Game Lets Players Predict U.S. Election, Win $$$ for Charity

October 13, 2008 -

A clever online game offered by Peritus Public Relations of Louisville, KY challenges players to predict which states will be carried by Republican John McCain or Democrat Barack Obama in November 4th's presidential election.

Peritus will send $1,000 to the winner's favorite charity. And, no, your PS3 acquisition fund is not among the list of eligible charities...

I registered and gave it a try. It's fun to use the interactive map of electoral votes to make a prediction, although the registration process was slightly intrusive. Why do they need my address? Confession to Peritus: I lied.

Here's some info from the press release:

We are a firm of veritable political junkies... We created this game because we wanted to inject some fun into the political season while benefiting a charity at the same time. We felt by creating a game that was essentially unprecedented, and entertaining we would be able to reach to people who are generally politically apathetic. So we asked ourselves, why can’t politics be fun for everyone?

The Peritus Pundit gives the user an opportunity to compete against a national audience of political enthusiasts in picking the next President of the United States. The winner picks a charity of their choice and our firm will donate a $1,000 to the organization...


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Re: Game Lets Players Predict U.S. Election, Win $$$ for Charity

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Re: Game Lets Players Predict U.S. Election, Win $$$ for Charity

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/maps/obama_vs_mccain/

There is another fun little map to look at.  Yahoo has one too.  Just things to play with, look at, read about.  All just speculation for now, but it looks to favor Obama greatly.

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Re: Game Lets Players Predict U.S. Election, Win $$$ for Charity

"We will make best efforts to ensure that your winnings will go to the Chosen Charity, but that charity may refuse the donation, or may have disappeared or changed.  If this happens, we will contact you and you may choose an alternative charity.  If you are not alive when we contact you, we may pick an alternative charity that we believe is closest to the Chosen Charity."

Woah, that's kinda scary sounding.....

Re: Game Lets Players Predict U.S. Election, Win $$$ for Charity

That only happens if you vote W. Bush back in, haha.

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Re: Game Lets Players Predict U.S. Election, Win $$$ for Charity

I love how on every map for this election, colorado(the blue one in the middle) is always being shown as democratic...

I hope that does happen but it has consistently voted republican in recent years...

Re: Game Lets Players Predict U.S. Election, Win $$$ for Charity

http://www.pollster.com/ is based on a weighted average of all polls recorded on a US wide and State by State basis.  It currently have Obama 5 points ahead in Colorado with the latest poll showing 52 - 42 in Obama's favour.  Even given the statistical margin of error of +-3%, this is a win for Obama unless there is a dramatic change in the last few weeks of campaigning.  What is more amazing is that States like North Carolina and Virginia have gone from Solid Republican States to Swing States with the margin for error of the poll greater than the difference between McCain and Obama.

I make no denial that I support Obama completely (though as a UK citizen, this means little) but the facts speak for themselves.  A single poll can be wrong, but a weighted series of polls show a trend and frankly this election is Obama's to lose now and barring any mistakes, McCain can get ready to accept defeat in November.

Re: Game Lets Players Predict U.S. Election, Win $$$ for Charity

Its most likel ythat way because the DNC was hosted there. That and everyone wants their home state to vote the way they are planning on.

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