Team Obama wants Microsoft to make a video game

President Obama was elected on the premise of change. However, I don't think this is what voters had in mind. As per an article on USA Today, Kotaku points out that the Obama administration has been tasked with "finding ways to get the United State's budget back out of the red." Erskine Bowles has been appointed to find the solution.

To make more Americans aware of the financial problems looming over the United States, Bowles is suggesting a video game. According to the USA Today article, Bowles is said to be in contact with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, about creating a "deficit-reduction video game." The goal of the game, which would be playable on the PC, would be to balance the budget of the United States.

Democratic Senator, Bob Kerrey, thinks that such a game could "go viral." While he may be right--the game could, potentially, be a hit, it doesn't mean that it will help the country's economic situation. The article goes on to mention that some analysts don't think educating the voters is really enough to help.

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If it's a simulation based on real world factors it could generate some good ideas. Otherwise what's the point? I already know elected officials can only manage their money, not the tax payees.

Draconian Guppy said,
sim cities + country budget expansion and presto!

+1 - I was going to say that, we already have Sim city, we only need to mod it.

I think Obama has just watched the movie "The Last Starfighter" one too many times and thinks that it would actually work in reality. For those of you who may have never seen the movie, an alien civilization from the planet Rilos creates a video game that puts the player into interspace combat against their enemy star fighters and places it in a trailer park in some little town for all to use and enjoy. In reality, they're looking for whoever wins the game to come with them, be their leader and save their race from being destroied. I think Obama's hoping some little kid will win the game and solve the budget problems... LOL...LMAO....

Turbo_Elva said,
I think Obama has just watched the movie "The Last Starfighter" one too many times and thinks that it would actually work in reality. For those of you who may have never seen the movie, an alien civilization from the planet Rilos creates a video game that puts the player into interspace combat against their enemy star fighters and places it in a trailer park in some little town for all to use and enjoy. In reality, they're looking for whoever wins the game to come with them, be their leader and save their race from being destroied. I think Obama's hoping some little kid will win the game and solve the budget problems... LOL...LMAO....

Yeah because Obama is the one wanting the video game, right?

If you have to buy it then it will get cracked or something and that would be hilarious, dunno if that would be an example of helping the US economy or destroying it

SyntaxError said,
Obama must be on crack if he thinks a video game is going to bring in enough revenue to put a dent in the national deficit. The entire video game industry hasn't made enough profit in the last 30 years combined to even come close to the $10+ trillion Bush and Obama have spent.

And the goal of the game he wants is to balance the national budget? How incredibly boring.

What a moron.

Even counting the stimulus package, Obama has spent 1/10th of what Bush did with the wars and the tax cuts, yet you mention them equally.

Here is a hint, one was spending money to throw on a fire and the other was spending money to clean up the mess.

So the guy that throws a party at your house and spends a ton of money to trash your house for the party and the guy that spends money to have your house cleaned up after the party are the same to you? Really?

Edited by thenetavenger, Apr 15 2010, 10:17pm :

thenetavenger said,

Even counting the stimulus package, Obama has spent 1/10th of what Bush did with the wars and the tax cuts, yet you mention them equally.


1. I didn't specify who spent how much. I didn't even imply any such thing. Quit trying to read between the lines.

2. In less than 1.5 years, Obama has more than quadrupled Bush's 8 years of spending. Google it and see for yourself. The figures are public knowledge.

3. If you really believe Obama has cleaned up anything, then you must be smoking from the same pipe.

Edited by SyntaxError, Apr 15 2010, 11:30pm :

thenetavenger said,

Even counting the stimulus package, Obama has spent 1/10th of what Bush did with the wars and the tax cuts, yet you mention them equally.

Here is a hint, one was spending money to throw on a fire and the other was spending money to clean up the mess.

So the guy that throws a party at your house and spends a ton of money to trash your house for the party and the guy that spends money to have your house cleaned up after the party are the same to you? Really?

Um, you apparently haven't seen this: http://blog.heritage.org/wp-co...009/03/wapoobamabudget1.jpg

Now I am not going to defend Bush's spending, but if you are actually going to argue that the 1.3 TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT Bambi has run up is just "cleaning up after Bush" you have lost your ever lovin' mind.

Hell wit that, we don't need a game, its simple Mr. Obama. All you gotta do is stop spending money. We don't need health care. The Government is to big its crazy. Smaller Government = Less Spending.

What a fail. They need to come up with a real hit game that rivals WoW that millions would want to play for a $4.99 monthly fee. Earn discount credits on health care and other govt services while helping reduce debt.

Something sorta kinda like this was done once before, like 15 years ago, called Reinventing America. It was a massively-multiplayer public policy simulator. You haven't heard of it, don't worry.

(taken from costik.com)
Reinventing America
A public policy simulation in which you, along with thousands of other players, set the agenda for the U.S. government into the next century. What programs are justified? What should be abolished? What should be expanded? What national needs are not being met? You decide. No longer running. Published by Crossover Technologies, Inc.; sponsored by the John & Mary R. Markle Foundation; appearing on Time Inc.'s Pathfinder web site. (1995, Crossover Technologies)

Any deficit reduction game conceived of by a Democrat will only require one button on the keyboard to play it - the up arrow key...to raise taxes.

SiLeNtDeAtH said,
Any deficit reduction game conceived of by a Democrat will only require one button on the keyboard to play it - the up arrow key...to raise taxes.

Really? That's weird. My taxes totally went down and I got significantly more money back this year than last year. Actually, it seems like a majority of Americans saw their taxes go down.

Obama's up key must be broken.

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