Can You Save the Economy? Play The Bailout Game

January 14, 2009 -

While the current state of the economy isn't much fun, The Bailout Game offers a somewhat entertaining look at the financial mess wrought by the ugly marriage of Wall Street greed and governmental ineptitude.

The web-based offering uses board game-style interface and challenges the player to selectively bailout financial institutions and the auto industry, all the while trying to keep one step ahead of recession.

Although we found the game worth a try, Ian Bogost of Water Cooler Games was less enthusiastic:

The game itself is a repetitive and seemingly meaningless trudge from square to square (bank to bank), each offering the same basic question: Do you bail out: YES or NO? No matter your answer, you'll get an animation or video with some vaguely related news bit or textual riff...

 

I was never able to determine why or how the game wanted me to chose to bail out specific banks or to let them fail, save for invoking the "Ask a Greenspan" button or following obvious hints on the playing cards. It's games like this that make me wonder if I should give up tracking them entirely.


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Re: Can You Save the Economy? Play The Bailout Game

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Re: Can You Save the Economy? Play The Bailout Game

This entire thing was stupid. We could have either taken the economic crash because the banks were stupid, or fed their stupidity.

What pisses me off is soon after the bailout, there was a huge huge huge huge banquet held at a really expensive resort. The table cloths had gold all over them, everything. Think of cindarella got greedy, then that would have been a small corner of it. It cost them something like 50 million for that one night.

When confronted about it, the answer was 'we always do this, we'd had it planned for awhile. It's a business tradition'.

To quote a celebrity unlicensed doctor: "How's that workin' for ya!?"

Should have jailed the executives responsible for this.

Re: Can You Save the Economy? Play The Bailout Game

Is that quote from Dr. Phil? haha

Yes, the bailouts are bullshit.  Let the car companies die too.  They are not creating cars for our future.  If they do not invest wisely, why give them money?  Little to no stipulations with all of the bailouts...

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Re: Can You Save the Economy? Play The Bailout Game

<i>The game itself is a repetitive and seemingly meaningless trudge from square to square (bank to bank), each offering the same basic question: Do you bail out: YES or NO? No matter your answer, you'll get an animation or video with some vaguely related news bit or textual riff...</i>

Kinda like reality, lol

But us taxpayers do the 'meaningless trudge' - moving from day to day paying taxes. The Government has a system where the members of certain banks (friends) get the bailout and banks who haven't "played the game" with politicians - get a 'no'.

Then afterwards, there's some vauge news on how the bailout's helping the citizens of the country, but oddly spending all the tax money to bailout corporations isn't hurting anything.

Re: Can You Save the Economy? Play The Bailout Game

At least I can play this game at work...most games are blocked by the content filter  ;)

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Re: Can You Save the Economy? Play The Bailout Game

I didn't like the game because of a few things.

These bailouts are going to hurt us in the long run, the more money we put into these failing companies the worse off we are going to be later down the road.  I let all of them fail and there was a zombie depression where in reality things would be bad for a while and then finally get better assuming we continued to make wise choices regarding the economy(such as abolishing the federal reserve and ending the empire).  I kind of think the designers got their economists hats on backwards, as does most of the government and media.  But enough about my political opinions.

From a design perspective I agree with Bogost.  It was a very dull experience.  You move forward, you say yes or no and then continue on.  Sometimes you land on a square in which you have no control over.  I was hoping for an intelligent, fun and informative game but this game failed make any intelligent statements on the economy, it wasn't fun and definitely wasn't informative.  The music is cool and the graphics are pretty but it is still incredibly dull and full of failure.

Re: Can You Save the Economy? Play The Bailout Game

Not a great game.. you can win just by bailing out everything - and still have 500 billion in the bank afterwards.

 

Re: Can You Save the Economy? Play The Bailout Game

Yeah...  but it looks pretty...

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Re: Can You Save the Economy? Play The Bailout Game

Ah, greed. Source of a wide majority of the world's problems. Just don't want to part with their money.

Greed fathers corruption. Corruption creates financial problems. Financial problems lead to suffering.

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