Obama Simulators for PC

January 29, 2009 -

President Barack Obama's status as a pop icon seems to have breathed new life into the niche market for political strategy games.

GamePolitics has previously covered Commander in Chief: Geo-Political Simulator 2009 and CNN now has a video report on the game.

We've also stumbled across Oval Office from Zero G. Beyond its marketing blurb, we don't yet have much info on the $19.99 PC game:

Can you run the country better than the people in charge? Oval Office is the ultimate political strategy and simulation game! As president, you will have to balance the budget, keep taxes in check, make snap judgments, and much more.

 

Prefer a green paradise, or socialist utopia? Control crime without destroying civil liberties? These are only some of the tough issues you will face. But the biggest question of all is can you win re-election? It's not as easy as it sounds in the Oval Office!

GP: I've been playing a bit of Commander in Chief recently. It's fun, but fairly complex. The game has garnered a couple of glowing user reviews on GameSpot.


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Re: Obama Simulators for PC

I keep considering buying a copy of one of these, but in the end I remember that as far as complex simulators go, I've still got my retail versions of Battlecruiser Millenium: Gold and Universal Combat.

That'll eat up my time well enough, thanks.

---- There is a limit for both politicians against video games, and video games against politicians. http://www.goteamretard.com

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Can I win re-election?  Well, if the past few weeks are any indication, all I have to do is spend a bunch of money I don't have, distribute it poorly while continuing to severely weaken the U.S. dollar, and everyone will love me!

(I know this is an oversimplification, but I HATE the idea of government bailouts, no matter who they're for.  Survival of the fittest, I say.)

"There is no sin except stupidity." - Oscar Wilde

"De minimus non curat lex"

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So you're saying that the people love George W Bush?

I don't think so.

Re: Obama Simulators for PC

Don't put words in my mouth.  I don't have to like Bush to dislike Obama, and vice versa.

"There is no sin except stupidity." - Oscar Wilde

"De minimus non curat lex"

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I hope this "pop icon" phase ends soon.  I don't think a US President (or any world leader) should be regarded as some kind of pop celebrity. 

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I second this.  Everyone makes him seem like some kind of hero, he's just the president and he hasn't even done anything big so let's wait a while before we do things like call him the next FDR and make coins of him.

Re: Obama Simulators for PC

Oh come on guys!  This part of a presidency is just like one of those reality shows - it's "The Presidential Honeymoon, starring Barack Obama".  The fall from grace is inevitable, but the honeymoon has it's entertainment value too.  Just buy popcorn and enjoy the show.  I mean heck, if you can't laugh at the sheeple who buy into all the hype, what can you laugh at?

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I said it on Kotaku, I'll say it here.  Do not want.

Re: Obama Simulators for PC

How long until someone gets butthurt over the fact that Obama is appearing in video games? I want to laugh at them, already!

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james_fudgePortlandia is good and strange.09/16/2014 - 7:04am
E. Zachary KnightGot that same recommendation on Twitter. So I guess that is a good sign.09/15/2014 - 8:39pm
prh99Portlandia, though I don't watch a lot of sitcoms. Heard it was good though.09/15/2014 - 8:02pm
E. Zachary KnightSitcom recommendations for someone who like Parks and Rec but hates The Office: Go.09/15/2014 - 6:08pm
NeenekoEven if they do change their policy, they can only do it moving forward and I could see the mod/pack community simply branching.09/15/2014 - 12:50pm
Michael ChandraAs for take the money and run, the guy must have a networth of 8~9 digits already.09/15/2014 - 10:33am
Michael ChandraMe, I'm more betting on some form of mod API where servers must run donations/payments through them and they take a cut.09/15/2014 - 10:32am
Michael ChandraEspecially since they want it for promoting their phones. Killing user interest is the dumbest move to make.09/15/2014 - 10:32am
Michael ChandraGiven how the EULA actively allows for LPs, I'm not sure Microsoft is ready for the backlash of disallowing that.09/15/2014 - 10:31am
Matthew Wilsonthey wont do that, the backlash would be too big.09/15/2014 - 10:25am
ConsterSleaker: how is that a flipside? Sounds to me like that's basically what Notch himself said, except rudely.09/15/2014 - 10:18am
MaskedPixelanteOn the plus side, no more lazy Minecraft LPs, since iirc Microsoft has a strict "no monetization period" policy when it comes to their stuff.09/15/2014 - 10:13am
james_fudgeBut it continues to sell on every platform it is on, so there's that09/15/2014 - 10:09am
james_fudgeOh, well that's another matter :)09/15/2014 - 10:08am
E. Zachary KnightNothing against Notch here. I think it is great that he made something so cool. I just can't understand how it is worth $2.5 bil09/15/2014 - 9:59am
InfophileWhat a world we live in: Becoming a billionaire was the easy way out for Notch.09/15/2014 - 9:42am
james_fudgelots of hate for Notch here. I don't get it. Sorry he made a game everyone loved. What a monster he is!09/15/2014 - 9:37am
SleakerOn the flipside, Notch has been a horrible CEO for Mojang, and the company has grown on sheer inertia, DESPITE being mishandled over and over.09/15/2014 - 9:33am
SleakerI can understand Notch's statements he made to Kotaku about growing bigger than he intended, and getting hate for EULA changes he didn't enact.09/15/2014 - 9:32am
MaskedPixelantehttp://pastebin.com/n1qTeikM Notch's statement about the MS acquisition. He wanted out for a long time and this was the easiest way.09/15/2014 - 9:08am
 

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