Nope, this isn’t a post about the not-yet-in-Atlanta documentary, Bush’s Brain. I just got the scoop from Rusty about a new strategy-based computer game, Political Machine, which allows you to run a presidential campaign.
According to this SFGate article, players have the option of running the campaigns of current presidential contenders John Kerry and George Bush, or they can play with other favorites, including Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice. Bored with that, you can bring dead politicians back to life. Strategies include campaign speeches in swing states and appearances on such TV “news” shows as “Barry King Show,” “Hard Hitter,” and “The O’Malley Scenario.” Your campaign hires figures such as consultants, smear merchants, and spin doctors, just like real presidential campaigns! According to the game’s website, strategies are carefully calculated. For example, a Democrat who veers hard to the right may not win Republican votes and could alienate his or her base. After a speech or campaign appearance, you can watch as a blue state slowly turns red.
As Rusty points out, this game appeals to the inner-computer nerd and the inner-campaign strategist. Might be interesting to play, I mean, talk about this game with my freshman composition classes….
Unrelated Update: The director’s cut of Donnie Darko is coming to the Plaza this weekend. Sounds promising. Hopefully I’ll have time to check it out.