The Political Machine 2008 Announced

Do you have what it takes to be the president? Today Stardock Entertainment announced The Political Machine 2008, 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.

The Political Machine is both a single and a multiplayer game - players can either compete against the computer or against others online on www.politicalmachine.com. The website also provides an ideologically neutral location for users to discuss the current election.

The game will be released at retail in this upcoming June for $19.95.

View: Full Announcement @ PoliticalMachine.com
Link: The Political Machine 2008
Screenshot: Early TPM 2008 Screenshot

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I actually own the original Political Machine and I thought it was quite fun. I might pick this up on ebay or something for cheap.

Agreed... reminded me strongly of an online game I played back in '96.

The Political Machine was a great game, didn't require amazing system resources to play it, and it's sequel should be equally engaging.

Will there be any other countries map and some issues from other countries?

I am interested in this but the US only issues makes it a bit unappealing.

how about a political relism game where you can stop going to war with iraq, then **** your people off by starting another war with iraq before destroying the world with a nuclear war ? no ? shame

no wonder you liberals want the government to pay for your medical expenses. you clearly need a doctor.

anyways... this should be a good game. i bought the original and it was great, hopefully this edition is just as good.

(milesfromordinary said @ #1.1)
no wonder you liberals want the government to pay for your medical expenses. you clearly need a doctor.

anyways... this should be a good game. i bought the original and it was great, hopefully this edition is just as good.

And you think it is a weakness to ensure an equally healthy populus why?.. Your health'care'(lol) system is tragically broken, and yet you and people like you continue to defend it?

A people are defined on how they treat their elderly, sick and infirm... America has an INHUMANE reputation as far as these matters go.

As for this type of thinly veiled propaganda being called a game.. it's quite sad that people would even consider this a recreational pastime.

Some people are willing to swallow any old garbage.

(milesfromordinary said @ #1.1)
no wonder you liberals want the government to pay for your medical expenses. you clearly need a doctor.

So because what I said I'm now a 'liberal' ? Wow, you should be a polition, you have the automatic idiot style intelligense they have and the assumption-mind they all have. And want ? I don't even live in your country, the UK is a joke by giving treatment to ANYONE even if they are illegally here but at least we don't leave each other to die.
Oh and last time I checked, our army doesn't it find it funny to friendly fire either.
Fix your country before you moan about ours

Walker, I'm not American. I'm a Canadian who has lived with our socialized Health Care system for years and I have seen first hand it's failings which are severe and sometimes deadly.

Additionally, you obviously haven't played Political Machine, you ignorant socialist. It isn't veiled propaganda in any sense, and it's idiot tin-foil hat types like you who "swallow any old garbage".

n_K. once again, I'm not American (so much for your "don't make assumptions!" ideal). And yes, what you said leads me to believe you are a liberal. I notice you haven't denied it. Are we finished?

p.s. i didn't moan about your country. i didn't even know you were from the U.K.


Edit: I feel the need to return to the original subject of this thread, since it seems to have diverged from that substantially. I've read somewhere that the original Political Machine (made before the 2004 election) produces the same results as the actual Bush / Kerry election, when played with the same timeline. It'll be really interesting to see how it fares this time around.

And you think it is a weakness to ensure an equally healthy populus why?.. Your health'care'(lol) system is tragically broken, and yet you and people like you continue to defend it?

A people are defined on how they treat their elderly, sick and infirm... America has an INHUMANE reputation as far as these matters go.

As for this type of thinly veiled propaganda being called a game.. it's quite sad that people would even consider this a recreational pastime.

Some people are willing to swallow any old garbage.

My goodness. How is this game in any way "propaganda"? It's just a game....relax a little.

(Island Dog said @ #1.5)


My goodness. How is this game in any way "propaganda"? It's just a game....relax a little.


Exactly what do you think propaganda means? OF COURSE it's propaganda..

At this stage in American politics where you have virtually your entire media trying to persude you that your elections are being fair and open, that your candidates are worthy of the position and that (your version of) democracy is working A-OK.. when the information you are fed on a daily basis in an ever increasing attempt to blugeon you dumb with lies and misdirection, ANYTHING that is not part of the solution is part of the problem, and if it's part of the problem then it's propaganda. It may not be the classic form of government sponsored propaganda, but that's far from being the only definition.

The only way the game WOULDN'T be propaganda for the status quo would be if it ridiculed the candidates either in gameplay or story and/or showed you exactly how the political system is failing. If the 'game' at all treats the situation as either a serious or desirable one then all it is doing is enforcing a point of view which is at best, misleading or at worst, complicit.

This comment would have been aimed at the commenter above who said said the same thing first, however by attempting to 'catagorise me politically' (" you ignorant socialist" ) he not only showed a fundamental lack of understanding , but also an ignorance all of his own by using definitions which he obviously does not understand.

(milesfromordinary said @ #1.4)
Walker, I'm not American. I'm a Canadian who has lived with our socialized Health Care system for years and I have seen first hand it's failings which are severe and sometimes deadly.

Additionally, you obviously haven't played Political Machine, you ignorant socialist. It isn't veiled propaganda in any sense, and it's idiot tin-foil hat types like you who "swallow any old garbage".

n_K. once again, I'm not American (so much for your "don't make assumptions!" ideal). And yes, what you said leads me to believe you are a liberal. I notice you haven't denied it. Are we finished?

p.s. i didn't moan about your country. i didn't even know you were from the U.K.


Edit: I feel the need to return to the original subject of this thread, since it seems to have diverged from that substantially. I've read somewhere that the original Political Machine (made before the 2004 election) produces the same results as the actual Bush / Kerry election, when played with the same timeline. It'll be really interesting to see how it fares this time around.

Your persistance in throwing around definitions of a political nature to which it is obvious that you are ill equiped to understand, amply illustrates the fact that to argue with you or attempt to dissude you of your, shall we say, less than intelligent meanderings would be a fruitless and pointless endeavour.

I am rather amused that you lambast someone for making assumptions yet feel justified in being the bigger perpetator.

You, sir, are what I would classify as 'dumb as a stump'

He never denied it. I'm assuming he is.

I'm not lambasting anyone for making assumptions. I'm refuting them. Until he does the same, my assumption is still valid in my eyes. NOW we're finished.

(milesfromordinary said @ #1.8)
He never denied it. I'm assuming he is.

I'm not lambasting anyone for making assumptions. I'm refuting them. Until he does the same, my assumption is still valid in my eyes. NOW we're finished.


No I'm not liberal, I'm old labour which doesn't really exist anymore.