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As ugly as the democratic process can sometimes be, it still has one or two advantages over hereditary monarchy. After all, even the most craven and corrupt politician requires some sort of conniving wherewithal to get into power, though this far from guarantees that they will use it to any decent end. This said - and as The Political Machine suggests - the importance of money and mass-media in the States has eroded the need for any other credential, and with shitbubbles like Trump in the running, you have to wonder if the mixture of inherited wealth and empty celebrity he embodies really does much to set himself apart from the sort of high-born cretins who too frequently took the throne in centuries past.

Each week Marsh Davies unleashes a patriotic aquiline shriek and swoops upon the home of the brave that is Early Access, bringing freedom by way of cash-purchased endorsements and glib media-ready soundbites to all he meets. This week, these skills will hopefully propel him all the way to the White House in The Political Machine 2016 [Steam page], a timely update of the presidential campaign strategy game in which candidates scoot between states, bellowing platitudes to the credulous and smarming their way through interviews while doing everything to sabotage their opponents.>

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Product Update - Valve
Stardock has released an update for the popular The Political Machine 2012. The Political Machine 2012 allows players to hit the virtual campaign trail by creating your own custom candidate or choosing from a variety of candidates, such as Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton or Ron Paul.


This update brings new issues into the game based upon recent political events.


NEW ISSUES:


  • Firing Big Bird

  • Arming Syrian Rebels (new issue corresponding to broader middle east crisis)

STAT UPDATES:


  • Obama's charisma stat lowered from 9 to 8 (based on debate performance)

  • Chik-fi-let issue now has lower national importance


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Product Update - Valve

Stardock is excited to announce the latest update for the recently released The Political Machine 2012The Political Machine 2012 allows players to hit the virtual campaign trail by creating your own custom candidate or choosing from a variety of candidates, such as Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum or Ron Paul.




Player's can now choose from 8 new historical candidates, from founding fathers to modern icons. Various fixes for issues reported have also been integrated, including stability improvements.



See the full change log for v1.02 below:

  • Adding playable Historical candidates

    • Abe Lincoln

    • Bill Clinton

    • George Washington

    • John F Kennedy

    • Richard Nixon

    • Ronald Reagan

    • Theodore Roosevelt

    • Thomas Jefferson

  • Paul Ryan is now shown as the Republican VP on the main menu

  • Improved description text for Cheerleader operative to more accurately describe their effect

  • Fixed inaccurate tutorial values for Advertisement types

  • Stability improvements

  • Fixed game window positioning for users with non-standard Windows taskbar positions

  • Improved error message when connection lost in lobby

  • Misc minor grammatical fixes


Product Update - Valve

Stardock Entertainment is pleased to release the first update for The Political Machine 2012 today. The version 1.01 patch contains several
new issues, bug fixes and some balance updates.



Change Log:


  • Added new issues to reflect current political climate:

    • Added "Chik-fi-let" as a new issue

    • Added "Provide Tax Returns" as a new issue

    • Added "Gov. Builds Business" as a new issue

  • Decreased importance of "Military Strike on Iran" and "High Gas Prices" to reflect current political climate

  • Updated electoral votes for states that had census changes

  • Fixed issue where custom candidates couldn't be selected in multiplayer

  • Fixed memory leak that could lead to poor performance in very long games

  • Fixed stability issues when a second game is started after a game has already been played

  • Fixed multiplayer victory achievement

  • Fixed a bug with a custom female body option referencing the wrong model

  • Fixes for various stability issues

  • Fixed multiplayer sync issue where the turn would sometimes not advance

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

SATIRE

It’s election fever! Well, election ennui. As the disappointingly over-cautious incumbent takes on a billionaire charisma-vacuum for rights to the throne of America, Stardock release an update of their presidential wannabe sim. I’ve been creeping around the corridors of power in The Political Machine 2012 for the last couple of days. Join me in the west wing for a post-mortem, won’t you?> (more…)

Product Release - Valve
The Political Machine 2012 is Now Available on Steam!

Do you have what it takes to be president?

Play as more than 20 candidates including Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich or create your own candidate from scratch.

Players take to the campaign trail against a computer controlled opponent or a human challenger over the Internet. The goal: win the hearts and minds of America’s voters to achieve victory in the 2012 presidential election.

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