gift,” Obama said, “the video game developed here in Poland that’s won fans the world over, The Witcher.”
“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 the work ethic of the Polish people, as well as the wise stewardship of Polish leaders, like prime minister Tusk.”
Well played, Obama. Well played.
I’m sure Obama needs no excuses to admit to not playing The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The series is unfathomably deep, and it takes countless hours of research and playing to wrap your mind even around the simplest of actions. It almost seems like time that the President of the United States of America doesn’t exactly have to spare.
Luckily for him, Obama’s second term will be over in about two and a half years, then he will have all the time in the world to dedicate to The Witcher 2. Once he gives it enough time, then he can finally go back and tell the people of Poland what he really thinks of their RPG series.
It’s okay Obama. I have a backlog, too. There is no shame in that.
Regardless, I am certain that CD Projekt RED enjoys the nod from “the most powerful man in the world.” The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the third and final game in the series, is due for release on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2015 after a delay pushed it back few months. Presidential acknowledgement is sure to keep it on our minds going into E3 next week, where I think it is going to turn up big.