Bipartisan commission has reportedly contacted Steve Ballmer about making a game that could let any US citizen suggest ways to deflate ballooning national debt.
Whatever one's political perspective may be, there's no denying that the ballooning US debt is a large and complex problem. Now, USA Today reports that a presidential commission studying how to stop the budget deficit from growing out of control is trying a novel approach: video games.
According to the national daily, committee co-chair Erskine Bowles, who served as White House chief of staff from 1997-1998, has asked Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about the possibly of creating a game that would allow anyone to come up with a solution for the budget deficit.
Though the gameplay mechanics of the proposed title are unclear, former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey, who headed a similar commission in 1994, thinks that such a title could "go viral" and generate new ideas from outside Washington, D.C.
If Microsoft ends up developing a virtual budget balancer, it won't be the first government-backed non-entertainment game. In 2007, the Homeland Security department began developing a game to help train Border Patrol and Customs Enforcement officers. The department also commissioned the game Zero Hour: America's Medic to instruct emergency responders from Virtual Heroes, a company that makes training simulations using game tech. (Click here for a video demonstration.)
However, the majority of games developed by the government are for the military. Since 2002, the US Army has spent $32.8 million to develop PC shooter America's Army to use as a recruiting tool. Another Army-training simulation was developed into the full-blown 2004 commercial release Full Spectrum Warrior by the now-all-but-defunct Pandemic Studios.
@NeilCardiff LOL, yeah that means a lot coming from the guy who started this little hissy fit over a simple joke and had to make things personal. Maybe you should be learn to be less sensitive about people making fun of your dear leader, because you're going to be hearing a lot of it in the next few years.
@Timstuff Unfortunately your brain is faulty. More precisely, your memory. If you'ld like to read your earlier reply to me you'll see that you're nothing but an annoyed troll throwing insults at people who disagree with you. Please grow up.
@NeilCardiff Amazing just how inflamed you get just for someone pointing out that Obama likes to waste money. I mean really, what has he done for you to inspire such blind and fervent loyalty?
@Timstuff For your information both my parents are dead and I even manage to pay my own way. But thanks anyway for showing what little grip you have of the real world.
THat is so funny. We could also use it in Quebec' province, please send it over to our parliement when completed!! we are head-deep into debt, thanks to non-sense spending and corruption! hurray.
@bennae66 It was a line from the original TMNT movie. Basically you're somewhat aware of the world around you, unlike most of these jokers. We are mostly alone in our thinking that knowledge of this kind is cool and/or worth learning about.
I think this is a good idea, it will help the population to better learn that governing isn't easy, and i hope MS makes the game educational and fun by showing pros and cons of balancing a budget.
@ekultus to be honest i dont know what you mean by 'chucker' but i certainly have very strong feelings on the subject. (that much is probably obvious) and it would appear this monetary debate is white noise, as are most things
no wonder the war on iraq is a lost cause.. we have idiot going to the army who have combat xp from videogame.. seriously guy I respect that your defending the country but i dont even remember iraqi being a threat to this country.. and the reason for invading their country have change twice since it first started.. please vaule your life a little more.. kinda make me wanna join the army now since I have codmw2 exp i was prestige 4times!!...
@NeilCardiff Maybe when you go out into the real world where you can't just put everything on mom and dad's charge card, you'll understand the importance of fiscal responsibility.
i never thought id see the day on gamespot there would be a story and a forum on debt. does noone here know how the monetary system works? look at your currency very closely. notice the note says: 'this note is legal tender for all debts' your currency used to be backed by gold. now it is created out of nothing, and debt left behind. if there were no debt, there would be no 'legal tender' would there?
I encourage everyone to watch the film/documentary I.O.U.S.A. It's a very accessible documentary that is about the problem of the US debt. Bottom line is the USA has lost means to reduce this deficit - a country that is based on over-consumption is heading to the gutter when their 3rd biggest export is essentially its waste (scrap metal) I'm beginning to lose faith that the country will survive this century
Wow, this is great news! it looks like washington doesn't need to look any further than this gamespot videogame website post to solve all its problems, looks like you guys have got all the answers! great job everybody, you're the real patriots!
@Megavideogamer Washington DC knows how to fix the national debit. but if they fix the national debit they wont get richer and they wont get anything from it and they will have to actually work for us the, people of the USA
Boring. Let me know when Halo:Reach comes out. Theres enough bureaucracy in the United States. I don't want it in my entertainment too.
That would be interesting if someone from the "middle of nowhere" managed to solve the National Debt. Since Washington cannot do it maybe Harold from Kerryville, Texas or Joe from Eureka, California can?
Knowing our wonderful government they will give Microsoft a $500 million dollar budget on the game and say it will create 100,000 jobs.
Why didn't they ask Positech to make it? Because Cliff Harris is British? But he's already made the reasonably successful Democracy and Democracy 2 games...
actually; forget my zeitgeist recommendation. lets start with language that we all understand: games. start by playing deus ex. then if you find that facinating, heres a riddle for you, since gamers are a resourceful and problem solving lot. (well a good percentage) are you ready? here we go: Modern Money Mechanics. IMF. World Bank. if you can solve this riddle you get the highest of kudos. not only that, you may wake up too. hint: wikipedia is your friend
Can I make a suggestion? Remove the entire US military from Afghanistan and Iraq. That'll save a few billion dollars.
they took prayer out of public schools and let fashion, and music vidoes make our children wear skimpy shorts and dance in ways that would make a salor blush.. so many preggo 12-15 year olds its not funny. we go from the baby boomers to the baby breddiers in the blink of a eye.
@psx_warrior :"Their master is Satan himself, and that's a fact." Ok im going to say this once and prolly get it removed but, you are a NUT.
@psx_warrior; i am also awake, tho i am not a christian, nor am i american. it is not satan himself, that is a copout. the powers that be, they are the corrupt ones. god and satan have nothing to do with the worlds problems. its man. it always has been and always will be. bringing gods and devils into this clouds the issue and masks the real problem.
until then we can plug and band aid all we want and nothing will change. what will happen is there will be an amero currency to replace us dollars, canadian dollars and south american currency much like the euro. then the next step is a global, one world currency. this will happen because the people will demand it.
debt is built in to the monetary system. money = debt and debt = money. with no debt there is no money. the answer is simple tho i cant see it happening: abolish the monetary system and replace it with a different kind of economy. an alternative has been proposed and its called THE VENUS PROJECT. if you wish to know more and truly solve the problems of the world, start by watching zeitgeist.
What kind of people would this game benefit? Surely the people in charge of the economy wouldn't take this game seriously
how about not letting Presidents leave out the cost of wars, especially if he starts one, or two of his own..... that's when out budget really ballooned, when the cost of war was rightfully put back in it.
this is a really good idea because I'll bet you my left arm that a lot of people on LIVE can do it better then it has been done in the past 35 years by our government who seems to always look out for the big guy with the money........ without all the special interest groups tugging at your pant leg and no one to give favors to, balancing the budget should be a piece of cake.
I try to stand up for everyone on these forums, as well as humanity, and I get thumbsed down seven times. This is reality. A reality most people don't seem to know about. I'm not a nut. I'm a Christian, and a person that's awake. I know what's really going on in the world, and this game will do nothing to shrink the budget deficit. The globalists of the world will see to that. Their master is Satan himself, and that's a fact.
Then again it's an original idea, mainly because no one is stupid enogh to waste money dveleping a game that may or may not help them save some
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