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Ships Ahoy - Chessmaster X & The Political Machine

Ubisoft announces that Chessmaster 10th Edition for the PC is available today in North America. In spite of nine prior versions, they say the new version: "features the largest and most compelling upgrade ever to both gameplay and graphics." In further shipping news, just in time for the brunt of the U.S. presidential campaign, Ubisoft also announces that The Political Machine, Stardock's "Edutainment" title that simulates the electoral process, is likewise now shipping in North America. Here's a bit on the game:

A PC-CD strategy game based on data collected from surveys, exit polls, and the 2000 U.S. Census, The Political Machine users are challenged to spend 41 weeks on the campaign trail, serving as a campaign manager for a presidential candidate. In an effort to secure a spot in the Oval Office, the user is tasked to secure the greatest number of electoral votes and utilize the various facets of political strategy.

Players can design their own candidates based on a dozen different characteristics or use existing political candidates such as George W. Bush, John Kerry and dozens of historical politicians including Ronald Reagan and Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Political Machine is both a single and multiplayer game, giving players the choice to compete against the computer or other users online at the game’s official website, www.politicalmachine.com.

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33. Re: Volcano Aug 11, 2004, 13:10 Sepharo
 
True, true. Maybe just higher up positions... Hell, we could just limit it to presidents, I think most could agree with that. Your stance on "just vote" doesn't necesarily aways work. We have term limits for just that reason. Although you think we could limit a president and his number of terms with our own voting we still have laws which limit the length now. FDR was a great president and was elected multiple times without the law being enacted. I fear the same could happen now but only with a family dynasty so to say. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that Bush family is planning on getting everyone to be the president in the next 20 or so years. I am just saying that it is possible to have a political aristocracy formed, we already have a few minor ones now. If every family member chips in, a small favor here, a favor there it can seriously swing the vote and create an unfair advantage.

 
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32. Re: Volcano Aug 11, 2004, 11:13 Rethcir
 
The founders of the United States should have made it law that no immediate family member, [Father, Mother, Brother, Sister] could be elected to ANY government position if another is or had been already

Come on, that's a little excessive. Are you saying that if your brother is on the school board in wizuma falls michigan, you shouldn't be able to be on the town council of east bumfuck, new hampshire? Granted I'm not a huge bush fan but that's a little broad. The founding fathers wouldn't have wanted this either, they would have loved to see their kids and grandkids follow on in their image, so there's no way the would have done this anyway. The real way to prevent morons from getting into office (again) is to VOTE. Even if you don't like the candidates, you really should get out and vote even if it's for someone like Nader. If everyone got out and voted, we wouldn't have all our government decisions made by the senile community of florida or the supreme court. Ok, enough politics, I'm sure everyone else is sick of all the trolling that pops up whenever anything political comes up on a message board, too.

 
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31. Re: Volcano Aug 11, 2004, 10:57 Sepharo
 
The founders of the United States should have made it law that no immediate family member, [Father, Mother, Brother, Sister] could be elected to ANY government position if another is or had been already. I believe haveing close family in politics of any sort clouds interests. Besides Bush the only other Father-Son president were John Adams, and John Quincy Adams right? But to have a Dad who was a president, you be a president and your brother a governor, that's just crossing the line. The Bush family is becoming the idiotic hillbillish version of the Kennedys.

Jeb... what... come on... is that even real name? Jebediahh der der... Lets go tip some cows...

*EDIT* Just for giggles I did a search for "Jeb" in google image search all I got was pictures of the Bush himself, a picture of a dog and this interesting piece http://www.sptddog.com/sotp/jeb.gif


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30. Re: Volcano Aug 11, 2004, 10:12 nin
 
The key is to get as many of your family members elected as Governors of states. That way, you magically win, no matter who the general population voted for!

I will think peaceful, happy thoughts about getting my new video card RMA'd.
 
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29. Re: Volcano Aug 11, 2004, 10:08 Cygnus
 
Sure. So are sour grapes losers who sue the system because they actually LOST! And couldn't believe it.

4 independent studies are also included that prove the winner actually won too!

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28. Re: Volcano Aug 11, 2004, 04:13 Ihya
 
Ubisoft also announces that The Political Machine, Stardock's "Edutainment" title that simulates the electoral process, is likewise now shipping in North America.

Are hanging chads and influencial relatives in swing states realistically rendered in this game?

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27. Re: Unused Beta Accounts = Nightmare Aug 11, 2004, 03:47 Fillem
 
Sorry, but that would only happen if Derek Smart decides to buy the Chessmaster license and turn it into a 'space action game'...

yeah, what's going on with that anyway?
Has he bought the Freespace license yet?

