The Political Machine 2008 Ready for Retail

With candidates now finalized on the major party's tickets, Stardock also throws its hat in the ring in time for the start of election season. Today Stardock Entertainment announced The Political Machine 2008 has gone gold and will be available via download on Stardock's revolutionary new digital distribution platform, Impulse, as well as in major retail outlets across the U.S. on June 17 for $19.95. Preorders are available on

The Political Machine 2008 is a new PC game that puts players in control of the 2008 presidential campaign. Play as the campaign manager for a host of candidates including Barack Obama, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, historical candidates or design one from scratch. Players then choose their campaign battlegrounds and are off on the campaign trail to face a host of challenges including fundraising, talk show appearances, hiring spin doctors and winning endorsements. The game is won on Election Day by the player who gets the necessary electoral votes to become President.

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Just an update - it was released for digital download via Stardock's Impulse today for those that pre-ordered.

I think its pretty cool (especially considering its only $20 USD). Not many games based on US politics now is there. :)

Wouldn't mind seeing a narrated vid of some sort showing it in action describing the game though. Screenshots rarely do a game justice.

I think I'm going to pass on that one!

It sounds too much like a really dull version of Sims and I can only imagine that its going to be a Multiple Choice sort of game where certain answers do certain things and the talks are going to be a little like the bargaining thing on Oblivion where you have to choose what people would most like to here!

The only way I can see this being at all worth the money is if you get to run the country afterwards or you have to follow a points system where you can't be the perfect candidate! And I guarantee if anyone actual buys it they will bring one out every four years, if they think the public are stupid then every year!

I just hope to god they don't bring one out in the UK!

Thanks if you actually read this,

Shadowed Hero!

well actually this is the second edition of this game, the first being released in 2004. it's not a multiple-choice question game, it's actually a pretty fun game in which you control your campaign in a RTS style game map. the link in the article shows screenshots if you'd like to see it.