Game Lets Players Predict U.S. Election, Win $$$ for Charity

October 13, 2008 -

A clever online game offered by Peritus Public Relations of Louisville, KY challenges players to predict which states will be carried by Republican John McCain or Democrat Barack Obama in November 4th's presidential election.

Peritus will send $1,000 to the winner's favorite charity. And, no, your PS3 acquisition fund is not among the list of eligible charities...

I registered and gave it a try. It's fun to use the interactive map of electoral votes to make a prediction, although the registration process was slightly intrusive. Why do they need my address? Confession to Peritus: I lied.

Here's some info from the press release:

We are a firm of veritable political junkies... We created this game because we wanted to inject some fun into the political season while benefiting a charity at the same time. We felt by creating a game that was essentially unprecedented, and entertaining we would be able to reach to people who are generally politically apathetic. So we asked ourselves, why can’t politics be fun for everyone?

The Peritus Pundit gives the user an opportunity to compete against a national audience of political enthusiasts in picking the next President of the United States. The winner picks a charity of their choice and our firm will donate a $1,000 to the organization...


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Re: Game Lets Players Predict U.S. Election, Win $$$ for Charity

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Re: Game Lets Players Predict U.S. Election, Win $$$ for Charity

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/maps/obama_vs_mccain/

There is another fun little map to look at.  Yahoo has one too.  Just things to play with, look at, read about.  All just speculation for now, but it looks to favor Obama greatly.

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Re: Game Lets Players Predict U.S. Election, Win $$$ for Charity

"We will make best efforts to ensure that your winnings will go to the Chosen Charity, but that charity may refuse the donation, or may have disappeared or changed.  If this happens, we will contact you and you may choose an alternative charity.  If you are not alive when we contact you, we may pick an alternative charity that we believe is closest to the Chosen Charity."

Woah, that's kinda scary sounding.....

Re: Game Lets Players Predict U.S. Election, Win $$$ for Charity

That only happens if you vote W. Bush back in, haha.

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Re: Game Lets Players Predict U.S. Election, Win $$$ for Charity

I love how on every map for this election, colorado(the blue one in the middle) is always being shown as democratic...

I hope that does happen but it has consistently voted republican in recent years...

Re: Game Lets Players Predict U.S. Election, Win $$$ for Charity

http://www.pollster.com/ is based on a weighted average of all polls recorded on a US wide and State by State basis.  It currently have Obama 5 points ahead in Colorado with the latest poll showing 52 - 42 in Obama's favour.  Even given the statistical margin of error of +-3%, this is a win for Obama unless there is a dramatic change in the last few weeks of campaigning.  What is more amazing is that States like North Carolina and Virginia have gone from Solid Republican States to Swing States with the margin for error of the poll greater than the difference between McCain and Obama.

I make no denial that I support Obama completely (though as a UK citizen, this means little) but the facts speak for themselves.  A single poll can be wrong, but a weighted series of polls show a trend and frankly this election is Obama's to lose now and barring any mistakes, McCain can get ready to accept defeat in November.

Re: Game Lets Players Predict U.S. Election, Win $$$ for Charity

Its most likel ythat way because the DNC was hosted there. That and everyone wants their home state to vote the way they are planning on.

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Wonderkarpits a stigma. people in power hear this crap and start getting on their legislative high horse. but I feel like we've already paid too much attention too a demo.11/20/2014 - 4:46pm
Andrew EisenHarm gaming how?11/20/2014 - 4:35pm
Wonderkarpcause it gets parroted around and is used by people to harm gaming like Jack Thompsons did with Violence. http://www.themarysue.com/pokemon-oras-sexism/ here's the article.11/20/2014 - 4:28pm
Andrew EisenNo idea why such an opinion would upset or irk you so I'd be interested in reading it. Got a link?11/20/2014 - 4:13pm
Wonderkarplook deep for it....reaching much. those kinds of people are what urk me.11/20/2014 - 4:07pm
WonderkarpI got upset the other day when a known feminist blog wrote a large article on how the demo to Pokemon Omega Ruby was Sexist cause you couldnt play as a girl. It was a Demo....who cares? but they went off on how Pokemon in general is sexist but you gotta11/20/2014 - 4:06pm
Andrew EisenHere's the panel that Sarkeesian quote from earlier comes from. Amazing what the proper context does, isn't it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0qxtKz2vZw11/20/2014 - 3:32pm
NeenekoSomething to keep in mind, we tend to look at physics as 'hard', but math and physics are trivial compared to soc/psych (I have worked in both), but FEELS like it should be simplier.11/20/2014 - 3:17pm
NeenekoI think what tends to make discussing sexism in games difficult is scale, the issues tend to be systemic in nature, but bite sized examples are not... and the systemic part ties into a lot of dry academic stuff requiring domain knowledge not everyone has.11/20/2014 - 3:16pm
Wonderkarpand I jumped for joy when the Cogs went multigendered in GOW. but I also like male protagonists like Kratos or Nathan Drake or Link.11/20/2014 - 2:58pm
Wonderkarp..it needs female options. thats why I prefer biowares games. My Shepard was female(Jennifer Hale <3) and my skyrim player was female. I prefer female characters. But I dont think its a sexism issue. More and more females are coming.11/20/2014 - 2:55pm
WonderkarpMonte, I would argue that with Tomb Raiders sales....remember me though....personally I like games with character customization. I was one of those people miffed at ACUnity over no female assassins. if you give us customization, unless its a sports game..11/20/2014 - 2:53pm
Matthew WilsonI argue it hass less to do with femalw lead, and more to do with marketing and game quality. remember me did not sell bad becouse of a female lead, it was a bad game.11/20/2014 - 2:48pm
MonteWonderKarp, Games with female protgonists have a much harder time. Many publishers shy away from them because they don't think they will sell and many games that do get greenlit wind up getting less marketting or downplay the females in their marketting.11/20/2014 - 2:44pm
Andrew EisenUnfortunately, Thompson is so intertwined with our beat that when he shows up in another story that's right in our wheelhouse, we kinda have to cover him, despite how over him a lot of our readership may be. Anything else you consider "tabloidish"?11/20/2014 - 2:40pm
Wonderkarpand they just did!11/20/2014 - 2:24pm
WonderkarpMy Amiibos Shipped!!! Now Amazon needs to mark my Smash Bros as Shipped11/20/2014 - 2:24pm
WonderkarpI do a lot of streaming and eventually I'll be doing some lets plays. (my cohost lives a while from me but hopefully I'll be moving soon). I will say I keep my lets plays and streams 100% free of any of my political views.11/20/2014 - 2:22pm
WonderkarpBut I'm a Gamer before a GPer :P anywho. I think I'd like to see less stories that seem tabloidish that repeat themselves. Unless like, something serious happened, I dont need to hear about (Example) Jack Thompson on a tv show saying the same thing he did11/20/2014 - 2:13pm
NeenekoI align with wonderkarp on this issue, I may disagree and complain, but things are professional and polite enough here that it seems worth being disagreeable ^_^11/20/2014 - 2:12pm
 

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