Posted on September 15, 2008,

The Political Machine 2008 Patch Adds Biden and Palin

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News in the political world for the past few weeks has largely centered on the Vice President picks of John McCain and Barack Obama. Even the videogame scene is not free of these figures, though, as they’re about to become important characters in The Political Machine 2008. Stardock has announced that the 1.5 update has been released. Now players can see their pick for President make it all the way to the White House with their respective running mate.

You’ll also find a number of other new features added with the patch, including the promised matchmaking support that was part of the recent Impulse Phase 2 release. Multiplayer matches can now easily be joined directly from Impulse, making it the first game on Stardock’s platform to support the feature.

A new campaign printshop will allow you to make your own paper bobblehead, as well as print bumper stickers and campaign pins for custom candidates which, to me, seems like a good indicator that you might be taking this a bit too seriously. The online library feature will allow you to download and share your custom candidates which you can browse here. Dwight Schrute in ’08!

Perhaps the most important part of the update, though, are the new randomization options that will allow you to randomize various things throughout the game, including demographics and issue importance. If you’ve read 1UP’s review, you’ll know one of the game’s major shortcomings is the fact that — regardless of your political affiliations or any other factors — you can easily win elections by simply making general statements like how your candidate is against high gas prices and improving the economy. Simply being able to randomize options might not entirely solve the problem, but at the very least this should make things a tad different from game to game.

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2 Comments on The Political Machine 2008 Patch Adds Biden and Palin

TomSizzle

On September 16, 2008 at 2:58 pm

anyone play this “game” / “simulator” ?

Aakash

On September 18, 2008 at 11:08 pm

I was in Wal-Mart (sorry, Prof. Sipe! ;-) yesterday [now, the day before yesterday] evening, and went to their small software section… And was [pleasantly] surprised to see that there was a “The Political Machine 2008″… It was in the Fall 2004 semester, when the UIS CR revolution began, with us being in “Republican headquarters” on campus (Pennyroyal 18 ;-) , that one of my roommates bought that game. Others of us started playing it as well; it was quite good (and even a bit addicting, at first).

I asked the Wal-Mart person how the “2008″ one was different from the last one; he said he was unfamiliar with the last one, and didn’t know. I was hoping that it isn’t the same game, with the “2008″ label attached.

I was glad to see, when starting it last night, that it is not!

I just did a web search for custom content Political Machine, to see if we could add our own candidates, or share pre-made candidates… Like for The Sims 2 – Wouldn’t that be neat?! I still don’t know if that is possible, but I am glad to see this entry, that updates are being made, in almost-real time! :-)

This game is an improvement, over the last one… Though there are still some areas which could be made significantly better. I am glad that they have equipped us with the program, to allow us to download updates from the web (I think it’s called “Impulse”).