Obama Mentions "The Witcher" During Trip to Poland

US president Barack Obama says CD Projekt Red's creative output is a "great example" of how Poland contributes to the global economy.

In 2011, Poland's prime minister Donald Tusk gave United States president Barack Obama a copy of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The US Commander-in-chief has not forgotten that gesture, specifically mentioning The Witcher series this week during an appearance in Poland. Obama said the acclaimed role-playing video game series developed in the country by CD Projekt Red is a "great example" of how Poland contributes to the global economy.

"The last time I was here, Donald (Polish prime minister) gave me a gift, the video game developed here in Poland that's won fans the world over, The Witcher," Obama said during the event, as translated by CD Projekt Red's PR agency. "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."

You can watch a video of Obama's comments through Polish media outlet TVN24.

The Witcher is arguably the most well-known video game series ever to come out of Poland. Other big-name Polish studios include The Farm 51 (Painkiller), Techland (Dead Island, Dying Light), and Epic Games Poland (Gears of War: Judgment). CD Projekt Red's fantasy Witcher series is based on Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's novel series of the same name.

Later this week, CD Projekt Red will hold its annual Summer Conference. During this event, the developer is expected to release a new trailer with in-game footage for 2015's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We'll have full coverage of the event as it happens.

This is not Obama's first time promoting a video game, even if that was not his express intent. In December 2011 during a holiday shopping trip to Best Buy, Obama purchased copies of Just Dance 3 and The Sims 3. According to Ubisoft, when Obama purchased Just Dance 3 that day, he wasn't just buying a game for his daughters, he was making a statement that the dancing franchise has "universal" appeal.

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hyacinthmarius
hyacinthmarius

The Witcher is great, the books that they were adapted from are even better for any Witcher fan who never knew. I just wish I could see the TV shows that came from it. 

Decking Ipe website

shreddyz
shreddyz

Im sure one of his advisors googled Poland and two things came up. Kielbasa and the witcher. haha Im pretty sure the sausage generates way more money to the economy.

lilflipp
lilflipp

I bet you he tried playing it. Failed miserably, gave up, and went for the novels

GameFan1983
GameFan1983

demon's souls > the witcher 1/2/3~~~ combined(and 4/5/6 too)   :)

day3002
day3002

I don't understand why people are so racist against US.


Been there twice and had a great time, very friendly people. Almost got myself married.

NTM23
NTM23

I'll be honest... Cool, but weird.

X-RS
X-RS

God this is like my local shisty newspaper entertainment/gossip page -.-

Zloth2
Zloth2

Wait, what?  When you get to be president, people give you FREE video games!?  And why did people not tell me this back when I was in college??

Daian
Daian

The Witcher 2 > Dark Souls 2 *grabs popcorn*

deathstream
deathstream

Before gamers get too excited about the shout-out, make note that he praised the game for its contribution to the world economy, not culture.  It is still a nice shout-out, but also shows that gaming is still not on the level of other media.

niteryder1
niteryder1

just think if all diplomatic issues were solved over a video game tournament the countries top players versus each other

sephirothsfan02
sephirothsfan02

Cool gesture, but they are the first to blame video games if a school shootout occurs cuz dem gun lobbyists r way up their stinkin holes :(

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I am delighted that the Polish President gave President Obama The Witcher 2 as gift. A more insecure man might have gifted the novel instead.

valknight
valknight

oh you politicians.. saying that video games are the devil to promoting intercontinental relations because of them.

belgard1299
belgard1299

I'm from Poland and i'm glad about bonds that growing between my country and our ally USA.


Greetings from Poland for USA bros.

ozikson
ozikson

Not a very big fan of the Witcher games myself. I do fondly remember reading the books in secret from my parents as a twelve year old though. As to politics: we' re probably gonna love the US as long as Russians exist; a historical bias dies hard. On a side note: polish programmers have much to offer. Cheers! From Poland with love.

SoulScribe
SoulScribe

Witcher you say? Well, you just received another Obama-care customer.

nigelholden
nigelholden

Rabble rabble... Obummer.... rabble... sheeple.... rabble rabbble

byzantine_chant
byzantine_chant

I'm sure he sold the copy of Witcher 2 and gave the money to the Zionist terrorist regime... like he does with the rest of the USA's fiat currency. 

tomservo51
tomservo51

Obama traded his copy of Witcher 2 for Air Control.

rskueem
rskueem

Another victory for CD Projekt Red :)

r-e-a-v-e
r-e-a-v-e

@day3002 I think perhaps your opinion would be different if you actually lived in this going to shit hellhole your entire life.

justinka777
justinka777

@day3002  that last decision was probably the best one you made your entire life

r-e-a-v-e
r-e-a-v-e

@Zloth2 Better brush up on your golfing skills too because that will be 90% of your job.

maitkarro
maitkarro

@Daian Project Beast Souls ? The Witcher 3 *get's both anyways, like with the previous ones*

Hurvl
Hurvl

@deathstream Although you can't deny the fact that he chose to give the President of the USA a videogame, of all things. I also find it funny and somewhat suitable that Obama hasn't played a game called Assassin's of Kings. A president is like a king in that they're both heads of state and the kings in The Witcher aren't shown in a very positive light (although they're not all bad either). The Polish people might be under "the wise stewardship of Polish leaders like prime minister Tusk", but the leaders of nations in The Witcher series are seldom wise, imo.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@niteryder1 Then South Korea would rule the world, although my country Sweden is also quite good at e-sports.

Leon_aditzu
Leon_aditzu

@sephirothsfan02 at least, they don't blame Rome 2, Civilization V and Europa Universalis IV for Putin annexation of Crimea or drone campaigns of Obama

deathstream
deathstream

@sephirothsfan02


That so off-base it its hilarious.  It is the gun nuts that are quick to blame video games because they don't want people talking about the military-style weapons that were used to murder children in droves.  Democrats want the focus on the guns.

uxtull
uxtull

@Unfallen_Satan It was Prime Minister of Poland who gave Obama the game among other stuff including books.

r-e-a-v-e
r-e-a-v-e

@belgard1299 They should just add in a giant eagle statue or something instead of insulting us.

tr4newreck
tr4newreck

@nigelholden stop crying...its not worth whining like a little bitch and politicizing something utterly mundane... its just a nod to a video game developer in poland... suck it up


its not like he shooting up a school or anything... zing 

r-e-a-v-e
r-e-a-v-e

@rskueem A loss you mean since I'm sure it will turn off a bit of people from even buying the game including that buffoon in it.

surrealme
surrealme

@dashboardman You do know there's no such thing as the illuminati, right? No, of course you don't.

LilithN
LilithN

@GabrielOnuris @Daian I love the Witcher series, but... how do you even compare? These are 2 entirely different games.One is heavily centered around story, rpg elements, the usual crafting etc. The other is heavily centered around your patience, reflexes, exploration and boss-fights. Imho it entirely depends on one's own tastes to prefere one of them more. The only thing which is a bit similar in them is the awesome atmospheric darkish style which I adore. In my opinion both of them are fing masterpieces I spent playing 100+ hours.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Vojtass @uxtull @Unfallen_Satan Obama can read the novels and think to himself "I can really relate to those sorcerers discussing the fate of the world, because the US government is also trying to save the world", lol. I don't think he would really think like that, but it's fun to imagine him doing so.