If there's one thing that can be said about politics, it's that it is - at its black, empty heart - a game. Beyond the superficial - kissing babies, pretending to care about football, and the old tradition of "staging a photo op at the nearest church to prove that you're not a Communist" - there lies a deeper goal: to see whether one can actually construct a homunculus out of talking points, TV-friendly makeup, and a personality designed by campaign advisors.
Yet the mainstream parties get all the fun. Thus, we have Campaign Story, a merry trek down the dark halls of men's souls, and into the political arena. From AllFacebook:
In Campaign Story, players pick their slogan, gain popularity, and interact with Facebook friends to increase their standing in the polls. The game mimics today's current campaign and election process, allowing players to implement real-life political strategies, with the 2012 election cycle in the backdrop.
Developed by Raleigh, NC-based FiveOneNine Games, Campaign Story allows players to use "dirty" or "clean" tactics against opponents. You start out as a humble mayor, yet driven by your unquenchable thirst for power, eventually climb higher and higher up the political ladder. In the service of this, you can share your exploits with facebook friends (thus earning you a swift removal from my news feed), follow the news ticker, and hire minions to deal with what the rich side of my family calls, "the bothersome working class"
So if like me, the whole "political process" bother has left you
equal parts "spite" and "more spite" a bit turned off, prepare your don your Cynic Hat for the digital bloodsport that is Campaign Story. In the meantime, I encourage you all - regardless of race, religion, sexuality, or country of origin - to back my fledgling/Facebook bid for the Presidency. As the first run of my campaign flyers read:
"The epoch of Man is reaching its end. His cities shall be reduced to ash, and the skies shall glow with the flames of a thousand hells forevermore. Jesse "Super Swede" Gmitro: Your Sexy Party candidate in 2012."