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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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.

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)

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

Balancing the US budget is easy. No more iraq war, get rid of gas chugging vehicles, "normalize" grocery stores (apparently their cereal section is like half life the size of canadian grocery store)...im sure i can think of much more.

-DanNY- said,
Balancing the US budget is easy. No more iraq war, get rid of gas chugging vehicles, "normalize" grocery stores (apparently their cereal section is like half life the size of canadian grocery store)...im sure i can think of much more.

(snipped) Besides the Iraq war, everything you said would not reduce government spending, only our choices as citizens.

If we didn't spend money in Iraq or now under Obama both Iraq AND Afganistan, it would be spent somewhere else. That's the problem, no accountability.

Edited by Eric, Apr 15 2010, 7:43pm :

-DanNY- said,
Balancing the US budget is easy. No more iraq war, get rid of gas chugging vehicles, "normalize" grocery stores (apparently their cereal section is like half life the size of canadian grocery store)...im sure i can think of much more.

I'm sorry but how would any of that balance the US budget? There will always be a large defense budget, gas guzzlers arn't an expense of the goverment, heck the gov makes money on them being out there with taxes on gas..... and normalize grocery stores? I dont know what you've been into but the cereal section is like a whole Isle... maybe 1/20th the size of the entire store... you make it sound like its the Cereal and Grocery store..... there is no more Cereal then other stuff... heck all the ones around me the fruit and vegtable section is about 5x the size of the cereal section.... but then agian how would this fix the budget?

ccoltmanm said,

Typical leftist loser. Besides the Iraq war, everything you said would not reduce government spending, only our choices as citizens.

If we didn't spend money in Iraq or now under Obama both Iraq AND Afganistan, it would be spent somewhere else. That's the problem, no accountability.

At least with the Iraq war, 80% of the expenses are paychecks for soldiers and contracts to US companies to rebuild. Take that money and waste it somewhere else and then no one gets the money in this country.

-DanNY- said,
Balancing the US budget is easy. No more iraq war, get rid of gas chugging vehicles, "normalize" grocery stores (apparently their cereal section is like half life the size of canadian grocery store)...im sure i can think of much more.

-DanNY- really hit the crux of the issue with that comment. If you want to make a dent in spending you need to reduce and eliminate spending in the areas where the most is spent. He started off that way - but was quickly distracted by his own personal biases (that don't actually have any effect on Government spending). Note that he glossed over Social Security, Medicare, and Union Pensions.

A recent poll of Americans showed that Americans are most willing to cut foreign aid (1% of total US spending at most). People weren't willing to cut anything that'd really make a difference.

To make it simple, here's a chart: http://www.wallstats.com/deathandtaxes/

The bigger the circle - the bigger the difference it will make if we find a way to reduce spending. This could probably be done by reducing services, improving efficiency, or raising taxes (to fix Social Security before it goes bust, the GAO estimated we'd need an 80% tax hike).

To give you an idea how unlikely addressing this issue is, consider that we just massively expanded entitlements with the new Healthcare bill. I'm not sure how Obama's team plans to use a video game to show people how not saving up to keep the promises you've made will have any kind of positive outcome.

Maybe it will teach people the lesson that the no matter how many times the major parties fail at fixing the same problems - the voters are always ready to give them an extra life.

Neb Okla said,

-DanNY- really hit the crux of the issue with that comment. If you want to make a dent in spending you need to reduce and eliminate spending in the areas where the most is spent. He started off that way - but was quickly distracted by his own personal biases (that don't actually have any effect on Government spending). Note that he glossed over Social Security, Medicare, and Union Pensions.

A recent poll of Americans showed that Americans are most willing to cut foreign aid (1% of total US spending at most). People weren't willing to cut anything that'd really make a difference.

To make it simple, here's a chart: http://www.wallstats.com/deathandtaxes/

The bigger the circle - the bigger the difference it will make if we find a way to reduce spending. This could probably be done by reducing services, improving efficiency, or raising taxes (to fix Social Security before it goes bust, the GAO estimated we'd need an 80% tax hike).

To give you an idea how unlikely addressing this issue is, consider that we just massively expanded entitlements with the new Healthcare bill. I'm not sure how Obama's team plans to use a video game to show people how not saving up to keep the promises you've made will have any kind of positive outcome.

Maybe it will teach people the lesson that the no matter how many times the major parties fail at fixing the same problems - the voters are always ready to give them an extra life.

I was actually just taking a shot at the US in general. Im Canadian, and dont ever plan on being an American, but from when I visted some parts of the US, I couldnt believe how materialistic they are. I dont think this video game would have survival mode on it, because it seems that if an american doesnt have his fireman grill or 72" tv or hummer or cell phone, they they wont survive long.

SputnikGamer said,

At least with the Iraq war, 80% of the expenses are paychecks for soldiers and contracts to US companies to rebuild. Take that money and waste it somewhere else and then no one gets the money in this country.

I dont know where you get your information from, but military paychecks arent expenses because of the war. That's like saying your salary at your company is an expense that they should just cut out.

I'm sure you like getting paid just like i do. Its not like I make alot for what i do. I'm not in it for the money, i'm in it to defend my country.

/r,
A US Military Member

-DanNY- said,

I was actually just taking a shot at the US in general. Im Canadian, and dont ever plan on being an American, but from when I visted some parts of the US, I couldnt believe how materialistic they are. I dont think this video game would have survival mode on it, because it seems that if an american doesnt have his fireman grill or 72" tv or hummer or cell phone, they they wont survive long.

So to sum it up, you're just here to be a troll?

ccoltmanm said,

(snipped) Besides the Iraq war, everything you said would not reduce government spending, only our choices as citizens.

If we didn't spend money in Iraq or now under Obama both Iraq AND Afganistan, it would be spent somewhere else. That's the problem, no accountability.

Leftist?

Why was it that the Democratic House majority implemented financial pay as you go on the second day of after gaining control of the house?

Why is it that only the democratic senators voted for pay as you go this year?

You need to figure out who are leftists if you think Obama and the democratic party are the ones that spent us into a massive debt int he 80s and again in the 00s.

(Google/Bing pay as you go, try it, see if your facts are too 'leftist' for your view of reality.)

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

dead.cell said,
Call it "Run"
Why not "Change" ?

How is a video game going to fix our train wreck of a budget? Stop blowing budgets at the end of fiscal years. That would save billions.

"But then I won't get as much next year!"

Because you don't need it, moron!

Besides, if people were fiscally responsible, then reasonable overage requests could be filled.

pickypg said,
Stop blowing budgets at the end of fiscal years. That would save billions.
That would require multi-year planning of budgets, decision making and flexibility. It couldn't possibly work.

pickypg said,
Why not "Change" ?

How is a video game going to fix our train wreck of a budget? Stop blowing budgets at the end of fiscal years. That would save billions.

"But then I won't get as much next year!"

Because you don't need it, moron!

Besides, if people were fiscally responsible, then reasonable overage requests could be filled.

+10000000000000000000000000000000000

And if it's detailed enough, I'm not sure any administration, current or future, would want everyone knowing the type of crap our government spends money on. Taxpayers would certainly revolt if they knew how their taxes are spent. lol