Things seemed to have quieted down and I miss our big bad Alpha Male (which would be smart Derek Smart)


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26. Re: YAY! Aug 11, 2004, 01:31 Sty
 
Ya know, that link just proves the theory that you really can find anything on the 'net.

I'm still waiting on intravenous coffee and/or beer.

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25. Re: Unused Beta Accounts = Nightmare Aug 10, 2004, 23:48 Bronco
 
Sorry, but that would only happen if Derek Smart decides to buy the Chessmaster license and turn it into a 'space action game'... (while totally snubbing the Chessmaster fans of course)

This statement has pushed an already funny thread into serious contention for 'Funnies thread of 2004'.

Thanks for the laugh!

Waiting for dsmart to pounce,

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24. Re: Great! Aug 10, 2004, 23:47 B M
 
I think the people who are pissed at Clinton for having sex are the people who can't get any.  
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23. Re: Unused Beta Accounts = Nightmare Aug 10, 2004, 23:07 Camaro76
 
I predict that this thread will have more posts than ANY Doom 3 or Half Life thread before it. Chess players of the world unite!

Sorry, but that would only happen if Derek Smart decides to buy the Chessmaster license and turn it into a 'space action game'... (while totally snubbing the Chessmaster fans of course)

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22. Re: YAY! Aug 10, 2004, 21:26 Steel Rockhard
 
I'm still waiting for a cult leader sim/RTS/first-person shooter -- I'm thinking "Waco texas: The Game!"

There already is one.


Ya know, that link just proves the theory that you really can find anything on the 'net.

Well, that and the whole "Derek Smart is not a PhD thing".

 
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21. Re: YAY! Aug 10, 2004, 20:23 Krovven
 
Interesting how you'll worship him but instantly write off anyone else who claims to be divinely inspired.

Your first mistake was assuming I believe in a higher power, in any form. Which I don't, Im agnostic. While I think there may have been someone called Jesus, a leader that spoke up against the Roman oppression, I think the stories have just become exagerated fairy tales that have been told for the last two thousand years. In the age of information we live in currently, its so easy for stories to get twisted in a manner of days (ie: the XBox killings, which actually have nothing to do with the XBox), just think of how stories got distorted two thousand years ago. How many different version of the Bible are there now?

I'd also like to hear why his entire point is invalid for pointing out a completely valid fact that you just don't want to accept.

Your second mistake was implying that I was saying the rest of his comments were invalid due to his last sentence. Read what I said. "You actually had a sound arguement until you got to this sentence."

The rest of his arguement was good. Fact of life, if you want people to consider a conspiracy theory and take it seriously, you don't end the arguement by suggesting said nut-job was or could have been the messiah, you lose people on that, whether they are religious or not.

 
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20. Re: YAY! Aug 10, 2004, 20:20 Sepharo
 
It's going to be hard to argue with that one Virus, well said (typed).

 
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19. Re: Great! Aug 10, 2004, 20:08 Halsy
 
I wonder if you get a free box of cigars with every new intern you hire in the game?


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18. Re: YAY! Aug 10, 2004, 20:03 Virus
 
You know there's always the chance that one of those religious nuts actually IS Jesus

You actually had a sound arguement until you got to this sentence.


I find it humourous that you'd bite off on the idea that an alpowerful being would inciminate a jewish woman to carry his child. And that child would then go on to establish a new religion beating the same drum but in a different color as the old one. You realize in his time (assuming the bible is correct) Jesus *WAS* a cult leader, and you can't deny that. Interesting how you'll worship him but instantly write off anyone else who claims to be divinely inspired. I'm not saying that I don't write off these guys as nut jobs, but I don't buy into any religion and don't believe in the concept of an omnipotent and omniscient being who has nothing better to do than punish people who don't follow his set of moral values, so i'm not the hypocrite here.

I'd also like to hear why his entire point is invalid for pointing out a completely valid fact that you just don't want to accept.

 
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17. Re: YAY! Aug 10, 2004, 19:18 Krovven
 
There's always a chance of monkeys flying out of my butt too, but you don't see anyone camped out behind me.

Everytime I hear this phrase now all I can think about is that scene in Bruce Almighty. Carefull what you say

 
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16. Great! Aug 10, 2004, 18:22 B M
 
Great! Now I can play a game where I can dress up in a tailor made outfit and land on a airplane carrier. If I get bored of dressing up and landing, I can always hire a sleezy PR company to produce a commercial with lies about my running mate's war record.  
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15. Re: YAY! Aug 10, 2004, 18:16 JoeCool
 
1. Actually, I think the Feds really did screw up at Waco,

Yeah but the nuts in Waco got what they deserved.

 
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14. Re: Hmmm... Aug 10, 2004, 18:02 Hezekiah
 
No, no, you're thiking of Echo and the Bunnymen.

 
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