Stardock has updated its popular PC strategy game, The Political Machine to include the new Vice Presidential candidates along with adding a host of compelling new features.
The Political Machine puts players in the role of a Presidential candidate on the campaign trail making speeches, buying ads, hiring spin doctors and consultants, raising money, and going on cable news shows.
The Political Machine v1.5 includes vastly enhanced multiplayer features including supporting match-making via the digital distribution platform, Impulse. It also includes features allowing players to print out bumper stickers and campaign pins from within the game. Players can create their own candidates, controlling everything about them in how they look, and then export them as an avatar for on-line use or use the new print shop to create a variety of physical media with their creations including campaign pins, bumper stickers, and more. The update adds the new vice presidential candidates, Joe Biden and Sarah Palin to be played as.
"This is the ultimate game for political junkies and a really fun way for anyone to learn about the election process," said Brad Wardell, Designer of the game. "Once you put yourself in the campaign manager's shoes, you really get to see how each campaign tactic ultimately affects the outcome of the vote. The whole point is to be fun but part of that means being reasonably accurate."
Real-world scenarios are mixed in with fantastical scenarios. Players can choose the US 2008 election, US 1860 election or play in fun and humorous fantasy campaigns including one that takes place on an alien world and one that takes place in "Europa". Players can also choose what TV shows to be a guest on and will face tough questions from the hosts of shows like Colvert Report and the O'Malley Factor.
"Political junkies will appreciate many of the political consultants and strategies employed in the game such as the use of smear merchants, spin doctors, intimidators, cheer leaders, movie stars, etc.," continued Wardell."Strategy gamers will appreciate the balanced game mechanics that allow players to research new campaign tactics that even novice political observers can see from the current election."