|PC CD Game - THE POLITICAL MACHINE 2008|
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17th October, 2008
THE POLITICAL MACHINE 2008|
Take Your Place Inside the Political Machine
The Political Machine 2008 is a strategy simulation in which you run for President of the United States. Choose an existing candidate or design your own from scratch, then tackle the issues and battle against your ideological opponent for victory on election day.
You have two major political resources, capital and money. What you do with these two resources depends on the strategy employed. Each candidate has a number of traits that provide them with strengths and weaknesses such as charisma, stamina, integrity, intelligence and position on the issues.
As you travel the country, you can raise money, build campaign headquarters, do policy research, make speeches, take out advertisements or hire political consultants with various abilities.
Meanwhile, your opponent will be doing the same thing. As the game progresses, the map will begin to turn either red or blue depending on who is winning.
Spend too much time raising money and you won't have built up an effective grassroots movement. Spend too much time giving speeches or building political capital with local politicians and you won't have the money to take out advertisements, or conduct policy research that gives you access to better consultants and more effective campaign techniques.
While The Political Machine is a game, and designed to be fun, underneath the covers, it is one of the most advanced political simulations that exists. In 2004, The Political Machine 2004 accurately predicted the election in June. Stardock's Brad Wardell was asked live on CNBC in June 2004 how the game predicted the outcome. The game correctly predicted that Ohio - not Florida - would be the state to watch and whoever won that state would win the election. It also correctly predicted the winner of 48 of the 50 states.
Political junkies will appreciate many of the political consultants and strategies employed in the game, such as the use of smear merchants, spin doctors, intimidators, cheer leaders and movie stars. Strategy gamers will appreciate the balanced game mechanics.
The Political Machine 2008 isn't just a fun game to play, it's a game that lets players see how the political process works in all its gory detail. Simple to play, difficult to master.
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