With about 7 months until the presidential election, George Bush's campaign manager Ken Mehlman and John Kerry's campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill have been leading fierce operations. Aspiring political wonks and curious observers no longer have to wonder what they would do in either campaign managers' shoes.
Stardock Entertainment, the maker of strategy games and productivity software, publicly announced its campaign simulation game The Political Machine.
The game, available for Windows 98 or higher users in beta mode on April 8th via Drengin.net, will be released commercially in June for a pre-order price of $39.95. Players will need to campaign, raise funds, spend the funds on ads and appear on fictitious, familiar-sounding shows like O'Maley Factor, HardHitter and Barry King. The company said, in a press release, that the game will mimic the current political landscape and identify states as predominately "liberal" or "conservative."
Users will also get the benefit of specialty team members, such as hecklers, spin-doctors, protesters and celebrity supporters. The game will join other Stardock product offerings, such as Corporate Machine, Stellar Frontier, and Galactic Civilizations.